I'm so glad to have found this forum! Already, the instructional videos here have been of tremendous help in getting me started.
A brief intro: I'm Judy in Oklahoma City, age 57, married, empty-nester, work fulltime, and have more hobbies than I can begin to have time for. I piece quilts, machine quilt, hand embroider, and love to read. I used to do a lot of crochet also but haven't in a number of years. So it only makes sense that I just *have* to add one more hobby and MUST learn to knit, right?!?!?
I'll try to keep my newbie questions to a minimum until I've read and can't find my answer. For starters, where do you buy your bamboo needles? I tried many years ago to learn to knit so dug out my needles from long ago and found them to be way too long, 14", to handle while learning. When the urgent desire for knitting hit this weekend, I ran to Hancock's Fabrics. All they had were Lion Brand dpns so I bought a couple sets. I simply put point protectors on one end to keep my work from sliding off. But now I feel like they're too slick, especially when trying to learn a simple knit cast-off. (I'm using Red Heart worsted that I happened to have on hand.) As far as I know, there is only one LYS in Oklahoma City, and of course this urge to knit has to strike now that we're in the midst of a huge snowstorm and I can't get there! Hopefully by Saturday, I'll have time to visit there and the streets will be clear enough to do it! The only good thing about the "Blizzard of 2011" is that there's no way I can make it to work! I brought home some reports to work on in anticipation of a snow day but could be easily persuaded to ignore them in favor of knitting in spite of my struggles!
Thanks for any advice about needles you can offer!
Judy in OKC