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Tuesday, January 19, 2010Name: Judy

Subject: Why I took up knitting

Comment: I am a recent kidney transplant recipient and as such am discouraged from working with the potentially sick public, especially during flu season. I am retired and was looking forward to volunteer work. I took up knitting with the idea of "giving back" somehow so my first projects have been preemie hats. The hats are so darn cute and offer lots of opportunity for growth in knitting skills. I have really appreciated this site for its free patterns and encouragement. Thanks for your efforts on this.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010Name: Irri

Subject: Prayer Shawls

Comment: I am 16 and have been knitting for 8 years. One of my first projects was a triangular shawl called a prayer shawl. My teacher called it this because as she knitted she said a little prayer, it didn't matter what the prayer was just anything. I started my first one then gave it to a Hospice facility to give to one of their paticients. A week later I get a card in the mail from the man they gave it to, thanking me for giving it to him, he said it was the best thing he ever got. I never thought that knitting something some simple would have such an impact on someone's life. I am so glad that their are people that keep this craft alive. Thank you all.

Friday, January 08, 2010Name: Caitlin

Subject: Knit to IMPACT the world!

Comment: When I knit, I sometimes feel like I want to knit items to give away to others. At other times, I feel like knitting only for myself. I encourage you to impact the world with your knitting one small step at a time. There are various charities and hospitals that would love to accept your donations.

p.s. I am fifteen and only started knitting last summer. So far, I have completed 5 or 6 little projects. I enjoy knitting and hope to find a way to help others with it.

Friday, January 08, 2010Name: Elizabeth

Subject: Don't give up

Comment: When you have reached that stage where you will leave the comfort zone of dish cloths and plain undecorated scarves just remember that sure it might not work out the first time or the fifth or possibly the tenth but sooner or later if you take your time it will work.

Thursday, January 07, 2010Name: Sue

Subject: I love knitting!

Comment: I taught myself to knit in my 30's and so sorry I never started sooner! I am fascinated by socks...especially socks made with self striping yarn! I have found that I am more likely to finish a pair of socks if I knit them both together. I knit the cuff on one, then the other...then 10 rows on one...then the other, the heel flap and turn on one, then the other, etc. This way they both get finished at the same time and they are an exact match and I have a pair of socks instead of just one! I have at least two sets of every type of DPN's! Love it!

Thursday, January 07, 2010Name: Laura

Subject: Knitting

Comment: Years ago I quit smoking by knitting!! I wound up with a scarf about thirty feet long but it helped me kick a nasty habit. I kept my knitting stuff in a brown paper bag and carried it everywhere with me. Now I am Planning to really learn in earnest and am looking up patterns. Thanks for your great site.

Sunday, January 03, 2010Name: Cassi

Subject: Funny story...

Comment: Knitting is great! Although frustrating, never give up! I'll never forget the time I knit a whole purse only to discover I had been accidentally increasing each round so I had more of a pillow-case thing. I've been knitting for two years and look forward to many more!

Sunday, January 03, 2010Name: granma

Subject: tricks of the trade

Comment: I had knitted for YEARS before a friend showed me a fast way to the knit stitch, loop the yarn in left hand. [I am right-handed]. Beginners, remember to let the needles DO THE WORK. No LIFTING the yarn around. Enjoy knitting & crocheting.

Saturday, January 02, 2010Name: Olivia

Subject: Knitting for kids

Comment: ive been kniting since i was 6 and im now 10. i love finding great patterns on knitting pattern central i encourage anybody [including my mom!] to knit its very addicting!

Monday, December 28, 2009Name: Tabitha

Subject: i love knitting!

Comment: I have been knitting for about 3 and a half years since I was 12 in 6th grade, I am not nearly 15 and in 9th and I adore knitting. I often start a project and then forget about it because I only knew how to knit scarves, and I live in Southern California so, I think you get the idea. But this year, I gave myself until Jan 15 to finish my scarf and then hopefully make a matching hat and maybe gloves to go with it in time for winter camp 2010 that is in February. This sight certainly helps, and I love to read about other kids knitting like me!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009Name: Josephine

Subject: It's me again!

Comment: OK, I'm back to say I'm not going to knit the sweater and matching mittens in time for Christmas. Good luck to all of you knitters out there! (Maybe I should start over the summer for Christmas presents...)

Sunday, December 06, 2009Name: Josephine

Subject: Oh no, Christmas!

Comment: I love knitting and I have been for a year now. I am 11 years old. I am finishing a pair of socks I have been making, and I didn't write down what I did for the other one so I'm stuck. After that I'm going to finish a pattern I'm writing, make a blanket, and then try a sweater and matching mittens. Am I over-prioritizing myself? HELP!

Thursday, December 03, 2009Name: Rachel

Subject: knitting for paul

Comment: I'm busy knitting a scarf for Paul O Grady since Buster died. I'm trying to get it finished for christmas.

I'm 13 and it just goes to show that more kids are learning how to knit!

Friday, November 27, 2009Name: Nisha

Subject: learning to knit

Comment: Hi! I've been trying to teach my older sister to knit and it's going well. Have you ever tried to teach some one knitting, or are you new to knitting? Here's a tip: if you're new to knitting, use your yarn at a looser gauge than recommended, I find it helps learning knit and purl stitches.

Friday, November 27, 2009Name: Nisha

Subject: kniting socks

Comment: I make socks from the down, and have recently found it getting boring. Now, I am making toe-up socks and find that really fun. They're not hard, in fact I find it easy! If you want to make a pair of toe-up socks, go for it! I am using Wendy's sock pattern. (it's something I found on the internet when I typed toe-up sock patterns on Google. It was the first one.) The sock is absolutely fabulous!

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