Hi Makers, Kelly here!
I'm excited to welcome back our two special guests from last week: Christie of @knittedcanada and Kimberly of @coziknots. These two talented ladies connected on Instagram last fall when they both decided they wanted to delve into the world of knitting in crocheting, and it seems they've endured a wild ride!
The two new yarn enthusiasts worked together to compile a Top 10 list of everything they think newbie knitters and crocheters should know, based on their maker experiences over the last seven months. You can read the first five in this blog post from last week.
Ready to read about the next five? Let's go!
Christie of @knittedcanada and Kimberly of @coziknots back again for round two! We both decided to take a leap in October 2016 and teach ourselves how to knit and crochet. Since then, we have learned so much, and managed to keep all of our hair intact, rather than pulling it out for the love of knitting and crocheting. Have you too decided you want to give knitting and/or crochet a try? Congratulations, that’s the first step!
So, let's talk about the next five of our top 10 things we think everyone should know, as a beginner, about these crafts and where should they start....
6) Embrace the community
Whether you choose to begin a knitting/crocheting business or not, get involved in the community! You can do this via social media (the community on Instagram is AMAZING), and looking for yarn shops close to where you live - they may have a knitting group that meets weekly or monthly, and what better way to learn than to meet up with people who knit?! Regardless of where you find yourself in the community, utilize the makers within it. They are such a huge resource of knowledge. Everyone is willing to help. We haven’t had one negative experience when it comes to asking fellow makers for assistance, and for that we feel so fortunate.
7) All yarn is not created equal
Yarn is yarn. What’s the big diff? Well, truth be told, there is a huge difference and you will want to take some time to figure out the best yarn to use/learn with. Some people dislike acrylics and think they’re cheap, but others may love using them for certain projects because they are so soft. Others love merino wool or only natural fibres. There are so many different types out there that the yarn world is truly your oyster.
8) Try patterns, learn the language and abbreviations
This may sound crazy, but the lingo? It’s a good thing to know (there are cheat sheets on Pinterest) and you can start by watching YouTube and buying some patterns to get acquainted. If you’re going to go, you may as well go big right? We started by finding an easy free pattern (there are so many options of this of peoples websites or even on Ravelry) and got the hang of it quickly. In saying that, be careful with the “free patterns” you may find on Pinterest. These patterns can sometimes be a bit off the mark leaving you very confused, wondering where you went wrong. So take some time to look around, find something you like and dig in!
9) Tension can make you tense.
Tension is a big deal. We have learned this with extreme knitting and crochet but it really speaks to all scales of knitting and crochet. This takes some time to get used to so you can find your sweet spot. As with everything else? Keep at it! On this same topic but totally unrelated to yarn and needles - your hands may take the brunt of the work you do so be prepared for them to be sore in some capacity.
10) Stitches will fall off the needles and mistakes will be made. Often.
It’s the worst. Christie has a sweater that she had to completely frog (that’s yarnie lingo for undo) over 75 times. No joke. It was SO frustrating – to a point that she needed to walk away from it and picked it up again recently to have a far better go of it. We still drop stitches or notice mistakes ALL the time. Even the most advanced and skilled knitters/crocheters do. Know it comes with the territory, find your zen (or a glass of wine), breath in, breath out and keep going.
Are you totally feeling Kimberly and Christie on these tips? And if you're currently a maker, what has been your experience with these five points? Let us know in the comments, and share your maker life with us on @ourmakerlife.
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Kelly, OML Dream Team
Kimberly of @coziknots is a stay at home mom of two crazy boys and has the most incredibly supportive husband in the whole world. While searching for a more productive ways to unwind after putting her boys to bed, she stumbled upon a craft that changed her life. Knitting/crocheting has become a part of her daily routine, and through it, she found herself again.
Christie of @knittedcanada is a stay at home mother of a 4 year old girl and twin 18 month old boys. When she and her husband aren't training for a race or doing yoga, Christie is knitting or crocheting. Driven by the challenge, she loves taking on new patterns and projects while tending to her Etsy shop which she opened in the fall of 2016.