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« Reply #30 on: September 06, 2005 11:15:57 AM »

I am definitely going to invest in that book!
My wonderful, dear, sweet boyfriend got paid this past week  Grin I should see if he loves me enough to buy it ... and the supplies lol
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« Reply #31 on: September 11, 2005 05:19:18 PM »

I learned from that little kit that they sell at target, it give you needles yarn and a handy DVD that shows everything from increases, decreases to basic knit and purl stitches. I don't recommend following the written directions but thats just because I learn visually. It's a lot easier once you see the process.
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« Reply #32 on: September 11, 2005 05:59:57 PM »

My mother taught me how to knit when I was quite young (i.e. 10 or something like that). I made a potholder.

Many years later, I was unemployed and living back at home in between school & work, and was mooching around the house muttering "I'm boooooored."  So my mum said "You need to learn how to knit again" and re-taught me. After teaching me knit and purl stitches, we naively decided on a first project - a baby blanket for a friend of mine. We thought this would be easy, since it was essentially a square, but also had a simple lace pattern, which we thought would be more interesting than plain stocking stitch.

This taught me many useful lessons.  If I had to learn how to knit again, I would do the following:

1.  Do not learn to knit with a first project that is a massive, never-ending baby-blanket-from-hell that after a few rows you begin to loathe with the white-hot intensity of 1000 suns get frustrated with-  no matter how seductive the thought is that is is going to be soooo simple since it has no shaping and "is only a square";

2.  Do not start with a first project that is made with teeny-weeny needles and tiny maddeningly small baby yarn that makes dental floss look bulky; and,

3.  Preferably, do not learn from someone who has been knitting for 50 years and can't remember what it was like to be a total beginner and unable to tell the difference between a YO and a dropped stitch.  My mum was taught how to knit in kindergarten class, has knit ever since, and so can practically knit in her sleep.  She is lovely, and yet would still make helpful comments such as, "I don't see why you don't understand this, it's perfectly easy."

Needless to say, I made a few inches of the baby blanket, went demented, lost interest, and mum finished it for me.  I made a remarkable psychological comeback and my next project was a vest that was perfect and gorgeous, and might even have fitted me, had I been a gnome. 

Looking back on it, I think making a second potholder would have been more suitable.   Cheesy
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« Reply #33 on: September 11, 2005 06:08:25 PM »

i was taught to knit by a very intellegent 6 year old.  my baby brother taught me how when i was sick and bed ridden for a whole summer Smiley  of course at 6 he had limited knowledge of knitting....so stitch and bitch filled in the rest.  that is the most amazing book EVER.  anything you could ever want to know is on those pages.  its the knitting bible, i swear Smiley
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« Reply #34 on: September 14, 2005 08:24:03 AM »

I am definitely going to invest in that book!
My wonderful, dear, sweet boyfriend got paid this past week  Grin I should see if he loves me enough to buy it ... and the supplies lol

I would recommend 'Vogues Ultimate Knitting' as a great reference book too. I got mine with a 40% off coupon at Joanns and saved quite a bit of $$ on it, otherwise I would not have been able to afford it. I gave away all my other knitting books after getting that...even my 'Stitch-n-Bitch' (which I gave to a teen girl who uses it way more then I ever did)
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« Reply #35 on: September 14, 2005 09:23:00 AM »

There is a Vogue Knitting Book, called Learn to Knit.  It takes you through the beginning steps and each new pattern teaches you something new.  For instances, the first one is knit only, 2nd is purl only, 3rd is stockinette, 4th is ribbed, etc.  It is awesome!

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« Reply #36 on: September 25, 2005 06:20:59 PM »

My wonderful boyfriend taught me how to cast on and do the basic knit stitch yesterday (he can't remember how to purl). But I am so estatically happy about it because he taught me in five minutes what the collective effort of two grandmothers, my father and a next door neighbour couldn't teach me in twenty years (my mother can knit, but it frustrates her so she sticks to crochet for the most part) Grin seriously someone has been showing me at least once a year since I was about three and I could never do it. crochet yes, knit no.

I have been telling everyone I have seen since yesterday. "I can finally knit" (sort of)


Its sad really  Roll Eyes

I had to edit to add I just taught myself to purl. I used the pictures in the reader's digest complete guide to needlecraft (otherwise known as my saviour  Wink) At least I think I'm doing it right because my piece know looks like their example. yay
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« Reply #37 on: September 25, 2005 06:28:39 PM »

I took a class at my local knitting shop.  After the first hour lesson I could knit! 
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