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Sunday, May 6th, 2007
6:02 pm - Why?

Why when they say Craft Fair and Exhibition, is there never a knitter's/knitting booth? Or even a crocheting booth!

Does it not classify as a craft?

If weaving is a craft, surely knitting is a craft.

If creating a cow with wings and a propeller and selling it for $40 is considered a craft, then surely knitting is.

Just thought I'd share.

current mood: aggravated

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Saturday, May 5th, 2007
7:44 pm - Knitting Part 3: Casting Off

Okay. Before I get to part three- you'll run into a problem. You'll run out of yarn, and need to start a new ball. Not a problem. At the
beginning of a row (it's always nice to start all your new balls on the same side of your project, so you don't get confused), tie the need feed line onto the old one (like you tie your shoes). Get it as close to that last stitch as possible.

Then just start knitting with the new feed line (remember to tighten that first stitch, and leave enough of a tail on both feed lines to easily weave in later).

Now for Part 3: Casting Off.

1) Once you have reached the required inches/yardage/mileage for your project- no doubt you are kind of sick of it by now. Not a problem- the end is in sight. Go ahead and knit the first stitch of your last row. (Don't forget to tighten!)

2) Knit the second stitch. Now you have 2 stitches (loops) on your right needle.

3) Take the left needle. Pick up the first stitch, leap frog it over the second stitch and off the right needle.

4) Knit your third stitch. Then leap frog the 2nd stitch over the 3rd one, and off the right needle.

5) Lather, rinse, repeat.

6) Once you end up with just 1 stitch on your right needle, cut your feed yarn (leave enough to weave in the ends). Take the feed yarn and pull it through the middle of that last little guy from front to back.

Push the little guy off your needle and tighten.

Congratulations! You're done. All you need to do is weave in your
tails, and you have a pretty new ... whatever it is.

current mood: productive

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7:40 pm - Knitting Part 2: Knitting

Okay. So, we've cast on, and we're feeling good, right? Worst part's over. (Really. It took me the better part of 2 weeks to learn how to cast on correctly. I almost gave up knitting.)

Now- to the knitting. All knitting is, is creating loops, that are connected to the loops you created before. And now that you've gotten the hang of adding loops, while casting on- this isn't much different.

1) All the loops are on your left needle, in your left hand. Bring
that needle around so that the pointy end is facing to the right, and you're looking at the right leg of all your new friends lined up in a row.

2) Take your right needle, and insert it from left to right through your first loop. (Think of it as if your little guys are all lined up, facing the right, you're going between the first little guy's legs, from back to front.)

Wrap the yarn counter-clockwise around the right needle. (Remember this?)

3) Bring that wrap out of the loop and out from under the left needle. This time it stays on your right needle. Now- all that's left is pushing the little guy off the left needle. You're done with him- push him off the line.

4) Insert your right needle between the next little guy's legs. Now- pull the feed yarn. This tightens the first loop, so the ends of your project aren't loose and sloppy. Now wrap the yarn... counter clockwise... pull it out, and push that little friend off the left needle.

5) Lather, rinse, repeat. **NOTE: You only need to tighten the first stitch of each row. That's the one that is usually loose.

Once you get to the end of the row- all your little guys are now waving
at you from your right needle. What do you do? Simple. Switch hands. Your full right needle becomes your left needle, and your empty left needle becomes your right needle. Begin again. And don't forget to tighten your 1st loop!

There! That wasn't hard, was it? Keep going that way, until your project is pretty much completed.

Now you're ready for Part 3: Casting Off.

current mood: productive

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7:36 pm - Knitting Part 1: Casting On

To me- Casting On is the hardest part of knitting.

All the knitting books I have start with the Long-Tail Cast-On. I'm NOT going to teach you this. Why? Because it requires having a tail at least three times as long as how wide your project will be. And it you don't get it right- you have to rip out all your beginning stitches, section off more yarn, and start over.

No- what I'm going to teach you is the Cable Cast-On.

1) As in crocheting, start with a slip knot. We need to create your
first row of stitches... which are just loops.

2) Put your needles side-by-side, and slip the loop onto both needles. Pull both the feed line and the tail in opposite directions to tighten the loop.

3) With your feed line (not the tail) trailing behind the needles (away from you), wrap the yarn counter-clockwise ONCE around the right needle.

4) Holding it in position, carefully pull your right needle out of the slip knot, bringing that new wrap with it. Stretch it a bit, so you have room to maneuver.

5) That loop that you just made is on the right needle. It needs to join it's lonely friend over on the left needle. So point the left needle through the middle of the loop on the right needle, and just slide it off the right needle onto the left one. Now you have 2 loops on your left needle. Pull the feed line to tighten the loop.

6) Here's where it gets a bit tricky. Put your right needle BETWEEN the two loops on the left needle. The feed line is still behind your needles.

Wrap the yarn counter-clockwise around the right needle. Pull the right needle and the new loop under the left needle and out.

7) Slide the new loop onto the left needle just like before and tighten.

8) Repeat steps 6 and 7 until you have your require amount of stitches
on your left needle.

You've just Cast On. Now you're ready for Part 2: Knitting.

current mood: productive

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7:29 pm - I'm such a slacker.

I created this community to help, to hope, and to love... knitting.
And I've posted nothing I've wanted to post. No matter- new commitment- new leaf.

I'm here for you.

And in other news- I'm insane.

I've decided to knit my mother a top for Mother's Day. I have an insane amount of knitting to complete in about six days. I'm winging it, because I hate patterns.

However- as I know the Fates will slap me down if I scoff in the face of precision too much- I WILL do a swatch, to determine guage. I hate swatches. But at least I will know if I'm knitting for my mom, or for her car. :)

Wish me luck!

current mood: creative

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Saturday, March 11th, 2006
4:44 pm - Yarn weights..

Difference??.. worsted.. 1 ply.. 2.. and then how do I tell if they just have this stuff listed.. I like these yarns.. but are they good for a soaker etc?? http://www.fabulousyarn.com/fabyarnpage_handpaintedwool.htm

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Thursday, February 23rd, 2006
11:21 pm - Hiya!

My name is Stephanie, I knitted a long time ago and forgot how! I have a new baby and we cloth diaper her. I want to relearn how to knit- and make a soaker or longies. What size needle should I look for ? I was going to go on ebay and look around on there, but I may just go to Joanns or Michaels or some craft place for some needles. :)

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Friday, January 13th, 2006
6:10 pm - Welcome

Welcome to Newbie Knits!

First the warm and fuzzies:
My name is Talya.
I've been a knitter for about 2 1/2 years now.
Mostly scarves and Harry Potter-related items.
I love circular needles. Knit with them every chance I get. They're not as intimidating as they look- if you can knit on straight needles- you can knit on circulars.

And I'm going to attempt (with the help of other knitters) to teach knitting to whoever would like to learn. (Good luck to me!)

My next post will be what I consider the hardest part of knitting: Casting On. Once you get the hang of that- the rest is easy!

Stay tuned!

current mood: bouncy

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