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"Hey Shaunie,

​I care. I really relate to what you have been experiencing with the house falling apart, and things not getting fixed due to general shame of the state of the house and not knowing where to begin fixing things or who to contact (you don't want to come across rogue tradesmen). Not even having adequate heating and hot water. And clutter. Everywhere. It's horrible to live in such circumstances, I know. It's hard as well when you see everyone else living a 'normal' life and yet being unable to talk about your situation."
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  • Knitting folk!

    Hey guysss

    I know lots of you knit :D

    I've just started up again as a distraction but I'm not very good! I can't start things, or finish them, pretty much just the bit in between, and no fancy stuff. So at the moment knitting a scarf

    It's my birthday coming up and I'm a bit stuck on stuff to ask for, so I thought I'd ask for some sort of knitting book. (The basics). Any recommendations? Or is is better to use stuff on the net? To be honest, I doubt I'd want to knit clothes, (just scarves, and maybe more fancy scarves) but how hard is it to make like little animals or something?

    Thanks :D
    There's only one way of life
    And that's your own, your own, your own

    One Way - The Levellers

  • #2
    (I'd really like to be able to knit my boyfriend a penguin :P)
    There's only one way of life
    And that's your own, your own, your own

    One Way - The Levellers

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    • #3
      I found the book 'Stitch and Bitch' by Debbie Stoller to be really good for the basics and it's quite funny too. It has a variety of basic patterns and talks you through the techniques. It is the first knitting book I got, the one I learnt the basics from.

      To knit a penguin there is a cute pattern in the book 'Knitted Toys' by Fiona McTague at skill level 1. I knit the duck from this book and ity was fairly easy. Alternatively do a search on www.ravelry.com (if you aren't on this website already it's amazing for knitters!) and lots of patterns will come up.

      I'm really glad you are knitting, I have found it really helpful for my mental health.
      Blessed are the cracked for they let in the light.

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      • #4
        Thanks!

        I've joined up to Ravelry (yellowseahorse is my name) and I found this chap! http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/penguin-19

        It looks pretty hard, and I have no idea what anything means, but it is something to work towards

        Thanks for the recommendation, I'm well excited now :D
        There's only one way of life
        And that's your own, your own, your own

        One Way - The Levellers

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        • #5
          Do you know that one you found is crocheted not knitted? But there are plenty of knitted ones on there too. I'm R-girl on Ravelry.
          Blessed are the cracked for they let in the light.

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          • #6
            Theres a whole load of us on ravelry from here.

            I'm probably twisted_trinity on ravely, i tend to only use it for pattern finding.

            I love the stitch and bitch books, but the best book I've ever found for learning techniques is this one

            Check out your LYS (local yarn store), most have drop in groups and will be full of great advice!!

            Good luck!
            Life is a hard race

            Its an uphill battle
            Like being shackled to a rock, struggling up the mountain

            But the elation at the top of every peak
            Is worth all the heart ache and every tear

            One Eye on the Unknown

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Randomgirl View Post
              Do you know that one you found is crocheted not knitted? But there are plenty of knitted ones on there too. I'm R-girl on Ravelry.
              Haha fail. Ok then :P
              There's only one way of life
              And that's your own, your own, your own

              One Way - The Levellers

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Miss_Riot View Post
                Theres a whole load of us on ravelry from here.

                I'm probably twisted_trinity on ravely, i tend to only use it for pattern finding.

                I love the stitch and bitch books, but the best book I've ever found for learning techniques is this one

                Check out your LYS (local yarn store), most have drop in groups and will be full of great advice!!

                Good luck!
                Thanks :D
                There's only one way of life
                And that's your own, your own, your own

                One Way - The Levellers

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                • #9
                  I taught myself to knit from the Reader's Digest Encyclopaedia of Knitting, and learnt more from the Stitch and Bitch books, but I think the easiest way nowadays is to learn from videos. There are loads on YouTube, or try knittinghelp.com. It's not always clear from pictures in books what's going on - learning from videos is almost as good as learning from a real person. Plus it's free!

                  I was going to tell you who I was on Rav, and to join the thesite group, but I see you have already done both! :D
                  geekblog

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                  • #10
                    Thanks!

                    Indeed, RG invited me to the group and I may have recognised your name
                    There's only one way of life
                    And that's your own, your own, your own

                    One Way - The Levellers

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                    • #11
                      Knitty Gritty by Aneeta Patel; look her up on Amazon. She's taught loads of my friends to knit and her written instructions are fabby.

                      Also, knittinghelp.com for free videos.

                      Promise me you'll always remember: you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
                      ― Winnie-the-Pooh

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