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« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2006 01:17:20 PM »

dpns and seaming. i do everything with magic loop, and top down, so i don't have to seam anything... i was making some cell phone cozy the other day, instead of making a rectangular and seaming edges, i made tube and grafted the bottom! it could be done in 30 minutes, and it took 2 hours cause i made it on circulars, and all those grafting... uh, i should learn how to sew things:(

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« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2006 01:28:42 PM »

I'm a bit intimidated by entrelac (probably because I haven't researched how its done).  I want to get over those fears by knitting up the "Lady Elenor" stole from Scarf Style (so beautiful!)  Other than that, frogging is frightening! I'll do almost anything to avoid it.  Even settle for a garment with (minor) flaws.  I'll just call them bits of "my personal touches" added in to the garment!

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« Reply #12 on: August 01, 2006 02:08:57 PM »

I hear you all on the seaming. It's not that I'm afraid of it, per se--it's that I'm afraid of doing it wrong. Like I'll sew the sleeve to the shoulder and it'll look wonky and need to be taken off and redone. Possibly multiple times. It does not help that this has actually happened to me in the past. Sigh.

Mostly, though, I'm afraid of colorwork of any kind. So I decided to cut my teeth by making my grandmother a Fair Isle cardigan for Christmas, and have told practically everyone I know about this plan so I can't back out. I'm hoping some good old-fashioned peer pressure will light a fire under me.
« Reply #13 on: August 01, 2006 03:25:19 PM »

I agree with all the seaming comments.  Well said, Mmmknits - it's not SCARED so much as being wrong  - I think that is the perfectionist in all of us. 

My current one is fair isle but usually when I have a knitting fear I face it.  I have learned that once I get into a project there is very few things that I can't figure out or find on the internet or ask my knitting group or internet groups about.  Support is the key here! 

« Reply #14 on: August 01, 2006 03:44:25 PM »

I'm scared of short rows cause I always screw them up. Badly.
I got over my fear of cables and seaming.. I also need to tackle colorwork but I'm more excited to take the chance and time to try it versus being scared.

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« Reply #15 on: August 01, 2006 04:44:53 PM »

I hear you all on the seaming. It's not that I'm afraid of it, per se--it's that I'm afraid of doing it wrong. Like I'll sew the sleeve to the shoulder and it'll look wonky and need to be taken off and redone. Possibly multiple times. It does not help that this has actually happened to me in the past. Sigh.

God, I swear that happens to me every time I seam.  I honestly don't mind seaming something the first time around, it's the second, third, and fourth times that make me want to break something. 

Otherwise, it'd have to be small needles.  They hurt my fingers, and stuff on them takes ages to knit. 

And breaking needles.  I had these ultrasmooth, plastic, awesome sz 10's.  They were used, and not sold in stores anymore.  And I broke one in half because I was pulling too hard on a heavy project.

Oh, and wooden needles.  THOSE are definately a phobia and not just a annoyance.  I don't care how well polished or sanded they are, for me, wood=splinters.  I mean, I got splinters in my ass once from my school's bleachers, so I don't take any chances. 
« Reply #16 on: August 01, 2006 05:50:59 PM »

i fear dropping stitches...even though i'm pretty good at picking them back up again, i worry that this time i won't be able to and then i'll have to frog back...which is my dreaded fear because i have NEVER been able to correctly fix something once i frogged back and end up having to frog the whole thing!! arrrrhhr!  all those hours!

also, i don't know if its so much a fear, but i DETEST picking up stitches, if a pattern says to pu X number of stitches, i am tempted not to do that pattern, unless i really really want the thing.  Tongue

i actually don't mind seaming, unless its shoulders to sleeves...i always mess it up!
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« Reply #17 on: August 01, 2006 07:55:03 PM »

set-in sleeves.  scared shitless of set-in sleeves.

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« Reply #18 on: August 01, 2006 09:37:23 PM »

Seaming! I have two sweaters that are finished except for seaming.

And color work of any kind. I can't figure out what's meant by carrying colors for stripes up the sides or using slip stitches to make faux-complicated color patterns. I guess this is one thing that I'll have to be taught in person.

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« Reply #19 on: August 01, 2006 11:04:21 PM »

Steeking. Just the idea of cutting up something you've spent hours on. Even though in theory I know it'll work...I just don't know if I can bring myself to do it.

Then again, I love knitting in the round. Maybe one day I'll just bite the bullet and do it.

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