Tuesday, April 14, 2009

New Knitters

Got a comment from a close friend, she wanted to know how one starts to knit? Well.. I started knitting just by working it out and messing up and trying something different and messing up again and reading the directions over and over again. Working it out on my own. I wanted to be independent about it.

The best thing to do is get a basic book. Here are two:
The Knitting Handbook:

The Knitting Answer Book:

Basically, and many people have said this, Knitting is taking two sticks and some string and turning it into something else out of it. It is no longer yarn, it is a sweater or mittens or socks. If any of you have ever experienced this magic of creating something out of something else, well it is marvelous, and you just can't stop. So this is my warning and my disclosure about knitting.

Here is a pretty good You Tube video about how to knit, if you are a visual learner: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uw-nUvGrBY

And if you want to explore the net, don't hesitate! There are tons of sites out there on knitting, you would be suprised!

One last link: www.ravelry.com
That one is for knitters and crocheters. It is a community for patterns, groups, friends, everything. If you haven't been there... go!

The parrot has the hiccups, see ya.

1 comment:

  1. As a knitting teacher I see a lot of students who bought one of the small learn to knit booklets in the yarn aisle, and they just weren't able to figure things out from it. So, don't be discouraged if you can't figure out how to knit from diagrams!

    http://www.knittinghelp.com is another great resource for knitting videos. And, if you're still a little confused, or have questions, after looking at pictures and videos, take a class at your local craft or yarn store, or look for a knitting meetup in your area.