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Monday, November 23, 2009Name: Sharon

Subject: Encouraged!

Comment: These messages have inspired and encouraged me. I have been knitting for a couple of years, and have just started to move beyond scarves. I have been frustrated in my attempts to use double pointed needles and with finishing techniques. I feel inspired to hang in there an keep trying; thanks to you all who have shared your experiences!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009Name: Cyndel Jones

Subject: Socks!!!

Comment: I started knitting a year ago. I finally had the courage to try a sock. I made one for my two year old son, and it fit him so perfectly that was going to out grow it the next week. So I have started a larger pair. Socks are not the terror I had been told they were. Though I did have to tear out the heal the first time through, I did it great the second time though. I love knitting socks. My next goal? Gloves, yeah!!

Sunday, November 15, 2009Name: Jennifer

Subject: on my way :)

Comment: The first time I tried knitting was many Christmases ago after my mom gave me a 'learn how to knit' kit. After several unsuccessful attempts and many episodes of chucking the needles across the room, I gave up and moved onto making hemp bracelets. Then bead weaving. Then crochet. And...back to knitting. Armed with several knitting books (including another 'learn how to knit' kit) and some very very helpful online videos, learning all the different needle options and accessories (much more complicated than crochet!!), and many many many hours spent learning and practicing the basics of casting on, knitting and purling..and ripping it all out again to start over: I have finished my first hat, started on circular needles and finished off on double points. Those of you out there struggling, getting frustrated and feeling you'll never 'get it'..well, put it down for now. But make sure you come back later and give it another shot. Eventually you'll get there, and it's well worth the trouble! Good luck :))

Friday, November 13, 2009Name: Liz

Subject: Finally figured it out

Comment: Just wanted to say, I tried multiple times in the past but could only ever figure out the knit stitch. The proper purl stitch always evaded me. This past month I finally figured it out and I am now making a scarf for my sister for Christmas :) I'm definitely addicted!

Monday, November 09, 2009Name: Rebecca

Subject: Knitting

Comment: I'm 35 years old and taught myself to knit last month (with the help of knitting videos online.) I love it! I can't get enough of it. Knitting is all I think about when I'm not knitting. I guess I must be addicted. Four scarves and two hats later. I'm looking for an easy pattern for gloves. I'm so excited to get started. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009Name: Emily

Subject: Dreams...

Comment: I started knitting in July this year after a couple of previous failed attempts over the last 15 years...and now I am completely addicted! I even have dreams about knitting and wake up disappointed that I haven't actually made any more progress during the night on whatever project I'm experimenting with. So if like me you've had trouble learning to knit in the past, don't worry, when the time is right it'll come :o)

Monday, October 26, 2009Name: katherine

Subject: Happiness

Comment: Knitting makes me happy. Plain and simple. Its the most stress-free hobby i have. Completely eases the tensions of the day and by the end of it you have something that you have created with your own two hands and nothing is more pleasing. Not to mention the compliments you receive.

Sunday, October 25, 2009Name: Roxanne

Subject: Congrats

Comment: Kate quitting smoking is a very difficult task. Im proud of you... and happy to know that knitting has played a part in your success. Keep up the good work.
A new school year has started and my knitters will be joining me soon. About 10 new children interested in trying. I CANT WAIT

Tuesday, October 20, 2009Name: Josephine

Subject: gloves

Comment: I've just started my christmas rounds now (yes, I know that it's way to early!!!) because this year I'm doing gloves for everyone! It's great fun, but really irritating (I've got to do about ten pairs, I think, I'm not counting!) and I've stopped school work, which really isn't a good idea, as I'm in the upper VI (year 13!)

Thursday, October 15, 2009Name: Lisa

Subject: Addicted

Comment: I think that I am addicted to knitting.... I do it everyday and when I'm not it's all i think about... not to good when your trying to work... I want to stop but it's just so darn fun.

Friday, October 02, 2009Name: Mrs. Mousie

Subject: 2 more socks

Comment: Hi I'm at a friends house today. I'm injoying some green tea from jambajuice and yes injoying my "holiday tube" projects. I have 3 "holiday tube" projects I'm working on!! I love these so much!! They are so portible-I can acluy fit 2 into a sandwich bag into my pocket!! Like others say, knitting is relaxing and gives me something to do!! I LOVE knitting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, September 25, 2009Name: Mrs. Mousie

Subject: relaxing before bed

Comment: Hi, I love posting comments in here, I love to read what I wrote as well as reading others comments. Tonight's: I'm on my computer on this site, enjoying knitting my "holiday-tube" project,I'm not sure if I'm going to make a sock out of my "tube" or a purse of some kind. Yet, while I "work" on my "tube" project, I'm enjoying some hot chocolet, perfect way to end the night don't you think??

Thursday, September 24, 2009Name: chirstine

Subject: cool

Comment: I've been knitting since I became pregnant with my son 14 years ago. I would often hide my needles and yarn when we had friends over, for fear that they would make fun of me for having "an old lady" hobby! Since then I have knitted tons of baby items and given them to these same friends as shower gifts over the years and enjoyed the praise I get in return (I love that non-knitters don't see all the mistakes that you can see from across the room!) I now belong to a knitting group that tries to meet once a week, and am getting ready to donate a big bag on items for our church fair. So if you haven't picked up a pair of needles yet, give it a try, I promise you'll love it, and you're friends will be lining up for you to teach them how to knit too!!

Tuesday, September 01, 2009Name: Lesley

Subject: Knitting ... It's never too late!

Comment: I have been crocheting since I was a teenager and made some very nice clothing, like sweaters and a skirt. But I always wanted to learn how to knit. When I turned 50 a couple years ago, I took a deep breath and taught myself how to knit using instructional sites on the Internet. It took me a couple of tries ... For some reason, the hardest thing for me was trying to learn how to cast on! LOL :)) Now a couple years - and dropped stitches - later, I have made some shrugs, fingerless gloves, and two baby sweaters with patterns from this wonderful web site! It's never too late! Just have fun and believe in yourself! (Oh, and about those dropped stitches ... Everyone makes them, and there are lots of places on-line to find out how to rescue your knitting!)

Sunday, August 16, 2009Name: Mrs. Mousie

Subject: socks '09

Comment: Hi everyone!! I'm still going strong!!(started knitting in 2002 and still knitting 2009 now!) My lated "theme" socks! I love them I can put them in my purse there so portible, and those pesky holidays are aproching again so I'm back with my "holiday theripy knitting" -found a preaty "fall" colored yarn and working with that,and enjoying some apple citer as I work. for those who get stressed on the holdays please consiter this (working with "holiday" colored yarn and injoy your favorte holiday drink while kniting)

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