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Sweet Sissy
05-21-2008, 05:24 PM
Who else knits? It's a huge part of my life, and I'm sure other people feel the same way.

So what kinds of things do you knit? What are you working on right now?

05-21-2008, 05:30 PM
Hi, I just became a knitter this year so I am not very good. My SIL is expecting her 1st baby so mostly baby hats and booties. I knit a hat for my PIL's new adopted son and a scarf for my DH. I am currently trying to start a sweater for my husband, but I can't find the right yarn.

05-21-2008, 05:30 PM
I hope this doesn't come across as a derailment, but I started out knitting when I was 8, but switched to crochet a couple of years later. I just can't keep track of more than 1 or 2 loops at a time. ;) I make afghans and doilies, usually switching back and forth between a couple of projects to that I don't get bored. I like to crochet while I'm watching movies, it makes me feel like I'm not being quite so lazy. :D

05-21-2008, 06:32 PM
I'm trying to learn how to knit, its very frustrating. I can crochet but usually lose interest in my project partway thru. I'm such an instant gratification type of person! I need to learn patience!

05-21-2008, 06:42 PM
I'm a knitter from childhood. I like knitting fairly complex stuff particularly Arran knits. I knit for myself, my daughter and am currently knitting a cardigan for my 3 year old niece. There's some lovely self-patterning sock yarns around at the moment so I fancy making socks. I haven't made socks for years, I used to make them and gloves for presents when I was a poor student.


05-21-2008, 06:50 PM
I knitted when I was younger but could never figure out crochet. My Mom still knits up a storm. I have several beautiful sweaters that she has done for me and she has drawers full for herself. They are works of art. Often the yarn store will convince her to let them borrow a sweater for display after she has finished it.

05-21-2008, 06:50 PM
I've been crocheting since kindergarten, and have periodically tried to learn to knit. I mastered the knit stitch, but instead of turning my work, was knitting off one needle, and then back on the other all the while the front of the work facing me. I just couldn't master the purl stitch. Every time I tried, I ended up dropping the stitch instead. Finally, I tried knitting with afghan hooks, and I'm finally starting to get the hang of it. I'm also experimenting with turning my work, but I think I'm doing better with the work facing me (luckily, I'm somewhat ambidextrous).

I recently learned than Portuguese knitting often uses hooked knitting needles (like the long afghan hook), when someone in one of my yahoo crochet groups mentioned a yahoo group for "knitting with crochet hooks." Another knitting option, I guess is with the "amazing needle," also called crocheknit. It's like a crochet hook with a cable threaded through the end. You can knit using the crochet hook as one needle, and the cable as the other (I just joined the group, so if this doesn't make sense to you, I may be explaining it poorly).

I also loom and rake knit (like the knifty knitter). I have arthritis, so I often can't crochet or knit with the super tiny needles/hooks, and especially like using the looms during a flare. I'd also like to get a sock loom (wood with very tiny pins placed close together, so that you can make a thin, small stitched socks).

I want to learn tapestry crochet, afghan (or tunisian) crochet, and knitting
this summer. I also bought an origami book.

I'm pretty much addicted to crafting in general.

05-21-2008, 07:02 PM
I've thought about trying the knifty knitter is it easy? What can you make?

05-21-2008, 07:13 PM
PixieSue - my hands are too big and clumsy to do regular knitting, but I have done a lot of projects on the knifty knitter, and let it tell you, it is GREAT. I have done scarves, hats, legwarmers, blankets, and a sweater for my cat :rofl:

There are limitations, but I think these are awesome, particularly for those of us without the dexterity to handle knitting needles. And it is SO easy to learn.

05-21-2008, 07:26 PM
It's very easy. I've made hats, scarves, an afghan made of knitted panels, a lapghan with a large "sleeping bag" like footy pocket (my husband asked for a lapghan with a bag for his feet to keep his legs warm)."

I didn't buy any of the books, but Amazon has at least 7 pattern books (at the end of this post). Michael's usually has a couple. I've browsed through a couple of them. There are also alot of free patterns online, and a couple Yahoo Groups.

I've seen patterns for purses, pillows, slippers, baby sweaters, stuffed toys, shawls.

There are also websites of peole who sell fancier knitting looms (made of wood, and with pegs placed at closer intervals). My favorite is (though I haven't bought anything from them yet). I want their sock loom and infinity afghan loom very badly.

Some of the more experienced loom knitters claim there is very little that you can knit on needles, that you can't knit on a loom - with the right loom.

There are also You Tube videos

(the amazon books, I mentioned earlier)
Learn To Knit On Circle Looms
Loom Knitting Primer
Knitting Wheel Fashions
Loom Knitting Pattern Book: 38 Easy, No-Needle Designs for All Loom Knitters
Learn New Stitches on Circle Looms
Learn to Knit Cables on Looms
More Knitting Wheel Fashions

05-21-2008, 07:31 PM
I crocheted my second (first in 8 years) baby blanket last month! It turned out awesome the new mommy loved it! I really enjoyed it and I want to make another one but have no reason, LOL. (I have to admit my mom did the edge for me, LOL)

05-21-2008, 07:40 PM
I've known how to knit since I was a child but I never really took to it. This past winter I knitted a few scarves and one headband to keep my hair out of my face when I exercise. I've got bags of yarn and now I've lost interest. Maybe when the cold weather comes again I'll dig out the yarn and needles.

05-21-2008, 08:11 PM
I can knit and perl, but have no idea how to do anything other than long straight scarves!

05-21-2008, 08:41 PM
I love to knit! I find it so relaxing and a wonderful way to keep my hands occupied so I don't sneak food into them! ;)

In case you were interested, there's a "Crafty Chicks" club in the Miscellaneous Support Groups forum.

05-21-2008, 11:29 PM
Thanks for the tips on the knifty knitters! I'm definately going to try some!

05-22-2008, 12:13 AM
I don't know how to knit and at the moment I'm still trying to get the hang of crocheting. Only took me 10 years of trying off and on to learn. Guess that's what I get from trying to learn from a rightie when I'm a leftie :dizzy:

However, I've always been in awe of those who could knit, like my grandma. I get confused just watching her.

07-08-2008, 01:17 AM
I found a great software program called Knitware. There is also a yahoo group for knitware users, and the creator of the program is a member of the group (I don't think she's the moderator though).

I downloaded the free download versions. I will eventually buy the full versions, which allow custom sizing and the ability to save the patterns in the program (you can print the patterns or cut and paste into a document to save).

I thought I would have to wait to buy the full version before I could make a sweater for myself, but i was able to adjust the fit of the largest size to make a sweater for myself (I'll attach a photo when I can).

It was so much fun creating the pattern (you can choose hand or machine knit or crochet). I chose a top down construction, shallow round neck, thigh length, pullover with half-length sleeve and A-line shaping (you can also choose ribbings and hems for the sweater and sleeves as well as neckline shaping, collars and hoods and pullover or cardigan.

I actually ended up making a few adjustments to the pattern while crocheting, as I made the sleeve and sweater a bit shorter than I had specified in creating the pattern.

This software is so addictive, I want to make sweaters for everybody in my family for Christmas. Not to mention a bunch more for myself.

I love this sweater. It may be too big for me by the time I can wear it though (well, I can hope, anyway). Even though it's a shorter sleeve, the sweater is acrylic. It's a light baby weight yarn, but still too warm for this time of year. It'll be great for cooler weather, though. I'm going to create a new pattern for some cotton thread I have in my stash (size 10), though with that thin a yarn, I probably won't finish it until it's too cold for it. Maybe I can go buy some sugar & cream or other cotton worsted to make a sweater.

For crochet or hand knit, you crochet a guage swatch in the stitch you want to use, and then you fill in a drop down screen as to your guage and the multiple of stitches you will need for the pattern and the size hook or needle you are using.

I also downloaded the skirts, ponchos and shawls program and the basics (which makes simple sweaters and maybe hats, for stuffed animals, dolls, kids, and people), but I've only used the sweater program, so far.