Knitting!

Knitting!

carenautilus carenautilus
Someone posted on my "what to do during a blackout" thread that she liked to knit. Which made me wonder how many people on EF knit. So, do you knit? What's your experience level, and what kind of things do you like to knit? Do you do other fiber arts (crochet, felting, spinning, weaving, even needlepoint)?

I knit bunches of toys, love babmoo yarn, and am moderately experienced, for the record.
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Rossie Rossie
I'm at the beginner's level, all I've ever knitted was a ton of scarves and a few vests.
09/26/2011
carenautilus carenautilus
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Originally posted by Rossie
I'm at the beginner's level, all I've ever knitted was a ton of scarves and a few vests.
Scarves are great, until you get to the last foot. And then they seem like the longest project ever. I've never tried a vest, are they fun?
09/26/2011
Chilipepper Chilipepper
Also a beginning knitter, only making scarves. What I can't figure out is tying off the last row - mine end up a mess.
09/26/2011
Dawn (Lilac Distraction) Dawn (Lilac Distraction)
I've been knitting for 8 years. Haha. I taught myself and used to knit during class as a way of focusing my attention. I went straight from scarves to sweaters. Now I make all kinds of hats and gloves, too. I also taught myself how to crochet when knitting wasn't doing it for me anymore. I love yarn.
09/26/2011
Dawn (Lilac Distraction) Dawn (Lilac Distraction)
Quote:
Originally posted by Chilipepper
Also a beginning knitter, only making scarves. What I can't figure out is tying off the last row - mine end up a mess.
A website called Knitting Help has videos that can help you!
09/26/2011
hjtee hjtee
I've been knitting for over 10 years. But the only thing I knit are dishcloths & scarves. I'm sure I can do more, but I'm comfortable with those items, for now.
09/26/2011
Angelica Angelica
I knit. I like to make pouches, hats, mittens, scarves. I made a babyblanket once! I love love knitting. I want to make knit-stuffed animals to put my skill with double pointed needles to the test. I recommend the website Ravelry.com for anyone who is into fiber arts.
09/26/2011
GravyCakes GravyCakes
i learned how to knit in about 5 minutes last semester, but i can only knit scarves. i'm better at crocheting. i recently crocheted a hat.
09/26/2011
carenautilus carenautilus
Quote:
Originally posted by Dawn (Lilac Distraction)
I've been knitting for 8 years. Haha. I taught myself and used to knit during class as a way of focusing my attention. I went straight from scarves to sweaters. Now I make all kinds of hats and gloves, too. I also taught myself how to crochet ...
Yarn! Oh god, I love yarn. I'm beginning to tackle socks and gloves, and all the sock yarn is just gorgeous!
09/27/2011
carenautilus carenautilus
Quote:
Originally posted by Angelica
I knit. I like to make pouches, hats, mittens, scarves. I made a babyblanket once! I love love knitting. I want to make knit-stuffed animals to put my skill with double pointed needles to the test. I recommend the website Ravelry.com for anyone ...
Ravelry ad knitting help are the two most useful sites for knitters! Ravelry has forums and groups and patterns (including free patterns), and knitting help is my go-to source for bind-offs, cast-ons, stitches, technique, etc.
09/27/2011
Dusk Dusk
I enjoy knitting, though I've only done scarves up to this point. I can do a knit and a purl, but I enjoy knitting in the round to make thick scarves as well. I prefer the circular needles to the 3 needle triangle method, but I've done both. I started but never finished a sweater, and now I can't find the pattern.
09/27/2011
carenautilus carenautilus
Quote:
Originally posted by Dusk
I enjoy knitting, though I've only done scarves up to this point. I can do a knit and a purl, but I enjoy knitting in the round to make thick scarves as well. I prefer the circular needles to the 3 needle triangle method, but I've done both. ...
I prefer circular knitting too. It's much more travel friendly, for one thing!
09/28/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
My mum taught me to knit when I was young. I have knitted all sorts including a nice big jacket with a fancy diamond pattern for myself. Took me awhile, but so worth it.

Unfortunately to buy all the wool needed to make such an item costs a lot more than to buy the finished product these days. Plus then ya have all ya time put into it. But at the same time, it's extremely rewarding knowing you made every inch of it!
09/28/2011
kellyg kellyg
Quote:
Originally posted by carenautilus
Someone posted on my "what to do during a blackout" thread that she liked to knit. Which made me wonder how many people on EF knit. So, do you knit? What's your experience level, and what kind of things do you like to knit? Do you do ...
I tried knitting once..and it did not work out. I'd like to try again though.
09/28/2011
carenautilus carenautilus
Quote:
Originally posted by Shellz31
My mum taught me to knit when I was young. I have knitted all sorts including a nice big jacket with a fancy diamond pattern for myself. Took me awhile, but so worth it.

Unfortunately to buy all the wool needed to make such an item costs a ...
I know what you mean about how rewarding it is! The first project I finished was a pretty basic scarf, but I was so proud of that thing! I wore it all the time, well into warm weather.

Have you looked into acrylic yarn? They have some *fantastic* acrylics these days. I particularly recommend "Caron Simply Soft". It's isn't cashmere or spun gold, but it's very soft, super-durable, comes in a huge variety of colors, and is very reasonably priced.
09/29/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
Quote:
Originally posted by carenautilus
I know what you mean about how rewarding it is! The first project I finished was a pretty basic scarf, but I was so proud of that thing! I wore it all the time, well into warm weather.

Have you looked into acrylic yarn? They have some ...
Yeah I have checked out acrylic, but I find it tends to feel itchy against my skin.
Plus here in AU, the acrylic is still high priced unless ya go to the $2 store. Even then they are like $3 for 100g ball and then ya often can't get the amount ya need in the same batch (so there's no slightly different shade from one to the other). The stores that actually stock bulk lots of wool or acrylic know how to charge!

Knitting seems to be a dying art - or at least it is over here.
09/29/2011
Rossie Rossie
Quote:
Originally posted by carenautilus
Scarves are great, until you get to the last foot. And then they seem like the longest project ever. I've never tried a vest, are they fun?
It's been a long time ago since I've knitted vests, I was following knitting patterns. It was OK, not extremely fun, but not too hard neither. You can pick a basic style and give it a try!
09/29/2011
carenautilus carenautilus
Quote:
Originally posted by Shellz31
Yeah I have checked out acrylic, but I find it tends to feel itchy against my skin.
Plus here in AU, the acrylic is still high priced unless ya go to the $2 store. Even then they are like $3 for 100g ball and then ya often can't get the ...
I've got a couple of friends in AU, and it seems like many items are more expensive there than in the US. I don't why or anything, just something I've noticed.
09/29/2011
Sunshine14343 Sunshine14343
I learned how to knit and crochet at 15. although my skill level never progressed past beginner, I love making simple scarves
10/01/2011
Theaadrian Theaadrian
I've been knitting for about 6 years. I've made everything from scarves to shawls to sweaters. Love it, love knitting. it keeps me sane. Find me on ravelry.com! I'm theaadrian on there too.
11/17/2011
~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
In H.S. I used to knit scarves.
11/17/2011
llellsee llellsee
I love knitting as I find it relaxing but I've yet to make anything usable from it
11/17/2011
zwee75 zwee75
I've been trying to crochet but just don't have the time to put into learning. Maybe once the kids are older and life has settled down a bit... I'd love to learn!
11/17/2011
LilMissSub LilMissSub
I've dabbled in knitting, I'm more of a seamstress myself. ;]
11/17/2011
jedent jedent
Quote:
Originally posted by carenautilus
Someone posted on my "what to do during a blackout" thread that she liked to knit. Which made me wonder how many people on EF knit. So, do you knit? What's your experience level, and what kind of things do you like to knit? Do you do ...
i used to knit all the time until my photography business picked up and i stopped having time for it. its nice to know though as a skill because i can (and have) made my own baby hats and stuff to use as props.
11/17/2011
SMichelle SMichelle
I knit, and have for about 3 years. Still somewhat of a beginner though.
11/18/2011
12345678 12345678
I've tried to learn but just can't hack it.
11/19/2011
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