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Old 01-15-2008, 09:56 PM   #1
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Feeling like a knitting flunky
I feel so awful about my knitting abilities. So many people take up knitting and are instantly knitting up all sorts of neat things. I learned a year ago and am still on one piece rectangular items. I know it has alot to do with the fact that I cannot knit regularly. With my job taking up 12 hours a day and my toddler and autistic son taking up the rest, I've gone MONTHS without knitting a single stitch. Most times, I get 1 night a month to knit (about 2 hours). I want so badly to be a good knitter and to knit some great projects.

I guess the straw that broke the camel's back was when I realized last night at knitting group that I wasn't paying attention and messed several stitches in an easy stitch pattern k9,p9 over 6 (count 'em, 6) rows! I'm going to have to frog those rows The worse part about that is I don't know if I'll be able to get all of my stitches back on my needles. When I frog, I have a hard time knowing when to stop the last stitch before it unravels the first stitch of the next row. (Did that make sense to any but me?)

Now I'm on Ravelry and I feel like I have nothing to offer.

Will it get any better? I really DO love knitting.
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Old 01-15-2008, 10:01 PM   #2
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We all knit at our own pace as time allows. This winter is the most knitting I have done. There have been years where I didn't have time or ambition to knit at all. I had one sweater that took 3 winters to finish. As I get older I find that there is less work around the farm and I spend more time indoors. I'm sure as your life slows over time that knitting can be a more prominent part of your life as you have leisure time.
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Old 01-15-2008, 10:16 PM   #3
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Hey, you're doing the best you can!
Sometimes I feel like a completel dolt when it comes to knitting. Granted I have more time than you (I work 8 hours a day, no kids, though I pray that I will have one soon!), but we all learn at our own pace. That pace is dictated for the most part by the demands placed on us-your children, your job.....You'll get there!!!

Lemme see if I can find that link that shows how to unknit.....

Try this one..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63dUAZtKU7M

And this one, too!
http://www.videojug.com/tag/vj-home/...nitting&page=1

There are some others listed and you can find some pretty good knitting videos on YouTube.


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All right, girl. If you feel like a flunky, I'm a complete looser. *How* many times did you see me frog last night? And guess what? I did it again when I got home. Don't worry. We'll get it sooner or later.
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Old 01-15-2008, 10:27 PM   #5
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N2K - You're doing so awesome! I'm sure your clogs will be gorgeous. At least you frogged on a project that wasn't a simple rectangle. I won't give up. I just knit to knit more ;P
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Old 01-15-2008, 10:30 PM   #6
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KPG... we all learn at our own rate and many of us can knit a lot more than you can so it's easier. I think you can probably handle some more difficult patterns now if you really wanted to, too.
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Old 01-15-2008, 10:56 PM   #7
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Sweetie, you have a LOT on your plate. Being a mom to "normal" kids is a full time job in and of itself. On top of that,you're working 12 hours a day, and have a toddler and an autistic child. I'm amazed that you have time to breathe, much less knit!

As a mom of 9 kids, I look at some of the younger moms on this board and wonder how in the world they are ever knitting anything with little ones around. My youngest is 5 and this is last year has been the first time in 20 years that I've felt I had time to do anything "crafty" at all.

So, just work on what you can when you can, and consider it a blessing that you are able to knit at all. Your little ones will be grown before you know it! My sweet tiny little firstborn is now a 21yo college junior!! Don't compare yourself to others, because their lives aren't like your life. Don't worry about how fast you progress.The time will come when you can knit all you want! But that will be years down the road, most likely. For now, just knit when you can and enjoy it as you are able.
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Oh gosh, don't feel bad about knitting. It's really just practice and when you have so much going on in your life it's hard to get that practice in. Don't worry about it! Just relax and knit at your own pace. We've ALL been there where we mess up an easy pattern have to frog it, it's frustrating, but it's normal. Knitting is for people of all skill levels and everyone progresses at their own level. Don't compare yourself to other people- there's no point. I know I do stupid knitting things all the time- from mistakes to answering questions wrong on here! (yes...that was tonight- oops!) Just keep your chin up and keep on knitting!
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Dear Knitpurlgirl:

If I can do it, so can you Hon. You have so very many challenges already. If you are only getting two hours a month to knit, that is what the problem is right there. I know you can't manage anymore hours at this point, but DON'T give up on your knitting if for no other reason than that it is something you are doing for YOU! It is something you enjoy, something you want to do, something that gives you drive to learn and succeed and create!

I truly believe you are a much better person than I am. You run after a toddler, you take care of an autistic child, you clean and cook and do all the things a Mom does, you work 12 hours a day and you still find time to knit? You are one AMAZING woman! You can do this, do NOT give up on your knitting!

You are determined, you can do this! Try a scarf next time. It does not matter how long it takes you to complete a project so long as you enjoy the journey. Dont give up on your knitting!

Practice, learn, relax and enjoy! AND keep up the good work!
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Now that you know how to knit and have a love of it, the rest will come. You have a very full plate right now. Cut yourself some slack.

Your time will come, grasshopper!
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