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Thursday, November 20, 2008

You all know I've gotten into crocheting lately. I've crocheted--are you ready for this--drum roll--ten hats and I'm working on my second baby blanket. Now, here's the kicker. This Saturday I'm starting my first of three knitting classes. Isn't that a hoot?

But here's the thing I wanted to blog about--a friend of mine who is also getting into knitting for the first time has discovered youtube.com.  Then she told me about it. I had no idea they had little video clips for just about any question known to mankind! And that includes knitting and crocheting! And some of those knitting/crocheting clips are in slow motion! How cool is that? I'm so excited! Can you tell by all the exclamation points? *g*

Have you discovered the tips on there? Am I the last to know? Where else, besides Google, do you go to get tips on whatever it is you're learning at the time? Do you know any knitter/crochet-friendly sites? I'm having a ball with this!

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Diann Hunt  
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At 10:13 AM, Blogger Tricia said...

My aunt gave me her sewing machine and told me I need to go take classes to learn how to sew.

Who has time? I found some tutorials online and followed them. If I couldn't figure something out, I looked it up on You Tube. I learned how to do a French Seam by watching You Tube!

When I showed my aunt my project she was so impressed and said "I told you the classes would be helpful."

Yeah, I didn't mention to her I took classes via You Tube! :o)

Here's the project if you want to see it.

http://hilltophomeschool.blogspot.com/2008/08/bird-bag.html

 
At 11:05 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Very cool bag, Tricia! Isn't it amazing what we can learn from You Tube? Who knew?

 
At 3:44 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

HA! Crocheting I'm quite adept at, but knitting? Oy vey, it kills me. Oh, I mastered knit and purl, but casting OFF and ON?

My cousin taught me to knit when I was in my late teens. I tried to make a shell (sleeveless sweater). All I could ever do was 1 half of the front. When it came time to cast on for the sleeve, I ruined it.

I threw that one out and tried again.

And again.

I ended up with 4 halves of the same front.

I gave up and threw away the knitting needles.

 
At 4:00 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Oh yes, guitar chords for my son's electric guitar. Very cool.

We all know how I feel about crafting, so haven't found any tips for that.

 
At 7:14 PM, Blogger Beth said...

Not sure about what's online, but last year I taught myself to crochet using a DVD that I found through my favorite craft catalogue.

 
At 7:42 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Oh my goodness, Ane, that's hilarious! Those projects just aren't as easy as they look!

I'm excited about taking my lessons. If I can just knit nice hats for chemo patients, I'll be happy. That's what I thought I'd do with the crocheting, but then I found out they like knitted hats better because it's a closer weave. So we'll see if I can manage it. I'll keep you posted. *g*

 
At 8:20 AM, Blogger Shelley said...

Hi Diann. I just started crocheting again after...get this...more than twenty years. Twenty-six years ago I made my daughter's baby layette (actually 5 of them in all) and I'm talking the little booties, hats and sweaters. She also had tons of afghans. Then after she was born, I quit crocheting and didn't start again until last year. She's turning 26 in a week. Geez...time flies. I made about fifteen scarves last year and I'm just getting ready to tackle some hats this year. I love crocheting.

Now...about knitting, well, as adept as I am at crocheting, I am that unadept (hmmm is that a word?) at knitting. I just can't make two knitting needles work, yet the crochet hook just flies through the air and through the yarn like I've done it since birth. Weird - huh?

Let me know how you fare in your classes. I may have to try knitting again sometime in the future - as if I have any extra time to fill. :)

 
At 4:31 PM, Blogger Amy said...

Don't do it!!!

It takes a crazed person to have the patience for knitting.

I'm pretty laid back, but I also have pulled out some knitted projects to salvage the yarn in a beautiful crocheted project.

Knitting takes too long for me, and in crocheting you don't have to worry about dropped stitches.

 

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