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post #21 of 66
I'm between beginner and intermediate, but I def. identify more as a newbie!

I have a bunch of the Little Turtle Knits patterns - super easy to follow, amazing outcomes from the patterns (I'm addicted to the pilot caps and the stripey slippers - oh! oh! and the easy peasy sweater) and Theresa is amazing for help and support.

Unfortunately, I've become a bit of a yarn snob and was in the TIG YOTM Club for a year (which is initially what gave me a taste for it!) but since I mostly knit for my own two little girls, it's totally worth it.
post #22 of 66
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Originally Posted by ~*max*~ View Post
What is Ravelry exactly? Like Facebook for knitters? I checked it out, but didn't really get it.
Yes - Ravelry is like Facebook for knitters. But it also acts as a smokin' database. So if you see a yarn or a pattern that you like, you can query other ravelers and see ALL of the items knit in that pattern or that yarn. And if you make a change to a pattern, you can list that so if you want to knit it again, you know what you did. There is usually a short waiting list for ravelry so they don't overwhelm the servers. Go ahead and sign up and then you can register once your number comes up. Newbies tend to spend a lot of time on ravelry at first. You can also input all of your yarns and needle stashes or look to buy a bit of leftover from someone else.

I'm expert knitter, and I'm happy to offer support.
post #23 of 66
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Originally Posted by ~*max*~ View Post
What is Ravelry exactly? Like Facebook for knitters? I checked it out, but didn't really get it.
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Originally Posted by Ellien C View Post
Yes - Ravelry is like Facebook for knitters. But it also acts as a smokin' database. So if you see a yarn or a pattern that you like, you can query other ravelers and see ALL of the items knit in that pattern or that yarn. And if you make a change to a pattern, you can list that so if you want to knit it again, you know what you did. There is usually a short waiting list for ravelry so they don't overwhelm the servers. Go ahead and sign up and then you can register once your number comes up. Newbies tend to spend a lot of time on ravelry at first. You can also input all of your yarns and needle stashes or look to buy a bit of leftover from someone else.

I'm expert knitter, and I'm happy to offer support.
I know this is the knitting support thread, but I also need to add it's not just for knitters, but crocheters, spinners, and dyers.

The knitters just get most of the attention.
post #24 of 66
I started a thread about my most recent mistake here, if anyone's interested, lol.
post #25 of 66

count me in!

I consider myself to be a beginner even though I first learned how to knit about 7 years ago. I put my needles down when I had my last baby and just picked them up again last year. I recently did my very first project with circulars and it was much easier than I thought. I don't know why I was so scared to try it. I don't like the dpn's though. I just finished a washcloth. (trying to knit Christmas presents now)

I have 3 things going right now:
--organic cotton bath puppet
--kid purse/bag for Christmas
--tote bag for me, using circulars

I have some great patterns saved on Ravelry that I would like to try as well.
I am also excited about attending my very first fiber art fair next weekend!

Happy knitting all,
post #26 of 66
Thread Starter 
I just finished my second project, and I'm much happier w/this one. (First was a scarf, which was slightly uneven and bind off was too tight.) This project was a seat for my dds' doll stroller. I made it in garter stitch w/really colorful yarn and then crocheted the trim w/fun fur. Next I'm going to knit the girls a matching scarf w/the fun fur and then attempt a baby bib for their dolls w/the colorful yarn. (The girls are good for my ego bc they LOVE anything I make.)

By the time I finish these projects I should have enough practice to move onto the poncho I'd like to make for me, or maybe a bag for my knitting supplies. Has anyone used circular needles? Are they hard, or similar to using straight needles?
post #27 of 66
I love using circular needles, prefer it. I have the Denise Interchangeables set and they are lovely. In projects that you need to use circular and straight or change sizes you can do it all with them. With circulars st st is done by just knit stitches, you don't have to purl, no turning the work, so it all seems to work up faster. I've actually been seeking out projects done in the round I like it so much.
post #28 of 66
Wow Max you sure are fast at getting these projects done. Can you post some pictures?

My scarf is slow going. DD has been terribly sick so I haven't had much time to work on it.

Is binding off what I have to do when I'm done with the scarf? And what is dpn's? This is such a new world to me.

My town has a very high end yarn store that has workshops. They seemed a bit pricey to me. Like $50 for 3 classes. What do you all think. I don't really have any experienced knitters around me.
post #29 of 66
Thread Starter 
ZanZansMommy, yes - I'm a bit obsessed! I have just about finished the matching scarf for the girls' toy stroller. It is made out of that "eyelash" yarn, which is surprisingly easy & fun to use. You use really big needles (15), so it works up incredibly fast. I am going to try to figure out how to post some pics & I'll get back to you if I have success.

As for the classes, I have been looking also. Like you, we have a high end yarn place in town. I've been in a couple times and I just find it way too expensive and the owner very unfriendly. I originally inquired about classes there, but decided I didn't want to spend any time w/this unpleasant person. I have found an ongoing class at our neighborhood guild (a community center that offers various kinds of classes to all age groups) for about $10./class. I think I am going to go w/that. You could also check out some of your local libraries for free classes. My church has a monthly knitting group too that I am going to try out.

MissRubyandKen, thanks for the info about the Denise Interchangables. I am going to look for some.
post #30 of 66
max- If you can definitely try one out before you think about getting the set. I did alot of researching before I bought and it seems people either love them dearly or aren't fond of them at all. There are a few other companies that make the interchangeables, Knit Picks and Boye are two that I know of. I have the Boye and Denise sets. I love the Denise, but the Boye has a few more sizes, and I've read some people don't like that the cords are thicker on the Denise, though it doesn't bother me. The Denise needles are made in the USA and have a lifetime warranty. I think the whole set was like 55$. Yep, checked. $55 for the pink set which donates $5 to breast cancer research, $50 for the blue set. I got the Boye set at Hobby Lobby with a 50% off coupon for like 35$.
post #31 of 66
I think I managed to get my newest mistake back on track. I'm attempting lace in it for the first time.

heart lace

~*max*~ - Do you have a flickr or photobucket account? You can copy and paste a direct link to a photo if so.
post #32 of 66
Thread Starter 
MissRuby&Ken, that pattern is adorable! Glad you were able to fix the mistake.
That's a good idea about the flickr or photo bucket account. I've never done anything w/pictures online, so it's just a matter of me taking the time to learn. And right now all my free time is spent :
post #33 of 66
Hi, I am a new knitter!

I wanted to learn to knit, so I started up a Stitch N Bitch group in my area and have been learning there. I've learned the basic - cast on, knit stitch, but nothing else yet. I am mostly just practicing knit stitch and I suppose after a while I'll learn to purl.

So, that's what I did instead of classes. My MIL knows how to knit but lives too far away to be much help. I really love going to SNB on Saturdays, even just for an hour. It's such a joy to get together with others.
post #34 of 66
I will join use guys! I am just starting out. My mom's friend showed me how to do the knit stitch and I bought Stitch n B*tch and am using knitting help.com. I know how to cast on, knit stitch, and I have been working on purling now. I really like the continental method. For some reason it is much easier for me than English. I am just doing a rectangular piece right now to get all the practice in. I really want to knit a chunky scarf. My dream project though is socks. :

I went to a thrift shop today and totally scored on some needles. I bought six pairs of needles, a crochet hook (which my book recommends having one of), four stitch holders, and four stitch markers all for under $10! I was thrilled. I am going to sew up a knitting needle roll today to store them in.
post #35 of 66
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My dream project though is socks. :
Me too! The yarn shop in town is offering a class on this but it's $50..ugh

Nemesis--how did you start a S&B group? I'd love to find local knitters & get some hands on help.
post #36 of 66
I can join in. I'm a very experienced knitter and have been doing it for a grand total of two months now

I actually just made my first thing that I am happy with. I've made a few projects, but they were pretty bad. I'm on ravelry too, same name atobols. I'll take a picture of my first successful project soon. It's just a hanging towel, but I'm so proud of it

My DH also asked me what I wanted for mother's day last week and I'm leaning toward the Denise kit. It's not that I don't like the knit picks, but I couldn't see that they would do straight needles as well as in the round, am I wrong about that? I have a nickle allergy so I'm thinking that wood or whatever the Denise ones are made of might be better.

I have no clue what I'm doing, but I like it!
post #37 of 66
Thread Starter 
Glad to see so many new knitters joining in. :
I wish we could all get together in person & form our own S&B group!
post #38 of 66
That would be awesome! I have been looking around my city to see if anyone else has a knitting group but I have not been able to find anyone. It would be awesome to have a group to meet with once a week to chat and get help and learn.
post #39 of 66
atobols- I'm so making one of those towels now. Is the pattern on Ravelry? Nice!
post #40 of 66
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Originally Posted by MissRubyandKen View Post
atobols- I'm so making one of those towels now. Is the pattern on Ravelry? Nice!
Yes it is. It only took 2 days and I got to learn a couple new things with making the button hole.
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