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Old 11-10-2011, 11:49 AM   #21
 
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Thanks!! I'll definitely look into kits/vids/books, maybe I'll get lucky and find someone to teach me.
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I learned how to knit by watching my mom for about 2 hours one night. We attend a weekly stitch club and at the time I was cross-stitching. I lost my needle and had nothing to do but watch. The next week she started some yarn on needles for me and I just kept working at it. Now it's almost second nature to do a knit stitch.

Sorry my link didn't work everyone. If you want to see what my mom and I do you can go to www.facebook.com/HeartFeltCreationsByCo

M2LR your stuff is great and the hand dyed yarn is awesome. Also the beaded scarves are amazing.
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I just checked out your blog, M2LR. You make your own yarn?! That's too cool! Are you still making any?

eta: And yes I spend hours drooling over patterns too.. I have about 36 items in my queue to work on. Right now I'm only working on one project, but I want to start a few more.

I haven't been spinning too much recently, but I've been buying the "bare" skeins from Knit Picks and dyeing them. Some of the colors come out terrible when I try and hand paint, so doing monochromatic
works better for me.

works better for me.
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I learned how to knit by watching my mom for about 2 hours one night. We attend a weekly stitch club and at the time I was cross-stitching. I lost my needle and had nothing to do but watch. The next week she started some yarn on needles for me and I just kept working at it. Now it's almost second nature to do a knit stitch.

Sorry my link didn't work everyone. If you want to see what my mom and I do you can go to www.facebook.com/HeartFeltCreationsByCo

M2LR your stuff is great and the hand dyed yarn is awesome. Also the beaded scarves are amazing.
Thank you!
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My Aunt taught me how to crochet a couple years ago...omg just realizing it's more like 6. I made my new nephew a blanket and since then I've been hooked. (haha, crochet pun!)

Bekka, what I love about crochet is you don't need multiple hooks (unless you like to keep everything for each project together). I just loop a safety pin onto where I left off and then I can pick it back up when I want! Usually I just make 1 or 2 things at a time.

I'm making some baby booties and hopefully a hat for my sister who is expecting and some baby bath puppets. I'm also going to do an iPad case for my friend for her step-mom for christmas. I usually do up a bunch of dishcloths too. I want to make me some pot holders for the new place too!

Anyone with extra time or just a little I highly recommend this project. Scarves for Special Olympics They get handmade scarves for every athlete and volunteer. They have specific colors each year so everyone has some uniformity. You can send to whichever program you wish. I am doing it for Maine because my cousin competes and it's always on the coldest weekend of the year! They are partnered with Red Heart so the yarn is inexpensive. You can do any pattern as long as it meets their length requirements to ensure that it will fit most everyone.
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I swear, I can't even remember the last time I actually FINISHED a project. It makes me sad and mad at the same time

I learned crochet back in junior high school in Home Ec, but I taught myself how to knit (well, with a little help from a nice lady who heads a volunteer knit/crochet group here....she had to teach me purl, as a lefty I struggled with that)

I've actually finished a crochet net beanie/snood thingy. I've had a sock in the works for about 2 years now, having taught myself to knit on double-pointed needles.

By the way, belated thanks to those who helped me during my agonizing thread from that time. That sock has blood, sweat, and tears knitted into the very fibers. I still haven't finished that stupid sock but DAMMIT I know how to knit on double-pointed needles!!! (sigh)

P.S. I always recommend children's instruction books on how to knit or crochet!

ETA: Update--just pulled out the sock. Was not hard to find my place after all this time, but tonight's NOTTTTT the night to be painstakingly slipping and counting stitches after a hard, confusing first day on the new job.

On the upside, though, I've officially started the......drum roll........HEEL FLAP!!!
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Old 11-10-2011, 08:56 PM   #27
 
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I signed up for ravalry.com. Never heard of it until now but it's pretty cool. I'm JGib81 for anyone interested.

I started a new something (not sure if I'm going for a scarf or cowl yet) tonight. Jo-Ann's was having veteran's week so with a 50% off an item plus the extra 20% for my military id I paid about $10 for 3 pretty yarns. I'm knitting them all together at the same time. It's looking good so far. I'll post a pic tomorrow.
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Old 11-11-2011, 05:49 AM   #28
 
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Jess I got your add on.. I can't wait to see pictures of your projects. And Kooky, yeah I like to keep everything for a project together. Last night I bought a few extra hooks, so this weekend will be a crochet weekend.. I'll be starting a lacy shawl for a friend.
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Old 11-11-2011, 01:38 PM   #29
 
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So this is what I started last night. Ive only done a few rows but it looks cool. I'm just trying to decide if I like it or if I want to use my huge needles for more of an open weave look.


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They're all iPhone pics so not the greatest but these are some of my finished projects. You can tell I'm a beginner, lol.
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Old 11-11-2011, 04:29 PM   #31
 
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Nice collar! And I like the green scarf too.. looks cozy. You did good. You did all that in just a few days?
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Really pretty Jess! I like the new yarns you got, those colors will look great together!
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Old 11-11-2011, 06:01 PM   #33
 
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Thanks! No that wasn't all in one day, lol. I don't have an attention span long enough to even finish one thing in a day. It's just easier to post pics from my phone so I figured I'd share.

I decided on scarf instead of cowl but that meant I had to undo and start over. And then it took me 3 more cast ons to get it as wide as I want it. I swear I do this every time.
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Old 11-12-2011, 04:42 AM   #34
 
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I took the plunge and dug my crochet hook last night! I also had to go out and get some yarn.

I am ssooo out of practice it is ridiculous, or maybe I was never as good as I thought! haha

Has anyone ever used allfreecrochet.com? I saw a few youtube videos make reference to this.
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I just checked out your blog, M2LR. You make your own yarn?! That's too cool! Are you still making any?

eta: And yes I spend hours drooling over patterns too.. I have about 36 items in my queue to work on. Right now I'm only working on one project, but I want to start a few more.

I haven't been spinning too much recently, but I've been buying the "bare" skeins from Knit Picks and dyeing them. Some of the colors come out terrible when I try and hand paint, so doing monochromatic
works better for me.

works better for me.
Have you tried kettle dying? That is my next project. I like hand painting; but it is so messy and time consuming, kettle dying is supposed to be quicker and less messy. I am going to use my old crock pot with one of the liners you can get.

I stated dying yarn about 18 months ago and finally got the hang of knitting about a year ago. I tried for years but it eventually just clicked. I really like knittinghelp.com.

So far I have not done a lot. For dd- a hat, capris, mitts. a top. For ds2 a blanket (which took a lot if time) and a hat. I need to make ds1 a hat, even though I haven't had time to knit since the babe was born in august...that should be a quick knit. My goal for 2012 is 12 projects...about one a month. I am also on rav. Deezee02 there too!
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Old 11-12-2011, 08:25 AM   #36
 
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My mum taught me to knit 2 years ago when I was off work for surgery. So far I've made 2 scarves, a draft excluder (badly) and a headband/ear warmer. I had a go at crochet but I cannot figure it out.

I may have another bash at it this winter. I'm very slow though so making gifts is out of the question for this year. I may be able to do it for next year though.
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:55 PM   #37
 
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Yay, fellow knitters! Though sadly, I don't knit all that often. I made my first scarf about two years ago and just finished another one about a month ago.

I bought this cool white, blue, and metallic thread yarn about two years ago and began making said scarf. Then I put the project away for two years (sad I know) and just picked it back up and finished it. Except, I only had one skein of yarn and it wasn't enough and because it had been two years, buying another skein wasn't going to happen. So now I have a little round scarf/collar with the ends sewn together.

I've been meaning to knit more, I just don't know what I want to make. Are hats difficult? I've never knit in the round before. Also, I apparently knit incorrectly (?) I guess I only ever learned a purl stitch and I do it backwards. Either way both scarves have come out just fine.

Any ideas for projects for a novice knitter? I am not quite ready for a sweater, but am over scarves.
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Yay, fellow knitters! Though sadly, I don't knit all that often. I made my first scarf about two years ago and just finished another one about a month ago.

I bought this cool white, blue, and metallic thread yarn about two years ago and began making said scarf. Then I put the project away for two years (sad I know) and just picked it back up and finished it. Except, I only had one skein of yarn and it wasn't enough and because it had been two years, buying another skein wasn't going to happen. So now I have a little round scarf/collar with the ends sewn together.
That's called a cowl and I knit them all the time.

I'll post a really easy pattern tomorrow. Also YouTube has tons of videos on different stitches.
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Does anyone have any ideas or advice about perfecting the necessary gauge size in crocheting? It is messing me up big time, maybe I am just not understanding it well enough?
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Does anyone have any ideas or advice about perfecting the necessary gauge size in crocheting? It is messing me up big time, maybe I am just not understanding it well enough?
I assume it's similar to what you would do with knitting. I knit on the looser size, so I use a smaller needle. Conversely, if you knit tightly, you would go with a larger size. If you're making clothing that is fitted, you need to do a swatch--switching the needle until you get the gauge that you need. If it's a scarf, afghan, etc., you want to be close--but it's not as important. Being consistent is what matters.
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