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#1 of 4 Old 05-25-2004, 07:29 AM - Thread Starter
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okay - i confess i have had this overwhelming desire to learn how to knit or crochet (what is the difference between the two anyway?!?). but all the "older women" in my life live far away - how do i go out learning?!
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I started with the LTK pattern. I looked at tons of books and the best one I found is Knitting Basics by Betty Barnden. It has drawings AND pictures (both have advantages/disadvantages so you get the best of both worlds) and it shows you basically everything you need to know. My first project was the LTK soaker and now I've made 3 (the third one finally fits like I want it to). It would have been nice to have someone next to me to show me things in person, but I didn't have that option either. Happy knitting!

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I went to the site for lion yarns and followed their directions under learn to knit

I just finished my first pair of soaker shorts (It was my first project ever!) and it turned out great

It is a lot easier than I expected
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I checked six books out of the library. Each had slightly different pictures and drawings, and together I was able to puzzle out how to do each stitch. I did the same with crochet, though I prefer knitting.

I've recently gotten back into it after 10 years off. I don't knit soakers like many people here tend to, though. In the last month, I've made several bean bags (to remember how to knit, perl, alternate between knitting and perling, make designs...), a hat (to learn to knit in the round), and now I'm almost done making a teddy bear (to learn to shape). My goal is to get good enough to make thin angora gloves to wear under my bike gloves in the deep, cold winter. I'm learning that there are zillions of things you can make knitting, and now I'm addicted. A friend showed me her awsome felted wool slippers. Hmmm. I want *those*.
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