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    I'm going to take up knitting......... I'll start with a simple scarf! I've wanted to do it for like - 20 years! okay maybe longer. I remember a friend of mine in college - circa 1982? - who made the most beautiful afghans and scarves. I have always wanted to do the same - you guys just pushed me over the "I'm not sure I can do it" hump!
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    As my mother so graciously said, "If Sabine can do it, anyone can do it!" (Yeah, not the most tactful mom.) But knitting is a simple procedure, and if you're that kind of thinker, you will catch on quickly. Once you know what your hands are doing it becomes very meditative.

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    I've been taking up my crocheting again, and considering knitting too. I made some lovely things when my kids were small. Trying to figure out what my next project will be. I've got a lot of good patterns kicking around, and there are so many available online now.

    Tomi, a scarf is a great place to start. It doesn't look dorky like most of the beginner projects do, and can actually be used.

    I've never worked up the nerve to try socks, mind you. I have patterns for those too. Maybe I should try.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomi View Post
    I grip the steering wheel everytime I have to cross the Willamette river! So, I feel your pain!
    I dont think the bridges across the Willamette in Salem are bad. I don't like the Coronado Bridge in San Diego or the Bay Bridge in San Francisco.

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    Seriously, your mother said that? Sheesh. Despite some glaring mistakes, one things my parents did right is they never, ever insulted us or put us down. I am very grateful for that. Anyway, your mother is demonstrating that she doesn't know you as well as she should. It never fails to amaze me how little people who live together can know each other.

    Knitting can be a bit intimidating for a beginner, especially an adult. I think kids are more used to having to put the effort into learning new skills. I know that when I try to knit "normally" (I hold the wool in my left hand when knitting, just like when crocheting) I just about go frantic, I feel so awkward. I give up really quickly. Of course, there is no real motivation to learning how to hold the wool in the other hand. Doing it with the left works just fine. Seeing as knitting is rarely a social activity, it was years before I realized that everybody else did it the other way. Not too sure how I got started like that. Apparently, it's only women from Eastern Europe who knit like that. But it was a Dutch lady who taught me first. So I can't figure it out. Maybe I just held it with the left hand because I was used to it from crocheting and nobody noticed or cared enough to try to get me to switch. This is kind of the story of my life. I never seem to do anything at all like everybody else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marcadav View Post
    I dont think the bridges across the Willamette in Salem are bad. I don't like the Coronado Bridge in San Diego or the Bay Bridge in San Francisco.

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    no, Salem bridges are a peice of cake -- I was thinking crossing in Portland. Too much traffic - and HIGH bridges! I don't know the names of them, but I think its the I-5 bridged that is double decker....... that one freaks me out! Then again, I'm not fond of the 405 either....... Too HIGH - Too FAST - Too congested! Hey I was born and raised in Dallas, Oregon! The only bridge we had went over the Rickreal Creek!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judg View Post
    Okay, is there something wrong with me? I don't mind bridges.
    OK Funny Story...I read this as "I don't mind binges". I thought to myself "Well Judg has obviously reached a higher plane of existence than I". Shows where my head is at today.

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    Talking back

    Knitting socks is just the right amount of challenge for me combined with (relatively) short finishing time.

    Marcadav reads my journal!

    I hold in my left, too. I was taught in Germany, and holding in your left makes 'picking' versus 'throwing' much easier. That said, I developed my own peculiar combination of picking AND throwing. Sometimes I practice JUST picking, but only as a curiosity. My method works for me, which is what I'm going for.

    Judg is definitely up there.

    Favorite bridge, still and always: the beautiful Golden Gate.

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    Funny story:
    I'm a lefty, and my right hand is dumber than dirt. I wanted to learn to crochet, but my granny (the one that taught me) has the opposite issue: she's a righty, and her left hand is dumber than a turkey in mating season. We tried all kinds of methods: me sitting acrodd from her, me watching a video of her... none of it worked. I'm too used to natively flipping everything I see taught so I can do it left handed. The solution that worked was hilarious to an outside observer: she taught me using the bathroom mirror. Watching the mirror, instead of her, I could see what she was doing and I didn't hafta fight my "flipping" adaptation. Unfortunately, because I can't stand working "backwards," I always flip my work between rows, so it doesn't look like most crochet.
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    Hey, I'll need to keep that trick in mind when showing my daughters (both lefties) how to do things.

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