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I haven't seen a SNB thread in forever so I don't know if you guys are still getting together or not. But anyway, I have come to the conclusion that I really need a hobby and I just wanted to see if anyone would help me learn to knit!
 

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i'm not in portland any more (moved last year), but i am in your ddc! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
hopefully someone there will respond to help you out, but if not...<br><br>
i wanted to tell you that it's fairly easy to teach yourself to knit. i did over thanksgiving, only using the videos at <a href="http://www.knittinghelp.com" target="_blank">www.knittinghelp.com</a> to learn. i watched and practiced for one evening and had knit and purl down, as well as casting on. i kept on watching more videos and now know how to do lots f different things.<br><br>
i'd get size 8 needles to begin (i use 16" bamboo circulars, which you can use to knit both in the round and flat - like regular needles). get a regular-type worsted weight yarn (cheap for your first project) and nothing fancy like furry yarn or extra bulky. it helps you see the stitches well.<br><br>
then if you get stuck, go to a yarn store and ask them to get you out of the situation. youll quickly learn from your mistakes and get better.<br><br>
after a scarf, my next project was a sweater, then a booga bag (felted), a pair of longies and a gnome doll. so just jump right in!<br><br>
and make sure to check out the yarn crafts forum here. lots of people who taught themselves!<br><br>
good luck, mama!
 

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We still go to Mabels on Thursdays and some Sundays........... I will be sure to post when we go again. Oh and I would be happy to help you learn to knit <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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I can help ya learn to knit too. I taught a couple friends and my sister last year.<br><br>
I'm not a pro, but I can do all the basic stuff, and once you know how to knit and purl, you can teach yourself a lot from books and the internet. I recently taught myself how to do cables and double pointed needles. Yay me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
Oh, and when you learn how to knit, then you can knit cute wool soakers!
 

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See Nadine, that's what I want to do is knit my own soakers and longies so I don't have to pay $75 for someone else to do them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: We should get together sometime soon!<br>
Angstmommy: Let me know the next time you guys meet at Mabel's and I'll be there!
 

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I'm attempting my first pair of longies tonight!<br><br>
I always want to go hang out with the knitters but I get the impression that it's a time for mommies to get away and that's not something I can do yet. Is there ever a time/place where knitters get together and bring their kids?
 

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I'm new to it myself, but can knit and purl well enough. Bring your stuff on over!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I've got a DVD that was very helpful for me as well. But I really needed someone to actually show me how when I was learning how-it's so hard to just learn from books!
 

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Hey Annie, maybe Wendy could come when I come over on Monday and bring her kiddos and we could all try to knit together? Just a suggestion! If that doesn't work we should try to arrange a knitters circle with kids!
 

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Hey fine by me--if we feel too cramped in here we could always go to the playground benches while the kids play. It should be okay though!
 

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Wendy, good luck with the longies!<br><br>
I was exactly the same. I finally signed up for a class to learn how because I just couldn't figure it out from books. The pictures looked like a mess of knots and I couldn't tell what the sticks were supposed to be doing.
 

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I'm the type that has to learn something like that from a person so there's no way I could learn from a book or online.<br>
I'm so excited to learn how to knit. I don't have any needles or yarn. What should I get?
 

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Me! Me! Meeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<br><br>
Um. Yea... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> Sorry, I can see you have lots of help already, but ooooohhhhh I <b>love</b> to teach (English, piano, crochet, knitting, whatever) and I'm really good at it. (Am I allowed to say that? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ) And I have some skill with yarn and sticks... (Actually, um, a fairly lot of skill. Ok, I need to go before I either die of pride or embarassment at expressing said pride...)<br><br>
Ok, well, have fun with these ladies.<br><br>
(Did I mention I would love to have an excuse to make new friends and hang out with cool babes/kiddos? Ok, really stopping now.)
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bow.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bow"> Please come teach us your skills. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I'll admit I'm totally new at it. I've got the basics down, but that doesn't help you when you're trying to figure out how to read a dang pattern!<br><br>
DID, I think like a pp said, number 8 needles are what people like to learn on. You could just get any old yarn to practice and learn on, or just borrow some!
 

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Hey Arwyn, where do you live and how much do you charge to teach piano? My 7yo wants to learn and I want my 11yo to learn.
 

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Ashe - I would be happy to help you too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Once I get moved and go back to Mabel's....(Thursday Angst??? I am gonna need it by then. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nod.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nod">)
 

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Hey DiD et al...<br><br>
You guys should come to my house and knit. I have lots of needles and yarn i am happy to loan out (well, you can keep the yarn.) My house is set up for kids and though they probably won't let us get too much knitting done, it would be fun to try and keep us from being lonely<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> . People could bring their big kids too, I'm sure Raven wouldn't mind! Every day, except Tuesdays, are good for me.
 

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Emily, you're SO RAD. Fridays and Saturdays are the best days for me because DP can stay home with the big ones. Does Friday or Saturday work for anyone else for getting together at Emily's? And yes Arwyn, please come teach us your awesome skills! We love to hang out and make new friends too!<br>
By the way, I don't think anyone saw the post about my name change! I changed my name back to my birth name, Lydia. Whew. That'll take some getting used to. I've been Ashe for 10 years now.
 

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Gah! Stupid puter deleted my post! Argh!<br><br>
Hmph. Probably the universe's way of telling me to write less. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> So this will be shorter than my usual verbose postage.<br><br>
Wendy - I live in Aloha, will drive/bus to pretty much anywhere, am cheap and cheaper for two in a row, please PM me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I'm going to be in Indiana, probably, for the next two weekends - I'll be around next week, gone the following, then back in April. Have fun next weekend, but y'all better do this again sometime when I'm available. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
DiD/Lydia/The Mother Formerly Known As Ashe - linky to post please? I love to read about people's name choices! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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You know, I did a search for it and it's not there! It's possible MDC ate the post, because it seems that no one has seen it.<br>
Here's the short version of the story. My birth mother gave me the name Lydia when I was born. I was adopted at a month old but was put in foster care when I was 5 because my adopted parents were alcoholics and physically abusive. I found a foster family when I was 7 who wanted to adopt me but my birth mother fought them for custody of me for 7 years before they got her rights terminated and adopted me. As a nod to my perceived new life and family, during the adoption proceedings when I changed my last name I decided to change my first name as well, and I chose the name Ashe which is derived from a Sanskrit phrase meaning "to have hope."<br>
Now that I have children I feel much closer to my biological family, especially my mother and sister, and my mother expressed a lot of grief that I changed the name she and my late grandmother lovingly chose for me as a newborn. My mother fought with my father literally for my life and went against his wishes to keep me. After much soul searching I decided that out of respect for my mother and the hardships she endured just to bring me into this world I decided to legally change my name back to Lydia.
 
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