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Started by CharlySez on 02-Mar-2011 22:40:45
The Knitting Thread

Place to talk about knitting projects, swap knitting tips and advice, celebrate lovely finished knitted items, drool over gorgeous wool and posh needles, share free knitting patterns, pour hearts out over knitting disasters, and so on.

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CharlySez - 02 Mar 2011 22:42:07 (#1 of 1013)

I've rediscovered knitting nearly 30 years since my Mum taught me. Now I can't stop. Current project is a cashmere beret. I still drop a lot of stitches.

yumyum - 03 Mar 2011 07:26:27 (#2 of 1013)

I am in mourning. I used to be a champion knitter and spent years knitting quite complex Kaffe Fassett type patterns. We sold our house in Winchester to a friend and as we were moving to France I put all my home-made beautiful things in the attic.

When I saw the friend a few months ago he told me he had had to empty the attic and gave everything to charity shops. Wtf? Why didn't he get in touch.

Thus I am in mourning for about 35 jumpers/tops/cardigans that - if I say so myself - were bloomin' lovely.

I'm thinking of starting again though. Perhaps this thread will inspire me, CharlySez

RodJaneandFreddy - 03 Mar 2011 15:08:12 (#3 of 1013)

I went on a knitting binge a couple of years ago, mainly jumpers, hats, scarves etc for two 6yr old nieces. It was impossible to knit for one without doing the same for the other. However, after a bit, it got too much doing two of everything and I started a jacket for one of the girls' mother but the knitting bug deserted me and I am left with it half finished and in a cupboard for the best part of a year now.

blaithin - 03 Mar 2011 15:13:38 (#4 of 1013)

There was a truly marvellous knitting, crochet, crafting and sewing thread in Advice on GUT. It was a huge inspiration to me. I was about to start a thread when I saw this one!

CharlySez - 03 Mar 2011 15:41:37 (#5 of 1013)

Doh, I never thought of putting this thread in Advice.

I do wonder whether the knitting is just a passing fad for me, there is something so exciting about starting a new project, and then there's a slightly arduous phases before the end comes in sight.

I've got a baby blanket on the go that I'm bored to tears with and am only just half way through. I'm hoping that after some time in the cupboard, it might interest me again one day before the baby is a toddler!

RodJaneandFreddy - 03 Mar 2011 15:48:18 (#6 of 1013)

I've got a baby blanket on the go that I'm bored to tears with and am only just half way through.



That's how I am feeling about it too at the moment, Charlysez.

When the thought of taking it up again has crossed my mind, I've said to myself that my tension will be different and that will show or some other pathetic excuse I can come up with. It's niggling away though as I spent a fair bit on the wool.

CharlySez - 03 Mar 2011 18:11:27 (#7 of 1013)

RJF - you could rip it all back and knit yourself something really lovely with the wool :)

JollityFarm - 03 Mar 2011 18:27:01 (#8 of 1013)

I've been teaching myself to knit for a few weeks now, and yesterday I managed to finish a scarf/snood thing (a scarf with the ends joined up) in light brown acrylic stocking stitch. Next I'm going to attempt to do rib stitch properly. I tried it earlier, but I'm not quite sure I did it right, so I'm off to YouTube for demonstration videos.

katspam - 03 Mar 2011 20:04:01 (#9 of 1013)

Is crochet verboten or are hookers welcome? I'm having a mad crochet phase at the moment, I just can't get very good at knitting but crochet seems to be my bag.

CharlySez - 03 Mar 2011 20:06:39 (#10 of 1013)

Oh very welcome I'd say katspam. I can only crochet long strings but I'd really like to learn.

RodJaneandFreddy - 03 Mar 2011 20:06:40 (#11 of 1013)

I just can't get very good at knitting but crochet seems to be my bag.



You know, I just can't get the hang of crocheting(sp?).Couldn't even work the starter pack!

JollityFarm - 03 Mar 2011 20:09:04 (#12 of 1013)

I haven't tried crochet yet, but am assured that I'll need to equip myself with a crochet hook at some point if I want to get more complicated with my knitting.

CharlySez - 03 Mar 2011 20:09:28 (#13 of 1013)

Does one of those wooden bobbin things with nails in the top count as crochet? I can work one of those.

catsmeat - 07 Mar 2011 21:41:00 (#14 of 1013)

That's French knitting, n'est ce pas?

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catsmeat - 07 Mar 2011 22:14:12 (#16 of 1013)

Not quite knitting, but "How To Sew: Basics" is currently available as a free Kindle download from Amazon.

CharlySez - 07 Mar 2011 22:23:43 (#17 of 1013)

Oh, I have a new kindle. That's a great tip catsmeat.

On the knitting front, I have just found another dropped stitch four rows back so my beret is shrinking again :(

mulletmonitor - 08 Mar 2011 10:56:53 (#18 of 1013)

You can also scan patterns and save as PDFs to read on your kindle.

RodJaneandFreddy - 08 Mar 2011 11:07:37 (#19 of 1013)

I have just found another dropped stitch four rows back so my beret is shrinking again



Can't you go back and bring it up a row at a time?

CharlySez - 08 Mar 2011 14:26:38 (#20 of 1013)

Can't you go back and bring it up a row at a time?



I didn't realise that was possible!

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