It's been a very eventful year, this 2016. Several family members have died, including my husband's grandmother, father, step-mother, my mother, her little brother (7 weeks after Mom), and several great-aunts and family friends. I got a new job, found that health insurance premiums are more than my paycheck now, the most controversial presidential campaign and election in my memory, and my touchable "peace", my yarn. My crochet. I've made quite a few things this year that I'm very happy with, can't really post pictures yet because some of them are Christmas presents.
But this week I decided, since I'm in a place where it's okay to set my current projects aside, to learn to knit. I've tried before, using long aluminum needles, and really just didn't like it. Then someone said that sometimes it's the needles you're learning with, and that really, circular needles are just best to learn with and use no matter what your project is. So, I ordered sets of size 7 and size 8 Knitters' Pride Dreamz to go with my KP Dreamz Tunisian hook set, so my cords and stuff will all be interchangeable, and definitely, there's a big difference!
This is ILTY, and KP Dreamz interchangeable circular needles size 8. -- Using the right size needle, the right wood, my tension is correct, and I'm finding it much easier to handle and control the yarn and needles. There are many videos and instructions that are helpful, as well as many local classes (not necessarily here, but in general).
One small step forward, that's all this is, but the point is to open the doors of my mind and creative options.
Some sites I've found helpful for just getting started:
Sheep & Stitch (no longer active, but some excellent helps, tips, and videos)
Long Tail Cast On
Handsome Fibers (where I buy my hooks/needles)