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Knotty Nancy
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  • Indianapolis, IN
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Indianapolis, IN
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I am an 40 something mom to 2 girls. I taught myself to knit as we were waiting on the referral of our second daughter. Have crocheted since I was about 7. I get frustrated with knitting - it just seems so slow compared to knitting, but I really want to be proficient because it is so much more versatile than crocheting. I have so much walmart type yarn that I am trying to use up, so I am doing baby hats and booties to donate to charity. They also help to increase my knitting ability without me getting too frustrated! I have loved the videos on this site. It has really helped me put it all together! So here is to all this knotting - er knitting - in my future!

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Hi everyone -
Well, I have finally decided to take knitting seriously. I have been crocheting since I was about 7. My beloved Gramma taught me how to crochet, embroider and sew. Unfortunately we did not get around to quilting lessons before she died. She did not know how to knit. I have had many chances to learn how to knit, but it seems like the timing was never right. About 6 years ago I decided to teach myself how to knit. I got the basics down, but my stitches were uneven, I was slow and I could not do all the fun things that I could do with crocheting. Fast forward to now, the arthritis in my thumbs has gotten extremely painful, stress level is through the roof, and I have way too many boxes of mismatched, unused yarn sitting around my house. I picked up my needles again and lo and behold it is actually making sense this time around. I am still slow, but my stitches are more even and I am approaching it as a calming activity instead of how much can I get done in one sitting.

Now my big question - how do I pull my needle out, rip out to the point of an error and then put my needle back in so the stitches are on there correctly? That is truly bugging me!

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Posted on March 19, 2010 at 7:39am 10 Comments

I have finally finished a project bigger than a pair of booties or a one color hat.

I made the "5 Hour Baby Sweater". You know the pattern - the one that was given to child so she could make a sweater for her baby sister. Well, it was definitely not a 5 hour sweater for me. It was more like a 20 hour sweater if you include all the times that I ripped the whole thing out and started over. All I have to do is sew up the sleeves and put a couple of buttons on it. Those jobs are easy compared… Continue

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At 10:34pm on March 19, 2010, Patricia A. Pearson said…
You are quite welcome Nancy.
At 3:55pm on March 7, 2010, Patricia A. Pearson said…
Oh Nancy, I just learned what a life line was about a week ago and I think that may be the answer to your dilemma. Essentially you take some scrape yarn and thread a tapestry needle and take your needle through all of your stitches (at the point where you want to rip out ) before you take your knitting needle out. I know I am not explaining this very well, but I believe that there is a video here on knit picks that shows how to do it. Look in the videos for life line.
I hope this helps.


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