Tuesday, January 5, 2010

How I learned to knit!

About 3 years ago I decided that I wanted to learn how to knit. I wanted to make my own hats, gloves, scarves...OH MY! I wanted to have something to create while Nathan (www.nthnart.com) created beautiful art. Come on! I am creative too!
On that faithful day (when I decided I was ready) I wandered into Stitches http://www.stitchesseattle.com/ and purchased my first needles and yarn. She also suggested that I purchase "Stitch 'n Bitch - The Knitter's Handbook" by Debbie Stoller.
Even to this day I refer back to this book! It is amazing. With titles of chapters like "You Ain't Shit if You Don't Knit" this book is not only SO informative, it is funny and interesting! Want to learn? This takes you step by step. Just like New Kids on the Block...Oh baby! Seriously. Just. Buy. It.

Tips for new knitters:
-Sign up for www.ravelry.com. This site is like the social media mecca for knitters. It offers a plethora of patterns, groups, and even a place to take pictures and organize all of your creations!
-Ask your local knit shop for suggestions! I started on size 10 straight needles with burnt orange, worsted weight yarn (Still my favorite scarf...to this day!).
-Once you get the hang of it by knitting a few sample squares, knit several scarves just to practice your stitch! Don't need that many scarves? Keep them for the holiday and give them to friends!

Knitting is not only relaxing but you then get the pleasure of making some pretty cool stuff. If you have been thinking of learning to knit and live in the Seattle area check out this knit night I set up: http://twtvite.com/aizbsq
It is for knitters and newbies! Anyone who wants to learn or already knows how!

Knit on!


  1. I wanna learn! You've inspired me to get this book...I'll let you know how it goes. :)

  2. I would love to learn, I will try and make it to knit night sounds like crazy fun. I will try and get my knit butt in gear, love the name of the book.

  3. Just started a new project over the holidays! Can't wait to knit with you!

  4. @Danielle- Let me know how it goes! Next time I am in that area lets make sure we meet up!

    @Alix- I hope to see you then but will probably see you tonight! ;)

    @KJ- Excited to meet you!