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« Topic Start: April 26, 2011, 10:32:40 pm »

The craft-bug has caught up with me, finally - a little less than a year after I learned to macrame hemp jewelry, I finally learned how to bead proper, AND I've settled on learning how to knit. I made a scarf once, but that was my freshman year of college (I'm soon to be a senior, now) and the hobby never stuck. I went to Jo-Ann Fabrics today and bought knitting needles, some TARDIS-blue yarn, a whole bunch of pendants and beads, and a big tackle box to store my jewelry.

Any suggestions of websites to get started, or really simple projects for newbies?
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« Reply #1: April 27, 2011, 07:38:05 am »

The craft-bug has caught up with me, finally - a little less than a year after I learned to macrame hemp jewelry, I finally learned how to bead proper, AND I've settled on learning how to knit. I made a scarf once, but that was my freshman year of college (I'm soon to be a senior, now) and the hobby never stuck. I went to Jo-Ann Fabrics today and bought knitting needles, some TARDIS-blue yarn, a whole bunch of pendants and beads, and a big tackle box to store my jewelry.

Any suggestions of websites to get started, or really simple projects for newbies?

For knitting, go with Ravelry (www.ravelry.com) - there's TONS of patterns, lots of them free, tons of advice, etc.

As far as easy projects, I like dishcloths.  They're small, they're useful when you're done, and if you make a mess, who cares! Cheesy  But if the yarn you have is acrylic, dishcloths won't work too well. Wink  In that case I'd consider a scarf.  But really - find something you WANT to do.  If you want it, you'll figure it out.  If you don't care about the project .. it'll fall to the wayside.

There's also some AMAZING stuff involving beaded knitting that I've been eyeing with a certain amount of trepidation for some time now .. One of these days .... Smiley
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« Reply #2: April 27, 2011, 10:36:13 am »

For knitting, go with Ravelry (www.ravelry.com) - there's TONS of patterns, lots of them free, tons of advice, etc.

Thank you, O Mighty Knitting Sage of the Cauldron. Grin I'm going to lose my entire day poking around that site, aren't I?
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« Reply #3: April 27, 2011, 11:03:14 am »

Thank you, O Mighty Knitting Sage of the Cauldron. Grin I'm going to lose my entire day poking around that site, aren't I?

It is an excellent site! (Both for content, and because I'm continually impressed about how they make social networking work for their focus. I am, perhaps unsurprisingly, Jenett over there too.)

I've picked up knitting again in a big way the last few months: I did a scarf and a shawl, and am now working on another shawl. The pattern search thing on Ravelry is awesome, and can give you an idea of what you can do with particular ideas.

I second Shad's comment about dishcloths as a quick project that can be good for learning skills on (and a ball or two of cotton yarn is pretty cheap, and will make several dishcloths.)

One of the things to think about as you try stuff is what you enjoy doing. I turn out to enjoy knitting I don't really have to think about - which means that very simple patterns make me happier, and right now, more complex ones are more thinking than I want to do while knitting. I have friends who think complex lacework is the most awesome thing ever (or socks, or whatever), and ... y'know. That's not me right now, and that's fine. (Hence, shawls. The pattern I'm doing again is absurdly simple once you figure out how it works.)
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« Reply #4: April 27, 2011, 11:41:15 am »

Thank you, O Mighty Knitting Sage of the Cauldron. Grin I'm going to lose my entire day poking around that site, aren't I?

If you manage to escape after only one day, you're not trying hard enough. Cheesy
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« Reply #5: April 27, 2011, 11:42:13 am »

One of the things to think about as you try stuff is what you enjoy doing. I turn out to enjoy knitting I don't really have to think about - which means that very simple patterns make me happier, and right now, more complex ones are more thinking than I want to do while knitting. I have friends who think complex lacework is the most awesome thing ever (or socks, or whatever), and ... y'know. That's not me right now, and that's fine. (Hence, shawls. The pattern I'm doing again is absurdly simple once you figure out how it works.)

LAAAAAACE!  Lace SOCKS!

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