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I can knit! I'm really awkward, and I don't know any sort of technique for holding the needles, and I'm excruciatingly slow, but considering that my 9-year-old tutor couldn't remember how to cast the yarn onto the needle, I think I'm doing fairly well. She also told me that I couldn't take the first needle out of the line of stitches until the next line was all done, instead of sliding them over to the second needle as they're being done (does that make sense? The explanation, not the technique, which is absurd. Heh.) I basically couldn't move my needle by the end of that one row. So I figured out how to do it and I"m slowly getting better. I don't know anything, though. Just the basic casting stitch thing. I think. I don't know. It looks pretty, though! And it's more versatile than crochet, I think. I'm pretty excited. It's given me something to focus on and not think about life. Yay for knitting! I've got a small piece of a rather wide scarf-- it's about two hands wide. Wide hands; they're mine. My needles are really long, and they're 10... uh, gauge? I don't know the term. But that's the number.

 

I wish the needles weren't quite so long, and a little thicker. I may have to do some shopping. I want to knit something for my nephew, who shall be arriving into the world in December-- here's the problem my husband pointed out. He's kind of in the south. Like, southern Mississippi, near New Orleans. It's just not very cold there. He doesn't need a lot of blankets or hats or anything. So, any ideas?

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You've caught the knitting bug! Yay! I think your needles are just plain old size 10s. The gauge refers to the stitches and rows per inch. ( I think) Like when knitting up a pattern it usually always mentions that you should get so many stitches per inch and if you do your test swatch and it comes out that same amount of stitches per inch as recommended, then it's a good chance that it will fit the way it's supposed to! Of course, I never swatch so nothing ever fits :eek: With scarves and wraps and things like that gauge doesn't matter so much.

 

As for your nephew, maybe a tiny pair of booties?

 

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If you need more instruction than your little tutor can provide, go to knittinghelp.com . I didn't have anyone to help me when I was learning and pictures in books just didn't cut it - this site has actual videos that you can watch over and over til you get it!

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You've caught the knitting bug! Yay! I think your needles are just plain old size 10s. The gauge refers to the stitches and rows per inch. ( I think) Like when knitting up a pattern it usually always mentions that you should get so many stitches per inch and if you do your test swatch and it comes out that same amount of stitches per inch as recommended, then it's a good chance that it will fit the way it's supposed to! Of course, I never swatch so nothing ever fits :) With scarves and wraps and things like that gauge doesn't matter so much.

 

As for your nephew, maybe a tiny pair of booties?

 

PS

If you need more instruction than your little tutor can provide, go to knittinghelp.com . I didn't have anyone to help me when I was learning and pictures in books just didn't cut it - this site has actual videos that you can watch over and over til you get it!

 

Dude! Thanks so much for the link to the site! And hopefully I'll be able to get some booties all done up for him. If I can figure out how! Heh!

 

I got some size 15 needles today, and I have a set that are 8, and a shorter set that I can't find at the moment, but I think they're 10s, too.

 

I was thinking I could maybe try to knit him some sort of toy, but then I think that might be too complex. I guess I'll poke around for patterns once I learn a few more things about, y'know, knitting. :eek:

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