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Old 02-27-2014, 12:56 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA View Post
I started knitting in 2005 and I'm 61 now. I crocheted, but prefer the look of knitting so I decided to learn. I took a local class which proved basically useless so I'm self taught.

If you're wondering... The teacher insisted there was only one right way to knit...her way. Wrong way to teach x1000.

I hope some day I will be as wise and as helpful as you are with knitting.
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Old 02-27-2014, 12:57 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by GrumpyGramma View Post
That's horrid! At least the book I used showed English and Continental. I've not been to a class, whatever I know I learned mostly from here after I got so I could do knits and purls. I really started knitting, and found KH, because my grandson wanted a sweater and the yarn wasn't crocheting well. He'd chosen the yarn and I was determined to make it work.

You're a WONDERFUL grandma!!!!
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My grandma taught me to crochet when I was in my early teens. I liked to do doillies and made many afghans. Then I got interested in knitting and did do some projects, but went back to crocheting as at the time I thought knitting took to long. About 3 years ago I got interested in knitting again and haven't stopped since.
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My mom taught me to knit (or tried, anyway) when I was 13 or 14, but I was too impatient when the yarn got tangled. Then I figured out how to make a hat when I moved to cold Lake Tahoe at the age of 21. Started a scarf next that never got finished. Fast forward 36 years, and I was doing some needle felting after I saw it on Etsy (little animals and such). I kept running across all this gorgeous yarn while looking for wool, and I started up knitting again! With the help of this site, youtube and books, I was up and knitting once more, and now I am addicted! I can even make socks! What a great, satisfying pastime (?sp.) knitting is! And the needles are so much nicer!
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Originally Posted by Woofens View Post
I taught myself from a kit from Wal-Mart called, appropriately, "Teach Yourself to Knit". I just learned in June. I had wanted to learn since reading Debbie Macomber's book, Blossom Street. Probably close to 10 years of wanting to learn. I'm so glad I finally did.
Debbie Macomber has written MANY books based on The Shop on Blossom Street. Here are the first few books in the series:

The Shop on Blossom Street
A Good Yarn
Susannah's Garden
Back on Blossom Street
Twenty Wishes

ENJOY!!!!!!!
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Originally Posted by ABC's Mom View Post
My grandma taught me to crochet when I was in my early teens. I liked to do doillies and made many afghans. Then I got interested in knitting and did do some projects, but went back to crocheting as at the time I thought knitting took to long. About 3 years ago I got interested in knitting again and haven't stopped since.

Who taught you how to knit? My grandma tried teaching me when I was elementary school but I couldn't pay attention long enough to learn anything. Found out when I was 32 that I have had ADD all my life. Makes sense why I was a slow learner, LOL.
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Originally Posted by jinxnit55 View Post
My mom taught me to knit (or tried, anyway) when I was 13 or 14, but I was too impatient when the yarn got tangled. Then I figured out how to make a hat when I moved to cold Lake Tahoe at the age of 21. Started a scarf next that never got finished. Fast forward 36 years, and I was doing some needle felting after I saw it on Etsy (little animals and such). I kept running across all this gorgeous yarn while looking for wool, and I started up knitting again! With the help of this site, youtube and books, I was up and knitting once more, and now I am addicted! I can even make socks! What a great, satisfying pastime (?sp.) knitting is! And the needles are so much nicer!

I agree. The yarns available nowadays are GORGEOUS!!! Thanks for your reply!
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Originally Posted by knitcindy View Post
Debbie Macomber has written MANY books based on The Shop on Blossom Street. Here are the first few books in the series:

The Shop on Blossom Street
A Good Yarn
Susannah's Garden
Back on Blossom Street
Twenty Wishes

ENJOY!!!!!!!
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Thank you for listing some of her books. Have you read any of them? Are they fiction or non-fiction? I Googled her series and this is what I found:http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/2..._Street_Series
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Thank you for listing some of her books. Have you read any of them? Are they fiction or non-fiction? I Googled her series and this is what I found:http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/2..._Street_Series
They are fiction, but they are wonderful books. The characters feel like friends. I've read and reread many of her books.
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