Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I'm {knitting}

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I have tried to learn how to knit at least five different times.  The craft of knitting hates me.  Or so I thought.

Now, I can crochet all day long with no problem but put two pointy non-sewing needles in my hands and it's trouble.

But there's this really cute stocking hat that I want to make for Chaney so I've convinced myself that I will knit it.  Plus I love all the pictures that pop up on blogs of knitting works in progress.  They are so pretty.  So peaceful.  I pretend that those bloggers knit and sip tea all day long and if only I could knit then I could do the same.  Right?

Don't go ruining my fantasy.  Please.

So I appealed to Facebook and got several suggestions.  How did we ever accomplish anything before Facebook?  I also stumbled on Stitch -n- Bitch  at Joann's for 30% off.  I learned to crochet from the companion to that book called The Happy Hooker.  And yes, both books are just as fun as their titles.

I'm by no means fast but I'm getting there.  Knitting is becoming enjoyable but I don't think I'll ever love it as much as quilting.  So as much as I would love to knit, blog, and sip tea all day long, I don't see this blog ever evolving into a knitting blog. 

Can you hear Steve breathing a sigh of relief as my tea & knitting fantasy comes to an end?  I'm pretty sure I just heard it.  Maybe in his wave of relief he won't mind a tiny fabric shopping spree... ;)

For those of you who knit, any tips that you wished you had known early on when learning how to knit??

26 comments:

Dj said...

No tips, but I'm good at enabling.

http://ravelry.com

DevonMaid said...

Tips? Start each row with a slip stitch ... it gives you an even edge, making it easier to sew together. Enjoy!

Kirsty@Bonjour said...

Even tension when casting on - if you're like me you'll try and pull too tight and then the bottom kind of fans out to the main body because it's too short. Just gotta relax and practice! Have fun.

❦Bayside Gal❦ said...

I have the same problem. I can crochet all day, but knitting with 2 needles scares the heck out of me. I should look into that book--to add to the many "teach yourself to knit" books I already have hahaha.

Fifi said...

Tips...ha!! I can't knit worth a flick! I have bought knitting needles though, one day I will attempt to use them for knitting not just back scratching or pushing the corners out or the pillows I make! I "can" crochet the worlds longest scarf, does that count!!

I love visiting your page! You have a great Thanksgiving!

Paula said...

Knitting is my favorite hobby! YouTube has lots of great knitting tutorials that are worth checking out also some local knitting stores might have "help" hours. There are lots of great knitting/yarn stores in the Dallas area. I'm not sure where exactly you are located but Woolie Ewe is really nice; it's located in Plano. There is also a store in the Highland Park area that I'm told has really nice people to help the new knitter. Let me know if you want the names of a few other stores - I'm happy to enable a good habit that leads to tea drinking and blogging!

Live a Colorful Life said...

I don't have any hints, even though I just re-started knitting about a month ago, after about a twenty-year break. I would totally knit and drink tea, I mean WINE, with you. Yes, like DJ said above, go to ravelry. Or don't. Because it's addicting. I think Mark nearly had a stroke when I told him I was buying some yarn....

Katie said...

I found watching videos on YouTube to be a great help in addition to Stitch 'n Bitch.

As far as tips... I approach knitting (and crochet, for that matter) with very little fear because it is so easy to rip out stitches and start anew. If you are far enough in a pattern with a lot of detailed work, you can slip in a piece of waste yarn that would work as a stitch holder if you have to rip out. That way, you don't lose stitches or have to unknit something.

I have found that through lots of practice, I now know what the stitch looks like and can easily pick them up if needed. Understanding the constuction comes with time.

Oh, and cheap, acrylic yarn is great for learning, but you will find that working with natural fibers is much nicer. Kind of like buying cheap fabric when you first learn to sew and then progress to higher quality. I also have progressed from using the inexpensive aluminum needles to using bamboo. I held off buying any until I was sure that I would stick with knitting.

Kris from DukeSaysSewWhat said...

Knitting? I'm still cutting all those chevron squares! LOL!

Archie the wonder dog said...

Good luck with the knitting! I can't think of any tips but try not to glue your shoulders to your ears *wink*

Kiera said...

No tips! I'm going to be learning soon and would love to see your progress!

Lynne said...

I have knitted almost all my life - it's a great craft for travelling, watching TV, and chatting with family and friends. When you are experienced enough (and if the pattern is simple enough) you don't even need to look at what you are doing!

I had a knitting blog; since I fell into quilting last year, I now have a stitching blog!

Danielle said...

I wish I knew what to say! I could write the exact same post but swap the words crochet and knitting around! I can knit in my sleep, but crochet - I just cannot get my head around all those double trebles. Arrgghh! Want to swap? :)

Frogdancer said...

I tend to knit in the winter and quilt in the summer.
You'll love knitting... it's by far more portable than quilting!

aksherry said...

Tips would be: just have fun with it!!! I once read that if you got to something that you didn't understand, pretend that you were Laura Ingalls and do what she would do.
Enjoy your knitting!

Stitched With Prayer said...

I love knitting...it is not my strongest suit though. I have crocheted since I was 7, that's over 50 years so I can make anything that way, doilies and tableclothes, very lacy were my favorite but my hands don't work as well as they once did so I knit a little. I just finished a pair of fingerless gloves, though I call them my hand snuggies. They go above my wrist the up to the first knuckle of my fingers and their is just a hole for the thumb. That way, my aching hands stay warm and I can still stitch, sew, knit, read or anything else I want with comfy warm hands. I'm going to start another pair later tonight. I can knit and pearl and all the yarn over things okay, but I cannot get the hang of knitting small projects in the 'round'. Circular needles have become my worst enemy so I just knit them all flat, then sew up the side. Keep trying, once you get a rythme, it is really very fun and relaxing. I started out making dishcloths and trying all the different stitches on them. Keep us posted on how you do! Hugs...

Stitched With Prayer said...

OH, meant to tell you, I have been Googleing knitting tutorial videos...very helpful. They have some great beginner ones on there that helped me a lot. Hugs...

Needled Mom said...

I love knitting. As a newbie I would just tell you to relax so the tension doesn't get too tight! ;)

Donna S. said...

I learned to knit several years ago. Taught my 9 year old granddaughter a coupld of years ago & a couple of weeks ago taught my 7 year old granddaughter. It is just like anything else. Practice, practice, practice. As you do more & more, all things will become clear!! LOL

Kristie said...

3 cheers for needles! My only advice? You Tube. You can learn it all on there!

Jackie said...

I second DJ - Ravelry.com Tremendous resources and infinite inspiration.

I learned a lot by taking classes. Find a good yarn shop and drop by a Knit Night. It's great to knit with new knitting friends.

Lily said...

Hi, I've been knitting forever, but I just learned recently to cast on with the yarn in my right hand (yes, it takes some getting used to if you're right handed). Then your first row can be a knit row and you have a beautiful edge. Or if your pattern allows, you can start with a purl row instead of casting on backward! Try it both ways, it really makes a difference!

Cheree @ The Morning Latte said...

I tried to teach myself to knit for about 25 years (yes, starting when I was about 10). Then a few years ago I finally took a class at our local extension office. I just needed someone to SHOW me. Now I love knitting--well, much more than it loves me. In fact...it doesn't even like me but I'm VERY determined and it's so fun! I recommend The Yarn Harlot for some hilarious reading! Her addiction to yarn is so similar to us quilters and our fabric that you'll find yourself in tears--from laughter.

CitricSugar said...

I wish I'd reminded myself that starting large and complicated patterns before I'd learned the basics was a bad idea. :-) Stick with smaller, simpler projects until you get the habit of tension and rhythm down. Also, when you do start larger, complex projects, invest in a lifeline: run a different colour, cotton string or yarn through the stitches in every ten rows or so, or just underneath a particularly difficult row. That way if you have to rip it back and start again, you have easy access to the stitches, they'll go onto the needles the right way, and you won't have to tear it back to the start. I messed up and had to restart projects from scratch several times before I learned that trick!

Good luck with your knitting journey!

Leslie Creech said...

I'm just the opposite! I'm a qulter who can knit but can't crochet to save my life. Never got the hang of it--too many holes to stick the hook into and how do you count stitches? Anyway, knitting just seems easier but I envy anyone who can crochet.

Maybe next year I'll give it another try.

Happy knitting.

Leslie Creech

Rebecca Conner said...

The best advice I ever heard was: In knitting there is only two real stiches. Knitting and pearling. Everything else is a variation of that.

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