knitting

@bretay61 (723)
United States
January 28, 2011 12:09pm CST
Hi everyone, Is there any knitters here on mylot/If so what are you working on?I am a self taught knitter.Mother in law taught me how to crochet.I have been knitting for about 25 years.My granddaughters get most of my projects.Every baby shower I go the recipient get a blanket.I love to knit,it's very calming to me. I made my granddaughters a pillow a piece for Christmas.each one is into the colors of the Clemson and Gamecocks.I have a picture on my website at http://nannyscrafts.blogspot.com
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• United States
28 Feb 11
I would love to know how to knit. I taught myself to cast on but anything else just resembles more knotting than knitting. I do crochet and find it very calming...I am assuming that knitting would do the same for me.
@bretay61 (723)
• United States
28 Feb 11
It is similar to crochet.I learned by looking at books and it took some time.Everything I did to begin with was just plain knit,until I got better.Then I added some purl and went from there.Good luck and keep trying,you'll get the hang of it.
@marie2052 (3697)
• United States
14 Apr 11
Awww I had the same problem sure wish you lived by me I would love to teach you but willing to become friends and help you out if I can. I have fibromyalgia and chronic pain from spinal desinegration. so concentrating on crafting for me takes my mind off the pain. I either cross stitch or knit to put my concentration on something else. Would love to hear from you if you are still on mylot
• United States
14 Feb 11
I have tried and tried to self teach myself knitting, but for some odd reason I just can't catch on. I get messed up as soon as I get started. I said a year ago to my family, that I was going to learn to knitt before I die, but I gave up on that statement, and just figured that, that are some craft techniques that maybe some are not meant to learn, and do. But, now since I have read this posting, I am wanting to try again. Thanks for the inspiration. ps. I have a list of projects set away in case I did ever learn. There are so many nice things you can knitt.
@bretay61 (723)
• United States
14 Feb 11
Keep trying,you'll get the hang of it.Once you do,you'll be hooked for life.I love it.I started out making baby blankets.Doing nothing more than the simple knit stitch.When I got comfortable,Itried the purl and ribs.I found it better when I started out to use a size 10 or 10 1/2 needle.I could see results faster with those.My granddaughters are my guinnea pigs,they get about everything I make.They're 6 and 9.And if I make a mistake they don't care.And as they say,whose gonna know.If you don't tell,no one will notice.9 times out of 10 you will be the only one who does notice.Besides mistakes are how we come up with different patterns,also. Good luck and let me know how you do.If you need any help,please let me know.Have fun knitting.
• United States
16 Feb 11
Thanks for the inspiration and tips. So I see you are a guinea pig lover too. I have my mother and father and 4 babies, well they are older now. What do you make for them ? I bet it is just too cute whatever it is. Goodness I can just see my little piggies in outfits...awww !
• United States
1 Mar 11
Wow...your piggies are by far blessed !!!! Mine could only hope for things like that.
• India
17 May 11
I love the art of knitting, but unfortunately I dont know how to knit.:( I am very found of such crafts, and I have successfully tried Hand embroidery, Now in search of some teacher for knitting :)
@bretay61 (723)
• United States
17 May 11
I learned everything from looking at books from the library.I didn't have a computer when I learned.It would have been so much easier.They have so many videos on you tube now showing how to different stitches.Good luck with your knitting.Check out some of the you tube videos.
• United States
17 May 11
I only know how to crochet on my own. I want to learn on how to knit. I don't know how to read patterns. I just crochet whatever will comes in my mind. Wish to learn about patterns and will able to follow the steps. I am trying to open your site but I couldn't....God bless...
• Canada
14 May 11
i can knit i taught myself how to aswell. im not the greatest though still just like a beginner. i enjoy it im not working on anything at the moment. the last thing i made was a scarf with a hood. it turned out fairly nicely.
@bretay61 (723)
• United States
14 May 11
That's good.I'm not the greatest,everybody says I put my stuff down a lot.I criticize my work my work a lot.Practice makes perfect.And I bet you are better than what you think.I make a lot of scarves.Right now I am just starting a baby afghan for my nephews baby girl that is due in sept.I want to work on a kimono style wrap for me,but first things first.
@marie2052 (3697)
• United States
14 Apr 11
I taught myself how to basic knit. how I got started was there is an online group called online angels. they send out boxes of afghans, lapghans or baby items to anyone in hospital, need cheering etc. I met this wonderful organization as my baby granddaughter was in a serious illness. Mary sent Haile a box with a baby afghan in it. She later passed. So my best friend in Canada sat on the phone and helped teach me to do a basic knit stitch. I wanted to learn so I could donate squares to the organization in honor of Haile. Now I have a new granddaughter and my daughter is expecting another so I am busy knitting blankets. Trinity my 16 month old granddaughter has a baby blanket I made extra large for her when she was born and now she will not hardly take any other blanket in its place. My daughter is 6 months pregnant now so I am busy trying to make one for the new baby but I think Trinity thinks its for her too LOL Once this one is done I will have to hide it from her.
@bretay61 (723)
• United States
14 Apr 11
There are so many patterns for baby blankets. I have made so many of them. I get a lot of patterns from knitting pattern central. They have a little bit of everything. They also have a crochet pattern central site also. Glad you learned and happy knitting. Take care and enjoy the grandbabies. Mine are 6 and 9. I have them just a little spoiled,but that's what we are supposed to do. So have fun spoiling them.
@peavey (15874)
• United States
4 Mar 11
I'm a knitter! I love to knit but never quite got the hang of crocheting. I've knitted since I was a young teenager, over 50 years ago and I have a new grand daughter on the way, so you know what I'm doing. ;)
@bretay61 (723)
• United States
5 Mar 11
Oh yes,I know what you're doing.She's got alot of stuff coming her way.And just wait till she gets old enough to tell you what she wants.You have your hands full.Between holding the baby and knitting.But you know I learned to do both at the same time.I was so happy to be a grandmother that I never wanted to lay her down.I did though,wasn't easy.She was so precious at that age.Now she's in the 3rd grade and let me tell you.She will drive you crazy.She should have been a little boy.She's not into primpy stuff,all tomboy 100%.Actually both of them are.They are 6 and 9.They are into anything a boy does.They love to go hunting with their daddy.I hope you enjoy your new granddaughter.And don't spoil her too much.That was funny,I know.She's already spoiled.Right?
@Ichiru101 (286)
• United States
23 Feb 11
I started to learn how to knit about a year ago. Sadly I have been neglecting and am really slow.
@bretay61 (723)
• United States
24 Feb 11
Hi,Don't worry about being slow.Just find something small like scarves or dish rags.They work up pretty quickly.And your speed will pick up as you go.And it doesn't matter how slow you think you are.Everyone has their own best speed.Good luck.
@angelsmummy (1700)
17 Feb 11
I love knitting, I am self taught, I am currently making lots of hats! For my daughters, husband and a few new babies that are due to be born into my family soon! I find I am at my most relaxed when I am knitting, I have 2 toddlers so during the day I am looking after them, as soon as they go to bed my craft bag comes out! So glad I learnt. I am also learning to crochet at the moment. Not as good at that as I am at knitting but Rome wasnt built in a day, I know I need to practise!
@bretay61 (723)
• United States
24 Feb 11
i actually prefer knit to crochet,but I guess it really depends on the project at hand.I have a few different bags with projects in them.Those blue walmart bags come in handy.LOL.I have to pick up my granddaughters at school.So I leave a little early to get a good spot in line.I always grab a bag going out the door.To me knitting or crocheting is really relaxing.I can get lost in it.Good luck on the crochet.
@QeeGood (1214)
• Sweden
29 Jan 11
Hello I am also a sefl taught knitter. At the momemnt I have no knitting project going. I completed for some months ago a pullover with self composed Aran braid pattern. I have a crochet lace going. It's also my own composition. I like to creat in various materials. I've some of my artwork on www.flickr.com/photos/mariannegood.
@bretay61 (723)
• United States
14 Feb 11
I love your sweater,it looks really nice.And your drawings are really good.That's something I wish I could do.My granddaughter loves to draw.Some of her drawings end in the school museum for a time.She's always drawing.She's 9 and it's something she has a talent for.You have some beautiful picturs on your site.Thank you for sharing them.
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
28 Jan 11
I am a crocheter....I can't knit. I have tried several times to no avail....but my daughter is moving closer to me and she knits up a storm....so she thinks she'll take a stab at teaching me again....wish me luck!
@bretay61 (723)
• United States
29 Jan 11
Oh you will be fine.It takes patience.but I enjoy knitting.I'm sure your daughter will have you knitting in no time.Good luck.send some pics of stuff you do.
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
28 Jan 11
i am a self taught crocheter and my friend tried to teach me to knit last winter but i find crocheting easier. however, i have crocheters wrist- i actually damaged a tendon in my wrist by crocheting so i will have to try my hand at knitting again it seems.
@bretay61 (723)
• United States
28 Jan 11
Sorry about your hand.I always have some knitting in a bag.I pick up my granddaughters at school.And when I leave I pick up my bag so I can knit while waiting in line.Right now I'm working on hat with a brim but it will be folded up and have a picot edge on it.