Thank you to all of you. Those who gave advice on the cardigan post, and those who took time to post here.
I met with her again at Hobby Lobby last night, picked up the yarn and a size 8 knitting needle for the Cardigan project, and we talked about things she's working on. She had some very pretty purple yarn in her cart, and showed me a beautiful cabled Sweater/Cardigan pattern she is going to start. She even found some very nice buttons in the same color as the yarn.
I had printed a pattern that I thought I could manage, and made her a copy also, in case I got lost and needed help. after we said our good evenings, I got home, and was so excited I started the ribbing on the back panel. I realized I had the wrong needle size and sent a message asking what I should do. LOL I am such a goof!!! Bode realized I had printed the wrong pattern, not the same one I had sent her a link to.
I am so glad she caught that. I had cast on the number of stitches called for and was working on the ribbing, and had to pull it all off and start again, with the correct pattern!
so as you now know, I am off and running. I will be printing the correct pattern today, so I will have it with me at home, and I know I will be asking for help with directions, But it's nice to know I have someone I can count on if I really get lost.
I am so grateful to all of you, and to bode for taking time out of her busy schedule to help me!
Wanted to send a HUGE THANK YOU out to bodej.
Last week, I posted about wanting to knit a cardigan, but in reading patterns, I just didn't seem to understand the patterns. Instructions and construction details.
This woman saw I lived in Oklahoma, Saw I was having issues with this, and finding someone to help. She sent me a private message asking where in the State I lived, and offering to help. It turns out, although she lives in another town, it is only a few short miles from me. We exchanged info, started talking on Facebook Messenger, and agreed to meet at the Hobby Lobby in her town on Saturday afternoon.
We met at the store, in the yarn isle. Our husbands decided to go to a tool store just down from the Hobby Lobby, and we talked yarn, patterns, knitting needles, crochet, and all things about the craft for about 2 1/2 hours.
Bodej has offered to help me along the way. Getting me started soon, and here to answer questions if I get stuck. I am beyond EXCITED!!! After talking, Neither of us has had someone to talk knitting/crocheting with really, and it was so much fun.
The 4 of us were enjoying the conversations so much, we decided to have a late lunch together. We were so much into our yarn/patterns world that it just seemed like time flew by.
We have been sending messages back and forth all weekend, and I am so happy to have a new friend to talk all things yarn with. LOL
I can not thank her enough for taking the time out of her busy life to help me out. She and her husband are very busy people, and are always on call.
We found out we have a lot of things in common, and it was a fun day. I got to see some of the beautiful projects she has made, and even created herself. At one point, I think there was 4 or 5 of us in the yarn isle of Hobby Lobby, talking, sharing, and showing off pictures of projects.
I never thought I would meet someone from KP. But I am so blessed to have gotten to meet bodej, and her husband.
I will soon be starting my Cardigan because of this site, and with the help of bodej! Wish Me Luck!!!
Thank You again boej, I appreciate you so very much.
Beautiful story. I am sorry to hear your Gram is gone, but happy to know that you covet all the amazing hand knit items from her now. I am self taught, so no one to give me the advice, or to call with questions, But I now have this forum and I know I can ask anything. People here are always ready and willing to help, and very quick to reply. Other Than Gram, You could not find a better bunch of people to help.
There's an online thing, I think it's called Meet ... (
I am on the Meet Up site, but can't seem to find something close enough. seems those meetings are many miles away and at this time I am not really aloud to be driving after dark. The Headlights coming at me, or in my mirrors completely blind me and puts me and those around me in a dangerous situation.
I truly appreciate your help and suggestions.
Praying for her, for you, and for the healing needed for recovery. so sorry you are going through this.
Do a baby/toddler size 1st.
You will gain the experience of how sweater construction works without a big investment of time, effort and money.
Many (me included) like top-down patterns.
Thank You for this advice. I thought about doing this, but for some reason, my brain kept telling me it's not the same. LOL Not sure why. I will look at some Top Down Baby patterns.
I truly appreciate your advice.
Perhaps you would be able to understand the seeming complexities better if you could find a mentor, teacher, local yarn store class. Having a person handy who could answer questions when they come up is invaluable - you'd get instant clarity rather than more frustration. It's worth the expense to take a beginning sweater class. Really. An alternative would be an online class that is interactive with the instructor. You are NOT alone! Good luck!
I have looked for other knitters in my area, and while I know there has to be someone, I've had no luck with that. I may be able to find a class on line that I could afford, as the nearest yarn store is over 75 miles from me.
But it is a great idea. Thank You.
This is Gorgeous, and your knitting is beautiful. I would wear this in a heart beat.
following this, as I will be attempting to expand my knitting knowledge soon, and try new things, some of which I am sure will need to be seamed at some point.
So sorry you are having trouble with this. I am sure you will manage to get the hang of it soon. There are so many great people here that can and will help with whatever question/problem you are having.
In the mean time, do donate the practice scarf. There are so many people out there that could use something warm.
Have a great day
Ok KPer's, I have been looking at several cardigan and sweater patterns. I have never been able to get up the courage to try anything like this, and my confidence in doing it is lacking. I have the "want to" and get really excited when I see some of the beautiful things posted here, but then I look at the pattern and just get lost and confused. I do not understand the construction, and instructions on patterns that are supposed to be "EASY"
I do not own a coat at this time, and am looking for something I can wear to work with my dress clothes, and to church, but also something that looks good even in casual wear, but must be warm also, and easy to care for.
I do not have a lot of time to have to block something every time I wash it. I have LOTS of grandkids, and you all know about sticky, dirty fingers, and little ones wanting to climb all over you. LOL
The pattern needs to be broken down in very easy to read instructions. (this really makes me feel like a simpleton) But for the love of God, I can't seem to get what some of this stuff means. I would also like your opinions on the yarn I should use, as I really am lost here when it comes to keeping it's shape, easy to care for, warm and comfortable, and all the things that go along with projects like this.
I'm sure this is clear as mud to all of you, but I want to move past the baby blankets, scarves, wash cloths, and hats I've been working on since learning to knit. It's time to expand my knitting knowledge, and I am scared to death that I will never understand this stuff. How can I start a group, teach knitting to others, an so on, if I can't even do this?
PLEASE HELP ME! I am lost.
Thank you all for your help and patients with me in advance.
Congrats Tom. Wanted to thank you for all you do. I am planning a trip with some of the people from the group to place items soon. We will be using your tags, and I cant wait to see what happens from there. I hope it plants a seed with some of them to give to others and help where we can.
Thank You Again.
My husband is also very difficult to buy for. If he's ask what he wants, he says " I already have everything I want in need, I have you and our grandkids." So I got each of his children to sent one picture of them and one picture with their kids in it. I took all those pictures and had a travel mug complete with the no spill lid made with the pictures on it. He was moved to tears, because he loves his family so very much, so we also had a coffee cup made for him a few days later. I wasn't able to use all the pictures that got sent to me, so we used the grandkids on the travel mug and his kids on the coffee mug. One for home, and one for taking in the car to work or on trips. Perfect for him gift. Now, I have no idea what I will do for his Christmas present, but I am on the hunt and also gathering ideas. Good luck, whatever you do, I am sure he will love it if it comes from you and your heart.
Great job on these. I like the design of the yarn, and your knitting is impeccable as always. Some would never guess you had some major health issues just a few short months ago. I am happy to see you are bouncing back and getting better every day!
Thanks for sharing.