i really like your idea, amy, of having knitting questions and knit-a-longs separate from general knitting. if people aren't getting their questions answered in a separate forum then you could ask a couple of the regular experienced knitters to help mod for you... but that would probably be down the road. i do want to say about this site, that i love the fact that you can have some trouble with a pattern and someone will pipe up to help out pretty fast.
i think your intuition is right on amy. that's my .02
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