An Aha! Moment

The lady that was helping me along kept talking about “reading your knitting.” I thought I’d never get to that point, but the “a-ha” is such a great feeling!

I was thrilled just last night to be able to help my daughter who’s also learning to knit, figure out a mistake–that was a milestone for me–to be able to look at someone else’s stuff and figure it out!

It all comes in little steps. :slight_smile:

I love that little smiley thing!!!

Mason, I think I just recently figured out the same thing. Cool, isn’t it?!

Very cool. Makes the whole thing so much easier. Now it just looks so obvious I can’t believe it took so long to see it.

yay Mason! good feeling, isn’t it? :cheering:

I finally had my ‘aha’ moment when I realized I had just finished calmly (‘calmly’ is unusual for me in this situation) picking up a dropped stitch in a cable that had ran down about 8 rows. how I even cabled without noticing that one stitch missing is beyond me. :rofl:

Right on!
I once had a conversation with a computer software whiz and we compared the computer language of binary code to the language of knit and purl. I felt very smart that day :cool:

Being able to read stitches is kinda like looking at a Magic Eye picture (remember those and the ensuing eye strain those caused?). Once you see it, you can’t stop seeing it.

I got lucky and in one of Amy’s videos she explains how to tell the difference. On the needles, if you picture the loops that are on the needles as heads of little guys (or gals), the knit stitches look like they are wearing a scarf around their necks. The purl stitches look like they have a noose around their necks. I remember it because I hate to purl.

That probably doesn’t make sense typed out with no visual, but I think it was on the video “Small Project Demo” which was SO HELPFUL to me starting out!!! I agree it makes all the difference, and then you begin to figure out how to fix mistakes. :happydance:

I never could see those Magic Eye pictures, though. :teehee:

Another ah HAH! moment is when you learn to tell a twisted stitch and learn how to fix it! That helps if you have to frog a lot. :shifty: :teehee:

:woohoo: Congrats! It was not too long ago when I arrived at the same place.

You have been assimilated…:guyknitting:

every knitting book tells me it’s a whole lot easier to know what your stitches look like. I never thought about it, and I found out why when I got distracted, and had to count. I am still learning to do it. The light bulb hasn’t came on yet Im knitting in the dark.

That’s great Mason! I love when light bulbs go on! Makes the little things in life so much more pleasant, eh? :cheering:

I had an “Aha Moment” myself, last night. :mrgreen:

I had watched the video in the past for purling continental style and tried it. But it just didn’t work for me. My fingers didn’t move like that. :roll:

But last night, on a whim, I decided to try it again. And it worked! I could do it! Yay!!! Life is good now! :yay:

Yes!
You are now the true boss of your own knitting.

Mason, glad to see you are knitting away and progressing! Stop in over at MWK - you’re missed!

I never had an A-HAH! moment re: reading my knitting - probably because it took me 40 years to figure out how to purl at all By the time I could make a purl stitch I already knew how to read my knitting - the ones that weren’t the stitches I already knew were the purls!

Usually the bulb lights up at the most surprising times. Congrats!! :happydance: :woohoo:

Yeah I had the same problem. Somewhere along the way it just seems to happen when you aren’t trying. Knitting the Irish Hiking Scarf pattern did it for me as it was rows and rows and rows of a distinct pattern. It just sort of appeared and now it just seems obvious.

Thanks Mario. I guess I haven’t stopped in over at MWK in a while. I’ve been so busy with work that my net time has been a little limited. I’ll make a point of it. Thanks for the reminder.

That’s always a good feeling when you learn to recognize what stitches are supposed to look like on your needles. It saves a lot of time and heartache. That was something that, when it dawned on me (the actual mechanics of the stitches), made my knitting a whole lot easier. It also made it a lot easier to go back and correct mistakes.

Hi’ya Mason! :waving: I wanna grow up to be like YOU: able to read computerese! We all have our learning curve! :thumbsup: Up until about 5 years ago…I didn’t know how to turn a computer ON. Literally. :shrug:

Congrats on the lightbulb moment! :thumbsup:

How cool! I love it when that happens, there are more knitting things like that in store for you :slight_smile:

To me, it feels like that moment when you are looking at one of those 3-D Magic Eye pictures, and it suddenly pops out and then you can’t believe you couldn’t see it before and you can’t make it go away.