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post #21 of 542
another new knitter here! i had a dream that i knitted a baby blanket for my new little one (due in late july/early aug) out of peacock colors in chenille. my knitter friends kindly dissuaded me from that being my first project, and i've finished a little cotton dishrag and am about a third of the way through a yummy purple wool with colored cotton flecks scarf.

tonight i downloaded the LTK soaker pattern, but it looks a little bit beyond me (that's an understatement, btw!)... fortunately i have some seriously pro knitter pals who hopefully will be willing to sit with me and translate it.

nice to meet you all!

katje
post #22 of 542
Katje,

Congrats on catching the knitting bug.

HEHEHE on the dddc, whoever did that!!! Crack me up!
post #23 of 542
Hello Knitters!

I'm Jess and I learned to knit as a kid but didn't really start knitting untill my first was born. Now when I have the time I knit. Mittens, socks, hats , sweaters, scarves, baby things for everyone. And soon I'll post pics of the soaker I'm about to start! (I just have to decide if I want shorts or not!)
post #24 of 542
Hi. I've been knitting for about a year now. I made a couple soakers for ds and some friends' babys to start with. Unfortunately, ds will not wear any of the soakers I knit for him. I don't know why. He wants to put them on then he rips them off just as fast. He's almost 2. But now I have a new baby due in July that I've been knitting like mad for. So far I have made 5 soakers, a pair of pants, a sweater, a couple hats and socks. I'm just about done with another pair of socks for her. I don't know what to make next. I might try a little dress. I also want to felt a small purse for me to keep my wallet and keys and such in for the diaper bag but I can't find a free pattern. I also need to make some things for some friends expecting in the next few months. I know I'm running out of time since I'm sure I won't have much when the new baby arrives.
post #25 of 542
I've been knitting for about 2.5 years and crocheting since I was knee high to the world. I did the Coronet pattern at Knitty but made it too long. With the left over yarn, I made a pair of booties for my Bun and have been making about a pair every day or so. DP has told me to stop at 12 pairs. I'm only on my 6th. (My 5th needs more yarn!)

I'm planning on crochetting baby bunting too.
post #26 of 542
Hello everyone! I too am addicted to knitting and yarn!

I bought the book Knitting Basics and learned to knit late last summer. I was pregnant and wanted to make my own soakers. The LTK soaker pattern was my very first project!

I have knit soakers, longies, mittens, felted mocs, booties, hats and soaker shorts. I knit LTK Pumpkin Hats last Fall. My favorite place to get yarn and patterns at is LTK. Theresa's handpaintd yarn is just georgous!

Right now I am working on a pair of really pretty brown Longies and a pair of soaker shorts with the LTK Swamp yarn.

Theresa~I LOVE that shawl! Someday I want to knit one for me.

Michelle~I have a local yarn shop where I have gotten some yarn but I haven't been very happy with it. The LTK yarn is just much better, IMNSHO. I have also heard good things about the yarn from fabricconnection.com. I haven't ordered from there yet but I will soon.

Katje~You will do great with the LTK soaker! We are here to help and Theresa is WONDERFUL at tech support. Jump in!
post #27 of 542
Katje, My first ever knitting project (well, aside from scarves that never got finished) was an LTK soaker and the whole time I was knitting it I was scared of the next step, but the next step never proved to be that hard. It turned out looking like a soaker and it even worked. Yahoo! Anyway, you are plenty experienced to do it. Good luck!

I have just spent the last hour looking through the knitty patterns. They have so much more now than the last time I looked. And there's so many that I'd love to do. I just got a sewing machine and spent a dredful amount of money on fabric for diapers, though, so I have to be choosey. I am sooo jealous of you mamas who were knitting *before* you had babies. Aaaahhh! What I wouldn't do for a chunk of uninterrupted knitting time. But, then again, the only person I ever feel tempted to knit for is my sweetie, so it's a bit of a catch 22.

I have finished the body of my soaker and now just have to do the leg cuffs and seem up the front (it's a F&F flat knit). This is where I always get stuck. I like to start the cuffs after milo goes to bed. So, I'm thinking I'll do a guage swatch for my next soaker. Do you think I'm just trying to justify not finishing my present project and getting to play with my next batch of yarn? It seems so dumb to get bored with it at this point. He needs a soaker and I think it'll be about my nicest yet. All right. Now I'm just procrastinating getting my laundry started...

J.
post #28 of 542
Thread Starter 
Wow! There are a lot of us here, I'm impressed! I'm glad I'm not the only one who's nuts about knitting. And I'm glad I'm not the only one thinking about the holidays. As soon as my sweater is done, and dp's slippers are done, I'm getting started, I swear! I'm doing matching sweaters for my step-dad and nephew, and my sister wants a really long scarf (blech!). But I'll be spending a number of days on a train this summer, so I'll be able to get lots done, I hope.

Theresa~ your shawl is gorgeous!

Michelle~ check your phone book for local yarn stores, or check around the internet, if you're comfortable ordering online, although it can be difficult to tell what the yarn will really be like from a picture in the internet.

Rubidoux~ I totally hear you about wanting to start the next project before the one I'm working on is finished! I try not to have more than one project going at a time to keep that from happening too badly, otherwise my ADD kicks in and I never finish anything. :LOL

Tara~ I too want to learn fair isle and intarsia, and haven't worked up the gumption to try them yet. I can cable though, and that's pretty cool.

Yay!
post #29 of 542
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Originally Posted by Aurora
Hello everyone! I too am addicted to knitting and yarn!

I bought the book Knitting Basics and learned to knit late last summer. I was pregnant and wanted to make my own soakers. The LTK soaker pattern was my very first project!

I have knit soakers, longies, mittens, felted mocs, booties, hats and soaker shorts. I knit LTK Pumpkin Hats last Fall. My favorite place to get yarn and patterns at is LTK. Theresa's handpaintd yarn is just georgous!

Right now I am working on a pair of really pretty brown Longies and a pair of soaker shorts with the LTK Swamp yarn.

Theresa~I LOVE that shawl! Someday I want to knit one for me.

Michelle~I have a local yarn shop where I have gotten some yarn but I haven't been very happy with it. The LTK yarn is just much better, IMNSHO. I have also heard good things about the yarn from fabricconnection.com. I haven't ordered from there yet but I will soon.

Katje~You will do great with the LTK soaker! We are here to help and Theresa is WONDERFUL at tech support. Jump in!

I have GOT to second EVERYthing you said about Theresa's patterns! I own quite a few myself, and her soaker is the first one I ever knit. I then turn to the longies, and a few hat patterns. I have purchased yarn from her, and I love it.

Ok.... I just had to add that. If it wasn't for Theresa's soaker pattern, I don't think I would be here today.
post #30 of 542
Oh my gosh I was beginning to think knitting is a lost art! I'm so glad to see so many here that love knitting! I'm sure I'll have lots of questions! I JUST learned to knit last week and WOW, I didn't know how much I would just LOVE KNITTING! It is so incredibly theraputic and addictive and fun! I get all giddy when I feel the wool in my fingers...lol it just makes me happy!
I'm almost done with my first project, using a hipster kercheif pattern. I'm trying to figure it out! I learned the basic stitch from a friend showing me (thankgoodness) and the rest I am trying to figure out from demonstrations on the internet!
So what is the website for LTK? It sounds good, I'd like to try making wool soakers! FUN!!
post #31 of 542
Knitting isn't a lost art. There's tons of new books about it - and not just "this is the knit stitch" type ones. There's one that is really kewl that I have that I love although I probably will never stitch a thing from it. Then there's the book on ethnic shawls I have. There's one in there that I drooooool over the thought of making.

Just like other needlearts, knitting is very relaxing and a perfect thing for a pregnant mom to do.
post #32 of 542
Meredith, your stuff is sooo pretty! I know what you mean about wanting to knit for your own little one once in a while. I recently did several trades in a row (mostly crochet, though) and the soaker I'm just finishing for milo is his first in a long while. He's starting to grow out of my favorite one, too. I have totally fantasized about knitting soakers for money (mostly so I could buy any of the rediculously expensive diapers I wanted ), but when I have made stuff for other people it makes me really anxious. All the little flaws just scream at me as I'm knitting. The last one I did was a very cute newborn soaker that has a tiny loop right near the waistband that I didn't catch (one of the three plys snuck out, kwim?). It was something that would've never bothered me if it were for milo or if I had bought it from someone else, but I kept thinking the mama wasn't going to like it. So, I think I'm out of the biz and knitting only for fun. On the other hand, it's kind of kool to send your stuff out into the world and know that other babes are showing it off.

Anyway, your colors are really gorgeous and there seems to be a big market for hand dyed yarns, at least as long as I'm out of control. :LOL Hint, hint...

And the ltk addy is www.littleturtleknits.com and I completely agree, Theresa's yarns are fabulous to knit with and the soakers I've made from them have been my favorites!

J.
post #33 of 542
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Originally Posted by rubidoux
Meredith, your stuff is sooo pretty! I know what you mean about wanting to knit for your own little one once in a while. I recently did several trades in a row (mostly crochet, though) and the soaker I'm just finishing for milo is his first in a long while. He's starting to grow out of my favorite one, too. I have totally fantasized about knitting soakers for money (mostly so I could buy any of the rediculously expensive diapers I wanted ), but when I have made stuff for other people it makes me really anxious. All the little flaws just scream at me as I'm knitting. The last one I did was a very cute newborn soaker that has a tiny loop right near the waistband that I didn't catch (one of the three plys snuck out, kwim?). It was something that would've never bothered me if it were for milo or if I had bought it from someone else, but I kept thinking the mama wasn't going to like it. So, I think I'm out of the biz and knitting only for fun. On the other hand, it's kind of kool to send your stuff out into the world and know that other babes are showing it off.

Anyway, your colors are really gorgeous and there seems to be a big market for hand dyed yarns, at least as long as I'm out of control. :LOL Hint, hint...

And the ltk addy is www.littleturtleknits.com and I completely agree, Theresa's yarns are fabulous to knit with and the soakers I've made from them have been my favorites!

J.
Thanks so much! I have been knitting .... and knitting ... and knitting....

I have found a seller on Ebay that offers nice Bartlett wool ... www.furryarns.com ... I have purchased a few from them. I wouldn't make a soaker out of it because it is SO thick, but they do make nice pants and shorts. So I use some of theirs, too. But I like to dye up my own.
post #34 of 542
I'm having so much fun! I'm almost 1/2 way done with my first washie (using the pattern from The Idiot's Guide to Knitting... and it's turning out pretty nicely.

My problem is I want to cinch each stitch tight and that doesn't work well. I gotta relax and loosen up!
post #35 of 542
I learned to knit about 20 years ago. I used to knit doll blankets. Crocheting was always more my thing. But I am back to knitting.

I have made DD 2 soakers with the FF and fairy pattern and passed on two. I am working on another for a friend now. Oh, also a pair of longies and a soaker that was shrunken and trashed. I love the wool ball pattern from LTK.

I love knitting. It is so portable and practical. Too bad I don't have more time. With a babe and homeschooling I should be doing other things. Like now - computer and I should be fixing supper.

Better dash...
post #36 of 542

Hooray!!! It's my TRIBE!!

How did I miss this thread???

I am Pamela and I have been knitting since I was a young girl. I would be knitting now if I didn't have a giant baby attached to me. :

I'm fooling around with some embroidery on a soaker I knit for a friend. Grrr.... I am so frustrated! I have a cool embroidery book, but I hate the learning curve. I want everything to be perfect the first time. I've embroidered before, but I am trying to step it up a bit.

On the needles right now is another pair of shorts for my friend's newborn. I just love those fast knitting projects!

I knitting!!!

Damn, I need more yarn.
post #37 of 542
Where the heck ya been girl?! BTW, those cargo knit shorts are SO incredibly adorable.
post #38 of 542
Thanks!! Hey, like my new title??
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post #39 of 542
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Originally Posted by pamelamama
I'm fooling around with some embroidery on a soaker I knit for a friend. Grrr.... I am so frustrated! I have a cool embroidery book, but I hate the learning curve. I want everything to be perfect the first time. I've embroidered before, but I am trying to step it up a bit.
Hey... when you figure it out, can you do a class on it? I would LOVE to learn to embroider on my stuff, but I do NOT have the patience to learn! Pretty sad, huh?
post #40 of 542
Oooo, me too on the embroidery. I took my embellished KSS into our local yarn store and the woman was like, "Oh, no problem, I can coach you on that, just come in when you have some time."

I love knitting when I'm doing well. When I'm making mistakes I swear nothing makes me more frustrated. I'm halfway done with my second F&F and I have to hurry because my EWS class is starting!
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