Knitting fanatic

  1. Hi. I am an RN, 14 years experience now in community health. But that's sort of besides the point since my real avocation is as a knitter. House full of yarn, a million projects underway. I even got cited with contempt of court last year when I was knitting waiting for my time in traffic court! It was only a sock on double points but it offended the circuit court judge!

    I'd like to hear from any and all knitting fanatics. Lets talk shop and stash!
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  3. by   Michelle_nurse
    Hey,
    I am a soon to be nurse.......in one month!
    I am only 24 years old, but I have been knitting since I was 5. I enjoy it too. Unfortunately I don't have much time. I made 3 Christmas stockings during the holidays, but never made many things other than that.
    Although I am capable.

    Have fun
    Michelle
  4. by   TopazStone
    Hello, I am a new knitter (just taught myself about 6 months ago). I don't get much time to sit and knit as we are trying to spring clean (overdue from last year LOL) and I have anywhere from 2 to 6 kids in my home (ages 3 to 12) at any given time. Hah, people wonder how I can work psych-- give me paranoia over puberty anyday!!
  5. by   Chuckie
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    Last edit by Chuckie on Jan 18, '03
  6. by   IslandGirl
    How do you use dpn's? I just bought a set thinking I would learn to knit socks. But they seem to just dangle all over each other. Is that how it starts out until you have a few rows knitted?
  7. by   Enright
    IslandGirl:
    re: double points...I knit for 20 years before I used dpns, they intimidated me. Actually, it took me a while to go to circulars too.

    I think dpns are a little awkward the first 2 rounds, then they stabilize and are much more comfortable. I found if I used the shortest ones I could without the stitches falling off, it was easier to manage. The biggest thing is when you have cast on and are starting the first K row, you need (as with circulars) to make sure the stitching didn't get twisted. Another tip is to make sure you 'cinch' everything up as you are going from one dpn to the next.

    I recommend getting a basic sock pattern and starting with that. Once you get the feel for them, its a lot of fun. I never thought I'd be a sock knitter and now I have one with me whereever I go in case I have a few minutes. Good luck!
  8. by   HubbywifeRN's
    Hey, fellow knitting buffs!
    Do you ever get groans from your colleagues..."Oh no, she's brought her knitting again!" ??? Some of them seem to think that I jinx them, and that we end up having VERY busy shifts if I bring my knitting to work, expecting (or hoping!) it will be a quiet night.
    One of my patients, who was also a nurse, said her husband referred to those "knitting during coffee break" sessions as "stitch and ***** "! (The word doesn't show up, but it rhymes!!!)
    Is anyone interested in exchanging info re cool websites for knitters (patterns, etc.)? Email me!
    -Marianne

    [This message has been edited by HubbywifeRN's (edited April 21, 2001).]
  9. by   tillie1
    Originally posted by HubbywifeRN's:
    Hey, fellow knitting buffs!
    Do you ever get groans from your colleagues..."Oh no, she's brought her knitting again!" ??? Some of them seem to think that I jinx them, and that we end up having VERY busy shifts if I bring my knitting to work, expecting (or hoping!) it will be a quiet night.
    One of my patients, who was also a nurse, said her husband referred to those "knitting during coffee break" sessions as "stitch and ***** "! (The word doesn't show up, but it rhymes!!!)
    Is anyone interested in exchanging info re cool websites for knitters (patterns, etc.)? Email me!
    -Marianne

    [This message has been edited by HubbywifeRN's (edited April 21, 2001).]
    hi marianne, i have been knitting since i was about ten and love it. i have patterns galore. several years ago i decided i should get rid of some since i would never use them and have been kicking myself eversince! i also have a closet full of yarn, can't seem to throw even the tiniest bit away..."i might need that someday!" making an afghan for my daughter and her fiance that i hope to get done befor the wedding this summr (another long story). anyway, try the lion brand yarn web site: www.lionbrand.com/patterns. i printed off quite a few patterns from that site last year and someday will use them! also, eknitting.com. you can get 25%off on your first order
  10. by   swartzrn
    HI, I am actually a quilting fanatic but have been learning to knit thanks to my MIL. I actually made a scarf that I gave as a gift and was SO proud!!! I would love some pointers from all of you! I really want to make a baby blanket for a friend. She's a quilter also and is making her own quilted blanket for her baby so I wanted to make a knitted one for her. Baby isn't due until Dec so maybe I can practice and learn enough (I doubt it thoug.)
    You should try hand quilting sometime..it's very very relaxing!!
  11. by   zooz
    Quote from IslandGirl
    How do you use dpn's? I just bought a set thinking I would learn to knit socks. But they seem to just dangle all over each other. Is that how it starts out until you have a few rows knitted?
    Like Enright side, it gets easier after a few rows 'round. One tip I can give you, if your stitches have a tendency to slip towards the end of of your DPNs or even fall off: Put needle point protectors on all the DPN points except for, obviously, the two points you'll be knitting with. Then you just rotate the point protectors as you knit around. If you leave your knitting for awhile, just pop the protectors on all the points and your knitting will be safe. This helped me keep everything together and lowered my fear that all my stitches were going to fall off.

    Oh, and "hello" fellow knitters! I've been knitting (self-taught) since I was 15-16. I've knitted scarves, hats, afghans, and a few animals. I haven't done it in a couple of months, but I have yarn piling up so I guess it's time to get back to it. :spin:
  12. by   muffie
    working on cotton dishcloth # 3971

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