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Tuesday, July 20, 2010Name: Deborah Thompson

Subject: Thank You!

Comment: I have been knitting for over 20 years. Mostly large square afghans. In the past 5 years I have been challenging myself and trying to improve my skills by learning to knit cables, socks, and sweaters for babies and my husband! Thank you for such a great site and the encouragement that you offer!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010Name: Jessamine

Subject: Knitting, crocheting and your brain

Comment: My great-grandmother is 100 years old now. She has been crocheting for years now. She is almost totally blind, but she knows the stitches by heart. She says that the crocheting has helped her brain stay active and alert. If I live to be as old as my great-grandmother, I'm going to keep up my knitting!

Friday, July 09, 2010Name: Mandi

Subject: The Left Handed Knitter

Comment: I never picked up knitting because I was told only a leftie could teach a leftie. Actually, anyone can teach a leftie - with a little patience.

People learn things in different ways. I find the books a little confusing, but sitting side by side with a knitter prepared to teach is easiest. It took me about half an hour to learn knit stitches.

You can also learn a thing or two just puttering around. You can even create stitches!

I take my knitting everywhere, to the movies, on long drives, waiting for appointments, etc. There were two big sections dedicated to knitters at the Toronto Blue Jays last year~!

I am proud to have learned cable and am always playing with more complicated stitches.

I mostly knit blankets for home and charities.

Thursday, July 01, 2010Name: zbird123

Subject: paitence

Comment: Hi!

If you want to learn how to knit, you should have paitence. Especially if you are a new knitter. I am 11 and have been knitting for about 6 months. I first learned from a project in Girl Scouts. It really helps if you have a mentor, but videos work too. Anyway, my first couple stitches didn't look that awesome. But I kept practicing and now I've knitted a scarf,a headband, a braclet, and I am almost done with a big purse. See a little paitence goes a long way. Good Luck!

Monday, June 21, 2010Name: babs

Subject: just knitting

Comment: Knitting is a hobby, a way to earn a living, and a stress reliever. I learned to knit when I was 7. I am now 69 and in this time I have knit countless, sweater--adults and children,hats, scarfs, socks. You name it and I have probably made l of the item. I would like to recommend to all knitters the two books by Mary Thomas. Dover Publishing, on the net, has them in reprint. They are old but good. Maybe your library has a copy or here in US we can use inter-library loan. Her work is the basics for most of the modern knitting books. Keep on knitting!

Saturday, May 22, 2010Name: JayJay

Subject: Never give up...

Comment: Hey hey!

I'm JayJay (also known as PrincessG from when i was younger on here ;D) I have to admit, i gave up knitting for a year or two.. and im sad that i did..

but now im comming back stronger than ever!
I have found the joy knitting brings to my life, especially helping to deal with a lot of stress from school. I'm turning 16 soon, and i hope to knit some pretty awesome stuff for myself before then.
Im *hoping* to complete these thigh high socks im starting ;D
They look pretty good so far.

I love this site, and i always will..
Thankyou for showing me how wonderfull knitting is and reminding me how rewarding it is.

I hope to continue knitting for many many years to come.. and to all new knitters,
Never give up... no matter what happens, you can and will be able to knit amazing things.

Love you all.
JayJay (:

Sunday, May 09, 2010Name: Mabelline

Subject: new knitter

Comment: I am only thirteen, but i am a knitter non stop:) I always carry a small work to school-ie, swatches, toys- and my friends love it because they get (mostly) free stuff. I can also whip something up to decorate a present, or a bookmark, or whatever they become obsessed with. Its so much fun to find and design patterns, and i look forward to teaching my soon-to-come baby sister to knit.
P.s ive been knitting for less than a year, but I've conquered quite a few difficult patterns:)

Sunday, May 09, 2010Name: Mabelline

Subject: oh my

Comment: Thank you so much for posting the things from cancer survivors, surgery undertakers, etc. they are so inspiring because the mother of one of my best friends was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago, and i wish i knew to knit then. Thank you.

Thursday, April 15, 2010Name: Roxanne

Subject: Teaching Kids to knit

Comment: This place has become busy since the last time I checked in. I have a learn to knit group at the school where I teach. I invite any 3-5th grade student who wishes to learn to join me at recess time twice a week when I don't have a duty. They come when they choose and not if they wish to go out. (Knitting should be relaxing not a chore.) We have great fun. The best part is watching those who might not normally socialize, talking and comparing projects. I know that someone has really caught the bug when they start helping and fixing each others problems!!! I love this craft!!!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010Name: Cathy

Subject: Just starting!!

Comment: Just before Christmas I learned I had a tumor in my neck/jaw and was told the surgery would be in Feb....then date was moved up. Since I knew I was going to have some "down time" coming I bought a bunch of books, some yarn and needles..Now I'm knitting! My kitten & puppy have turned 2 sweater attempts into cat scarves and my test patches make my husband tease that "those sweaters are too small". But now I have a hoody pattern & new bag to hide my "stuff" from the terrors in and I am starting in earnest. I'm surprised at how many people started with scarves & I seem to be jumping in in the middle! LOL But I love it! I've also quit smoking during this & the needles have really helped me threw it all!!

Sunday, February 14, 2010Name: Anne Marie

Subject: New Knitter at 59

Comment: I love your patterns and spend hours just browsing them. Thank you so much for all your work.

I tried knitting about 30 years ago, but had babies and felt I had no time for it. Three years ago, a friend at work was making a baby blankie, and I got curious. I looked up knitting and haven't stopped knitting since. I am constantly knitting, socks, sweaters, scarves, all of it self-taught on the internet. Anyone who wants to can learn to knit and be good at it. "Trust the Pattern", and you will succeed. Now at 62 I am still a novice, but loving every stitch.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010Name: Yasmin Farhana

Subject: In love <3

Comment: Hey! I have been knitting for one year and i have to say that knitting helps me to be patient. Not to mention, i can saved up money by making my own scarfs and pencil case! :D

Tuesday, February 02, 2010Name: sarah

Subject: history..

Comment: i learnt the basic knit one, purl one from my mum, when i was about 7 years old - it didnt last, as much as i wanted to learn more. my sister-in-law is inspirational and knits such fabulous jumpers and everything else, that i told myself off and picked up a set of needles! She has recently had my first nephew so i decided to knit a jumper for him - i have completed one side and am in the middle of the other - it is soo addictive, i love it -until my 7 year old picks up the needles and i have to keep stopping to help her...dont know who she reminds me off!! i am amazed at how many children and young people are on this site with their knitting stories- how fabulous and inspirational!!

Monday, February 01, 2010Name: Susan

Subject: new knitter

Comment: I have been a crocheter for many, many years. My church is doing a mission project to knit baby sweaters so I decided to learn to knit. I found a wonderful group of women who meet each week and knit and share. Nancy taught me the basics. Upon reflection I realized I had bit off more than I could chew trying such a difficult pattern right away. I found a easier sweater to practice on. Thanks for all the encouraging words.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010Name: Mrs. Mousie

Subject: new for 2010

Comment: Hi Mrs. Mousie here. I wanted to tell you all whats up for the new year. Right now I have my Starbucks drink and 2 knitted "transitioning (red) holiday (from x-mas to valentines day) tube projects I'm working on. I've just become an Aunt!! So I'm making a blanket (very first one!) for my new nephew!!Well, thats all for now.

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