I've already introduced myself to the spinners, maybe its time to do the same with the knitters.
My grandmother taught me how to knit when I was about 20. They lived cross country, and came to visit for my brother's HS graduation. While she was here, I asked her to teach me how to knit. This was an interesting experience for a couple of reasons. First, new knitter. Second, she knit in what I now know to be called "combination" knitting, and me, I have trouble sometimes translating actions others are making to my own fingers. So she got me started, but I always had trouble. I suspect now that my grandpa was a capable knitter, or maybe just better at paying attention than I was, so he would help guide my hands to the motions they needed to be following.
My first project - grandma's favorite dishcloth. For those of you unfamiliar with the pattern, its got all types of learning wrapped up in one little package. For starters, not only do you knit, but you also practice yarn overs & k2tog decreases.
So I worked very slowly, yet somehow consistently, and worked my way up the sides of the cloth. they went home before it was time to get smaller though. Ugh. That was much harder, because I was pretty much on my own when it came to figuring out how to make things smaller. I'm still not sure how I managed it, but it came out looking decent.
A couple years later I wanted to make something else and found I had no idea what to do. I was able to work out a cast on (backwards loop easy peasy), and I was even able to work out a knit. But no matter what I tried, I couldn't effect a purl stitch. I didn't have much internet access (early days of AOL and its really unfriendly bbs) but I had a few books. NONE of them looked like what my grandma taught me to do (as they work in mostly continental or english styles). I kept trying and finally I magically found the right answer on my own.
Long time and lots of frustrations later as my decreases never matched the patterns (the drawback to an undeducated combination knitter) and finally discovery of the internet, and I found knittinghelp.com With the videos there I re-taught myself how to knit & purl in the Continental style, and finally I feel I can put out work that looks like it is supposed to.
Now I love to teach anyone who expresses an interest in either knit (or crochet which my mom taught me when I was in elementary school) and all this practice in "figuring it out" has helped me adjust to other's ways of learning as well (like teaching a lefty to crochet for instance)
I love to knit dischloths, because they are fabulous ways to try out new techniques on a small project scale yet still have something to show for your efforts. Next on my adventure list, my first garment, something from Big Girl Knits - I'm thinking Bombshell (a Ravelry link)
Well, that's my story. I look forward to learning from each of you, and maybe offering help myself.
I am the newest member of the Knit Picks team as the Education Coordinator and I just wanted to introduce myself to all of you lovely crafters :) I will be on the forums and boards here, and I will be doing my best to answer any questions that might come up!
I am looking forward to getting to know all of you and joining everyone in this wonderful community.
Thanks! I am really excited about the KP Community and I love helping people figure out knitting.Isn't the internet a wonderful resource for us knitters?
As for the tutorials and videos, we will not be changing them so much as expanding them as time allows. We are really hoping to add new techniques to things like the video tutorials, so if you have any ideas on what you would like to see :)