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Since this is the "non baking" section for discussions, I was wondering if anyone out there knits.  Since I've been recovering with my hip, I have found time to work on my socks.  I finished
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Anybody out there knit?

posted at 4/7/2011 9:49 AM EDT
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Since this is the "non baking" section for discussions, I was wondering if anyone out there knits.  Since I've been recovering with my hip, I have found time to work on my socks.  I finished  one and have started on the other one.
I used to teach home ec in high school and for one of the units I decided the girls could knit.  They loved it and brought their in progress things to study hall so i could help them if they had questions.  Other girls in the study hall who weren't in home ec thought it looked like a really fun thing, so I had more knitters.  I don't think it is something most kids do now.  This was back in 1968-69.

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posted at 4/7/2011 11:00 AM EDT
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Hi Judy - back in '68-'69 I took a free adult class in knitting.  I failed miserably.  I tried to learn to crochet and did a bit better.

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posted at 4/7/2011 1:17 PM EDT
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I never learned how to knit.  My mom taught me to crochet, but sadly I never kept it up and can't do it any more.

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posted at 4/7/2011 2:29 PM EDT
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Hi Judy,that is something I wished that I had learned.I crochet a little and I sew.My dear sister that I lost 5years ago was an artist,she painted,sewed,knitted and crocheted,she would make the dollies like all the Grandma's did and she taught her self to do this,what a talented lady she was.

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posted at 4/7/2011 2:42 PM EDT
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I learned to knit in Girl Scouts way back when! Not the greatest at it anymore - love to crochet though! Smile

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posted at 4/8/2011 12:34 AM EDT
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I can't knit but, I crochet, embroidery and sew. I have a huge 1950s doll collection that I design and make clothes for.



This is one I restored and dressed for a friend. It is a 1950s Sweet Sue doll.

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posted at 4/8/2011 5:14 AM EDT
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I never could knit very well.  I don't think I am patient enough for it.  And I hate having to take things apart to correct them.

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posted at 4/8/2011 6:51 AM EDT
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Wow Wa-Ha K -- that's wonderful!!    She's a gorgeous little thing.  I love the felt skirt!! 
Ohhhhhh how I wanted one in the 50s ... a gray one with a poodle.
You made that?  It's amazing. 
Congratulations on having so much talent.   When you have time - show us more.

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posted at 4/8/2011 8:21 AM EDT
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I cant knit but I can embroidery and cross stitch ...my mother taught me to embroider and i learned on my own to cross stitch..I have a set of pillow cases my mother embroidered almost 40 years ago

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posted at 4/8/2011 9:24 AM EDT
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When I was a senior in nurses training I taught  myself to knit in my psych rotation.  My patient was a young girl who wanted to learn to knit.  We both learned.  I think I made 14 pairs of slippers.

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posted at 4/8/2011 9:40 AM EDT
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Two needles are one too many for me; I can and do crochet, though!  For my friends who embroider, I am looking for a (preprinted) kit of a light house to add to my collection of different light house pictures.  I have not found one yet; does anyone know where I might see one?  I love to do crewel, and it is something I enjoy.  Thanks!

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posted at 4/8/2011 9:53 AM EDT
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I learned to knit as a child but don;t knit anymore to slow for me i like quicker prodjects

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posted at 4/8/2011 11:34 AM EDT
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I learned to knit in Girl Scouts also. Now I am a leader and a grandma
and am teachjing mire Girl Scouts to knit. They love to learn something
they can always use in later life. Girl Scouts is a great organization for
girls.

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posted at 4/8/2011 12:22 PM EDT
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My beloved Grandmother taught me how to crochet and sew, and my mother-in-law tried to teach me how to knit. I do better with one needle in crocheting, than 2 in knitting. However I haven't picked up the crocheting needle for about 30 years. Am planning to do so again when and if I have grandchildren, to make them afghans.

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posted at 4/8/2011 12:26 PM EDT
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Erica-  have you checked ebay for any pre-printed light house kits?
Ebay turns up so much good stuff.

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posted at 4/8/2011 1:46 PM EDT
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Hi Judy,  I used to knit a lot until I became interested in cross stitch.  However, my niece really always has something going.  The latest thing is ;  Amazon.com: Knit Your Own Royal Wedding(9781449409241) Fiona Goble: Books
This niece lives just outside of Paris, France, so they are really into the "Wedding".  Hope this gives you a laugh.  I could not believe every thing you can do when I saw it.

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posted at 4/8/2011 2:28 PM EDT
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I can't knit but, I crochet, embroidery and sew. I have a huge 1950s doll collection that I design and make clothes for. This is one I restored and dressed for a friend. It is a 1950s Sweet Sue doll.
Posted by Wa-Ha K


Hi WA-HA K,That is so cute,I love the fifties,that is when I was made.LOL Sewing is so much fun and you can make so many things it's never ending.It sadens me,the only fabric store in our area is closing,not enough bussiness.The younger women don't sew.We as a society are losing our basic skills.I am glad to see you post WA-HA K I've been looking for you and I hope all is well with you.

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posted at 4/8/2011 2:57 PM EDT
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Two needles are one too many for me; I can and do crochet, though!  For my friends who embroider, I am looking for a (preprinted) kit of a light house to add to my collection of different light house pictures.  I have not found one yet; does anyone know where I might see one?  I love to do crewel, and it is something I enjoy.  Thanks!
Posted by Erica D


Erica: Try Stitchery.com,  Herrschers.com, and/or keepsakeneedlearts.com   I have found lots of kits on these sites.  I'm sure there are others, but these are a start for you.

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posted at 4/8/2011 3:51 PM EDT
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Knitting sort of escapes me.  My fingers get in the way.  Several people have tried to teach me but....
I do crochet but I can't do it for long as my fingers sort of go numb.  Had  carpel tunnel surgery several years back and I just find that if I keep my hands in one place for long they get numb.  Nothing like before but I still don't like the feeling.  Plus I think I have a bit of arthritis and that does not help at all.

WaHa K, I am impressed there is so much detail and I can imagine it is even more impressive when seen in person.

I had a co-worker that did cross-stitch work and to see her completed work I was always amazed.  The cross-stitch looked as good on the back side as it did on the front.  She told me that is the way her grandma taught her and she would make her re work the piece if it did not meet her approval.  So from early on she was careful with her stitches.  She took a lot of pride in her work and it showed.

I have great admiration for all of you that can do any type of needle work.  Never was good at it.  I always say that when I took Home-Ec in school when it was time to take sewing when I walked pass the sewing room all the bobbins in the machines would scream and fall out of the machines or tangle themselves just to make my life miserable.

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posted at 4/8/2011 11:13 PM EDT
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Gale G, Are you the Gale from the old boards? The one that I got to meet? If so, Daisy Mae and I have been wondering if you are ok & where you are now.

Nikki, You made me laugh with your discription of the bobbins. Smile I have been teaching my granddaughter to sew also. I got her an original, in great condition, 1920's Singer sewing machine at an estate sale. It is in A-one condition and has all the attchments and is one of the first electric ones. The cabinet is original but, has some damage to it. She has a small, childs machine and a portable New Home. All of them are here for her to use. I have a portable off brand from WalMart and a baby lock serger from Sears. 5 sewing machines here.

The cloth behind my doll in the above photo is a 4'x4' cover for an old square end table and is embroidered on the corners and in the middle with daisys. I use it as a cover for my monitor and printer. I was 8 or 9 when I did it. I also quilt but, don't have frames. Those are at my moms.

Nancy, thank you for the compliment. She was fun to restore. I ordered the wig and saddle oxfords off of ebay but, made a skull cap to fit over her hair for the wig, bobby socks, undies, sleeveless top, fleece sweater, scarf. can-can slip and the poodle skirt. I used the lid of my cold pack canner to cut that skirt out! It fit just perfect. I even used some ribbon I had left over from my daughters wedding flower arrangements as the dog leash. I remembered how much fun the poodle skirt was. I had one handed down along with the shoes from a wealthy cousin.  When the owner got her first look at her (she was a mess at first), she broke down and cried for about 10 minutes. I wasn't sure if I had messed up or not.
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