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wickedphantm
07-08-2008, 09:22 PM
I'm currently knitting on double pointed needles for the first time!! I'm so excited!!

I finally figured it out!

Plantgoddess+
07-08-2008, 09:25 PM
Congratulations. I prefer dpns over other types of needles. Maybe that's why I'm fixated on socks.
Aren't they a blast, they make you feel so accomplished to be manipulating so many needles at once.

wickedphantm
07-08-2008, 09:38 PM
I've never felt more excited with my knitting before. I'm trying to make a hat and its actually working out. I just hope its big enough...the yarn does have a lot stretch!

Crycket
07-09-2008, 01:21 AM
I love DPNs, I think even more just because it looks complicated, and it isn't.

I would knit socks at work, and I would get so many comments about how hard it was...and internally I am snickering saying "not at all"

MAmaDawn
07-09-2008, 01:32 AM
I love dpns too! LOVE them :heart:

Welcome to the club! :hug:

Doublereeder2
07-10-2008, 12:17 AM
Yay!!! Good for you :-)

Dimpledapple
07-10-2008, 04:01 AM
Oh, I totally get how you feel! I just finished my first pair of socks (my first project using dpn's!) and I felt so accomplished :woohoo:

gingerbread
07-10-2008, 06:38 AM
I also love my dpns and it is fun going out in public and having people ask, isn't that hard keeping all those needles straight! Not at all I say, and you always get I could never do that.:roflhard:

So congrats on learning to use your dpns. Now you can make anything you want.



:waving:

twoxover
07-10-2008, 07:06 AM
that's so cool! i have not yet tried DPN's...so you have my admiration!

betsey

Limey
07-10-2008, 08:41 AM
I’ve been trying to get a grip of those javelins for the vertically-challenged, known by some incurable optimists as DPNs.

The only metal I know of that can travel so far and so fast is a bullet. No sooner had I scooped the stitches back on the three-legged beast (couldn’t get the fourth needle to come out and play at all), than it spun round and headed for the hubby with the deadly accuracy of a heat-seeking missile. (He’ll be okay, thanks – it was mainly the shock to his nervous system that upset him a bit.)

Anyway, onwards and upwards and keep trying – well, that lasted all of five minutes – I mean, it’s one thing to endanger the hubby’s life and limbs but it’s another when Hatty Cat almost got harpooned snoozing on the hearth-rug.

I popped the pesky things into a cupboard – hoping to get them out later when things had settled down a bit - does anyone know how to un-nail a cupboard door?

Yours with goggles and a tin hat.

Ellie

For anybody else rash enough to try their luck with these lethalities – popping children’s plastic beads on the ends of them makes them slightly less anti-social and helps the stitches stay in place.

Denise in Michigan
07-10-2008, 10:51 AM
:cheering: Congratulations!

Jaxhil
07-11-2008, 10:00 AM
Staci~:cheering: congratulations! They are fun, aren't they?!

Ellie- :rofl:~you're too funny! Have you tried wooden ones, bamboo or birch? They are *much* less likely to go shooting through the night to impale unwary by-standers :teehee: And well worth the investment! Good luck, should you choose to accept the Optomists' DPN Mission yet again :mrgreen:

Limey
07-11-2008, 01:58 PM
Staci~:cheering: congratulations! They are fun, aren't they?!

Ellie- :rofl:~you're too funny! Have you tried wooden ones, bamboo or birch? They are *much* less likely to go shooting through the night to impale unwary by-standers :teehee: And well worth the investment! Good luck, should you choose to accept the Optomists' DPN Mission yet again :mrgreen:

:roflhard::roflhard::roflhard::roflhard::roflhard: :roflhard::roflhard::roflhard::roflhard:

Hiya

I'm not too fussed about impaling unwary by-standers :rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl: (anybody comes visiting us deserves all they get) - but I think the DH would be worried about the fire insurance being valid if I used wooden ones.

I've given a firm undertaking to climb over the fence at the bottom of the garden and walk out into the middle of the farmer's field if I ever get the urge to try the :!!!:*!!@@@** things again!!!!

I've also been banned from going into the pub with the aforementioned paraphernalia, :verysad:as they were giving the Darts Team the jitters and the landlord said he couldn't afford to keep hiring a plasterer to repair the walls.

tgwillis
07-11-2008, 04:31 PM
For all of you who are using DPN's as weapons I thought I would share a video I ran across getting help with socks.:oo: These look like deadly weapons.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NQMGCo_mXY

BTW these were very helpful videos. But every time I watched one I thought of all of you and your flying needles. :mrgreen:

Limey
07-12-2008, 04:37 AM
Hi Trisha

:rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:

Wow, it's a small world! Dorret lives just about 20 miles from me, and she runs the area SnB.

Many thanks for posting the link - I think it's always easier to learn something from a video, rather than stills.

What I have found useful is that if you're sitting in an armchair, to put a tray on your lap* - that way, if one of the needles decides to take a hike, you don't end up scrabbling around on the floor trying to retrieve it and it increases your cat's chances of survival with the needle hitting the tray, instead of landing smack between the cat's ears.

* Many Thanks Julie (Momwolf) for the handy tip.

Best Wishes

Ellie

BobbiKnits
07-13-2008, 02:13 AM
When I was knitting at school, my friends would all ooh and ahh over how hard knitting was, and my roommate (who was absolutely FASCINATED by my knitting) would always point out to people, "Bobbi is such a good knitter! She just started like a month ago, and she's using FOUR NEEDLES!" I would always just laugh a little inside as I thought, It's really not hard at all...

Jaxhil
07-14-2008, 07:21 AM
LOL!!

:shock: what??! No PUB knitting?? That doesn't seem right~after all, they throw DARTS on purpose!! Ah well, perhaps its best...although it might be interesting to see what you end up with after knitting in a pub :teehee:

knitpurlgurl
07-14-2008, 12:50 PM
I'm so jealous!! I haven't tried DPNs myself (they are a bit intimadating to me yet), but I can't wait to!! Congrats!

knitpurlgurl
07-14-2008, 12:51 PM
For all of you who are using DPN's as weapons I thought I would share a video I ran across getting help with socks.:oo: These look like deadly weapons.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NQMGCo_mXY

BTW these were very helpful videos. But every time I watched one I thought of all of you and your flying needles. :mrgreen:

That's so funny - I actually just watched all 4 parts of her sock videos about 2 weeks ago trying to muster up the courage to try DPNs... I too LOVE her videos!

Limey
07-14-2008, 06:44 PM
LOL!!

:shock: what??! No PUB knitting?? That doesn't seem right~after all, they throw DARTS on purpose!! Ah well, perhaps its best...although it might be interesting to see what you end up with after knitting in a pub :teehee:

:roflhard::roflhard::roflhard::roflhard::roflhard: :roflhard::roflhard:


Hiya Hilary

I know, it doesn't seem right banning me with my needles while other people are merrily hurling stuff at a board - but as George, the landlord, pointed out (ouch!) -

"Some people have control over their arrers and they aim AT something. Everybody has to duck when you're in because there's just no telling where those things of yours will end up!" I did explain that I don't aim them at anyone but that seemed to upset him even more!

Claims he found one in the fish tank last week and when his customers come in for a quiet pint and a game of dominoes, they don't want to be disturbed by one of those '@!@@!! what ja calls 'em,' plopping into the bitter.

I think he protests too much - mind you, he was quite nice about the salted nuts explosion on the bar and the jar of pickled eggs going west!

tgwillis
07-14-2008, 06:56 PM
What are ya'll doing to make them fly that way?:?? :roflhard:

Limey
07-16-2008, 08:15 AM
What are ya'll doing to make them fly that way?:?? :roflhard:


Well, nothing - much. They just seem to have a will of their own and I don't have any sense of direction, anyway.

I'm just glad that Harris isn't about - a friend of ours, who is a walking disaster area - light bulbs blow, taps won't turn off, gates and fences fall down and on a really good day, Harris can stop our car dead in its tracks- all without lifting a finger.

How Harris's parents and brothers and sisters have survived so far is one of the mysteries of nature.

All my knitting gear, favourite books and anything else I care about is stored miles away when I know Harris is about to roll up.

Things got so bad one time that I put him in the garden, out of harm's way, (I thought) with a beer to keep him company, while I cleared up the devastation to the kitchen ..... next thing I know, I hear shouting because the neighbour's fence has fallen down and landed on his greenhouse.

According to Dennis (next door) he only shouted 'Hiya' to Harris and the fence just fell over.

I'd better stop now because just writing about the man is enough to bring on an attack of the Harris's and I don't want the roof falling in.

Yours, twitching and shuddering

Ellie