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« Reply #50 on: February 17, 2007 09:13:21 AM »

it's looking good!

« Reply #51 on: February 17, 2007 09:29:28 AM »

a friend tried teaching me toknit a few years back we lost ouch i didnt touch any knitting and then last year i tried again. i think your casting on is fine, looks like mine. mind you all i have made is a scarf and a few squares/swatches. im lazy and impatient, not a good combination.

now im obsessed with crochet only becuase im scared to go back to knitting and keep making little squares.

ive crocheted a few headbands and started a blanket but like i said im super lazy.

best wishes and good luck!
« Reply #52 on: February 17, 2007 09:39:38 AM »

looks good!!! keep going

« Reply #53 on: February 17, 2007 09:41:02 AM »

well, it's nice to know that I have company at least! but you need at least 2 useless to you magazines or books, or 2 0r 3 totally unreadable with out a knitter patterns you got off the internet from well meaning people who don't know what you don't know, and a few skeins of yarn from natural fibers that you know will burn for a really good knitting bonfire. I swear, we should never be turned loose with pointy sticks on our own. Just keep in mind these things:
1. you will not turn out anything recognizible for at least 6 months.
2. you will invaribly choose the wrong combination of sticks and yarn.
3. I don't care how nice/warm/cute that yarn is, your first project should probably be string so you can see what you're doing.
4. don't even think about stitch markers without guidance. do they go on the (a) yarn or (b) needles? then there's that whole size thing. there's no hope for me. I used up all of my stitch markers making Barbie doll bracelets long ago.
5. circular needles are another thing. nobody told me I needed sets. if i've got to buy both anyway, a circular and double points, why don't I just start on double points? I'll tell you why, those damn things SLIDE, another thing nobody mentioned. thus the bonfire.
« Reply #54 on: February 17, 2007 09:48:06 AM »

just to add to everyone's support, it's hard to get a consistent cast on that isn't too tight or too loose in places...you'll get the hang of it!  your latest attempts look much better already!  just try not to be too perfectionist about it (i know it's hard!) and keep practicing!  Smiley

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« Reply #55 on: February 17, 2007 10:16:55 AM »

No one should expect their first 10 (or 20) attempts at casting on or knitting should look like the finished projects from designers who've been knitting for years. Instead of trying to make a really cool piece you like right off the bat, practice on string (that's what I used to learn on, only thing we had in the house), or inexpensive yarn for a long time. Practice casting on, knit stitches, purl stitches, ribbing, other combinations, everything in the learn to knit sections... then you can tackle that really neat project instead of being frustrated that it isn't looking like the picture the first time you pick up needles.


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« Reply #56 on: February 17, 2007 03:17:22 PM »

I have to concur with Sue. My cast ons have gotten way better since I joined an afghan exchange and I'm on my 25th square.  The squares are made out of red heart, so at least they were cheap! And they're very good for learning new stitches on.

And practice with the videos as much as you can, the videos do help a lot!

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« Reply #57 on: February 17, 2007 05:50:20 PM »

So listen to Sooz! start to knit with string!
After telling everybody about my knitting bonfire preparations, I didn't mention that I didn't actually burn it all. I just decided that if I have to knit with the stupid yarn with no twist, I can't do it in black, at night. I dropped stitches that I didn't notice, I split yarn without noticing, and I really didn't notice that the hat I was knitting for my son would have fit a cabbage patch doll
The whole reason I learned to knit in the first place was to knit beaded bags, and I learned on size 0000 needles handed down from my mom. I so value her needles, but I caught my son roasting mini marshmallows on it with a lighter one time. neither the needle or the kid has ever been the same----
« Reply #58 on: February 17, 2007 09:58:22 PM »

Black is hard even for experienced knitters to work on. I knit my sweetie a black cardi (his request - black is his favorite color) and it wasn't as bad as the last time I used black, but still not easy. Large stitches helped a lot.

I learned on size 0000 needles handed down from my mom. I so value her needles, but I caught my son roasting mini marshmallows on it with a lighter one time. neither the needle or the kid has ever been the same----



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