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« Reply #30 on: January 09, 2005 09:10:13 PM »

ok I am going to learn how to knit... seriously this time. Anyone have any suggestions on resources to use to learn? What basic supplies am I going to need? Just needles and yarn, or is there more to it? I saw this kit on JoAnn's and it says it has a bunch of stuff with it... or should I just by everything individually?

http://www.joann.com/catalog.jhtml?CATID=82333&PRODID=47186

And how do I know what is the "right yarn" to get? As you can see, i'm clueless. Help!



You could buy the kit-for what you get and the price, I estimate that it's worth the money.  Although, you do get smaller needles...ick.  In my experience, most beginners want a quicker project, which call for needles 10 1/2 and bigger.  Since you're not sure about the whole needle size/yarn type thing, I suggest getting one of those scarf kits by Lionbrand.  I've seen them at Michael's, Hobby Lobby, and Meijers.  Some can get quite pricey, but you get HUGE needles, yarn, and very good instructions.  I believe they are called 'Simply Scarves' kits.
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« Reply #31 on: January 10, 2005 08:05:11 AM »

ok...I am knitting a scarf as well, but here are a few things I finished up yesterday
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I'll show the scarf once lazy me gets it done.
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« Reply #32 on: January 10, 2005 10:16:52 AM »

Just a quick question-- has anyone else had problems with bamboo needles?

I have.  The first set I got, I started wearing the tip down on one of them (but not the other) till it was all funky (not pointed anymore and just, I don't know, in general, weird).  Then one day that tip just snapped off so I went and bought another set (because I really really love them and I was in the middle of a project) but I've hung on to the first set in case something similar happens with the next set.  A lot more info than anybody wanted, but there it is. 

And since I haven't said it yet, I'm loving everybody's knitted goodies!!!!  Alison, I love your turf scarf and Melmelon, those animals are so cool!  Are they your own pattern? 
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« Reply #33 on: January 10, 2005 11:13:30 AM »

Are they your own pattern? 

noooooooooooooooo.. .... I am not that smart or crafty....heh heh.....I can barely even purl...which is good because those are all knit stitch.  I got the patterns from a woman who had knitting kits for sale at a craft fair back at the beginning of december...she had translated the patterns from German or something like that.
...ok, found the pamplets...the patterns come from Toymaking with Children by Freya Jaffke...in case anyone's interested.
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« Reply #34 on: January 10, 2005 02:45:17 PM »

awwwww....melmelon! i love that little piggy!!  i just want to hug it and squeeze it till it's eyes pop out! Grin   and i'm not just saying that because you're my nssc either Wink, you did a good job!  as for my scarf, it's coming along pretty well.  i think i might be able to get it done before the end of the month!  (fingers crossed)
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« Reply #35 on: January 10, 2005 06:21:41 PM »

I've finished! I've finished!  There was a tiny bit of a crisis at the end when I didn't have enough yarn left to bind off, so I had to frog two rows, which is always extra stressful for me.  But I'm done!

Of course it's about 60 degrees outside but maybe soon I'll get to wear it
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« Reply #36 on: January 10, 2005 10:44:02 PM »

I worked on my scarf for about an hour, and only got 2ish inches done! I swear, crocheting is so much faster! So, Slowly but surely, it shall get done;p
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« Reply #37 on: January 11, 2005 10:31:04 AM »

I made a scarf for my mom, but forgot to take pics before I sent it to her  Cry  I used Lion brand homespun in some pink variegation, and a thick and fluffy unknown pink yarn together, on size 15 needles. I did a very simple k2p2 ribbing, but it ended up looking pretty good. I made it a little wider than I intended, but it's good, because it can be used as a shawl type dealy as well as a thick scarf! It matches my mom's pink coat, so yay!
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« Reply #38 on: January 11, 2005 09:08:24 PM »

Um, has anyone else thrown down their needles in disgust yet?  Or is that just me?  Tongue

First off, I think that the Noro Silk Garden is not thick enough to make a scarf with, at least not one that I can do in a timely manner.  I thought I might be able to do a large-stitch lacy sort of thing, but it just looks crappy.  I tried 4 different patterns and 3 different needle sizes tonight (10.5, 17, 15) before I gave up.

I was trying to do a pattern with the double-wrapped row that then you are supposed to drop.  I couldn't figure that out at all.  Then I tried a bias pattern, where you increase at the beginning of the row and decrease at the end, alternating rows, but it didn't really look like any pattern, and then I got screwed up about whether I was on an odd or even row.  Bleah.

I am so clumsy with knitting needles!  I like the way stuff looks when knitted, but I have so much difficulty maneuvering the needles.  I always nearly slide the needles out of the loops by accident.  I find it hard to hold both needles the right way, and it makes my hands hurt so bad (my hands hurt whenever I craft, it's just worse with knitting).

Okay, I'm done ranting.  I'm going to re-think this project and try it again.

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« Reply #39 on: January 12, 2005 05:20:52 AM »

I haven't even started my project for this yet.  I knit a scarf for a swap, but sent it on without taking pictures.  Now I'm knitting a scarf for a freind belated Christmas present), but I don't want that to be my submission.  I really want my submission to be the Coney Island scarf from Stitch 'n Bitch.  I may end up submitting the one I'm knitting right now, though. 

The "joy" of the Coney Island scarf will be knitting with two yarns simultaneously and following a pattern, which brings me to my question (you knew one was coming, right?)  So say your knitting a scarf 30 stitches wide and the pattern tells you knit the first row, purl the second.  Is a row when you knit once across (the 30 stitches) or is it when you knit once across then back again (60 stitches)?  I mean, I presume it's the knitting once across option (30 stitches), but it looks like a more complete stitch after I've knit back the other way.  So while not being a big problem with a scarf, I could see this really screwing me up when I go to tackle sweaters.  Sorry for the big dumb newbie question. 
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