Suddenly Very Relaxing

With a lot of help from the fine people here, now that I have:

  1. Accepted the fact that I am just learning therefore my knitting isn’t going to be perfect.

  2. Learned to spot my mistakes (well, most of them) as I am making them and thus preventing them.

  3. Stopped stressing over the mistakes I do make and just regard fixing them as a part of the knitting process

I’m suddenly finding knitting to be very relaxing. I’m parked for the night in a truckstop in Southern Florida listening to some tunes on XM Radio and knitting away on my scarf. It’s a nice way to relax and let the stresses of the day melt away. Very calming.

Now I’m glad I decided to give it a try.

:cheering: Yay! Congratulations!

Yoooou aaaaare noooow one of uuuuuusssss!! :rofl:

  1. cool. glad to know u’ve discovered My Almost Free Therapy aka Knitting :teehee:

LOL thanks. It IS cheaper than therapy :roflhard:

Ok, computer break is over. Back to knitting.

Yeah! :cheering: Good for you!

Congrats, Mason! We all need to find something to do to relieve stress!

I take my knitting to my children’s soccer games (when I don’t have to study). The kids always accuse me of not watching, but I only knit before the game starts and at halftime. Well, okay, maybe I sneak in a stitch or two during throw-ins. :rofl:

Yay! Way to go :cheering:
I’m also a knitting beginner and I’m also trying to get the hang of it!
:cheering: cheers for both of us! :cheering:

I’d love to see a study of how brain chemistry changes when one sits and knits–I’d bet anything that there is a definite change.

:happydance: thats wonderful!! It really is more relaxing when you don’t worry so much about it… if I’m worried or stressed it shows in my knitting until I calm down… one part will be really tight the other will be lose

:hug: congrats! I’m so glad you relaxed and just enjoyed it. It can get frustrating, but remember, its just 2 sticks & some string, hehehehe. Believe me, I wish I was knitting while my daughter went through the teenage yrs… I wouldn’t have 1/2 the grey I do!

If you’re ever in KC, shout, I’ll show you some nice lys!

Bear Hugs

Yes good on you. I’m sad to say that your first item or two may be mostly a learning process but it’s great to hear that you are paying attention to the knitting! All I can say is try to understand how the wool actually sits in the different stitches, how a purl stitch works and is different to a knit stitch, how to fix mistakes etc, and work on your tension - not too tight, not too loose. Once you have mastered this with both knit and purl stitches you will be able to make almost every other stitch/technique. You’ll probably need the knittinghelp videos to show the exact specifics on some but once you have seen them, you’ll be able to do them easily.

Once you know how to knit and purl, I think that EVERY other technique will be easy after you have done it, say, ten times.

Knit front and back? Cable? Stranded colourwork? Knitting in the round/moving between DPNs? Yarn overs, knit 2 togethers, slip slip knit, knit through back loop etc.? Do it ten times and you’ll be sweet. Twenty times more and you’ll be getting pretty fluent at it.

I encourage you to make every new project you start include at least one new stitch or method. I have been knitting for about 6 months and consider myself more than intermediate, if not advanced. I can do lace, cable, socks, colorwork, DPNs, magic loop, on 2 circs, knit back and forth, English and Continental, etc. I’m not showing off because this stuff is not hard! You just need to try it, maybe have trouble the first two times, succeed with reference to the video or webpage the next few times, and then you’ll have it down. Don’t hesitate to try something new when you’re comfortable with what you’ve got. I promise you I found everything easy to figure out after knowing knit and purl, and I had no-one to show me, the internet can tell you about everything. God love Google.

One of my first few projects was a moss stitch scarf (British moss, that’s k1 p1, repeat…) - in English style - and by God it taught me to purl well, and to switch between k and p fluently. It looks fab in many novelty yarns as well!

The sole exception to what I just wrote is learning Continental if you knit English, or vice versa. That took a while, mostly on how to moderate my tension (just holding the wool consistently in a way I liked), just like when you first learn to knit at all. But I had the added advantage of knowing how a stitch works, how knit and purl are really the same stitch from different sides, etc.

But that’s all in the future… do I remember correctly that you are doing a ribbed scarf? By the time you have done one or two of those your knitting and purling should be fairly even so good choice!

Is that you in the avatar? Are you a trucker? I’m picturing someone at the truckstop noticing a big bearded guy, possibly with a pipe, parked in a huge Mack truck, knitting away, saying knit knit, purl purl, knit knit, perhaps with pink wool, and doing a double take.

Go mate go we need more male knitters so when we show our boyfriends a FO they will say great stitch choice… what gauge did you use? Do you prefer DPNs, 2 circs, or magic loop? Circs for knitting flat? What’s the fibre content? How did you block it? Nice colourway…

instead of ‘uh huh’.

BTW all a certain boy has passed the test, when I say check it out! My latest masterpiece! he has the manners and good sense to say Wow, cool! even though he doesn’t fully understand everything about it the way a knitter does. If I say ‘feel that… merino and cashmere’ he says ooh, soft. If it’s a complicated pattern he nods. ‘Neat.’

I don’t expect him to be able to discuss details, or even listen to me explain them (maybe in a perfect world) but occasionally, when I show off an FO, to look at it, make a comment (even if he doesn’t like it, to offer his opinion in a tactful way) - even if only two words - earns him brownie points. What do you reckon girls?


I too find knitting a way to relax, I have a sort of “OCD” about being uptight about my house cleanliness, dealing with 2 kids under 2 years, a husband who wont pick up after himself which only adds to the thing about my house… I picked up knitting, so that I can sit down and still have something to do with my hands… definately something I “Crave” now…kinda funny actually…

BTW, OP, I think its WAY cool that your a trucker AND a man who knits… wish my DH who is way to stressed all the time would pick it up… maybe I should show him your ultra manly avatar to prove that manly men are among us!!! :cheering:

I’ve been knitting for several years now, and have 3 sons (and a daughter.) Every one of my sons, at some point during their boyhoods has asked me to show them how to knit. They wanted to understand how it works. So I’ve taught each of them how. Too bad it didn’t maintain its coolness past high school hazing of other boys. Perhaps as they become secure in their manhoods, they may each pick it up again.

Lincoln navicross

Yes, that is me in my avatar, and yes I am a trucker (only I drive a Western Star- the Cadillac of big rigs). LOL

I appreciate all of your advice. Consistent tension is probably my biggest problem at the moment, but it’ll come in time.

I’m wondering how+where you get online so regularly. Do you get internet access in the truck? I’m not making fun… I’ve heard that a big rig has practically an apartment inside. Or do you get online at truck stops?

I get that question quite often. I’ve been home since Christmas. I went back out on the road yesterday and home again just for tonight before heading out again for three weeks or so.

But to answer your question, I carry a laptop in my truck and have a Cingular wireless card for internet access. I can pretty much connect anywhere there is a Cingular cellular signal, which is pretty much everywhere.

As for the rig itself, yes they are basically an apartment on wheels (sans bathroom). My rig has a nice big bed (two actually but I only use one), a built in refrigerator, microwave oven, closets, drawers, cabinets, a desk, satellite radio, etc… There’s a place for a television but as I don’t watch much tv my printer is there. My rig has an on-board generator to supply ac power as well as heat/air conditioning while I’m parked.

It’s pretty comfy and the bed is actually bigger than the one here at my house LOL

Here’s a pic of my truck:

Hey Mason–looking at your truck reminds me of being a kid…My dad drove a truck for 34 years before retiring several years ago. When I was growing up, I used to love to take rides in his truck and as a kid, the movement and sounds of the truck would put me to sleep faster than anything! My mom was a trucker too until I was born (yes, I realize that means I was probably conceived in a sleeper at a truck stop or something! LOL!) and she swears I would fall asleep so fast b/c she drove w/ my dad for most of her pregnancy. My dad’s truck (s…there were many) weren’t quite as nice as yours now–but I remember his first long-nose pete quite well. I was amazed at the space! Just thought I’d say thanks for posting the picture–It brought back lots of memories!

:cheering: :cheering: Congratulations Mason :cheering: :cheering: You have entered the Zen of knitting. I learned to relax with my knitting last year while sitting through my DH’s chemo and radiation treatments . It saved my sanity and now that he’s back in chemo and I’m alot better at my knitting, it’s still saving my sanity.

Nadja xxx

You’re welcome Cristy. I’ve owned a couple of Petes but I have to say that the Western Star is far more comfortable.

Nadja, I’m sorry to hear about the chemo thing. My mother has been through it too. I know it’s no fun.

I bet anything newer is more comfortable! I think the last model he owned was a 92 or so…