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Old 01-27-2008, 07:00 PM   #1
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Well, although I still come on here to see how my friends are, I don't get to cook very often because of DH's medical problems, so, I had to find another hobby. I thought I would try my hand a knitting and I love it!!
I know fisher'smom knits, anyone else??
I see everyones plans for dinner and salavating recipes and I get so depressed
I hope one day, I will be able to get back to cooking and testing all the things I haven't tried yet.

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Old 01-27-2008, 07:10 PM   #2
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Yes, texas. I've love to knit and have been knitting for over 45 years. Even taught classes for a time. It's so much fun and so addictive. Lookout, you'll be stashing yarn, books and tools in no time. Have fun!!!
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Old 01-27-2008, 07:15 PM   #3
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I really wish there was someone closer to me to learn from like you. The videos that are on the site are very helpful,but, knitting is something best learned by seeing in person. I thought cooking could be complicated, LOL, there are so many names to the same stitch, just by changing one thing to it. LOL
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Old 01-27-2008, 07:34 PM   #4
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Don't worry about being confused. Actually, there are only 2 stitches in knitting...knit and purl. The other stitches are simply combinations or manipulations of those stitches.

There is a series of books (3 or 4 books) that I can recommend, but I can't think of the names of the top of my head. I'll look them up and let you know. Very good explanations and photos.

I would suggest that you seek out knitting/yarn stores in your area. Many times these stores offer free or very reasonable help, including regular classes. These are nice because you will get expert hands-on help, plus you will meet some great people.
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Old 01-27-2008, 08:23 PM   #5
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I learned to knit, but got interested in crocheting, because I felt it gave me a chance to be more creative. I turned into a fanatic on afghans, and started creating my own designs.
I had to quit a few years ago, after I got some kind of "itis" (bursitis, arthritis, tendonitis) in my shoulders.
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Old 01-27-2008, 08:28 PM   #6
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I used to crochet when I was younger. Not sure why I stopped, unless it was being a stupid teenager. I started on knitting because I didn't realize that you could do just as much stuff with crochet as you can with knitting. I almost gave up on the knitting too and started on the crochet. Someone on the forum that I found told me not to give up yet. I'm glad that I didn't. It's actually a challenge and I just can't let a challenge go. LOL
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Old 01-27-2008, 08:55 PM   #7
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Use to love knitting. Haven't done it in quite a few, since the yarn stores closed (Super Yarn Mart) & a bead shop I frequented moved. Had every size needle imaginable - even #40 . That was one quick sweater. Last sweater I made was a Marc Jacobs' pattern from a Vogue knitting magazine. It was covered in black pailettes. (I looked like a walking fishscale, but it sure was fun. lol)





A helpful book (soft cover) you might enjoy, is called the Knitting Dictionary -- color photos & includes crochet patterns as well. The book is easy to follow. Start w large needles & chunky yarn. You'll have an afghan by Monday. . There are some pretty (chenille) yarns, etc here. Have fun.

Lion Brand Yarn

ETA: Did Bargello needlepoint for awhile. Still have all the books, & patterns I saved from library books I color copied. The colors/patterns are prettier than these, but here's the idea:

Bargello (needlework) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 01-27-2008, 09:00 PM   #8
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I am a scrapbook instructor and love scrapbooking.
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Old 01-27-2008, 09:49 PM   #9
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Wow, Texas, I'm so glad you're enjoying knitting! I really like most handcrafts - knitting, sewing, crocheting. It's a pleasure to produce something with your hands and it's a great way to kill time while waiting for an appointment or playing chauffeur for the kids. Because of you, I started knitting a lovely mohair shawl last week! I wish we lived closer because I'd love to start a knitting circle!

You should start carrying your knitting everywhere and you will run into others that knit and can help you with things you have trouble with. Also, if you have a nursing home or retirement community near you, call and see if any of the residents knit. Those folks would love the visit, are a wealth of information, and have the time to sit and show you. (I've always wanted to learn to tat and I've been thinking about seeing if there is anyone in the nursing home near me that can show me.)

I've never done a scrapbook, virgo, but I've practiced and even taught calligraphy for many years and I've often thought scrapbooking might be a craft I would enjoy. I've seen some amazing scrapbooks in magazines that truly are works of art. Maybe I should give it a try.
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Old 01-28-2008, 12:57 AM   #10
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I sew and have done counted cross-stitch and other needlework, but I never learned to knit or crochet. People were always saying, "I can teach you," but no one ever did. Now my carpal tunnel is so bad that I'm sure I couldn't do it. My hands are asleep most of the time now. When I sew a hem (I prefer to do them by hand--no one can see my hems) I have to stop to wake my hands up after every couple stitches.

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