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Old 10-11-2005, 10:11 AM   #11
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Uh--did you notice how many posts I have? I knew how to knit before I came here! It's just nice to 'be' around people who share the same passion and understand the need for a kazillion yards of yarn around the house. Or who don't think you're crazy when you race around looking for a small knitting project before you go to the dentist! :rofling:
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Old 10-11-2005, 10:11 AM   #12
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I've found I like the Red Heart Grande... it's cheap, somewhat soft and not too furry like the fun fur stuff. Plus it's machine washable... which is a big plus to me.
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Old 10-11-2005, 10:56 AM   #13
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Hi babybear,

The funny thing about needle sizes, is that once you've used one size for awhile, anything else will feel odd until you adjust to it again.

In August, I was knitting baby socks on size 2 and 3 needles with fingering weight yarn and they felt "normal".

After I'd finished three pair of them, I started on some doubleknit potholders in ktichen cotton with size 5s. The needles felt HUGE for about the first 5 or 6 rows, then I got used to it. From there I went on to placemats with the same yarn on size 10s and again there was a period of adjustment for several rows, and one round of frogging.

Then I got my Knitpicks order and started on the famous CLOGS! They are on size 13 needles with a double strand of worsted weight yarn. Initially, I thought I was knitting with broomsticks!, but they soon became second nature. After three pairs of these, I picked up the size 10s with one strand of worsted again, and it felt like I was knitting with sewing needles and thread they were so tiny!

After seven or eight rows last night, I finally stopped dropping needles and yarn again. Your hands will eventually get used to it. I've been knitting for years, and I just wanted you to know that switching around feels awkward for most of us at times!

It IS a great help when your using a needle size at least somewhat appropriate for the yarn weight, but finding something that feels "right" for you is the most important, especially at the beginning!

Hang in there, and we're around if you need encouragement!

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Old 10-11-2005, 11:22 AM   #14
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I learned on LionBrand WoolEase Thick-N-Quick and size 17 needles!
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Old 10-11-2005, 11:38 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by KellyK
I learned on LionBrand WoolEase Thick-N-Quick and size 17 needles!
My best project yet was one I did on the same yarn with sz 15's...

I'm sensing a pattern. I'm normal!

Joel thanks for the rec.

Mary - wonderful information! Thank you! It'll save me a trip back here when I try the 8's, and then back to 15's, and am again wondering if I'm weird. Happy knitting back! Is there another kind of kniting...I can't imagine...
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Old 10-11-2005, 11:48 AM   #16
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I couldn't use anything smaller than a size 13 until I had been knitting for 4 months. smaller needles and yarn were too frustrating for me.
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Old 10-11-2005, 11:54 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by jodstr2
I couldn't use anything smaller than a size 13 until I had been knitting for 4 months. smaller needles and yarn were too frustrating for me.
Ok, good. Thanks Jodi...

I am normal. I am okay, and people like me. :rofling:
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OK, Sally.
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Old 10-11-2005, 12:46 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by Ingrid
OK, Sally.
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Old 10-11-2005, 03:43 PM   #20
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Re: Better with Bigger Needles and Bulky Yarn?
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Swtiched to a bulky yarn that was twirly and weird - no good.

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FYI for anyone that this might help, that Homespun Ingrid keeps warning us newbies about is the weird twirly yarn I mentioned.

Awful. I couldn't get ONE decent stitch in. Not one.
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