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Aug 17 2009

A Good Yarn

by Vivian A

Cover image of Knitgrrl by Shannon OkeyTake two knitting needles, a skein of yarn and thou and what have you got? Hopefully a sweater, a scarf or at the very least – a pot holder. I am less than the very least. I cannot seem to get the hang of knitting.

Three of my more than patient co-workers, a knitting store and a few books with huge pictures cannot seem to get my needles and yarn going in the right direction to make anything more than some impressive knots. Not the knits that I was striving for.

I just wanted to join the ranks of the fifty-three million women who know how to knit or crochet (another dismal failure). This is an impressive fifty-one percent increase in the past ten years.

Plus, I wanted to join celebrity knitters like Madonna, Cameron Diaz and Julia Roberts. In fact, Julia is set to star in an upcoming movie about knitting called The Friday Night Knitting Club. (Also a book you can check out of the library.)

I longed to whip through patterns in Stitch and Bitch by Debbie Stoller or even Knitgrrl by Shannon Okey although I am much too old to check it out.

Knitting is so cool that it has blogs like www.yarnharlot.com. Or www.ravelry.com which is like Facebook for knitters with nearly 400,000 members.  I give up, I am turning in my needles (and crochet hook) for something like ?????

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Nolan R. August 17, 2009 at 12:37 PM

When I saw the book Creepy cute crochet : zombies, ninjas, robots, and more! by Christen Haden, I wanted to try again to learn to crochet. My grandmother tried to teach me once, but I only learned how to make a long chain…and that’s been 30 years ago, so I’ve forgotten how to do that!

Lynn W. August 18, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Crocheting is one of the skills my grandmother taught me. It’s like riding a bicycle–no matter how long I stay away, I never forget how to do it. I’d love to teach someone. My teenage boys are just not interested!

Jimmy L August 19, 2009 at 5:21 PM

There are also crocheting and knitting groups held at the library. The Creative Expressions Crocheting Group meets every second Saturday from 10am to noon at the Covington Library. The Knitting Circle meets the second and fourth Thursdays of every month at 1pm at the Scott Candler Library. Check the library’s events calendar for full details.

Trice August 21, 2009 at 1:57 PM

I checked out a few crochet dvds from the library that were very helpful. I Can’t Believe I’m Crocheting!, Crochet Stitches in Motion, and Crochet Fashions in Motion. I learned patterns for a drawstring bag, two scarves and I’m working on a hat. You can also learn to crochet in the Creative Expressions Crochet Group or refresh your skills. It’s great!

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