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Old 01-31-2011, 09:56 AM   #11
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Artlady, can you suggest a pattern to me that would help me to become a better knitter? I'm thinking maybe your 4-seasons throw? It would need to be something which holds my interest, is fun and never boring....(I have a titch of ADD)...and can use fun colors.

or is knitting a talent, and one either has it or doesn't? (remember, I'm 63 years old and don't have as much time as a youngster might have, to learn and practice....

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Old 01-31-2011, 12:54 PM   #12
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Artlady, can you suggest a pattern to me that would help me to become a better knitter? I'm thinking maybe your 4-seasons throw? It would need to be something which holds my interest, is fun and never boring....(I have a titch of ADD)...and can use fun colors.

TIA!
I'm not Artlady of course, but thought I'd add my two cents. I've always liked this sampler afghan. It's in a solid, but no reason you couldn't make the squares different colors.
http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/vi...d_id=3&lang=us
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Old 01-31-2011, 01:22 PM   #13
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Artlady, can you suggest a pattern to me that would help me to become a better knitter? I'm thinking maybe your 4-seasons throw? It would need to be something which holds my interest, is fun and never boring....(I have a titch of ADD)...and can use fun colors.
The 4-seasons throw would be a good one! Mine is knit all in one piece, 3 blocks across, using intarsia to connect the blocks as the colors change across the row. And it uses the picking-up stitches method to build the next tier of blocks.

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or is knitting a talent, and one either has it or doesn't?
IMHO, knitting is an ability that most people possess but don't tap into. I think it requires desire, passion and stick-to-it-ive-ness to develop our ability. (definition of sticktoitiveness: dogged perseverance; resolute tenacity; the ability to stay with a project and see it through to completion.) I'm ACES in sticktoitiveness!

IMO, where true talent becomes the IT factor is designing! (definitely not me)
Our own MerigoldinWa here at KH has that true talent.

I might have the ability to design...but I sure don't have the desire or passion. With MerigoldinWa...designing her own knits part of who she is! She also has the knitting skills
to carry out her artistic designs.

Pattern-writing is a department of its own! I've heard that pattern-writing software exists that helps designers put their designs into black-and-white for publication. But I don't know what that software might be.

I'm in awe of the designing talent that we see in the Knitting World today. It boggles my mind.

I feel blessed that I'm able to follow directions and knit something beautiful that someone else designed and published!
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ArtLady - I LOVE the colors in that blankie!! I really need to start another one of those. Never did one with the colors all around like that. It's beautiful (we expect nothing less of you, haha!!)
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Great work, as always. It's beautiful and I love the colors.
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Love the colors in this one. I have yet to do a log cabin. You sure do crank them out!! Tell me, how do you weave your ends in so they don't stick out and/or start "unweaving?" I've tried lots of different techniques but am not thrilled with any of them.
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how do you weave your ends in so they don't stick out and/or start "unweaving?" I've tried lots of different techniques but am not thrilled with any of them.
It's tricky. Mostly, I leave a 4-5" tail, weaving and embedding it into the seamline ridge, first going west, then doing a u-turn and weaving east, if ya know what I mean.

Another thing, some yarns lend themselves to knots. By that I mean, they easily tie into a teeny, strong knot, unlikely to come undone. I've been known to do that, too, snipping the tails right next to the knot. Shhhhhh, don't tell!
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WHAT???!!! How can that be? You must be from a long line of people having babies at age 12, because you do NOT look old enough to be a great-grandmother.

Love the blanket. The colors are beautiful together.
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Picasso would be so proud. I agree with Jan. Keep going and make it look like it was supposed to be that way. BTY, an animal shelter would love to have it no matter what.
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It's gorgeous! I love the colors you chose!
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