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Topic: The things no one tells you before you become a knitter.  (Read 4148 times)
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« on: September 25, 2011 10:38:26 PM »

1. No one tells you you'll need a bunch of different needle sizes as well as types (Straight, circular, interchangeable, double pointed) but you can save money by getting interchangeable's with a bunch of different cords.
2. No one tells you you'll need a billion notions. Like stitch counters, special scissors, stitch markers (different kinds) yarn needle, cable needle, stitch holder, plus something to hold them all in.
3. No one tells you you will become addicted to yarn and need storage.
4. No one tells you you'll need different types of yarn for different projects
5. No one tells you to get a yarn winder to save hours.
6. No one tells you to get a swift the same time you get a yarn winder to save time, money, and effort and you from using your feet as a swift and trying to wind with the winder at the same time.
7. No one tells you to get a yardage counter to go with the swift and ball winder so you don't spend hours knitting something from an unmarked ball and have to frog it because there wasn't enough yarn.
8. No one tells you all the books and websites you'll have to visit to learn new skills.
9. No one tells you how many books you'll buy for patterns.
10. No one tells you how much money you'll spend on knitting as a hobby.
11. No one tells you how much you'll fall in love knitting and not have anyone to talk about it with.
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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2011 09:41:36 AM »

Aw, this made me smile  Cheesy

- No one tells you that everyone will want you to make them one just like the one you made for yourself or soinso, and then gawk in disbelief when you tell them how much time/effort/money it will take.
- No one tells you that instant gratification and knitting don't go together.
- No one tells you that you'll have to start all you holiday knitting the year before if you want to get it all done in time.
- No one tells you that not everyone understands just show much time/effort/love went into that special knit gift, especially when the next thing they open is shinny.
- No one tells you that knitting is a gateway drug to spinning, needle felting and crocheting, all of which require more supplies and tools, mwhahaha!
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« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2011 12:48:33 PM »

I totally agree to the last one. OMG I've got spindles and roving now too, and I just bought a needle felted, and crocheted first.. Man. Also true to the first, I knit a lot of toys and everyone wants one after I'm done.
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« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2011 02:21:32 PM »

No one warns you how addictive socks are.

This must be why the yarn companies charge so much for sock yarn: they know we'll pay it Tongue
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« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2011 04:37:30 PM »

Haha Smiley I always tell myself that I already have my expensive hobby, photography (oh, the expensive lenses, camera bodies, lighting, flashes, the list goes on) but I know I'm just lying to myself, I just ignore what I've spent on yarn and supplies lol. And I soooo wish I could get into spinning!!!!

I wish I had another knitter in the family to hand me down what they ended up with doubles of, lol! But, I'm the lone knitter in the family.

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« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2011 01:31:05 PM »

Such a good list!

- No one tells you that not everyone understands just show much time/effort/love went into that special knit gift, especially when the next thing they open is shinny.
^This is one of the hardest to learn :/

Also
-No one tells you that you will eventually move on from red heart and skeins of lovely natural fibers can be upwards of 20 bucks
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« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2011 03:11:20 PM »

- No one tells you that everyone will want you to make them one just like the one you made for yourself or soinso, and then gawk in disbelief when you tell them how much time/effort/money it will take.

Amen.

* No one tells you that you will get hand cramps/callouses from holding yarn to tension it and then get odd looks when you explain that you hurt yourself crafting.
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« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2011 07:52:58 PM »

Hand cramps suck! I usually only get them after 5 hours of knitting straight, but then my elbow goes too. Elbow and wrist pain from heavy knitted Ami's suck!!
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« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2011 06:19:58 PM »

~ no one ever tells you that you will spend Hours working on a project just have someone pick it up and throw it in the washer effectively making it the proper size for a  baby

I have had a few color work items of mine thrown in the wash and dryer by my mom, she meant the best but it's really heart breaking  Cry
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« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2011 06:42:20 AM »

Yes, don't use hand wash wool to make an item for someone who's not going to handwash it....
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