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Learn How to Knit

Knitting is a great way to make your own clothes and accessories. Hats or scarves, sweaters or socks, you can make some wild comfy clothes. And isn’t just for old people and it isn’t just for girls, knitting is for everyone.

Maybe you think of your Grandma when you think of knitting, and maybe that doesn’t make you want to jump into it right away. But, you’ve probably never heard of yarn bombing. Yarn bombing is knitting graffiti where signposts, statues, bike racks and any public installations are coated in colorful yarn. Unlike spray paint, yarn can be easily removed, but the skill and technique to install it makes it more than impressive.

So now that you’re itching to go knitting, here are a few things you should know about knitting.

Methods:

There are two methods of knitting. One is the English Method where working yarn is held in the right hand and the other is the Continental Method where working yarn held in left hand. They produce very similar knits, so it only depends on how the technique feels.

Needles:

Needles come in a variety of sizes. How big the needles are determines how spaced out the stitches will be. Needles can be made out of wood, metal or plastic.

The Process of Knitting: Vocab

Cast on: The foundation stitch, where your knitting will start.

Knit: Stitch where needle is entered front to back.

Purl: Stitch where needle is entered back to front(to get a ribbed effect you alternate between a knit stitch and a purl stitch)

Cast off: When your project is done and you tie off the yarn to keep it all from unraveling.

Ways to Learn:

The best way to learn is hands on. Get someone who knows how to knit to teach you. Most likely they have some needles and yarn you can borrow and some simple projects just perfect for beginners.

If you can’t find anyone, start looking at local sewing shops, embroidery stores, there may even be a yarn store nearby. They may offer courses where you can learn how to knit. And though it’s not the hands on approach, there’s always online tutorials. An amazing website chalk full of videos and tips is www.knittinghelp.com.

Have Your Say

What is or what do you think will be your favorite thing to knit? A scarf, a signpost, a sweater? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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What is Yarn Bombing?

  • Bombs filled with yarn are dropped on an area and the entire space is covered in knitting.
  • People knit cozies that cover and decorate public installations.
  • Knitting that covers a bomb when it is in transport so that movement won't detonate the bomb.
  • Throwing balls of yarn.

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Chupacabra
Chupacabra posted in Random:
"Autonomy" wrote: "iamalive" wrote: its the kinda thing you come to when you have nothing else to do, but end up being happy you checked in Odd, I normally end up feeling depressed and unfulfilled. Different strokes for different folks I suppose. Maybe you haven't given it enough time? Looks like you just joined. Just a thought.
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AnnaOfExquizurd
I usually pester close friends to RP with me when I'm bored X3
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nounou123
nounou123 posted in Say Anything:
i guess everyone sometimes feel bored but there is many ways to enjoy and many things to do when you are bored but whats is your own ways ?
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Autonomy
Autonomy posted in Random:
"iamalive" wrote:its the kinda thing you come to when you have nothing else to do, but end up being happy you checked in Odd, I normally end up feeling depressed and unfulfilled. Different strokes for different folks I suppose.
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Autonomy
Autonomy posted in Debating:
If existence were an illusion, we would be faced with an even more pressing question: who's illusion is it? Mine? Yours? God's? How would we know? Perhaps when we dream at night, we're really waking up in the real world, and when the dream ends we return to the simulation that we believe to be the real world. Perhaps our world is actually a cleverly designed computer program, and all the while we're actually being kept on life support in a vat of red goo while robot overlords harvest electricity from..... actually, I'm just thinking of the Matrix. But even if existence were an illusion, it's a pretty darn good one. So good that it's real enough for me, and so I just treat life as though it were really real. Even though, as someone else mentioned, when you get down to the subatomic level, nothing makes the slightest bit of sense. I mean, sh-- just does whatever it wants down there. It's crazy. Like, I tried to comprehend it once, and I woke up in a puddle of what I assume was my melted brain. Don't try this at home, kids.
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