Tuesday, November 27, 2007

#29 Anticipation...good or difficult?

Love Day Washcloth by Trictone

Banana Republic Knock off Hat
in Thick and Quick by Metaphysical Muse on Crafster
also can be found in chunky yarn at NikKnits blog...maybe you will have better luck downloading it then I did!

Congrats to Emily H and Coggie TM for winning the random drawing in the finger food desserts contest.

MORE GIVE-AWAY FUN. I am really trying to pick all your brains and offer a chance at winning something in the process IF you would like to win the book Family Tree, by Barbara Delinsky (and I am sure I will add some goodies!!!) leave a comment here or on Ravelry in She-Knits Podcast group as follows:
1. Please tell me about the first project you ever did and if you think it is a good project for me to teach my beginning knitters.
AND if you have a good specific tip, then.....
2. Please leave me that great tip you have been taught whether; a teacher told it to you, a knitter-friend, or you read it in a book or on-line.

Neoknits has really great sweater patterns. Melissa is a talent to be reckoned with...or bought from!

If you would like to purchase one of my patterns or kits please come come and visit my new website Sheknits for Knitters will it is unofficially open for business....we are working out the last few kinks however my webmaster says that 'shopping on your website should be a pleasant experience". Come and visit, just say hi or, I would be honored to have you as my first customers.


Psyched2Knit said...

I just wanted to let you know that I have thoroughly been enjoying your podcast. You are the perfect combination of being upbeat and down to earth at the same time - quite a feat! Thanks so much - and WOW what totally awesome bags you have!!!!!

Psyched2Knit said...

Hey Sharon,
I don't know the name of the pattern off the top of my head, but I did post it on ravelry. It is MUCH easier than it looks!

katerina said...

My first real project, I tried to make a scarf for my brother that was striped, and has his initials on one end and his college letters on the other. It was a total disaster, I had no idea how to do intarsia, and was uknowingly twisting my stitches, so it did not turn out well. I'd suggest starting with a hat - simple enough for a beginner knitter, and quick enough to move on when ready.
Best advice: When you are learning how to do anything, keep in mind that evey time you make a mistake, it means you learned something from that mistake, and if the main goal is to learn, you just learned two things at once - what to do and what not to do! So don't think of your mistakes as something to avoid, think of them as twice the learning.

Big Momma said...

First project: boring boring garter stitch scarf.
So I recommend to my pals - a square garter stitch hat. The same idea, but a lot smaller and v. v. cute. Just c/o for the height of the hat, garter stitch until it is long enough to go around your head, cast off and sew the cast on to the cast off edge. then one of the two long sides to make a doubled-over rectangle. Put it on, super cute.

knittingfairy said...

Hi Sharon,

First off thank you for adding another addiction to my knitting bag. I love your podcast!

1)My first project was a pair of mittens on two needles(I first learned to knit and purl with waste yarn from my crochet stash but I was not trying to make anything out of it)

2) Kelley on the knit picks podcast recently suggested that you teach people to do a cable cast on because it is so much like a knit stitch. I think that is a good idea when my girls get old enough and want to be taught that is the way that I am going to try it

Thanks again for the awesome podcast I started to listen to it 2 weeks ago at work and I already caught up on all the back issues!!

ciaa said...

my first project was as a little girl and had to be a scarf for a doll, I'm sure. Not too exciting. When I started up again as an adult, it was another scarf. Boring for me to think about now but I made a bunch of them and gave them to friends (who loved them) and felt very accomplished.

As a teacher myself (beginning sewing and quilting) I like to find a project that is simple but incorporates several techniques and has a design that can be forgiving. The forgiving part may be difficult in knitting.

For some reason, a hat keeps coming to mind for me. You can have a ribbed edge, stockinette, decrease, and possible increase, depending on the pattern. You could also incorporate other patterns as bands throughout the hat. If you wanted to add a simple color change, you could do that as well.

I have noticed my students respond to a sample that looks simple, even if it contains several techniques. Something that looks complicated (even if it isn't) seems to scare them off.

I can't remember how many sessions you were planning for (sorry) but two small projects (washcloth and hat, for example) may be fun and give them more practice at casting on, as well.

I hope some of this was helpful and I hope it wasn't too wordy. This is one of my first comments left on a blog and certainly my first time to enter any of these "contests" I have been hearing about on the podcasts.