I got my first critical comment. It was nothing mean or nasty, just honest feedback. I won't lie. I felt kind of gutted. I'm a baby channel and a big video for me is one that grabs 10 views on day one.
I go into great detail explaining the structure of the Long Tail Cast On before I actually demonstrate how to do the cast on. I recognize that's not going to be everyone's cup of tea. And I get it. A lot of times when I go to look up a tutorial, I just need the directions. It's also why I give time code so viewers can easily skip to parts of the video they want to watch.
But, the truth is there are a ton of videos on YouTube that will give you the quick tutorial. And I want to do something different with this series. As I said in my intro video, I don't want to show people just how to do something in knitting, but why the technique works the way it does. My goal is to provide a deeper understanding of this craft.
Franky, I've done a lot of reading on knitting. And I've spent a lot of time thinking about how knitting works. I find it fascinating how just two stitches - the knit stitch and the purl stitch - can create such a breath and variety of different fabrics. It's magical.
I think this study has made me a better, more confident knitter. I think I'm better able to troubleshoot when I have a problem, and tackle projects that challenge my skills.
Knitting Fundamentals may not be for everyone. I might share more information than people need at times. But, I'm gong to keep making the videos I want. And if I"m not clear on something, pleas let me know so I can do better.
In this video I'm introducing the Knitting Fundamentals series where I'll be starting with the knitting basics going over both knitting in practice and theory. Although I'm gearing this to new knitters, I think experienced knitters will get a deeper understanding of this craft we all love. So, please subscribe to my YouTube Channel and share with you friends!
This first video I cover the basics and my recommendations for supplies new knitters need to build their starter kit. The video goes over some broad and basic qualities of yarn, needles, and notions for knitters to look at. But, I do have some specific recommendations listed down below!
Happy Knitting !
RESOURCES AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Knit Picks: An online fiber retailer with their own in house brand of affordable yarns, needles and notions. You can easily find everything you need to get started. I personally find their photos true to color and they offer great descriptions of their yarn colors as well.
Webs: Webs is a family owned yarn store in Western Massachusetts. They offer a wide selection of popular yarns at great prices. Check out Plymouth Yarn for affordable, quality fiber. One caveat with this website, when choosing yarn color be aware their photos are not true to color.
Jimmy Beans Wool: Touts itself as the local yarn store online. Offers a wide range of yarns and knitting supplies.
KnitPicks: Wool of the Andes. This is a basic, affordable 100% wool yarn. It's perfect for first time knitters.
Lions Brand: Wool Ease, a wool, acrylic blend. Wide range of colors and easy to find in the Chain Craft Stores.
Lions Brand: Fisherman's Wool. 100% Lamb Wool. Limited color selection but comes in a nice quantity and nice to work with. Use coupons for the chain craft stores to get this at a great price
Cascade 220 Superwash: A lovely, popular work horse yarn. Superwash wools are treated so they can be hand or machine washed. This wool may seem more expensive, but it's 220 yards/100 oz, so the price per oz is very competitive for a quality yarn
I'm Carrie CraftGeek. I've been knitting for 20 years and crafting my whole life. I love to share my passion with the world!
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