Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Crochet and Knit Meet Ups

I was recently turned on to Meetup.com to find like minded groups in your area that you can get together with. I popped in and did a local search and found 2 Crocheter/Knitter groups that meet near me. Yesterday I attended a meetup of the Knitwits & Hookers (yep, that's the name of the group - too funny to pass up), at a local coffee shop, where we talked shop, life, made each other laugh and shared tips and information on our projects. For 2 and a half hours we sat sipping coffee or tea (or a milkshake in one lady's case) and worked on our respective projects. I spent the time working on a shirt that is to be a Christmas present (I'll post a picture of it after the holidays), and got much further along than I would have expected while chatting. I'm looking forward to the next one.

In addition to working on my crochet project, I talked to some of the ladies there about their knitting. While most fell into the expected categories of one or the other, perhaps with attempts on the other but not totally comfortable with it, there was an exception. A very nice lady (when I remember her name I'll put it in) was sitting by me, not only does she both knit and crochet, but she spins yarn (including some fabulous yarn with beads weaved in). She encouraged me in my knitting attempts, and hearing of and seeing some of the not so successful first attempts of other knitters in the group, I was inspired to give it another try.

So after a little internet searching I found a Knitting Help site where I watched quick and easy to follow videos and learned of the Continental Method, in which you hold the working yarn in the left hand instead of the right (if you're right handed). I find I enjoy knitting with the Continental Method, and put together this little guy.

The original pattern called for just using the Knit stitch, but I wanted to practice the Knit a row then Purl a row method, so I did that instead. Not exactly prize winning, but I think she's cute. Alas, though I tried to pull away, knitting is dragging me back in. I think I'll try something a little bigger next time, wish me luck!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!


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