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« on: February 05, 2009 11:08:05 AM »

I made several resolutions this year, some of them craft oriented, some not. One that is craft oriented was to learn to knit. Now I've "known" how to knit for a couple of years, but it never clicked. I taught myself crochet when I was nine and knitting seemed so cumbersome in comparison. In November and December I found myself longing to knit. It was as if my fingers NEEDED to do this. Odd given that I'd never really done it. So, I thought on it for a bit, working it out in my head exactly how this was done. Read several books. Then picked up some needles and yarn and started playing around. It took about a week but it finally clicked! Cheesy

Then I needed a project... what to do, what to do....   I saw the challenge here and remembered another resolution I had: Learn to play the guitar. My wonderful husband bought me a guitar for Christmas. My birthday is right after Christmas so I got all kinds of goodies for my guitar; a case, pitch pipes, pics, a strap... oh wait a minute! This is a classical guitar, not an acoustic one. Since I'm fairly new to the guitar world, I can't explain completely what the difference is, but I will provide a link with that information (thank you google!). The strap I had been given is for an acoustic guitar so it wouldn't work. I did some searching (again, thank you google!) and found that straps for classical guitars are very different and more like a strap for a saxophone. Not what I had in mind at all. Did some more searching and found a new type of strap that was much more like a "normal" strap and attached via velcro. Gotta love velcro. I thought to myself, "Why spend money on a strap when you can make your own?" And thusly was born

Cheesy My very own guitar strap made by me, for me with my new skills Cheesy

It's made from crochet nylon thread. Let me tell you, for beginner knitters this stuff is AWESOME! It doesn't split very easily, has the perfect amount of stretch, and moves on the needles in a wonderful way. I'm thinking it would make a wonderful purse or bag, either knitted or crocheted. My guitar strap is just simple stockinette stitch with the occassional and random reverse stockinette (amish ribbing I belive it's called) for texture and interest.

I am now a knitter! And soon, I'll be a guitar player too!

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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2009 06:11:57 PM »

yay! 2 birds with one stone!

« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2009 06:43:12 PM »

Your tension is terrific! (That's very good, for knitters) Really even stitches, especially for slippery yarn and a new knitter.

I'm an OLD knitter, and I'd like to know more about your yarn. Is there a brand name? Where did you buy it?

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« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2009 06:48:47 PM »

You did an amazing knitting job for your first bigger project. My first projects looked like something that had come out mangled in the dryer. Great job. Good luck on your resolutions.
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« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2009 04:55:38 AM »

Thanks for the comments and compliments Smiley

ScotSkipper402: I just picked mine up at Meijer. I'm not sure what brand it was, but it was similar to this. It really knitted up easily!

Orangevwbug: Thanks! I was and am pretty darn proud of myself.

« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2009 09:27:16 AM »

you did a great job! i'm actually a crocheter, but i was thinking about making my own guitar strap, now you motivated me to actually get on my butt and make one! but i was wondering: doesn't the strap stretch all out of whack when you use it???

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really lovely craftsmanship!

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« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2009 07:06:48 AM »

great idea, i wanted to do a strap for my boyfriend but i gave up the idea because i was a bit confused how to make a secure attachment... how is yours attached exactly? show us some pics of strap in use and how it is attached! Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2009 07:26:58 AM »

Sorry I haven't responded sooner. I didn't think anyone was actually looking at this anymore. What a pleasant surprise for me! I'll get some pics of it in use soon Smiley


« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2009 08:16:18 PM »

I learned knitting around when you learned crocheting (4th grade for me) and i've always felt about crochet how you feel about knitting! Today i taught myself crochet in about an hour, but it'll take so long for me to get decent at it.  I only wish my knitting looked as good as yours does here (i still produce the mangled projects)

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« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2009 05:45:32 PM »

Right on! I just got a classical guitar and was wondering how im going to use it at party's without sitting in the dirt. My knitting skills leave something to be desired so maybe I will sew one....

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« Reply #11 on: February 26, 2009 04:58:34 AM »

How wonderful...you're learning to play the guitar! It's great to learn new skills...keeps life interesting! Your strap looks super...the amish ribbing kind of reflects the frets on the guitar!  Wink

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