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Old 06-14-2010, 10:35 AM   #6551
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Hi everyone! I'm new!
I have been knitting on and off most of my life so I pretty much feel comfortable with the basics. What I'm brand spankin' new at is the computer! When I found this site I just knew I had to be a part of it.
Right now I've been making a lot of scarf sets, (matching scarf, cap, and hand huggers). Mostly with med. wt. yarns. Recently I found a pattern in one of my knitting books that I wanted to try. Called "Lace and Fans". At first glance I thought it would be beyond my limited skills, but after reading the instructions more closely I thought....hey I can handle this! Then it was off to Michael's and I found this micro fiber yarn. Very light wt. with a sort of "sheen" to it. As it turned out the yarn and pattern are perfect for each other!
I will say it's going nicely, but I do NOT work on this scarf when I'm tired, or feel I can't give it my full attention. Need to be focused! The yarn is very slippery on the needles,(don't want to drop a stitch), and don't want to get off count.
I am so happy to be here and I think I will find myself attempting more advanced knitting stuff with all this help and support around me!
Besides my knitting I'll try to also improve my computer skills. Can only get better, right?
KH you're fantastic!
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Old 06-15-2010, 02:55 AM   #6552
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Welcome to our forum!

Barbara, I'm a night owl too. Don't know if it's a sleeping disorder, or just hot flashes. You'll probably find me online a lot at night.

Jeanie, you might want to try different knitting needles that will grip that slippery yarn a little better. When I am knitting with slippery yarn, I like using plastic or wooden needles.
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Old 06-17-2010, 09:32 AM   #6553
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So let me give you some background how I got here.

Yesterday, I went to Walmart to look around after putting my money in the bank (YAY PAYDAY!) and thought about how my wife likes to crochet. I decided to be different. I wanted to knit. So I picked up a few items.

A size 8 set of bamboo knitting needles, a skein of yarn, yarn needles, and two books : "Knitting Made Easy" by Red Heart Yarns, and "I Can't Believe I'm Knitting" by Leisure Arts.

In the "KME" I saw a beautiful baby blanket (rated beginner, pgs. 32-33) and decided to make it for my newborn niece.

So here I am. A guy who wants to learn to knit. I was always raised that guys weren't supposed to do any of those things but like other things in life, I wasn't the typical guy.

My name is Brian. I am 23 years old and a newlywed (two months as of yesterday) to the love of my life whom I met at Church two months after I became a member. Yes, I'm LDS (Mormon), and wouldn't change it for anything. I am very active in the Church and go to the Temple as much as I can.

Anyways on less of a religious note, I am hard-of-hearing and wear a hearing aid in my right ear (completely deaf in left). I enjoy listening to music, shopping, taking nice walks with family and friends, visiting family and friends, reading my Scriptures, and just enjoying life.

If there's anything more you would like to know, feel free to ask.
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Old 06-17-2010, 12:24 PM   #6554
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Old 06-18-2010, 01:15 PM   #6556
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I saw a knitting help video on You Tube, and decided to join this forum.

I'm married, grown children, grandchildren, and enjoying life.

I like to garden, read history books, knit, and sew. I do a lot of knitting for charities.
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Old 06-18-2010, 04:20 PM   #6557
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Shandeh thanks for the advise! You were so right about switching to different needles. I went out and bought a set in bamboo. What a difference it makes! Now that my stitches aren't slipping and sliding around so much I can concentrate more on the pattern, and not be worrying about dropping stitches. As a newcomer I'm finding I love this site more and more everyday! Jeanie
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Old 06-19-2010, 02:28 AM   #6558
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Hello, my name is Kay, and I'm the only one in the world who does not understand how to knit! I've been crocheting and sewing for decades and have done quite a few nifty macrame projects. But, for the life of me, I've spent the last 2 days trying to learn how to knit through watching online videos, surfing different knitting websites, and looking through stacks of craft books with knitting instruction and I still don'[t get it. I found out there are different types of casting on, and I use the single cast on method. I understand the knit stitch and the purl stitch, but when I attempt to do them, my stitches are either too tight or too loose, and always inconsistent. By the 2nd row, the stitches are so tight, I can't maneuver the needles and I have take the yarn off the needles and star all over again. I'm on my 35th try and growing frustrated. Is there an easier way or do I just limit myself and use one of those little plastic looms like 5 year olds use? I feel like such an idiot!
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Old 06-22-2010, 01:59 AM   #6559
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Hi everyone I'm James! I'm living in Shanghai, China right now and I've been exploring the likes of yak yarn!
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Old 06-26-2010, 10:50 AM   #6560
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Welcome to our wonderful KH Forum, everyone!

Originally Posted by FaithfulMormon View Post
.........So here I am. A guy who wants to learn to knit.........My name is Brian. I am 23 years old and a newlywed..
Thanks for joining the forum, Brian! You'll find several other male knitters here, and they will certainly be glad to have a fellow knitter in their midst.

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I saw a knitting help video on You Tube, and decided to join this forum........I do a lot of knitting for charities.
Excellent! You'll be glad to know that we have a section in the forum just for charity knitting. Check it out!

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Shandeh thanks for the advise! You were so right about switching to different needles..
Yay! So glad you found the right needles for your project, Jeannie!

Originally Posted by gypsyqueen64 View Post
Hello, my name is Kay, and I'm the only one in the world who does not understand how to knit! ......
Don't be discouraged, my friend. A lot of new knitters knit very tight at first. I was one of them! Eventually, it will get better, and you'll be able to let the yarn flow more easily. When I first started knitting, I held my yarn in a death grip, and the stitches were VERY hard to slide on the needle. Now, my stitches are looser, and much easier to work with. Just take your time and keep practicing. It will be worth it in the end.

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Hi everyone I'm James! I'm living in Shanghai, China right now and I've been exploring the likes of yak yarn!
Hi James! I had a small bit of yak yarn once, but it was very coarse. Made a super strong yarn! Hopefully, yours is nicer than what I had.
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