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« on: November 24, 2005 01:21:07 PM »

About 2 years ago I purchased a bunch of knitting and crochet supplies, yarn and  Stitch n' Bitch.  I was going to finally teach myself how to knit.  Unfortunately - I humiliated myself and failed horribly and tossed everything to the very back of my closet in an effort to forget.  I'm a sewer, not a knitter.  Well...at least that is what I thought.

I was without power from Hurricane Wilma for 11 days - so I figured it was as good a time as any to clean my closet out.  When I went through my closet - I found my bag full of knitting gear.  I decided to give it another go. 

By candlelight - I finally figured it out and learnt how to do basic knit stitch.  I decided to do the usual "start with a scarf"...but I didn't want just a regular scarf...so I decided to size 35 (19mm) needles with thin yarn for a lacy effect.

It took forever to knit - I don't know how many times I had to keep ripping out rows and starting again.  I almost gave up at one point but I stuck with it and got into the swing of things.  Also, I didn't know how wide a scarf should be - so I just randomly chose 25 stitches across.  It turns out that is more a wrap than a scarf.  Oops Tongue

As a wrap:

As a scarf:

Now - I just need to teach myself how to purl, increase and decrease and then try something more challenging Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2005 01:45:31 PM »

Good for you! It looks a hell of a lot better than my first project! But then your stuff is always cute Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2005 04:11:43 PM »

Good for you!!! starting is the hardest part, love the scarf!

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« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2005 05:20:18 PM »

Yay!  Good for you!  The yarn is gorgeous, I love that it's variegated yet still really dark.
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ETA. Not that I mean at all that I don't think you're managing just fine- I do!; just in case it proves helpful! Wink
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« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2005 01:34:01 AM »

BRAVO fore this lady.

« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2005 10:32:02 AM »

Thats awesome!!! I wish I could knit

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« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2005 01:57:45 PM »

fantastic!  i recently taught myself to knit as well, using stitch n' bitch, another little pamphlet i got at Michaels, and finally knittinghelp.com.  the latter has been so much help!  she has little videos that show how to do everything!  purling does feel weird at first, but it's a cinch once you pick it up...i'm waiting to feel that way about increasing Undecided  anyway, congrats on learnign and making a beautiful scarf/wrap!

« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2005 02:49:25 PM »

Fabulous first project...I luv your story too... hurray for u !!! (^_^)

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« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2005 08:22:18 PM »

patriautism - Thank you!  As for my stuff always being cute - you've never seen the items I don't post Tongue  Boy - there are some rough looking ones!

knittinggodess - Thank you!  I totally agree with you - starting IS the hardest part.  Now my fingers are itching to do a new scarf!

BlackMarketBaby - Thank you for your kind words and also for the knittinghelp.com link!  I learn VERY well by visual elements rather than reading - so this should be perfect to learn all the other stitches, etc!

olenka - Aw - thank you!

Darkest_Faerie - I always said "I wish I could knit" and finally got sick of saying it over and over again Tongue  Hence why I gave it another go Smiley

Chihiro - Thank-you!  I'm definately going to watch the videos at knittinghelp.com.  I found some more yarn hidden in the back of my closet today - so I'm gonna make something from it soon Smiley

apixiegrl - Aw - thank you so much!

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« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2005 09:28:25 AM »

Wow! You're pretty like a model, too, so that makes your scarf look like something from a magazine.  I like that... I think the biggest needle size I have is 17, but I'm going to try this and see how it turns out.  Very beautimus!  Cheesy

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