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Old 07-28-2007, 01:12 PM   #1
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I've finally decided to knit my first sweater. I've been looking through my knitting magazines, and online for an easy pattern, and always changing my mind. I know this is a wierd thing to admit, but I battle depression and anxiety, and sometimes the thought of a big project overwhelms me, causing me to back away from it.

Anyway, my sister was over last night for a visit, and she helped me pick a pattern. She doesn't knit, but she has sewn clothing, and knows about garment construction. We found a pattern in one of my older issued of Creative Knitting, that she said would be great for a first garment project, because it's just two pieces (a front and back) knitted then seamed together. At first I started all my mind games I always play...."what if I can't do it?" "What if it doesn't fit?" "What if it fit, but looks horrible on me?"....She said to stop worrying about it, and just do it. If it doesn't fit, just give it to someone else.....So that's what I'm doing...I just started it last night, and I'm actually getting pretty excited about it.

Please, wish me luck...
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Old 07-28-2007, 01:14 PM   #2
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Old 07-28-2007, 01:15 PM   #3
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You can do it!

They are easier than socks, just more time consuming!

You'll love it!
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Old 07-28-2007, 01:57 PM   #4
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Hi

Don't let a dose of the 'what ifs ...?' get you down.

It sounds as if you and your sister have chosen a pretty good place to start you off knitting.

You'll have such a sense of satisfaction when it's finished (and you won't end up giving it to someone else) that you'll always keep it.

There's about 3,000 knitters here, newbies, intermediates, advanced and then the pure geniuses - and every one of them started a first project.

If you run into any snags at all, just post your problem and someone is guaranteed to help you sort it.

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Old 07-28-2007, 03:16 PM   #5
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Once again, I'm reminded of why I love coming to KH. I know there is always someone to encourage, and help. Thank you so much. I'll keep this thread updated. I have to warn you though...there may be some whiny and gripey posts from me before it's over.lol
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Old 07-28-2007, 03:26 PM   #6
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Old 07-28-2007, 05:21 PM   #7
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jdee wrote:

there may be some whiny and gripey posts from me before it's over.lol


That's okay too - we specialise in whiny and gripey ... especially at weekends.


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Old 07-28-2007, 05:39 PM   #8
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Ooh jdee,
I LOVE knitting sweaters. It took me a long time to dare, too, but now I can't stop. (I currently have 2 on the needles plus my first pair of socks) I live in Houston, TX, so I don't have a HUGE need for sweaters, so I make them for other people. The first sweaters I did were toddler sized. I liked that cuz size TRULY did NOT matter! I hadn't found KH then, so I was on the phone with my mom about every day about it.

BTW, Knitting is one thing that helped pull me out of depression (that and thyroid meds!).

Get on KH whenever you're stuck. I do all the time, and I'm always thrilled because someone will always have an answer for me. I get on and can actually help others with simple questions now.

So CONGRATULATIONS on taking the plunge! You won't be sorry!
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I just wanted to show some pictures of what I've knitted so far. I just hope it fits when I'm done. I've never been a small girl, and I've always hated and feared shopping for clothes. I find myself having those same feelings as I'm knitting this. What am I going to do about my brain?! This is supposed to be fun.....but that's enough whining.

On the other hand, I'm pretty proud of what I've accomplished so far, even though it's not very much.
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Old 07-29-2007, 01:10 AM   #10
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Oooh girl, I am going through the same thing! I'm working on my first sweater, too, and until today, it was been pretty much no good. lol It has been a HUGE learning process though, and now I'm able to knit fairly consistently and be happy with the work I've done. And I also had worries about being a big girl and having to make a sweater that's way huge, but it actually hasn't been bad at all. Lots of knitters are out there to support, and it's all about just making a quality garment that fits YOU! Oh, making my first sweater... It's definitely a new challenge, but extremely rewarding and helpful as I try to become a better knitter. When things are going wrong and all you do is frog, it is rough, but when you nail it and get it just right, it feels SO GOOD! :D We're all here to support you, and good luck on your first sweater! It's going to be so amazing, and we can't wait to see pics!!!
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