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« on: August 04, 2005 09:31:38 AM »

I've just learned to knit from a DVD yesterday...

And now I am the proud owner of
the ugliest, lumpiest, uneven,
bastard scrap of a knitted section
the textile industry has ever seen.

It's precious and I love it so so much.

The problem is, being my first ever knitted section (it's about the size of a washcloth) I don't want to just toss it aside as a learning experience.  So I wondered if you more experienced knitters (is that the right word?) had an idea of what to incorporate it into...or what you did with yours.

Thanks a bunch!

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« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2005 10:23:01 AM »

Hmm...how big is it? If it's not too small, you could stitch up the sides and turn it into a makeshift coin purse.

Also, once you become more comfortable with the craft and start making gauge swatches for projects, you could save all of your knitted sections and sew them together to make a quilted bag (or some other quilted thing).
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2005 10:57:24 AM »

You could stitich onto a purse as an outside (or inside) pocket. 


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« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2005 11:15:54 AM »

I would buy a beautiful frame for it and display it proudly.


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« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2005 11:23:27 AM »


Where did you get your DVD? I want to learn how to knit as well and I guess you could say I am more of a visual learner, (I guess just like most women are), so I would like to try a DVD. Oh yeah and was the DVD worth it and actually helpful?

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« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2005 11:33:15 AM »

i say make a few more and make a patchwork something.

i couldnt stop on my first piece, i ended up with a horbible mishapen excuse for a scarf, which is proudly displayed on my curtain rod (=

so I guess we're back to us, oh cameraman
swing the focus. In case I lost my train of
thought, where was it that we last left off?
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« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2005 12:13:07 PM »

ohmigosh!  I didn't expect this many people to reply so quickly...thank you!  Cheesy

I really like the idea of framing it...and I've been toying with the idea of a coin purse.  It's just so uneven, I wonder if dimes would fall out...lol.

wokeupafraud, I know what you mean about not stopping...I haven't cast off yet and it's growing to be a problem!

and sweetpadee, it's the default DVD that comes in the Knit This projects from Target.  Really terrific DVD, though the music sounds like really horrible cheap 70s porn (not that I watch really horrible cheap 70s porn, just...oh bah).  It was totally worth it, and they show everything from terrific angles so you can pause and rewind and be sure your fingers, yarn, and needles are EXACTLY in the same place.  It wasn't all that pricey either: I got it on clearance and it came with the needles and yarn as well as a little illustrated booklet.  If for some reason you can't find one, I'd be more than happy to lend you mine!

Thanks everyone, and keep the suggestions coming!

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« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2005 12:25:49 PM »

Say, there, I already know how to knit, but I bought one of the Knit This kits just for a set of bamboo dpns... So... I've got the DVD that came in it, and no real use for it.  And I know I'm not the only one on the boards to do that, either.  I'd be willing to trade something (small) for the DVD if you're interested, but there might even be someone who'll just send you one, because I think a number of people even bought multiple kits, and a DVD comes with each.  You might post on the thread about the Knit This kits.

For your first swatch, CraftyMouse, I like the idea of featuring it in a quilt.  But framing it is always a good idea...  Maybe make a nice little knitting shadow box with some funky vintage knitting needles and your swatch, and IF by chance you've got a crafty mother or grandmother, some kind of cool old (or old-looking) black and white photo of them knitting, to represent the generations.  One of the things that finally drew me to knitting was knowing my grandma was so good at it.  My mother claimed she could never learn, though her mom tried so hard to teach her.  But I taught my mom at Christmas and now she's a knitting fool.  So, the way this craft spans the generations really appeals to me, and the way in which it is important to all those generations is equally interesting.  Might make for a cool piece of art.

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« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2005 12:27:12 PM »

lipstick / tampon cozy.

« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2005 12:28:41 PM »

My husband kept mine and uses it as kind of a doily under his "dish" (for wallet, keys, etc.). It's damn ugly, but he loves it. I like the idea of framing a first piece!

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