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Old 01-09-2011, 02:55 AM   #1
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Ok, I am learning rightside and wrongside with a scarf I am working on. I learned that I need to not knit as tightly as I normally do with a regular knit stitch all the way around (and not to do it when I am tired!!!). Thus, the designed part is skinnier than the rest of the scarf.. Put that aside, do you give away your learning projects still to the person it was for in the beginning?
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Old 01-09-2011, 03:25 AM   #2
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I kept my first partial scarf for awhile because I didn't feel it was good enough, but I'm known to be very hard on myself. I think it's a personal decision whether you do or not though.
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Old 01-09-2011, 11:42 AM   #3
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The first thing that I ever knit was a blanket for myself. I always figured that I would just go ahead and keep it until I finally found someone special enough to give it to, bc it was my first knitted project, and I knew that it had some "screw-ups" in it. Later on, I met my gf, and she turned out to be special, so I gave it to her.
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Old 01-09-2011, 11:59 AM   #4
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My first project was a knitted sweater and booties for my baby (who is now 35). I was knitting much too tightly and my project turned out way to small for my 10 lb baby! I gave it away to an aquaintance who had a normal sized baby and she used it for a couple of months then passed it on so it got lots of good use. When I gave it to her I explained that it was my first and I was just learning so it had some errors. She felt really special that I would give her the first thing I'd ever done so it all worked out really well.
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Old 01-09-2011, 04:54 PM   #5
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I say if you want to give it away when you're finished, go for it. It will that much more special to the receiver because it's your very
1st completed project. Most none knitters don't know what mistakes look like and they are so touched by the gift it doesn't matter. Just don't point out all the little mistakes and they will never know.
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Old 01-10-2011, 11:46 AM   #6
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Yeah, do what luv says if you give it to them... shhh... don't tell them what you know!! Also, if they're the kind of person who appreciates hand-made stuff, you can give them a sample of something when you get better and so on, so they get a sample of your work as you're learning. If they're special enough and understand and all, they'll be touched, I'm sure. Also, they'll have something to see how you're really progressing. Just a thought...
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Old 01-10-2011, 03:11 PM   #7
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I'm not at all sure what I did with the first thing I ever knit, I do know what I did with the second thing... they were both socks... and the second pair of socks went to my Dad who wore braces on his feet to help him walk. HE loved the socks, mistakes and all, because of how they protected his ankles from the metal pieces on his braces.
Not sure if I would have given they away now... but as I think about it... I have no regrets. They fitted the situation and made my Dad's life a little easier.
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Old 01-10-2011, 05:56 PM   #8
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The first thing I knit (besides swatches) was a scarf--all in purl stitches with Lion Brand Homespun. I gave it to a long-time friend, and although it wasn't nearly long enough, she loved it! I made sure she knew she was getting my first knit project, which made it even more special to her.

So I say give it the person if it's at all usable.
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My first item I knitted was a baby blanket from a leaflet I bought when I taught myself to knit over 30 years ago. I knitted it for my senior year English teacher who was expecting a bay shortly before I graduated. I used yellow yarn and did a stockinette background with a design of purl stitches forming rectangles ridges on the surface of the stockinette stitches. When I gave it to her (our class gave her a baby shower in class one morning), she asked me where I bought it iat. I told her I had knitted it my self, she was shocked. She asked me who taught me to knit, and I said I taught my self so I could make that for her. She said that made it much more special because it was made by hand but was not homemade. I had a teacher who taught me the difference between home made and hand made is if some one asks where the item in question was bought in a store somewhere. I reached that point since graduating high school. My daughter's friend asked her" where did your parents buy the outfit you are wearing". My daughter told her that I had made the outfit.
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