Does anyone else... ? Knitting confessions

So I’m finishing a scarf and trying to decide how many more rows I can do before I need to cast off. I finally finish my last row probably with just enough to cast off, but I keep questioning whether or not there is enough.

I notice that I’m trying to cast off as fast as possible–like if I cast off REALLY FAST I won’t run out of yarn! :??

OK, what are your crazy knitting confessions?

hahahaha that’s a good one :wink: I don’t do that but I tend to work until I have just enough to cast off and then it just kills me if I have to unravel a row JUST to have enough yarn left to cast off :wall:

When you have knitted your last row you can go the the other side of the scarf (away from the working wool) and pick it up with a crochet hook, pull it through next loop/stitch, continue to end - a no-wool cast-off!

Confessions… um… I buy too much wool and hoard it - anyone else do that?

Well, when I’m looking at beautiful wool online - really beautiful stuff - I sometimes actually sigh (or even make the kind of ‘ah’ noise you’d expect from a man watching really hot porn. Hence the name, I suppose).
And I wind my balls repeatedly, saying it’s to get the tension right, but also because I love winding.

Worst of all,

When you have knitted your last row you can go the the other side of the scarf (away from the working wool) and pick it up with a crochet hook, pull it through next loop/stitch, continue to end - a no-wool cast-off!

Confessions… um… I buy too much wool and hoard it - anyone else do that?

Well, when I’m looking at beautiful wool online - really beautiful stuff - I sometimes actually sigh (or even make the kind of ‘ah’ noise you’d expect from a man watching really hot porn. Hence the name, I suppose).
And I wind my balls repeatedly, saying it’s to get the tension right, but also because I love winding.

Worst of all, I buy beautiful novelty/patterned/self-striping wool even though I wouldn’t use them in anything with a complicated stitch pattern, just stocking, but I hate stocking and hardly ever use a simple knitting pattern that mostly uses it.
Sarah

Hi Projectgal, check out our discussion http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/viewtopic.php?t=26031
:happydance:

My confession? I don’t have the slightest idea what I am doing, but I keep knitting anyway.

Good one Mason…I have those moments too!

My confession is that I start about 80% more projects than I actually finish…I attribute it to knitter’s ADHD…lately I’m trying to overcome it by only casting on small projects!

I knit scarves without pattern repeats until I have 3.5x the scarf width in yarn.

My personal confessions:

If I make a mistake and my perfectionist mother cannot see it, I leave it as long as it does not affect the project.

I have yarn hidden…umm, stashed, in dd’s room so dh won’t notice I out grew my knitting cabinet space in less than 5 months. :oops:

I have at least one mistake in everything I do! It builds character! :rofl:

almost every single thing I’ve knit so far I’ve taken apart again, unless someone took it away from me fast enough.

and, I knit with twisted stitches for a whole year and never knew. and no one told me!

Almost everything I knit ~ I give away~ For instance, I have made at least 3 scarves… for my nephew, dear SIL, my gal pals and my mom~
guess who DOESN"T have a scarf!~ :?? Me

Example #2: I have probably made about 10 hats now~~ mens, women’s babies… I have a hat of my own (much to my own astonishment) just b/c I thought it was too ugly to give to anyone else~~ so I kept IT~~

I have received more compliments on MY UGLY hat~~ IMHO that I ever dreamed~~ :noway:

I do that too!!! :oops: :rofl:

Nonny, me too! I don’t know if it’s true or not, but somebody told me that the Amish intentionally put one mistake into everything they make, so they can’t take pride in having made something “perfect”…maybe we can say our item was really perfect but we just didn’t want to be boastful about it, huh? :teehee: :wink:

My confession is that I constantly second-guess patterns, and am routinely proved wrong. Turns out designers know what they are doing and not all patterns have hopeless typos in them!

My proudest moments, though, are when I “freestyle” on a pattern (“this would look better if xyz”) and my idea works. That’s not the same as blantantly deciding the pattern is wrong. That never seems to work out for me…

Its nice to know I am not alone.

I have many projects started. I have only so many needles and cables to hold the started projects so at some point they stop. But I crochet too so my number of started projects is doubled.

I also am running out of room for the stash.

And I literally laughed out loud when I read aineepooh1’s post. I live in Michigan, not a lot of snow, but below zero weather, kids out of school because its too cold and guess who doesn’t have a hat or scarf. Too funny.

I don’t really hoard yarn…but I do hoard free patterns!! I’ve printed out dozens and dozens of patterns so far, and I put them all in the order that I’d like to knit them in a big white binder. I have enough projects lined up for the next 2 years, but no yarn to start them with! :rofl:

I have a modest yarn stash, but I could stock a small LYS with needles and gadgets. I love love love the “stuff” that goes with knitting. I want it all–even if I’m not sure what it’s for.

And the books, my god the books. I’ll buy as many books as I can afford, and by afford, I mean as long as the lights and heat are on and I’m not starving, I can afford another book. Every time one of youse guys mentions a book, I add it to may Amazon shopping cart so I don’t forget about it.

I may not be a highly-skilled knitter, but I’m well supplied. I fear that my need to gather stuff is indication of an addictive personality.

Confessions:

  1. I cast on for each project at least 3 times, I have never just cast on and kept going after the first row, something always goes wrong and I start over.

  2. The only knitted items I have kept for myself are scarves and things too ugly to give away.

  3. I hide yarn in the upstairs extra bedroom, so dh doesn’t notice that my basket in the livingroom is not getting any more empty.

LoAnnie

I absolutely love to go over my catalogs and magazines over and over and wish for things I couldn’t afford…

I have several binders of patterns that I may never even get to, but I love to flip through.

My knitting is my one vice- I don’t drink or smoke, I knit. Even when I’ve been told not to. It’s the most calming thing I have ever done. Ever since I started knitting, I no longer fight my anxiety. Unless I’m without my knitting. It’s become my little security blanket somehow. I feel so helpless without it!

Let’s see… I buy knitting books because I can hide them easer than yarn.

That’s all I can think of for now…

Laura

I absolutely love to go over my catalogs and magazines over and over and wish for things I couldn’t afford…

I get the Webs cataog a few times a year, and it is absolutely dog eared by the second day I have it from me paging though it and marking all the lovely yarn I want. Are there any other catalogs out there I can subscribe to so I can love them just as much? :teehee: