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Old 02-27-2005, 09:31 AM   #21
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My grandmother used to crochet afghans for me when I was younger and I always wanted to be able to make things for her. This past December I mentioned to my boyfriend that I wanted to learn to knit. He picked me up a kit and when I got frustrated (I have very little patience) with trying to figure out the basics, he learned cast-on, knit, and purl so he could teach me. Since I have strated though it has cured several things. For three years I have had this problem with scratching my legs until they bleed. It was the stangest thing and doctors couldn't find anything wrong. Once I started knitting I stopped scratching. It also is a huge stress reliever.
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Old 02-27-2005, 09:42 AM   #22
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My DD taught me to knit, something I thought I'd never learn. She is the light of my life and has opened my eyes to many things. She is a wonderful teacher...in so many ways! :D
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Old 02-27-2005, 10:52 PM   #23
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Not "what", but rather "whom". The answer: Martha Stewart.

It's like a madness I tell ya. First it's one project and then the next. All along you'll ask yourself" "but why?" only to answer yourself in replying: "but why not?"

Then one day you'll find yourself wandering alone, in some off the beaten track sort of place, all down and out and looking for your next big score, a new challenge!

If you've really got it bad, you might even veer into something really shady and crooked, like crochet. That's when you REALLY know YOU'RE "HOOKED".

And to think, I have a prosecuted criminal to thank for this "habit".
I simply cannot thank her enough for turning me on to this wonderful craft....even if it took much longer to "dial in" my own style....which is still very much an ongoing, work in progress.
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Old 02-28-2005, 11:48 AM   #24
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Welcome happenin!

Originally Posted by happenin
...Then one day you'll find yourself wandering alone, in some off the beaten track sort of place, all down and out and looking for your next big score, a new challenge!

If you've really got it bad, you might even veer into something really shady and crooked, like crochet. ...And to think, I have a prosecuted criminal to thank for this "habit".

ROFL, you're a riot.

My mom taught me basic crochet when I was in pre-school, and the knit and purl stitches when I was in 1st grade, I's say. My Dad had a couple of awesome girlfriends that introduced me to sewing and reading a sewing pattern. I remember when I saw my first hand-made sweater that my grandmother had made, and I was very impressed.

I was a total craft-junkie as a kid. I did knitting, crochet, sewing, cross-stitch, embroidery, doll-making....whatever I discovered. I tried it all by the age of 9, I'd say!

Knitting is the only thing that I've really stuck with. I still do the other things on occassion, but nothing to the extent that I knit.

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Old 02-28-2005, 01:11 PM   #25
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I too have always been on the crafty side. I think I get it from my Grandmother, (it skipped a generation with my Mom, she has no interest in anything crafty).

I've done lots of stuff, canvas painting, slate painting, I vaguely remember learning crochet when I was a kid.

My DH joined a pottery class with me and we had a blast making clay stuff, then we learned to do stained glass, we made some really awesome windows together. He built us a work table that we still use to create stained glass projects.

I sew too, have made a few quilts, but am not that great at piecing it together....it seems to take forever!

I picked up knitting shortly after I was diagnosed with Cancer. It quickly became a way to calm my nerves. My knitting always picks up around the time I go for more testing to check the progress. (Unfortunatly, it has spread and my body resists the treatment that is available for my type - so there is nothing they can do right now).

The good news is that I got my neighbor into it too, so we can occasionally get together and knit.

Now I have all of you and I love this knitting site and seeing what everyone is doing!
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Lori, I'm so sorry to hear about your cancer condition! I'm praying for a miracle for you. xoxo

If you have any requests for knitting videos you want to see, let me know. I'll put them on the top of my list.

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Thanks Amy,

Your site is awesome, I have referred back to the videos often! I am presently trying to learn to Continental knit.....I have always done the English style....thanks to your videos it is lots easier than I ever thought!

As far as miracles go, you never know, all prayers are accepted!! Thanks!

Thank goodness I have a slew of awesome specialists at Sloan-Kettering in NYC! When they say jump, I jump! Ya know!

Thankfully also, that otherwise I am very healthy and have a great DH and two of the most awesome little boys! *beaming mom*
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I'm kind of a spazz...
It took me a while to start knitting. In 2000 or 2001, I wanted to learn so badly, but I knew noone who could teach me. I bought "The Better Homes and Gardens Guide to Needlework" and set out at trying to figure it out. Occasionally, I would run into a knitter and accost them until they showed me how to cast on. No matter how hard I concentrated, it never clicked. As "Stitch N' Bitch" became more popular and SNBs popped up around the country, I met a few more knitters, but no one had patience with me. I threw down my needles in disgust and admitted defeat.

About 6 months later, I woke up out of a dream in which I saw, perfectly SAW, how to cast on and do a knit stitch. I jumped out of bed and grabbed my needles, still with twisted yarn on them, and went to it before I lost the image. Behold, I could knit!

Unfortunately, I still didn't know any knitters, so I was doomed to scarves for a really long time. Since moving to Portland, however, I have fallen in love with Mabel's, a yarn shop and cafe that is always full of crafty boys and gals who are always nice ad willing to help--no snobbery here! It has helped so much, and I'm onto my first sweater now, after doing booties, hats, a baby onsie and learning crochet.

I'm quite obsessed right now, but it's a very good thing for me. I have a pretty intense anxiety disorder, and I haev restless legs and hands. Knitting give me something to focus on, which relaxes my brain and extremities. So, I came to knitting because I'm knid of a spazz! Hee.
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Hi, everyone,
I've just joined, and am looking forward to getting to know you all in time.
I live in New Zealand, but was born in Australia 55 years ago.
My maternal grandmother taught me to knit when I was 8, and I've hardly stopped since LOL.
Knitting is a real stress-reliever for me, as I'm on disability. So between knitting and my online mates, I cope pretty well.
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Mascarasnake, I love the story of you waking up from a dream, with that "AHA!" vision! That's so cool!

Welcome Lynn! Thanks for sharing the picture!

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