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18th-Oct-2008 10:13 pm
shiny, thing

Remember when I was mourning my lack of knitting equipment?

Well, today I accidentally came to my parents and suddenly I have a full set of needle pairs from 3 through 14 gauge, and cute circular sock needles and big wooden ones the size of an antelope's metatarsal*.

Of course, I don't have: a) wool, b) a project, or c) the faintest idea how to knit. But it's a start; don't judge me. Any ideas of where to get the previous are, entirely welcome.

So, is anyone interested in buying knitting needles off me? When the aforementioned complete range of needles of aside, it turns out the Innerrents have more than a few needles to get rid of, so - any takers?

In a similar vein, what we do have is a metric fuckton - which is a technical term for a hell of a lot - of tapestry wool available. One hell of a lot, of all sorts of colours. Now, tapestry is something I can do, i know it. It's just I don't have a project idea for that either.

So the question again, becomes: do I a) go onto auction sites looking for a taker for all this wool, b) sell it to one of you guys, or c) find some sort of project for it (I have this weird idea of trying to make fannish pillows or summat)

Thoughts, opinions?

*This is the kind of literal imagery you get when you're a skeletal anatomy geek.

18th-Oct-2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
Join Ravelry and get all inspired!

A friend of mine has sock circulars. They are soooooooooo cute!
18th-Oct-2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
*requests membership*

Not the slightest idea how to start, though >_>
18th-Oct-2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
Oh and socks! That's where I learned to knit socks. They're kinda addictive, though. Socks socks socks.
19th-Oct-2008 08:29 am (UTC)
You are my favourite.
18th-Oct-2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
This isn't related to the post, but I must fangirl you for your icon.

That is all.
19th-Oct-2008 08:31 am (UTC)
It does two amazing things. You can have the shiny thing at the top, and the string dow the bottom, or - and this is the clever part - you can have the string at the top, and the shiny thing down here where the string used to be!
19th-Oct-2008 12:46 am (UTC)
I taught myself knitting over the course of a few weeks -- it just takes a bit of patience and a willingness to screw up with the same damn bit of scrap yarn a dozen times before you get it right. It's not going to feel very natural at first, but once you get into a rhythm you'll be surprised how much it makes sense. I can send you a bit of scrap yarn if you want something to work with!

(And if you have any more small-ish needles, I might be interested in buying them. It depends on what they're made of, though -- I usually knit with either steel or bamboo, and don't normally like the feel of the plastic ones.)
19th-Oct-2008 02:37 am (UTC)
I love the sound the steel ones make.


Into the dark, into the dark, into the dark...

19th-Oct-2008 08:33 am (UTC)
I have lots of steel ones! Some plastic, but mostly steel. In imperial sizes, mostly.
19th-Oct-2008 08:52 am (UTC)
Here is a size convertor


when you start use quite thick yarn (worsted) and the 6.5mm needles. this makes it easier to see what you are doing, but isn't as unwieldy as knitting with antelope metatarsels and doesn't take long to make a little progress.
19th-Oct-2008 02:27 am (UTC)
Just don't stab yourself with a knitting needle. It's embarrassing to have to explain that kind of injury to a doctor.
19th-Oct-2008 02:36 am (UTC)
YouTube has a great number of video tutorials for learning to knit and different techniques, for the visual learner. There are also innumerable books one can find to learn to knit.

As mentioned before, Knitty has a great selection of free patterns from the easiest thing ever to something I wouldn't try in a hundred years.

Good luck, don't get too frustrated at your first tries (I certainly did), and remember: you're not defusing a bomb. :D

*covets the circular sock needles* What size are they?
19th-Oct-2008 08:36 am (UTC)
11,IIRC. They're packed now. Also, they're mine, MINE.
19th-Oct-2008 08:41 am (UTC)
Alas! I am bereft.

Or... I could go downtown and buy my own. *shifty*
19th-Oct-2008 02:39 am (UTC)
I'd offer, but I now I could borrow all the knitting stuff I'm, likely to need from my parents. Although I might want some wool.
19th-Oct-2008 09:47 am (UTC)
Well, I can teach you how to knit. Although I have to confess, I've never taught a total beginner before, just people who knew how to make a knit stitch and wanted to do something with it.
19th-Oct-2008 10:05 am (UTC)
I now have plenty of ideas for projects, and helpful tips and how-to stitch guides, so really just a supervisor'd be nice.

Where does one go for wool?

(Also, I sent you an email, did you get it?)
19th-Oct-2008 11:41 am (UTC)
a metric fuckton

For reasons beyond my knowing, that just reduced me to tears of laughter. Thank you.
20th-Oct-2008 09:33 am (UTC)
www.knittinghelp.com is the bestest! Also, I recommend the knitting for dummies book, seriously, and http://www.knitty.com

Hurray for knitting! I'm guessing that the needles you have are in the old-fashioned uk gauge not mm, so be aware that you maybe have to convert. Also, knitty has a cardigan that has a cable which looks like the spine. I want to knit it THIS MUCH.
20th-Oct-2008 09:36 am (UTC)
ooh, I also see that you have been given all this information already. Ebay is a good source of wool, otherwise I get stuff from http://www.texere.com, or beautiful things from http://www.getknitted.com

20th-Oct-2008 10:25 am (UTC)
All information helps! Also, getting a lot of comments, even repeats, is good for me 'cause it reminds me how great a support network I have for starting out.
20th-Oct-2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
I can't stop looking for this pattern now!
21st-Oct-2008 09:07 am (UTC)
It's knitty's BPT, but the picture on the page doesn't show the fantastic cable up the spine. Also, on punk knitters, I saw it knit with a dark colour for the body and the cables at the front, and then pale grey for the back cable, and it looked TREMENDOUS. It is lovely.
21st-Oct-2008 09:08 am (UTC)
that was me, stupid interactions between exploder and firefox.
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