Monday, 20 June 2016

Possibly funny...

Sit down.  Do not have any cups of hot tea or in fact any liquids in your hand.  Step away from anything dangerous while you read this.

Because you might be in hysterics at any moment...

You know that I am NOT a knitter.  I have said it many many many times.  What I would love to be able to do is knit socks, but I can't because I can't knit.

It is true.  I can't knit.  What isn't quite so true is the fact that I haven't told you the rest of the story.

I have tried to knit in the past.  That is why I own these - in sets of two of course!  Why the massive sizes?  I don't know!!!


I also own this.


Here is the bit where you may have hysterics.

This weekend I decided to put the sticks and the book together and add some yarn into the mix and see what happened.

This is the result.


I hope you are OK after seeing that horrid mess!  Especially as I am going to show you the big hole now too!!!


Recovered?  Let's hope so!!!  I am not going to show you any more horrid pictures so don't worry.

I thought well, I have got to grips with crochet and it is going reasonably well now so perhaps knitting and I could try again.

When I tried to knit before I did manage to produce a couple of scarves, but really they were not good.  I could never remember whether I was knitting or purling, work out how to read a pattern, follow instructions or really do anything.  What I did manage to produce was by luck, not judgement.

This time though I am hoping for more success.  I get how to follow patterns more from doing crochet, I also now understand the need/way to count rows, mark the pattern to know where you are and all of those other good things.

So this was a disaster, but it might get better.  We will see.

If nothing else on this very wet and miserable Monday it might have made you smile.

You know it is midsummer today.  The longest day of the year.  Midsummer solstice.  It is pouring with rain here.  Very wet and very grey and gloomy.  So we need something to brighten our lives don't we!

Hope you have a good day, whatever you are doing!

Amy

58 comments:

  1. Keep on knitting. You will learn socks! Keep on trying. It is worth it.

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  2. Actually, it looks quite good to me Amy, with beautifully even tension. Just missed a stitch, is all. I don't knit, having knitted a little dolls' coat when I was about 12, two jumpers in my early teens, then decided it was boring. So have not knitted since. I figure you have to have something you 'don't do' :)

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  3. Practise makes perfect Amy. The first time I learnt to crochet and knit both my efforts both resembled slugs! xx

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  4. Everything takes practice! I bet your first attempt of crochet was a bit wobbly, too :-) Keep trying. I have seen much worse knitting than yours, add a few more rows and it'll start to look all nice and even. Promise. x

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  5. On a teacher course I went on once , we were asked as part of a survey to find out what sort of teacher we were, did we believe that 'anyone can learn anything' and rate this statement on 1- 5 (5 being the highest) I rated it at 4 which apparently shows me to be a very open minded teacher with high expectations. So....I reckon anyone can learn anything if they really wanted to. Go knitting!
    Also you will be delighted to know you were the second name I pulled out of a tea cup for the clock kit giveaway!!! I know, won't it look great in the background of your podcasts? Email me with your address joeveryday19@gmail.co.uk

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  6. I can't knit either. I do it so tight that in the end it is almost impossible to get the stitches off the needles! At least you can crochet, I can't do that either - same problem!

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  7. Practice makes perfect. I don't think your knitting is bad at all, everyone makes mistakes and lots of holes when they first start to learn so don't worry about that, just keep going and you'll get better. In the meantime, there are some crochet patterns out there for socks too.

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  8. I did smile, it reminded me of me.

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  9. I didn't laugh. It is just lots of practice and commitment. Baby steps. Although I've always knitted (since I was 4), I've never made a pair of socks or used a circular needle. Think I may have to do some changing of that, too. Have a good week and take care.

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  10. The two rows in between the cast on and the dropped stitch row look nice and even and very neat - not bad at all! Isn't it funny how we are all so different. I think basic knitting is pretty easy (and most of my knitting is pretty basic) but I could never crochet like you - it looks SO complicated, crochet patterns might as well be written in Greek to me, all I can manage is a basic stitch to make a crochet blanket. But your stuff is amazing.

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  11. We don't learn if you don't make mistakes, keep at it!
    Lisa x

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  12. The weather is awful here too but the sun is trying to come out. I'm not laughing at all Amy you can knit all you need is practice, I'm still trying to get to grips with circulars and wishing I had tried before they are so much easier to knit with but because I started on long needles I'm very slow, I have bought every size imaginable and they weren't cheap so I will have to persevere. Have a lovely week. :) xx

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  13. I didn't laugh, that piece of knitting is excellent. OK you dropped a stitch, I been knitting for fifty odd years and I drop stitches. Your tension looks OK, so just knit a couple roes every day it will come.

    Julie xxxxxxx

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  14. I agree with the other commenters, your tension looks nice and even, and that is very tricky. You must do a bit every day or your finger forget...

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  15. We all start somewhere, I love knitting but can only crochet granny squares, can't make the link from the patterns I see to the crochet I produce. PS love the colour of the wool.

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  16. I think that is very good because I can't knit either! But I don't sweat the small stuff, as the saying goes, because both you and I can do other things, Amy, and some of them very well indeed. You make the most lovely crocheted items and I am a passable writer. I say that because I must be a passable writer because I've been in print in one mag or another for the past 20 years, so I must be doing something right. So don't worry if your knitting isn't up to snuff - you can garden, you can cook, you can even make those lovely short videos (which I've never even attempted), you tell us about your voluntary work for the NT, and there must be other things I've not even touched on that you are good at, so if the knitting is less than perfect ... well, to me, it's pretty good!
    Margaret P

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  17. Baby steps now...yes, it will get much easier. And good thing that you were only practicing and, if not, you caught that hole early! Have fun...

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  18. Baby steps now...yes, it will get much easier. And good thing that you were only practicing and, if not, you caught that hole early! Have fun...

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  19. Your post really resonates with me Amy. I have learnt to crochet in the last couple of years and I yearn to knit. I too have the needles/How To books, but get similar results. Having said that, it took me some time to master crochet, but I didn't give up and I've made some pretty nice items, though I say it myself. I am starting my knitting journey, once again, so here's to both of us succeeding in the near future.

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  20. Hi Amy - I learned to knit as a child and found it very easy to pick up. But crochet was another thing entirely. It took me months to be able to do a granny square. I have improved slightly since then. You will get there it is just a matter of practice. Good luck. Joan Jepson

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  21. I don't knit either and for good cause. It would involve using 2 needles at a time and crocheting has taught me that I'm lucky that I can even handle one.

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  22. Don't give up - it looks great for teaching yourself.

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  23. Ha! Well I'm impressed either way Lady as I don't even crochet either (although I hope to learn one day). ;)
    Blessings on your week. xoxo

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  24. I agree with Jo, there's no such word as can't. Just imagine how good a knitter you would be if you had knitted for as many hours as you have crocheted. And in many ways knitting is much easier than crochet as there are just two stitches. The rest is just concentration and following a pattern (and occasional YouTube videos). I bet if you knitted a sticking stitch four inch square swatch out of scrap yarn every day you would soon recognise the difference between knit and purl rows and you would practice casting on and off too. Keep going Amy, just think of all those lovely socks (and lacy shawls) you'll be knitting soon.

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  25. I've taken up knitting again recently too. It makes a change from crochet but the patterns and mindset are completely different. My grandma who knits finds it really hard to read crochet patterns so I have to 'translate' it for her!

    Best wishes

    Eleanor x

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  26. Good luck and have fun Amy!

    Madelief x

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  27. Amy, I feel that way about crochet. I need a hand hold in order to "get it".

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  28. I didn't laugh ....... well, ok, just a little chuckle!! It's not too bad, just keep practising! You might find it easier to knit in stocking stitch (one row plain, one row purl) as it gives you a smoother piece of knitting and is easier to work.

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  29. Oh summer solstice... a bittersweet day. It seems like summer has only just begun. The knitting will get better, there is no way it cannot with practice, like everyone else has said. Persevere!!! And have a great week.

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  30. I can only do dishcloths - like you no idea how to read a pattern and I've decided I don't really want to learn!

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  31. Keep going - we have all done that and sometimes still do that. All it needs is practice and something simple - like a scarf or dishcloths before you race into socks.

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  32. Hey Amy,
    You are determined enough to master it, I'm sure of it. It's rather overcast here too, so no enjoying a late sundowner of Porthmeor this evening.
    Leanne xx

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  33. I think it looks a jolly good effort, Amy, it won't be long before you're tackling socks!! When I started to knit (and crochet) I used biggish needles and chunky wool, it really helped to see the stitches clearly. xx

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  34. I understand perfectly! My knitting attempts look very similar. But I am also, determined. Our weather today is unseasonably HOT! HOT!. 30 degrees.
    Storm brewing for later in evening.
    Only 23 degrees tomorrow. Always worrisome for hail and tornados with that quick change.

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  35. I didn't spill my tea!;-) This is where I'm at trying to crochet, I feel like I have two left hands and holes? Gaping holes but I am determined to learn so I know you can too!

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  36. Haha - at least you tried, Amy! I'm sure you will get better! I only crochet, too, but like you, I have the beginner's book and the knitting needles. I just need to start....I did know how to knit once, when I was a girl. But like most things, I have forgotten over time. Keep at it. We are just starting to get some sun after a horrid week.. Take care xo K

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  37. Don't worry Amy! I can't knit either and my attempts are nightmarish!! In fact I wouldn't have the courage to display them here on blogland ):

    keep well

    Amanda x

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  38. I am with crotchet as you are with knitting..ha ha..I still watch you tube and It helps ...well a little bit...but I refuse to let a ball of wool and a stick get the better of me...enjoy it and don't take it too seriously..that is is mantra anyway...xxx

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  39. Keep going! Don't give up! You're actually doing great. Especially if you're figuring it out all by yourself. I wish I lived close by. But, hearing that you're having a rainy day means you don't live anywhere near here. I'd love to help. What will be a big help for you is learning the difference in what knit and purl stitches look like. You might be able to Google pictures and vides. Youtube videos can be really helpful with learning. Don't give up. Happy knitting! :)

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  40. Go Amy! You can do it. The best way to learn is to have a friend close by who knits and can help from time to time. Or maybe a knitting group near you? Socks are such fun to make....they are worth the effort :) Good luck. B x

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  41. Oh it's not so bad at all! I thought your knitting looked really good actually. Best part of knitting is you can always restart.

    -Soma

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  42. This is just the beginning. Good on you for starting. If it were easy everyone would do it the saying goes. You've really done well now just practice. X

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  43. Amazing, you've made a buttonhole! You'll be an expert before you know it. x

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  44. Well from a non-knitter that looked pretty good to me until you showed the close-up of the hole and then it still looked good to me. LOL!

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  45. :) You re so funny! I can knit, but only a straight line, like a scarf!

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  46. Oh Amy, even me and our Evie can do a very basic knit stitch but I could not crochet for the life of me, I just don't have the co-ordination. I am sure you will get the hang of it soon and be away xx

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  47. It takes time and perseverance :) You can do it. Socks are addictive once you get going, a simple vanilla sock would be best, the heel is the only place where it gets confusing, that's where YouTube is your friend. Also Winwick Mum's blog is a good source of information.

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  48. It's true, Amy, it's a bloomin' good start and all you need is practice. Keep at it. (And I hate to be pedantic, but Midsummer Day is 24th June, not the day of the summer solstice.) Keep inspiring us. x

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  49. It is not a disaster! if you are a beginner then I see some very very even stitches and wonderful tension :) I know you can be a fantastic knitter because you are a fantastic crocheter :) Lovely work!!

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  50. it's not that bad, my first knitting attempts were uneven, lots of holes and wedge shaped because I added extra stitches every time I changed a row. And it took me FOREVER and a lot of bad language to even get the stupid thing cast on lol.

    If you set your mind to it and do a little every day it will click :)

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  51. I have crochet hooks and a book on learning how to crochet in a day. That didn't happen! :)

    Karen

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  52. I tried twice to learn to knit but it just didn't work out and I don't have the patience to try again. Good luck!

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  53. It looks very neat for a "starter knitter" to me - so you created a button hole, that is an advanced skill! Keep practicing Amy, you will get there. As a compromise I think there some crochet patterns for socks. Have fun and at least the sun shone here today - I hope it shone for you too.

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  54. We all have to start and yours is great. My first weeks of knitting were brutal, I could not do it at all, but I stuck with it and it has become one of the pure joys of my life. I did teach a friend to knit and her knitting looked just like yours, she told me it looked like a sweater for a worm, that made me laugh.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  55. Well I'm not a knitter either - despite having needles and a book so it looks good to me! Maybe you should start a beginner's knitting weekly post and all us beginner knitters can all join in and show up bits together lol.

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  56. Nice to know that someone else is as bad a knitter as I am.

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  57. I didn't laugh, I think you should be applauded X my crochet looks worse than your knitting!

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  58. Well, I am excited for you, Amy! Your sample is an example of knitting! After 45 years of knitting and crocheting I still consider that I am learning to do both. I favor garter stitch knitting, but learned early on to follow a simple dishcloth pattern that has a yarn over to create a hole which defines an edge. That is the extent of my lace knitting thus far. I have great satisfaction knitting that dishcloth pattern and never tire of it. It is fun to find folks who enjoy receiving the dishcloths as gifts, too. I hope you will keep at knitting as well as crochet and that doing both will bring you joy. xx

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