*psst* Pass it along

Have any of you ever passed along some tip to another knitter you’d never met before and would never meet again?

Yesterday I was in what passes for a LYS around here and I scooched past this woman to get at some books. She was looking at bags and I said “Need a bag?” she said “No, not really, just looking.” I said “Have you heard of knitpicks.com? They just came out with their own line of needles that are like Addi Turbos and they came out with their own knitting bag.” her eyebrows went up and I knew she was hooked. I told her how they get their own yarns from Peru and how it was all inexpensive.
My last tip for her? “It’s spellt k-n-i-t-p-i-c-k-s.com

Sadly I’ve never met another knitter in public. :frowning: :frowning: The most I’ve experienced was a woman my mum’s age who walked by and said “nice yarn” as I knitted in the doctor’s office. I should go hang out at a lys more often.

I tried to warn a woman who was stocking up on Homespun at Michaels. I asked her if she had ever used it, just to be diplomatic. She said she had and that she loved it, so I didn’t go into my usual Homeshun rant. :wink:

I saw a woman in one of the craft stores here - she came in and askd one of the assistants where the “wool” was (everything here is “wool” even if it is acrylic - people don’t seem to know that wool is one fiber - not an all encompassing description for any yarn they come across - anyways I digress LOL). So I perked up - could this be another knitter besides me here in Barbados? So she said it was for her daughters - she was going to teach them to knit for the summer. Anyways, I was going to suggest she get some better yarn as the ones here won’t give a good finish but she wasn’t really interested so I didn’t enlighten her any further.

A few weeks ago, while knitting during my DD’s swimming lesson, I taught the director of the swimming program how to cable. :thumbsup: About a half hour later, I got into a conversation with another knitter (who had eyed my felted bag) and referred her to Silver’s Sock Class. :smiley:

Aidan–I LOVE the word “scooched”–you’re my kinda guy–

Yes–I have warned someone , as well, about HOMESPUN, the demon yarn of the decade, and I’ve told them about Jeff’s WOnderland of Addi’s (that REALLY got their attention) pointed them in this direction when they needed tips and videos, and I showed a nurse in the doctor’s office how to turn a heel!! That really pleased me–cause socks always impress–but they’re not really hard!!

[size=1]But these clogs have kicked my a$$[/size] :shock:

Well, I just met someone yesterday for the first time, and they knit too! I was attending a party of my son’s baseball team. We had all gathered together and were waiting to head to the ball field to watch a minor league play, when it started downpouring, thundering and lightning. Needless to say, we weren’t going to walk to the game at that point! So as everyone moved inside and settled, I started talking to this woman and commented that I had asked my husband if I should bring my knitting with me (I can only tolerate watching BB for so long!), she looks at me and says “I brought mine!” I died laughing, told my husband (he just rolled his eyes and shook his head) and then we ended up chatting about knitting. She has been knitting since she was about 5 or 6, her mom taught her. She showed me the little baby cardigan she was working on, and it was beautiful. I ended up telling her about this site, and how I just started learning to knit, and the videos on here that are so helpful. She told me to check out marymaxim too for free patterns and stuff. Anyway, turns out this woman lives very close to me as our sons are in the same school district, so I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more of each other. She told me to call her if I ever need a “knitting hotline”! I thought it was too cool. I never met another knitter in person! Anyway, that’s my story.

I haven’t met another knitter in my area yet. Most of my co-workers are students, and they like to admire my work, but none of them have tried it. Thats one thing I miss about my old place, we had a place called the coffee lodge, that was a really nice place to gather in comfy chairs and knit. I just started going one night a week to get out of the house, then someone seen me and started coming on the same night and it just kind of snowballed.
I tried that here but everyone is in such a rush that they don’t even nod (theres big city living)…lol
So if there is anyone reading this in London, Ontario Canada or area, Iam looking to meet a knitting buddy, for coffee, pattern swapping and good old fashioned girl talk…:slight_smile:
PM me :slight_smile:

I just had to interject in here because y’all made me laugh about the Homespun :rofling: I bought some a few weeks back, thinking I’d make my mom a scarf. But it is impossible for me to work with! Thankfully, I only bought one skein.

Sadly, I’ve never really met another knitter around here. I’ve tried organizing a stitch n’ bitch in this area, but there isn’t much interest and I’d have to drive into the next town to get to one.

The closest I’ve come was yesterday when I went into the yarn store (YES! I found one!!) and was chatting to guy behind the counter about why they didn’t have addis turbo needles and he said he’s been trying to convince his boss to get them in. LOL

I live a pretty secluded life by choice (well, except for DH and kitty, and a few close friends). Because of this, I don’t meet new people, much less knitters, very often. (I’ve never enjoyed being around large groups of people so I really don’t care to go out to clubs or anything like that unless DH’s band is playing. Well, okay… I guess I went clubbing a lot in my early twenties, but it was more to dance than to meet people.) I also do a lot of my shopping online (I heart ebay), so I don’t patronize LYSs much. (I was a bit intimidated the couple times I have.)

I did see a gaggle of knitters at a coffee shop recently, though. They were mostly young women, chatting and knitting. (Funny how knitting is hip now, isn’t it?) DH said I should join a group like that, but I’d really rather just knit by myself. I think I would get annoyed if someone tried to talk to me while I was trying to concentrate. :wink: I’m so glad I have the KH community to share my knitting experience with. :smiley:

this happened to me just the other day … I had to go get my mammogram and I knew I was going to have to wait so I took some knitting … and as I was in the room (after I “got ready”) the radiologist (how had crocheted for years) had recently started knitting (self teaching) so she ask to watch me do a few knit stitches and asked me how to do a yo … it was all very strange since I was still waiting to have my exam

Looking at the knitting books in Powell’s a couple of weeks ago, I saw a woman picking up several beginner’s books. So I suggested the Stitch ‘N’ Bitch books, knitpicks, and this site (of course :smiley: ). She even got a piece of paper and wrote the sites down. Another convert, hopefully!

I’ve told many people about this site- I saw one woman knitting at a trade show that I was at- I stopped to ask her what she was knitting, and we ended up talking patterns and needles, and she wrote down the website address before I left!

Homespun isn’t a bad yarn, as long as you’re not trying to do anything fancy with it. The triangle shawl I knitting is in a straight garter stitch, with front and back increases, and outside of accidentally knitting a few stitches together, :doh: , I haven’t had any real problems with it. I must say that I’m lucky the pattern is very forgiving. The finished size is measured by the width, and the length, not by the number of stitches and rows.

It’s funny you say that, MrsH, because I was just thinking the same thing. I like Homespun from Lion.

Hey another PDXer!! I meet and talk to women in the knitting aisle at Powells all the time. Also on the bus, standing in line at the store, at the dr office, at the library, at school…you name it. I’m alwyas knitting so people are always coming up to me. Especially if I’m knitting socks “Oh I could NEVER do that” they say and I say sure you can look. I :heart: Portland. there’s so many LYS here and so many groovey cool left over hippies who knit here. It’s knitting mecca :heart:

I meet other knitters every second tuesday, there is a knitting cafe half an hour driving from my house!
In the beginning I did not know any of them, and it was quite scary, but now I love it! We talk about yarn and knitting and children and cooking… and travelling and and and.
Some of them dont know the internet at all, and it is quite exciting to show them new free patterns and places to buy yarn and so on!
On of the girls had her mother on holiday in canada, and you helped me to tell her what yarn to buy, and she showed it at the knitting cafe. The “old” ladies was thrilled!!

At work, I’m a technical trainer, and when one of my new agents pulled out a crochet hook, we started talking. She had tried knitting but was confused over patterns and some of the terminology. Let’s just say, she’s been in class two weeks now, and has a gorgeous summer purse done. It’s basic stockinette, but hey- you have to start somewhere!!

I like the baby homespun for the “Blanket Buddy” on lion brand’s website. It’s a very basic stockinette pattern for the most part, with some increases worked in. I wouldn’t want to try any complex pattern, but I like how the texture comes out. The pattern called for the Velvetspun, which I love the finished feeling of but hate working with. It’s also much cheaper to use baby homespun or the red heart baby clouds-- and at the rate I’m putting them out, I’ve gotten used to the annoyances. They’re small project, and I can put up with it for how they turn out. I really do like the finished texture with the rippled yarn. I’ll try to get some pictures up on my website… my DH seems to have run off with the USB cable for the camera again…


I’ve chatted with a complete stranger-knitter. I was in Bellingham on vacation last year and I was making the rounds at lys. While I was at the ‘super’ JoAnns (or whatever it is - bigger and better than most), I met a fellow knitter in the books section. I can’t quite remember what we shared - I think it was a website I gave her, maybe KH - but it was kind of neat. She was from Canada.

I’m always referring people to KH and recommending books.