Your fellow knitters need your experience, expertise, ideas, and opinions!
Once upon a time, the knitting circle was a cherished part of any knitter’s life.
The knitting circle would comprise knitters of all ages and all experience levels. The more experienced knitters would help the less-experienced knitters.
And all the knitters benefited, because oftentimes one knitter would discover a new way to solve a problem and would share it with the entire circle.
Knitting circles are hard to come by these days, sadly. Everyone is busier, and everyone has such disparate schedules that one might really struggle with finding the time to meet with others. COVID-19, of course, put a serious damper on meeting for much of anything.
Some old knitting circles may have attempted to start back up again, but many others have died from neglect.
Beyond the Top 5 Struggles of Knitting Nuggets Subscribers
Back in November, as you may know, I asked Knitting Nuggets Newsletter subscribers to share with me their biggest knitting struggle.
I compiled the responses I received, arranged them by topic, and then took the 5 most common topics and sent emails for 5 weeks. These emails revealed each of the top 5 and then linked to blog posts that would help to solve these struggles.
But even while I compiled the top 5 responses and wrote emails to direct the attention of all toward posts that could help resolve these struggles, I felt troubled.
Because, you see, I received word of a lot more than merely 5 struggles! And I didn’t want to ignore those whose struggles didn’t happen to fall into the top 5.
So, while I’m finished with the Struggles Series, I still want to help others solve their problems. To that end, I will continue to send emails for the next several weeks that will, I hope, help resolve those other issues.
However: I’m just one person, and I don’t have all the world’s answers when it comes to knitting, even charity knitting.
(I know! You’re shocked! I’ve burst your bubble irreparably! 😆)
This leads me back to my original thoughts about the knitting circles of old. It occurred to me that while I couldn’t necessarily have everyone gather in a big knitting circle to help solve their problems… I could do so virtually!
So today, that’s what I’m doing!
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I invite you, my friend, to take a look at the Knitting Struggles listed below. Do you happen to have any advice on resolving any of these issues?
If so, please share your thoughts in the comments below.
I know that knitters, and especially charity knitters, are some of the most generous people in the world. And I know that we all love to help our fellow knitters in whatever way we can.
So I know that you’ll want to share your ideas, opinions, and solutions that will undoubtedly help a fellow knitter!
Now then, let’s take a look at these struggles and see what we can help to resolve!
Struggles with Techniques
Picking up stitches, especially around necklines or bands, evenly
Making things fit; knit gauge swatches but fit still isn’t right, especially with positive or negative ease
Closing holes in underarm seams in children’s sweaters
How do I decrease arms when circular knitting?
Making loom-knitted hats smaller
Struggles Specific to Charity Knitting
Balancing time between charity knitting and personal projects
Finding people who will commit to charity knitting and will complete work in a timely manner
Charity knitting while gaining experience; “I don’t want to let anyone down.”
Struggles with Yarn
Switching between English, Canadian, and American yarn weights—“I find it confusing.”
“Help—my wool always ends up looking fluffy! No idea why, and it doesn’t seem to matter what kind I use. I’ve tried different ways of knitting, but nothing helps.”
“My issue is with spinning. I can’t justify buying more yarn till all my fleece is spun. But then, how do I know whether I will have enough for my pattern? And how do I know if it will fit a particular pattern?
How to identify yarn that has been donated
Struggles with Patterns
Getting 10-stitch blanket right from the beginning
Finding patterns that don’t need altering (“I’m short, most patterns too long“)
Struggles with Mindset or Physical Issues
Coordination is starting to fail me as I age. My hands are shaking more; I’m limiting myself to smaller projects with fewer cast-on issues. Suggestions?
Overcoming intimidation when I get stuck or make a mistake, to push through it and continue
Falling asleep after 20 minutes or so of knitting
Finding fresh inspiration after finishing a big project
Note: please don’t add more struggles in the comments! If you have a struggle that you didn’t see listed here and wasn’t in the Struggles Series emails, just send me an email at NHaschke(at)knittingforcharity.com . I would really like to restrict the comments on this post to just solutions. Thank you!
Did you see a struggle you’d like to assist with? Do you have a favorite resource that can help with any of these issues? If so, please leave a comment below!