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Posted: December 20th, 2005, 7:49 pm
Indirectly, knitting lead me hear. I like to listen to stuff at the computer, and knitt. Booktapes are expensive, mostly I try to find online books, or listen to the 'Listen Again' BBC news programmes.
I knitt continental, too - as I learned from a book when I was 14, and still smoked (still being I started at 13, quit at 19). I thought it would be a good thing to keep my hands busy, like useful figiting. The bulk of what I've made has been 'Dr. Who' style scarves, usally around 14 feet, but sometimes as long as 18.
Now I'm working on my first sweater. It's going to be a plain, k2p2 cuffed, charcoal grey thing. I figure I'll have it done by next winter. (but snow where I live is expectable 6 months of the year, so it's a good investment)
Posted: December 20th, 2005, 11:41 pm
I usually knit while studying Japanese (I put on non subtitled Japanese programs on my laptop, anything in .avi that my friends will send me) and just knit.
Of course, it's also to piss off my grandma for chuckles.
I'm the first person in my entire family to learn how to knit. Everyone else varies in their degree of crocheting knowledge (my great grandmother was quite good at crocheting, she made the warmest blankets I've ever had with her skills... and when the weather in my area gets to -20F, that's saying something!
), but none of them ever learned to knit.
It's just not as practical, and I kinda agree with them. You can make perfectly good sweaters, socks, and other associated crafts with crocheting, just as you can with knitting.
Unfortunatly, because of me being able to knit, I'm the one that always gets extra security searches at the airport. And I can't bring any of my regular knitting (I'm making a scarf with round knitting needles that are only about four inches long) because they're too long to bring on board.
Stupid airport security. What am I going to do, hijack the plane in between stitches!?
And, before anyone makes the "You'll knit an afghan" joke, please remembe that you crochet afghans, you don't knit them. Knitted afghans are no where near big enough to be real afghans.
(Sorry, having a bad day, so don't take anything from the post personally, please
Posted: December 21st, 2005, 6:11 am
I bought bamboo needles, once, specifically for a flight to the UK (Long, boring 7+ hours) and stupidly asked security especially if they were ok. Which, ofc, gave me a negative. I mean, seriously they're LESS dangerous than pencils! They bend!
What's next? Straightjacketing martial artists?
Posted: December 21st, 2005, 9:29 am
You can knit an afghan. You do it in panels or other smaller bits. It's really fun!
Posted: December 28th, 2005, 1:04 am
Bah, that's not how you make real afghans!
But yay, I just started on my first socks today. The 50% off sale at the craft store was a big incentive to go out and buy the double pointed needles, and the yarn. The mile walk to the craft store a bit of a downside though.
Haven't started making the heel on the first sock yet, though I'm sure everyone will hear my tortured screams when I do begin on it.
Posted: December 28th, 2005, 10:04 am
Izze -- if you have trouble with your heels, email me and I can give you a hand :)
Posted: December 29th, 2005, 1:08 am
Yay! I just finished my first sock! ^.^
What's a Kitchner stitch? Because it said to finish with a kitchner stitch, but I didn't know what that was so I just finished with an old fashioned crochet stitch on the inside.
Posted: December 29th, 2005, 5:08 am
Congratulations! Will you post a pic of the finished product?
Kitchener: try this website, go to the FAQ, it lists a question about the Kitchener and gives several sites which have instructions: http://www.socknitters.com/directory.htm
. I'm sure your crochet stitch worked just as well, though!
Posted: December 29th, 2005, 5:51 am
As promised (long ago in this thread)... my one knitting effort ever.
Posted: December 29th, 2005, 5:54 am
Tis, thanks - that is just too cute!
Posted: December 29th, 2005, 10:50 am
So adorable -- and you said you weren't a knitter! Once a knitter, always a knitter.
Posted: December 29th, 2005, 3:44 pm
Awww, tis, that's an adorable Mac! ^.^
The knitted dinosaur is pretty cute too. =^.^=
/me is teh Nerd
Posted: December 29th, 2005, 3:52 pm
I am still hearing you, Chris: "...I, don?t knit."
Posted: December 29th, 2005, 5:31 pm
Leonard is so cute, Chris!
And yet, you don't knit.
Posted: December 29th, 2005, 6:34 pm
No, I don't knit (present tense).
I knitted (past tense). One dinosaur.