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projectgal
02-08-2007, 10:31 PM
So I'm finishing a scarf and trying to decide how many more rows I can do before I need to cast off. I finally finish my last row probably with just enough to cast off, but I keep questioning whether or not there is enough.

I notice that I'm trying to cast off as fast as possible--like if I cast off REALLY FAST I won't run out of yarn! :??

OK, what are your crazy knitting confessions?

DonnaS
02-08-2007, 10:51 PM
hahahaha that's a good one ;) I don't do that but I tend to work until I have just enough to cast off and then it just kills me if I have to unravel a row JUST to have enough yarn left to cast off :wall:

redwitch
02-08-2007, 10:58 PM
When you have knitted your last row you can go the the other side of the scarf (away from the working wool) and pick it up with a crochet hook, pull it through next loop/stitch, continue to end - a no-wool cast-off!

Confessions... um... I buy too much wool and hoard it - anyone else do that?

Well, when I'm looking at beautiful wool online - really beautiful stuff - I sometimes actually sigh (or even make the kind of 'ah' noise you'd expect from a man watching really hot porn. Hence the name, I suppose).
And I wind my balls repeatedly, saying it's to get the tension right, but also because I love winding.

Worst of all,

redwitch
02-08-2007, 11:00 PM
When you have knitted your last row you can go the the other side of the scarf (away from the working wool) and pick it up with a crochet hook, pull it through next loop/stitch, continue to end - a no-wool cast-off!

Confessions... um... I buy too much wool and hoard it - anyone else do that?

Well, when I'm looking at beautiful wool online - really beautiful stuff - I sometimes actually sigh (or even make the kind of 'ah' noise you'd expect from a man watching really hot porn. Hence the name, I suppose).
And I wind my balls repeatedly, saying it's to get the tension right, but also because I love winding.

Worst of all, I buy beautiful novelty/patterned/self-striping wool even though I wouldn't use them in anything with a complicated stitch pattern, just stocking, but I hate stocking and hardly ever use a simple knitting pattern that mostly uses it.
Sarah

Arielluria
02-08-2007, 11:16 PM
Hi Projectgal, check out our discussion http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/viewtopic.php?t=26031
:happydance:

Knitting_Guy
02-09-2007, 12:21 AM
My confession? I don't have the slightest idea what I am doing, but I keep knitting anyway.

Cristy
02-09-2007, 12:30 AM
Good one Mason...I have those moments too!

My confession is that I start about 80% more projects than I actually finish...I attribute it to knitter's ADHD...lately I'm trying to overcome it by only casting on small projects!

Compulsive
02-09-2007, 12:55 AM
I knit scarves without pattern repeats until I have 3.5x the scarf width in yarn.

My personal confessions:

If I make a mistake and my perfectionist mother cannot see it, I leave it as long as it does not affect the project.

I have yarn hidden...umm, stashed, in dd's room so dh won't notice I out grew my knitting cabinet space in less than 5 months. :oops:

nonny2t
02-09-2007, 01:05 AM
I have at least one mistake in everything I do! It builds character! :rofl:

syndactylus
02-09-2007, 01:44 AM
almost every single thing I've knit so far I've taken apart again, unless someone took it away from me fast enough.

and, I knit with twisted stitches for a whole year and never knew. and no one told me!

aineepooh1
02-09-2007, 03:32 AM
Almost everything I knit ~ I give away~ For instance, I have made at least 3 scarves.. for my nephew, dear SIL, my gal pals and my mom~
guess who DOESN"T have a scarf!~ :?? Me

Example #2: I have probably made about 10 hats now~~ mens, women's babies... I have a hat of my own (much to my own astonishment) just b/c I thought it was too ugly to give to anyone else~~ so I kept IT~~

I have received more compliments on MY UGLY hat~~ IMHO that I ever dreamed~~ :noway:

cookworm
02-09-2007, 08:23 AM
I notice that I'm trying to cast off as fast as possible--like if I cast off REALLY FAST I won't run out of yarn! :??

I do that too!!!!!! :oops: :rofl:

cookworm
02-09-2007, 08:26 AM
I have at least one mistake in everything I do! It builds character! :rofl:

Nonny, me too! I don't know if it's true or not, but somebody told me that the Amish intentionally put one mistake into everything they make, so they can't take pride in having made something "perfect"...maybe we can say our item was really perfect but we just didn't want to be boastful about it, huh? :teehee: :wink:

bip
02-09-2007, 10:49 AM
My confession is that I constantly second-guess patterns, and am routinely proved wrong. Turns out designers know what they are doing and not all patterns have hopeless typos in them!

My proudest moments, though, are when I "freestyle" on a pattern ("this would look better if xyz") and my idea works. That's not the same as blantantly deciding the pattern is wrong. That never seems to work out for me...

Mrs. D.
02-09-2007, 11:16 AM
Its nice to know I am not alone.

I have many projects started. I have only so many needles and cables to hold the started projects so at some point they stop. But I crochet too so my number of started projects is doubled.

I also am running out of room for the stash.

And I literally laughed out loud when I read aineepooh1's post. I live in Michigan, not a lot of snow, but below zero weather, kids out of school because its too cold and guess who doesn't have a hat or scarf. Too funny.

feminine_earth
02-09-2007, 11:25 AM
I don't really hoard yarn...but I do hoard free patterns!! I've printed out dozens and dozens of patterns so far, and I put them all in the order that I'd like to knit them in a big white binder. I have enough projects lined up for the next 2 years, but no yarn to start them with! :rofl:

JoeE
02-09-2007, 12:32 PM
I have a modest yarn stash, but I could stock a small LYS with needles and gadgets. I *love* *love* *love* the "stuff" that goes with knitting. I want it all--even if I'm not sure what it's for.

And the books, my god the books. I'll buy as many books as I can afford, and by afford, I mean as long as the lights and heat are on and I'm not starving, I can afford another book. Every time one of youse guys mentions a book, I add it to may Amazon shopping cart so I don't forget about it.

I may not be a highly-skilled knitter, but I'm well supplied. I fear that my need to gather stuff is indication of an addictive personality.

LoAnnie
02-09-2007, 12:38 PM
Confessions:

1) I cast on for each project at least 3 times, I have never just cast on and kept going after the first row, something always goes wrong and I start over.

2) The only knitted items I have kept for myself are scarves and things too ugly to give away.

3) I hide yarn in the upstairs extra bedroom, so dh doesn't notice that my basket in the livingroom is not getting any more empty.

LoAnnie

Eloewien
02-09-2007, 01:33 PM
I absolutely love to go over my catalogs and magazines over and over and wish for things I couldn't afford...

I have several binders of patterns that I may never even get to, but I love to flip through.

My knitting is my one vice- I don't drink or smoke, I knit. Even when I've been told not to. It's the most calming thing I have ever done. Ever since I started knitting, I no longer fight my anxiety. Unless I'm without my knitting. It's become my little security blanket somehow. I feel so helpless without it!

Let's see... I buy knitting books because I can hide them easer than yarn.

That's all I can think of for now...

Laura

MamaMer
02-09-2007, 01:48 PM
I absolutely love to go over my catalogs and magazines over and over and wish for things I couldn't afford...


I get the Webs cataog a few times a year, and it is absolutely dog eared by the second day I have it from me paging though it and marking all the lovely yarn I want. Are there any other catalogs out there I can subscribe to so I can love them just as much? :teehee:

cheesiesmom
02-09-2007, 01:50 PM
feminine_earth wrote:

I don't really hoard yarn...but I do hoard free patterns!! I've printed out dozens and dozens of patterns so far, and I put them all in the order that I'd like to knit them in a big white binder. I have enough projects lined up for the next 2 years, but no yarn to start them with! Rolling On Floor Laughing

Just 2 years worth?? Every freebie pattern I see, I have to print out, whether it's in website or a forum post or whereever. And...I do it on the company laser printer. Much faster than my inkjet. I have enough patterns to last the rest of my life. I've got reams of patterns. Unfortunately I'm not so organized. They are in stacks waiting to be put in those little blue binders I bought just for them. So obviously, if I want a pattern, I go on line, google and then start printing again. This is definitely insane!!!

mrs desert rain
02-09-2007, 04:11 PM
my confession:

if i have to frog and start over on a project, i'll re-wind that skein, put it away, and start with a new ball. i eventually use the 'unlucky' yarn (later in the project), but i won't CO with it again... :shrug:

projectgal
02-09-2007, 04:46 PM
1) I cast on for each project at least 3 times, I have never just cast on and kept going after the first row, something always goes wrong and I start over.


I don't think I've ever cast on once for a project. It always seems to be at least three or four times. It gives me a chance to get to know the yarn!

I really think I just enjoy the act of knitting and the yarn; it's not necessarily the finished project for me. My husband jokes that I keep making scarves, but I have never worn one. (The Red Scarf project better watch out next year!) I've made dishcloths, but personally I hate using dischloths. I've made a hat for my son, but I won't let him wear it out becuase it's so ugly. I've given away a few things I've made, but I just like the act of knitting.

For my next project, I was thinking of what item would require a long tube of knitting--you know just simple, mindless i-cord with wonderful yarn. Maybe a water hose cover? I bet I would have the only one on the block.
:shrug:

Arielluria
02-09-2007, 04:56 PM
I absolutely love to go over my catalogs and magazines over and over and wish for things I couldn't afford...


I get the Webs cataog a few times a year, and it is absolutely dog eared by the second day I have it from me paging though it and marking all the lovely yarn I want. Are there any other catalogs out there I can subscribe to so I can love them just as much? :teehee:Got a website for that? I want to get some yarn catalogs too! ;)

Arielluria
02-09-2007, 04:57 PM
[quote]Maybe a water hose cover? I bet I would have the only one on the block.
:shrug:LOL! We should all make one and watch the neighbors think we've gone crazy. LOL! :rofl:

letah75
02-09-2007, 05:07 PM
my confession:

if i have to frog and start over on a project, i'll re-wind that skein, put it away, and start with a new ball. i eventually use the 'unlucky' yarn (later in the project), but i won't CO with it again... :shrug:

he he, me too. If I have to frog, I think the ball is 'tainted' will re-wind and not use until I have another project for that yarn.

MamaMer
02-09-2007, 05:38 PM
Got a website for that? I want to get some yarn catalogs too! Wink


I think I just started getting it bcs I ordered from www.yarn.com but I am sure that you can get on there and ask for a catalog to be sent. I like the pictures of the yarn in the catalog much better than online. Plus I can circle what I want for upcoming holidays, Birthdays and Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays :teehee: (I like presents, esp when they are fiber-y)

dustinac
02-09-2007, 06:04 PM
I usually have to frog something at least once... and tink a bunch of times... if there is a mistake I will usually go back to it and fix it... if it's a pattern that is trying to get the best of me I can't walk away from it till I figure it out... I did have a lot of items on the needles.. but have started to knit one thing as my main item.. I usually have a dish rag on the needles for phone calls or something like that... but no more 5/6 items pulling me in every direction.. :teehee:

miles
02-09-2007, 06:35 PM
my knitting confession is that i get frustrated fairly easily and won't go back to knitting for a week or so. well, that's how i was until i found this place...lol. the videos are my lifejacket. i get confidence about starting and actually being able to finish a project and now i'm getting the yarn fever again....

Debbie
02-09-2007, 07:09 PM
I LOVE the idea of putting patterns into the order that you want to knit them !!!!! I am going to do that, too!

Arielluria
02-09-2007, 07:27 PM
I did that last night :D, then I carry them in my knitting bag in a folder and when I went to Hobby Lobby I took my top 3 patterns in with me and searched to see if any of those yarns were on sale, a yarn sale [:cheering:] would bump say, #3 to #1 :D

aineepooh1
02-10-2007, 03:22 AM
Joe~~ I totally understand what you mean by needing all the "gadgets".. I :heart: :heart: stitch markers( right now I have several packs of plastic ones) but I :heart: the beaded stitch markers that have been posted on this website by crafters :notworthy: , I have 3 tape measures( 1 for each bag), row counters, cable needles, tapestry needles .. plastic and metal, bobbins.( i haven't used yet) but I willl :doh:

I just need more knitting goodies~ :eyebrow:

Aliquis
02-10-2007, 11:21 AM
My confession - and I'm a brand new knitter - just learned how to do it a few weeks ago - is hoarding. I have bags and bags of yarn. I went to about 5 different stores and hit every yarn sale in the area and I've spent hundreds. Then, I decided I needed needles in every shape and size - I stopped myself at the glow in the dark, battery operated, light-up needles only because they were around $20 a pair. I purchased cabling needle sets and stitch counters and bobbins - and I don't even know how to use half of this stuff yet! I've also been printing out every pattern in the world I want to try and have them all sheet protected and in a big, giant binder. Someday I'll be able to make some of that stuff! At least I know I have every possible tool I need to start.

I think I have an addiction. I knit everywhere. I get home from work and I knit for like, 5 hours straight.

Arielluria
02-10-2007, 11:53 AM
I stopped myself at the glow in the dark, battery operated, light-up needles only because they were around $20 a pair. Me too :teehee:

When I really got into knitting a few years ago, I came across a friend of my mom's garage sale that had TONS of needles which had belonged to his mother who had died. She was a prolific knitter and I bought all the needles I could. I dream of finding bags of yarn at garage sales. :)

Knitting_Guy
02-10-2007, 12:13 PM
It never occurred to me that one might find yarn and needles at yard sales. I think I need to take a bike ride around the neighborhood.

Arielluria
02-10-2007, 12:15 PM
Garage sales can be addictive when you start finding what you want. :D

madametj
02-11-2007, 12:11 AM
i get like 2 ft into a scarf b4 i decide that i dont like it :wall:

my mom, is worse, she waits till shes done to frog the WHOLE THING! :shock:

simplethings
02-11-2007, 04:54 AM
i havn't heard my confession yet:

i bring a notebook along with me when i go to book stores. grab a few knitting books, flip through them and copy down patterns or just the stitch pattern if the object isn't something i'd knit. :oo:

if i'm bored i also include little sketches of the finished object and what the stitches (other than garter, stockinette, ribbing, or seed) look like.

i've only purchased one book with patterns: stitchionary 1. mainly because i got tired of copying down all the cool stitches. :eyes:
all of the other knittings books i've bought (4 so far!) are the ones with stories... even though i'm notorious for reguarly visiting a book store (sometimes 5 days in a row) to read and finish whole novels. :wink:


... i should probably get a library card. :doh:

aethra
02-11-2007, 08:28 AM
I'm so terrible at actually focussing on one thing at a time.... usually I'm watching TV while I'm knitting, but I have actually been known to be knitting with my hands, and working a Playstation controller with my feet ... I get bored during cutscenes... :oops:

Addictive personality? Me?