For me, first learning to knit was a frustrating process. It always felt like between trying to man-handle the needles and keep the yarn under control, I was just one dropped stitch away from a complete mental break down.
At the time, there was no LYS near by, I had no knitterly friends willing to suffer through teaching me the ropes, and the only patterns available to me were the out-of-date ones that come for free at the local big-box craft store. The yarn I picked was cheap acrylic. My tension was so tight that the yarn actually squeaked over the cheap metal needles that came in my “learn-to-knit” kit.
Things have certainly come a long way, but the learning hasn’t stopped. Never.
A large part of my decision to start my own blog was that I need a place to keep all of the little tips and tricks I pick up along the way together. For example, on my latest project, The Marion Sweater test-knit, the pattern called for a new-to-me increase and decrease stitch: The KRL and KLL. Thankfully, the designer, Vera Sanon, was kind enough to include a helpful link in the pattern and thanks to the amazing folks at knittinghelp.com, I was quickly on my way.
Next up on my project list? My own increase and decrease sampler.