Thursday, January 22, 2009


Are you a MS FIX IT? or perhaps a MR FIX IT? When it comes to knitting, learning how to fix your mistakes - oh excuse me - accidents- is soooooo important to your sanity and your knitting future. Frustration over mistakes can sometimes be a part of the process, but it doesn't have to ruin your knitting life. I was always weak in math skills and am reminded by this subject of how - after throwing my math book at the wall, crying and moaning for at least 30 minutes always resulted in me settling down and doing my homework- SUCH DRAMA! Now that I'm a "grownup", I don't have the energy for such things and have learned to search for solutions in a more sedate manner. So please, no crumpled knitting thrown to the floor, here are a few suggestions and places to find help.

A tip that I consider valuable is to have a crochet hook (I usually keep a G or H nearby) to pick up dropped stitches- so annoying, but manageable.

Consider using the expertise of your knitting community (online or locally). Experienced knitters are usually willing to help, so do take advantage of their knowledge. Knitting techniques are still handed down - the knitting story of tradition and techniques continues! JUST THE FAQS page is full of links to sites and videos to help you with your knitting dilemmas. I have, and continue to use this page as a handy resource.

INVEST IN A BASIC KNITTING KNOWLEDGE BOOK - go to the local bookstore and check out the actual books to see which one fits your needs. Look for clear pictures, descriptions, and a glossary. Consider the size and weight of the book - you may want to bring it along with your knitting project. Think portable, but readable, also.

KnittingHelp offers videos specifically for basic knitting mistakes and for beginners.

(also on, Faq page)

I hope this gets you going in the "CAN FIX" direction...if you can knit it - you can fix it!

KNIT-SHARE-GO pick up your knitting in the corner!

Marg(shamelessly knitting in public-how 'bout you?)

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