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    Ok, so HeaterAS is my SIL and I decided I can't sew but I'd give this knitting thing a try. I am so excited I picked up the Long Tail CO down really good, but now what...I am not doing so good moving onto the knit now. My CO looks great but do I need to have a tail hanging down to start my knit. I am not even sure if I am using the proper Knitting words. I need so much help and I can't put it down until I figure it out.

    Thanks ladies for helping out a very eager newbie!
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    Hey Christina! The 'tail' should be left alone...that is the one that just dangles, should be a few inches long. However after the last loop you have cast on, that yarn should still be attached to the ball of yarn, this is your 'working yarn' and what you use to continue knitting with now that you have cast on all of your stitches.

    Does that make sense?

    If you haven't checked it out yet, i reccommend looking at knittinghelp.com if you can. Good site!

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    I'll try to show you in person today.

    This is where I too got held up initially. Are you using the circulars or the straight???
    either way you need to switch hands. Are you teaching yourself the english or the continental method actually???





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    Once your SIL shows you today you'll catch on right away! I think Circular Needles are sooo much easier. (I was hesitant about trying them but they're SO easy!)
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    I am going to try my circular needles right now. I'm not sure what type of knit I am doing..But Heather you did help me a lot. I will have MORE ?s for everyone in the next few days when I get the hang of things. ANd once I get all the terminology for everything down. I do think it is very relaxing (even while I am still learning). I am a very tactile & kinestic learner, so once I play around with it there will be no stopping me!

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    If I need the tail to sew up a seam, I make sure I add in enough extra so I can do that.

    Otherwise, I just knit it in on the next row (or until It's gone). Then I don't have to weave it in at the end. It makes it really easy to use it up that way. I just love it.If I have extra I need to knit in before I get to the end, I just skip the end stitch, and if it's really bulky I sip the next row, and make sure I carry it through from row to row, then pick it up when I go back to that side th enext time.

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    That's a good idea bonita, I never thought of doing that, but it makes alot of sense, I mean you end up "weaving" it in anyways.





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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonita View Post
    If I need the tail to sew up a seam, I make sure I add in enough extra so I can do that.

    Otherwise, I just knit it in on the next row (or until It's gone). Then I don't have to weave it in at the end. It makes it really easy to use it up that way. I just love it.If I have extra I need to knit in before I get to the end, I just skip the end stitch, and if it's really bulky I sip the next row, and make sure I carry it through from row to row, then pick it up when I go back to that side th enext time.

    Bonita.

    Good luck,you are doing great! Can't wait to see some more projects.
    Oooh two great tips! I do the first one, but I never thought of dong the second one! When I weave in I usually try to follow the stitches anyway. And I HATE weaving in ends!
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    glad it helped.

    I have no idea when I even figured that out. Might have been from reading a book- I might have figured it on my own.

    I have a blanket for dh that I have oodles of ends to wind in. It's all crocheted granny squares. Part-way through I figured out that I could attach them as I was crocheting along, but I still have more ends than I want to deal with. I should take a picture before I weave them all in.

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