I've been lurking around the site for a while and thought it was about time to introduce myself. I LOVE THIS SITE! Thank you Amy for all the wonderful instruction and great videos. I bought one of those "Learn how to Knit this Hat & Scarf" kits 2 years ago. It was incredibly frustrating trying to figure out the illustrations and the kit soon went into the closet.
Well, I bought the Knitting for Dummies book a few months ago and between that and the instructions from the kit I actually did manage to knit the scarf and something that could pass for a headband
! Well, I was pretty darn proud of that scarf even though one end mysteriously ended up several stitches wider than the other. Not bad for my first attempt and got enough of a feel for it to get "in the zone"
So I knit another scarf with this crazy "eyelash" yarn---boy was that hard to work with, especially for my neophyte self. But I did manage to complete that project and the good thing was the yarn hid my mistakes! The bad thing was that the yarn hid my mistakes so I was still mysteriously adding on extra stitches.
A few weeks ago I was at the fabric store and eavesdropped on a customer asking a knitting question and the employee whipped out her needles and yarn from her pocket and gave us an on the spot demonstration of continental style---she made it look so effortless. So I bought my yarn and first set of circular needles and a Leisure Arts knitting book which demonstrated the continental style. I found this is the technique that really clicks with me. I just find it so much easier and like I can really get a good groove goin'!
I found this site on a google search and the videos on this site have been so helpful and my knitting has now progressed by leaps and bounds. I am now officially hooked! I have now also made a hat and a stethoscope cover and currently working on another scarf for hubby.
So, that's my long short story. I look forward to getting to know and learn from fellow knitters. Thanks again for such an awesome site Amy!