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Subject: Ha! Taught Myself A Thing or Two! Date: 8/1/2004 4:37 AM
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I knit. I knit pretty well, if I do say so myself. My cables are beautiful, my stitches are even, I knit true to the gauge on the yarn wrapper. But there are a whole slew of things that I'm either very rusty on or never learned. (And everything other than casting on, casting off, knit,and purl I've taught myself from books and websites because I'm A) too cheap,and B) too busy to take knitting classes.)

With the help of my knitting "how-to" book I taught myself how to slip stitches a few months ago. Tonight, I taught myself a yarn over while knitting as well as a PSSO (pass slipped stitch over). These things aren't hard, but I never knew what the notations meant or how to do it with out dropping a stitch. It took a few tries to realize that it wasn't a dropped stitch - it was eyelet! Right were it's supposed to be! I'll be damned! :)

I'm ashamed to admit that my increases are poor and my decreases ungraceful (though effective). I've never made a sweater or knit anything that required any major amount of shaping. I've never tried picking up stitches off a finished edge and I've only made fringe once. I've also never been able to figure out intarsia or stranding for color work. In fact, I'm totally intimidated by coolor work on the whole.

But I'm happy because tonight I finally figured out one of the things that had me totally intimidated (the yo). :-)
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