Thursday, March 13, 2008

Mission Impossible: Learning How To Knit

I'm having a bit of a craftersblock today it seems. I tried a lot of things, but none of it turned out the way I wanted it to. I drew about 20 patterns for softies, but all of them looked crap. Then I attempted making one of them anyway, which of course turned out horrible. I came to the part where I sewed on the face, and then just gave up.

Then I suddenly got the bright idea to knit! Sounds like fun, right? Except you know, I can't knit. I don't know why I figured a day like today would be a good day to try and learn it again, but I asked my mom to give teaching me another try. It's a never ending process it seems, I just can't get the hang of it! The results so far: A way too tight tiny piece of...something, with a whole lot of holes, and inconsistent knitting and purling. It looks pretty decent in the picture though, doesn't it? I guess that just shows pictures can fool you!

Is there any kind of craft you tried and tried but just don't seem to be able to do? Or one you'd love to learn? And to you knitters: How long did it take you before you were any good at it? Did you learn when you were little, or did you start late like me?

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  1. I know how you feel with a craft that you feel you just can never learn! I feel that way about scrapbooking - graphic design isn't really my thing - but I love what people do and want to have beautiful results! And as far as knitting goes - it took me a while before I felt like I kind of knew what I was doing - I'm still not certain I do! haha. I learned in college - and put it down for a few years and have now picked it up again. I think it just takes lots of practice doing easy things like scarves, also if you use bamboo needles (I can't tell from the pictures if that is what you are using), you will have less stitches slip off the end of your needles when you don't want them to. That has been one thing that has helped me anyway! Good luck! :)

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  2. I've been threatening to learn how to crochet for years.. I even bought "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Knitting and Crocheting". This was 5 years ago. Have I ever knitted or crocheted anything? Nope. Maybe one day I'll pick it up again. Good luck with your knitting!

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  3. I absolutely love the look of knit and crochet, but can I actually manage to complete are project? Oh no! Ok maybe once when I was younger, with a lot of help from my mom. I wish I had the patience for it, but I always feel like it takes forever for me to finish a knitting project and I am such a "results now" kind of person. I wish you the best of luck! :)

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  4. yesterday, i tried attempting to make some crepe paper dogwood flowers (a martha stewart package you can buy at michaels craft stores here in the u.s.). now, let me tell you girl, THAT turned out like crap! i took pictures of each step as i was doing it, hoping to make a semi-interesting blog entry from the experience, but after finishing one crappy looking flower (which looks more like a poppy than a dogwood), i gave up. bleh! as for knitting - i can't do it either!

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  5. OH I don't know how to knit yet either. I think it's intimidating!

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  6. Oh my goodness! Good for you for trying knitting. I know how to crochet a really basic stitch (my mom taught me), but that's it. I am tempted to try to learn to knit, but I'm not sure I have enough coordination! It took me about...um...10 years to be able to crochet a basic blanket without my mom needing to start and finish it. You're not alone!!

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  7. I can't knit. Many people have tried to teach me but I just can't seem to get my hands to do what they are supposed to. MIL has recently shown me how to crochet, but it took a few tries. By the end it looked like she wanted to toss the crochet needle at me and choke me with the wool (joke about the choke thing, probably about the needle thing too...)

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  8. yup! i know what you mean! knitting and crocheting are intimidating! i want to try but every time i pick up a beginner's book and flip through it i think to myself "this is like ancient scrolls. i don't understand at all!"

    maybe one day i'll try. i'm just not ready yet haha. good luck tizzie!

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  9. My mother and sister have tried to teach me to knit and crochet countless times, to no avail. I'm a lefty, which seems to make it impossible!
    Atleast my sister has taken pity on me and made me plenty of scarves and hats, so I really don't need to knit!

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  10. I don't know how to knit too. It seems like you have to count stitches so it's not a good idea for me to attempt since i am lousy at counting! anyhow I hope your knitting goes well and you can show us some of your creations!

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  11. hahaha you sound like me! I can manage a lot of stuff, but knitting is NOT one of them. Maybe I just need something with more immediate results?! I can manage a scarf, but that's about it! Crochet is another thing I can't get my head around. Not that I've tried! lol

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  12. Crocheting or lace making is something I'd love to do. My sister crochets but I don't know who could teach me the lace! I'm not much of a learn-by-written-directions person.

    My grandma TRIED to teach me to knit at about 5...but I didn't really start until I was 9 or so, and then it took awhile to get where I am now. I don't like doing things like sweaters or socks, but have done some patterns with designs, like a big lacy shawl and one of those tube scarves. Was fun! I should do more of the shawls. Recently I began trying to knit a Blythe coat, but then decided it would be a hat instead. Oh well!

    Keep it up, you'll get it soon I'm sure!

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  13. i understand your struggle to knit!! i just cant get it right! my younger sister lovesss to knit while i loveee to sew.. so we're total opposites! ishould really give it another go since its another 3 months till winter down under!

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  14. Hi there, I just found your blog. I can really sympathise with the frustrating day you had! I have recently started to learn to knit again, am trying to knit a bear, a lot harder than my usual types of bears .. Good luck! Catherine x

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  15. I really want to learn graphic design. Not really a craft but I want to learn how to do printed stationary and to make my own designs for things. In addition to all my other paper goods. The only problem is that I know nothing about it. I mean not even a clue about anything to do with it. So I need to get some books or take some classes or something. I have so much on my plate right now though that I don't think it's going to happen real soon. Plus I need to have a program to do it in which I don't currently. Sigh, to the back burner, lol.

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  16. I think your attempt at knitting is pretty good. It does take time to get those nice uniform stitches.
    Don't give up!

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  17. when i had a friend teach me how to knit, i just didn't get it. i didn't think it would be a good fit for me. but i kept practicing, and after a good month of practicing for an hour or two a week, i finally got the hang of it! but i still stick to very simple patterns - scarves are my specialty!

    just keep practicing, a little a day. you'll get it!

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  18. I agree, all it takes is practice. I haven't learned how to knit yet, but that is next on my list. Staying busy with crochet and still learning a lot with each project.

    I am also hoping to learn to sew in the not to distant future and I'm pretty nervous, the last thing I sewed was a pair of boxer shorts in home economics in 7th grade!

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  19. I agree, all it takes is practice. I haven't learned how to knit yet, but that is next on my list. Staying busy with crochet and still learning a lot with each project.

    I am also hoping to learn to sew in the not to distant future and I'm pretty nervous, the last thing I sewed was a pair of boxer shorts in home economics in 7th grade!

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  20. Keep at it! I taught myself how to knit and crochet by using those Dummies books. Practice, practice, practice and soon it's as easy as breathing!

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  21. I too know how you feel - I cannot sew to save my life! Just keep practicing your knitting, it's hard at first but soon it will be a piece of cake :)

    Good luck!

    xO

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  22. I feel for you...I would so dearly love to paint...but everything looks like a three year old did it. :o(

    My mom tried to teach me to knit when I was 11...but I couldn't get it. I rediscovered knitting about five years ago. I had to teach myself...The Knitter's Bible is a good book...I'm left handed so it was kind of hard...but I have it down now and love it. If it's something you want to do...keep at it...it takes a while.

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  23. Thanks everyone! I'll keep trying! :)

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  24. Yep - I can do scarves too - I use chunky fluffy yarn so if you do have a few odd gaps, they're not so obvious!! I learnt years ago and even manage quite a nice jumper or two but I never worked out how to sew them up so Mum did it for me! LOL

    I vaguely remember my gran teaching me crochet but I must have been only about 7 at the time. Have no idea now though.

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  25. yay for starting knitting! i learned it already before i went to school, mom taught me. :) good luck with learning, knitting is so much fun! :)

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  26. Ha! I just tried picking up knitting. I didn't have the knowledgeable person sitting next to me giving me a step by step. I tried using a "childs" instructions for ages 8 and up but I could not figure out how to purl. The directions were aweful and the pictures didn't show me what they were doing!!!! I finally got on line and found a video tut. Now at least I know how it is done. LOL I can't imagine how they get so fast at it! I wish I knew the secret to not making the stitches too tight.

    Some day I may have a cover for my swiffer. Seemed easy enough......now I just have to get the stitches right. ;)

    I think it is great that you put yourself out there to a. try something new and b. post about how it isn't going. ;)


    Katrina of the R&W Girls

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