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« on: November 16, 2010 10:08:37 AM »

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Ask Debbie Stoller!
...and maybe win a copy of her new book!


We are happy to announce that Stitch 'N Bitch author Debbie Stoller will be stopping by Craftster to answer some of your questions and tell us about her new book: Stitch 'N Bitch Superstar Knitting: Go Beyond the Basics


Debbie's new book is great for those who have mastered knitting 101 and are interested in taking their stitches to the next level. There are 21 advanced knitting techniques covered in the book, including:

   Lace
   Double knitting
   Getting creative with stripes and colorwork
   Cables
   Embellishing with crochet, embroidery, and beading
   Intarsia
   Fair Isle
   Steeks
   Cast-ons, bind-offs, and more!

If you have a question for Debbie, post it below. By posting a question, you'll also be entering a random drawing for a chance to win a copy of Debbie's new book: Stitch 'N Bitch Superstar Knitting: Go Beyond the Basics



If you're in one of these areas, you can meet Debbie in person! She will be doing her book tour on the following dates at the following locations:

November 22, 2010 in Paramus, NJ      
Barnes & Noble                                 
765 Route 17 South
7:30 pm talk/signing

November 29, 2010 in Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Public Library                  
Central Library, Dweck Auditorium
10 Grand Army Plaza
6:00 pm talk/signing

February 24, 2011 in Philadelphia, PA      
Philadelphia Free Library                               
1901 Vine Street
7:30 pm talk/signing
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« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2010 10:48:05 AM »

I am horrible at knitting, but am really fond of crocheting, can you suggest some easy knitting beginners books?
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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2010 10:51:52 AM »

I am horrible at knitting, but am really fond of crocheting, can you suggest some easy knitting beginners books?
Her first book, The Knitter's Handbook, is how I learned knitting!
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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2010 11:27:47 AM »

I taught myself how to crochet thanks to your Stitch'N bitch crochet: the Happy Hooker book! I was wondering if you were going to put out another like it; like you did with Stitch'N bitch Nation?
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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2010 12:18:45 PM »

Hi Debbie,

I have learned to knit in the last 3 months through books and think it is a great way, I have many.  I often take ages to start a new project and never know which to go for as there are so many.  How do you combat the frustration of all of the ideas when we want to start a new project, how do you decide what to put on the needles next?
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« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2010 12:24:59 PM »

I frequently reference your books for doing project finishing and whatnot--thanks they are invaluable.

A couple of questions though:
Do you have any tips on making button holes that turn out to be an expected size?
Do you have any tips for neatly putting in zippers in sweater?

Thanks.
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« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2010 12:28:39 PM »

I have your first book as well as the Happy Hooker (LOVE both!)  I had to make my sister buy your new book so I could knit vicariously since I'm not very good at it!  I ALSO want to know if you're thinking about doing HH#2! (And if I can write for it!! Ha ha)
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« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2010 12:43:35 PM »

Hi! I have a question for you. How does one go about fixing a Wrap and Turn in a shortened row that was wrapped incorrectly? I have two stitches that weren't wrapped properly at the time so they are kind of double-up on the needle. To go back on the first one would mean unraveling my whole project. I'm considering just knitting them as one stitch is that going to work?
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« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2010 12:58:06 PM »

Is there an advanced crochet techniques book in the works? (pretty please!!)
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« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2010 01:24:05 PM »

I was wondering if you were going to make a knitting pattern book next. I own almost all of your other books and LOVE the information and patterns in them but would also enjoy a pattern only with maybe a few tips from you.
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« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2010 02:38:52 PM »

Hi Debbie, I'm new to knitting but really want to learn more! But my problem is, all of the "beginner" type projects aren't things I'm interested in, like straight scarves and dishclothes. Could you recommend a fun project that is easy to do?
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« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2010 04:04:41 PM »

Hi Debbie,

I've loved all of your books so far (and I second the request for a Happy Hookers 2!) and I was just wondering, in light of the new book, what technique did you find the most challenging to learn?

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« Reply #12 on: November 16, 2010 04:29:58 PM »

Hey Debbie!

I loved the happy hooker so so much.
I knit and crochet, though I find crocheting to be much easier for me.

Two questions, because I am among those who are hoping for a second crochet book.
First question: IF you were going to create a second book, what techniques would you want to introduce?
Second question: Which of the two main yarn crafts (knitting and crocheting) do you find easier?
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« Reply #13 on: November 16, 2010 06:47:30 PM »

Hey Debbie!
I got your first book for my birthday... it made everything in the world of knitting make sense!
Anyway, I have one funky, interesting question, and one that's not so out there!
1. If you were any tool of the trade of knitting, what would you be?
2. What type of needles do you prefer? (you may have mentioned it in the first book but its been a long day) because i have bamboo needles from my first project, and metal and plastic-y needles that were my great-grandmother's and my grandma's that we found in my grandparent's basement

Thanks!
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« Reply #14 on: November 16, 2010 08:16:27 PM »

Hi Debbie,
I own almost all of your books, except this new one, I love laid back approach you've taken in writing these books. Your first book what the book I bought after I bought an unnamed book to teach myself and couldn't figure out the instruction.  I was able to instantly understand new techniques that didn't make sense in other books. 

I'm curious what knitters, artists or books inspire you?

Thanks,
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« Reply #15 on: November 16, 2010 09:19:08 PM »

Hey Debbie!

I used both your books, and taught myself how to knit and crochet. Can't thank you enough for that Cheesy 

I was wondering, Is there anything you regret leaving out of the first knitting book that may have ended up in the second one?

Thanks Cheesy

-iheartyarn (aka Stephanie )
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« Reply #16 on: November 17, 2010 04:44:59 AM »

What's the most challenging thing you've ever taken on in your knitting adventures?

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« Reply #17 on: November 17, 2010 05:05:14 AM »

Hi Debbie,
Do you have a memory of a special project that gave you confidence and cemented your love of knitting for all time?
Thanks,
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« Reply #18 on: November 17, 2010 07:31:08 AM »

I just started knitting with any seriousness last week and have yet to get any books.  So I guess my question is, how do you knit in the round with two circular needles instead of double-pointed needles?
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« Reply #19 on: November 17, 2010 07:42:25 AM »

I have another question to add:

Why did your book of men's projects address female knitters and not men?  My husband knits and is always very disappointed that the majority of books target women and not men even if they are full of men's patterns.
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« Reply #20 on: November 17, 2010 08:20:13 AM »

Hi,

Have you got any thoughts on ways to make knitting and other fiber arts more environmentally friendly? I am curious about recycling fibers. Do you have any experience with this?
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« Reply #21 on: November 17, 2010 09:57:47 AM »

Who is your favorite (knit or crochet) designer?
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« Reply #22 on: November 17, 2010 11:29:43 AM »

Hi Debbie Smiley

Do you prefer wooden or bamboo needles over metal? Why or why not? I've read that wooden/bamboo needles are more comfortable than metal but I'm not noticing a difference. Is it just me?
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« Reply #23 on: November 17, 2010 02:37:35 PM »

I thought of another question today:

How do you recommend adjusting the bust in knitting or crochet patterns to accommodate for larger cup sizes?
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« Reply #24 on: November 17, 2010 04:01:44 PM »

I'm so so so glad your doing something beyond the basics! I love your books, they came out a few years after I started Knitting and really helped me learn a few basic things and now I'm so excited to see this new book!
I was wondering how involved you are in choosing the fiber content, colors. etc. for your new line of yarn? I would be interested in how and why you made those choices? (I really like the yarns btw!)
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« Reply #25 on: November 17, 2010 04:06:13 PM »

I'm a new mommy and it's impossible to find sweaters that are cute yet functional for breastfeeding. Have you ever thought of putting together a book of not only maternity knits, but knitwear for the breastfeeding mommy?
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« Reply #26 on: November 17, 2010 07:57:30 PM »

Hi! I have "The Happy Hooker" and I love it, but I prefer knitting, since I learned when I was 4 years old (compared to 24 for crochet!)

My question is: when did you fall in love with knitting, is it something you've been doing forever or did you discover it later in your life?
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« Reply #27 on: November 17, 2010 09:58:21 PM »

Hi Debbie! Long-time crocheter a few attempts at being a knitter here. Your books are very inspiring, and I love how they are written for a more up to date world of fiber arts.
I too am in the category of hoping for another crochet book, but wanted to ask:
Do you find there is a bigger need for knitting books than crochet books? Or do you just prefer writing knit books to crochet ones?
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« Reply #28 on: November 18, 2010 01:16:11 PM »

I love that I can get your yarn at a giant craft superstore. Not everyone has local yarn stores to go to, so it's nice to have some available yarns with different fiber contents.

I second the question about beginner projects above -- scarves and dishcloths can be boring. Would you ever consider doing a project-to-project stepping stone book for teaching knitting skills? Starting off with something super easy and small, then moving up to harder and harder things, introducing a new technique or two every project.

Also, what's your favorite finishing technique? That is, your go-to method when you want to add a little something to a finished project?
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« Reply #29 on: November 18, 2010 06:48:17 PM »

I own all of your knitting books and will definitely be getting the newest one for Christmas! I also own the Happy Hooker and would love to see another, like everyone else.

  My question is "Are you interested in any other fiber arts? ie spinning, felting"  Also, a more technique question which I'm guessing is addressed in the new book "When making cables, I often will get a hole or a loose part of knitting right next to where the cables cross.  Do you have a recommended fix for this?"
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« Reply #30 on: November 22, 2010 10:57:18 AM »

I'm learning how to fair-isle knit but everything is puckering up on me!  Is there an easy way to fix this aside from making someone else do all the work for me?
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« Reply #31 on: November 22, 2010 12:24:44 PM »

Hello Debbie!
I'm another huge fan of your books and have both Stitch N Bitch and Nation, The Happy Hooker, as well as the Journal.  I'm hoping for the Son of...book before too long.

My questions:  What is your favorite fiber to knit with and why?  Is there a particular fiber you loathe and why?

Thanks for all you've done and keep up the great work! Cheesy
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« Reply #32 on: November 22, 2010 03:21:04 PM »

Are you planning on another crochet book? I love knitting but I'm so slow at it!
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« Reply #33 on: November 23, 2010 05:16:53 AM »

Hi Debbie!
I too, am among the many that learned how to knit and crochet using your books, and I too, am among the many hoping for another crochet book!  Your Happy Hooker book was the inspiration to start a yarn arts club for teachers at my school last year and really helps us unwind after a long day!

My question:
I was wondering where do you get your inspiration for such fun and funky projects?  The patterns I find in your books are so unlike others, and for that I'm thankful--it gives us younger crafters something to follow that doesn't look like our grandmother made it!

Keep up the great work!  Looking forward to a Happy Hooker 2, and any other books you decide to write for us!  (Your books are like potato chips---you can't have just one!)
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« Reply #34 on: November 24, 2010 06:54:27 AM »

Hi Debbie! I'm joining the chorus requesting (begging for?  Cheesy) Happy Hooker 2. My copy of Happy Hooker fell apart long ago from the many hours of love.

My question is have you ever considered putting together a book of just accessories (bags, hats, home items), both knitted and crocheted? I would be all over that in a heartbeat. I have a new baby and have time only for smaller projects, and besides, the accessories are always my favorite parts of your books. Plus, I don't have the money to invest in nice yarn for a large project but can usually swing a ball or two of nice yarn for a small project.  Smiley Thanks, and thanks so much for Happy Hooker! It got me started on my passion for crochet.
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« Reply #35 on: November 29, 2010 12:59:38 PM »

And the winner is!!!



madannevain17!

Here was her question:

What's the most challenging thing you've ever taken on in your knitting adventures?




We're compiling the questions for our interview and we'll post it as soon as it's done!  In the mean time, keep your eyes peeled for more ways to win this book and some other awesome goodies!

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« Reply #36 on: November 29, 2010 01:28:03 PM »

Congrats, madannevain17! Great question, too. Cheesy
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« Reply #37 on: December 20, 2010 03:09:41 PM »

The interview is up!

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=367716.0
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« Reply #38 on: January 01, 2012 05:27:05 PM »

Hi Ms. Stoller,

I'm just starting out as a knitter and really want to do some great and epic projects like a huge afghan or something.  Anyways I'm going to be purchasing your first book "Stitch N' Bitch" and I was wondering what Knitting Needles I should get as a beginner knitter or even yarn?  I'm on a limited budget as I'm currently job hunting but have been dying to do something with my hands in which I can see the end result and use it.  Also where can I find some more of your videos if I require extra help?
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