SO YOU FOUND THE VIDEO OF YOUR CHOICE AND NOW IT’S OFF TO DO YOUR OWN THING WITH THE KNITTING LOOM, THE CROCHEKT NEEDLE, THE KNITTING NEEDLE OR THE SEWING MACHINE (MORE ABOUT THE SEWING MACHINE LATER). FIRST STEP WOULD BE TO JUST SIT AND WATCH THE VIDEO. DON’T TRY TO DO WHATEVER IT SAYS RIGHT OFF BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO FAMILIARISE YOURSELF WITH THE ENTIRE PROCESS AND NOT JUMP RIGHT IN WITH BOTH FEET. TRUST ME ON THAT ONE BECAUCE I JUST RAN WITH IT AND IT TOOK ME OVER TWO MONTHS TO UNDO WHAT I DID.
LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT MY FIRST ATTEMPT AT CROCHETING WHICH I DID A LITTLE OF WHEN I WAS AROUND 10 YEARS OLD. I READ THE WEBSITES AND LOOKED AT VIDEO’S VERY BRIEFLY. I DIDN’T TAKE TIME TO SIT AND REALLY READ AND WATCH THE YOUTUBE VIDEO’S. OFF I WENT INTO LOOKING AT A BOOKLET THAT CAME WITH THE KIT. I HAD MORE PROBLEMS WHEN I CAN LIST HERE. SO, OFF I WENT AGAIN LOOKING FOR A MORE DETAILED VIDEO. I RAN ACROSS NOTHING THAT REALLY STUCK OUT FOR ME TO VIEW. BUT, I DID RECALL A TEACHER (I WENT FOR KNITTING LESSONS FOR 2 HOURS WHICH WAS A WASTE) MENTIONING THAT SHE DIDN’T KNIT BUT LOOMED KNIT. SAY WHAT AGAIN? I DECIDED TO GIVE IT A GOOD HARDLY TRY. I PURCHASED A SMALL LOOM, AS MENTIONED IN PART ONE AND LO AND BEHOLD I FOUND I COULD DO IT. NEXT PART 4 WILL CONTINUE THE LOOM KNITTING SAGA.
I AM BREAKING THE CRAFTING MISTAKES DOWN INTO PARTS. SOME PARTS MIGHT OVERFLOW BUT YOU WILL GET THE IDEA ABOUT WHAT MISTAKES I MADE DURING MY QUEST TO BE A CRAFTER.
WITH THAT OUT OF THE WAY I WILL CONTINUE WITH MY LOOMING EXPERIENCE 0R LACK OF. AS I STTED IN PART 1 OF THE SERIES I A YOUTUBE SEARCH AND WITH LOTS OF CLICKS FROM VIDEO TO VIDEO I FOUND A FEW THAT SUITED MY NEEDS. SO WHEN YOU DO A YOUTUBE SEARCH JUST MAKE SURE YOU FIND THAT THAT YOU YOURSELF UNDERSTAND. WE ALL HAVE OUR OWN LITTLE QUIRKS AND IT WOULD BE EXTREMELY BENEFICAL THAT YOU WATCH ONE THAT MAKES SENSE TO YOU.
NOW ONCE YOU FIND THAT VIDEO OR VIDEO’S NEXT IN LINE OR VISA VERSA (WHICH WAY YOU DO IT IS UP TO YOU) DO A LOT OF GOOGLE SEARCHES FOR WEBSITES THA ARE EASY TO UNDERSTAND. I FOUND A LOT OF INFORMATION BUT SOME WEBSITES DROVE ME UP A WALL UNTIL I FIGURED OUT THAT THESE SITES WERE NOT FOR BEGINNERS. NEXT, GATHER YOUR YARD AND LOOM. IF YOU WANT TO USE A BOOK YOU BETTER COMBINE IT WITH A VIDEO OR A WEBSITE. IT WILL MAKE LIFE EASIER FOR YOU.
PLEASE DO NOT THINK YOU CAN DO THIS OVERNIGHT UNLESS YOU HAVE SUPER POWERS. IT TOOK ME THREE MONTHS TO GET MYSELF TO THE POINT WHERE I ACTUALLY KNEW HOW TO START A ROW ON THE LOOM. YOU CAN ALSO USE A KNIFFTY KNITTER WHICH SEEMS TO HAVE A LOT MORE VIDEOS ON HOW TO USE IT THEN THE ALL-IN-ONE-LOOM. BUT, YEAH THERE IS A BUT IN THERE, THE ALL-IN-ONE LOOM IS ADJUSTABLE AND I FIGURED IT WAS BEST SUITED FOR MY OWN NEEDS.
WHATEVER YOU PICK IT IS UP TO YOU. I AM NOT AFFILIATED WITH EITHER COMPANY SO IT WAS MY OWN PERSONAL CHOICE. PART 3 I WILL WRITE ABOUT HOW I GOT STARTED AND WHAT MISTAKES I MADE.
WHEN I FIRST DECIDED TO KNIT AND CROCHET I HAD TO RECALL HOW TO FROM MY CHILDHOOD MEMORIES. NOT BEING ABLE TO DO MUCH FROM MEMEORY, I RAN TO THE LOCAL CRAFT STORE. LOADING UP TWO BOOKS, ONE ON KNITTING AND ONE ON CROCHETING, AND YARD. BOTH BOOKS HAD ALL THE NECESSARY KNTTING NEEDLES AND CROCHETING HOOKS.
EVEN HAD SOME ITEMS IN THE KIT THAT I HAD NO IDEA WHAT THEY WERE FOR. SITTING DOWN WITH THE CROCHETING BOOK OPEN I ANXIOULY READ WHAT I NEED TO DO TO START A CHOCHETING CHAIN (A STRING OF CROCEHETING). OH OH, I HAD NO IDEA HOW TO HANDLE THE CROCHETING HOOK. I RECALL SOME OF THE THINGS I WAS SUPPOSE TO DO, LIKE PULLING THE YARD THIS WAY AND THAT WAY, LOOPING IN AND LOOPING OUT.
I STARTED OUT WITH CROCHETING BECAUSE I ASSUMED (AND YOU KNOW WHAT ASSUMED MEANS) THAT I COULD JUST JUMP RIGHT IN WHERE I LEFT OFF WHEN I WAS 10 YEARS OLD. NOT!!!! THE NEXT STEP WAS YOUTUBE WHICH AS MOST OF YOU ALL KNOW IS A WEALTH OF INFORMATION. NO GOOD THERE EITHER. OK, SO I CHANGED DIRECTION AND OPENED THE KNITTING BOOK. OH WOW I WOULDN’T EVEN FATHOM WHAT THE HECK I WAS DOING. BUT, I GAVE IT A GOOD TRY AND AGAIN WENT TO YOUTUBE. BY SHEER ACCIDENT I RAN ACROSS LOOM KNITTING. YEAH I KNOW YOU ARE ASKING YOURSELF WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD ANYONE WANT TO BUY A HUGE LOOM. LO AND BEHOLD THEY HAVE SMALL TABLE TOP LOOMS CALL ALL-IN-ONE. YIPPY, I THOUGHT TO MYSELF. NOW THAT LOOKS PRETTY DARN EASY TO ME.
ONCE AGAIN I HOPPED INTO THE CAR AND RAN OVER TO THE CRAFT STORE. THEY DID NOT CARRY THE ALL-IN-ONE LOOM SO I HAD TO ORDER IT ONLINE. WATING A WEEK OR SO I RECEIVED MY PRESCIOUS ITEM. BEING A SMARTY PANTS I THOUGHT I COULD PICK IT UP WITH ONE READING OF THE NICELY LAID OUT BROCHURE. WRONG AGAIN!!!
Ok so I gave up my website to find green pastures. What a mistake, I assumed that I could do it but I soon learned that I am out of my elements when it comes to blogging. I think I will stick with my own blog and my own little part of the world. Now if I only could come up with something that might just hit the little niche out there in cyberland.
However, I am at a loss when it comes to writing my own “whatevers”. So, now I am thinking of using this site as a “How NOT To”. Yes, you read that right. I learned the hard way to loom knit and it took me over 2 months to get going. Now I am on a new project which is sewing. Thinking of the mistakes I make along the way, it might be beneficial to a reader to do the reverse of what I did. Think about that for a moment and it will become clear.
Ever wonder why you are feeling left out with the new gadgets the younger generation are using? Well, I figured it out or I think I did. Being of a certain age we fall back on what we are familiar with, and already know. We feel comfortable with the old fangled tube TV or a telephone with a very long stretched out cord. Using a cell phone or trying to figure out how to program our brand spanking new plasma big screen TV causes anxiety and stress, we are out of our own comfort zone. We fall back on the only thing we really know and feel ok with that. Ok, so now how do we get out of the zone, we have known most of our lives? What does the younger generation do to accomplish that? Are you thinking? They plunge right in without thinking. I found that out by watching my son and grandchildren. They don’t think twice about clicking this or clicking that on their iPod,iPhones or laptop. They JUST DO IT like the commercial says. They have no fear of the consequences or losing their valued information. Maybe that isn’t too smart of them to think that way but that is how they learn and proceed to gain knowledge. We, yes I am of the older generation who grew up with the long stretched out telephone cord, and tube TV . We tend to think, re-think and over react, analyze the consequences of doing exactly what they do, plunge right in. Perhaps, we feel if we make a mistake can we re-do the programming on our new plasma? What If we click and clack away at the iPhone and delete perhaps delete important? These are the questions we circulate in our heads from years of training by the generation before us. Ever hear “don’t touch that you’ll break it” anytime during your childhood? You’d be fooling yourself if you said no. We all did, and that stuck with us like glue in our heads. As time went on, we were more lenient with our children and let them do a tad more than we did. When our children had children the same thing held true, they were even more lienent. Ok, so you break or program the TV wrong, at least you are trying. We never heard that we could do it so we never had the guts to even try. Thank goodness for some of us we are learning that trying isn’t all that bad. So get out of that comfort zone and try to learn new things. I know I am. Coming from a none techie generation I found that most people over 50 are really catching up with the modern gadgets. The younger generation all have iPhones, iPads and iPods. The older group still try to hang on to what they are familiar with. That is something I think the over 50+ society still does but on a smaller and smaller scale as time goes by. We all are interested in seeing the new gizmos but are somewhat intimidated. Notice I used that word somewhat. We all get over the intimidation sooner or later. There are a few applications out there for those who like nostalgia, retro TV and nostalgia radio apps. Both of these mix a combination of the new with the old. You can watch retro TV on your iPad and listen to nostalgia radio on both the iPad and iPhone. There are several apps for retro TV and old time radio shows so please do a search on iTunes for your favorites which range from scifi, horror, drama TV to Orson Wells radio shows and more. So senior citizens can mix the new with the old.
Wow this is a tough one. What is this blog or me about? Let’s start with the blog aspect. I love to write, which makes sense to me because as a child I was always making up stories. Now as an adult I can express myself with the written word.
Starting a blog can be fun, that is if you just don’t take yourself to seriously, unless you are writing a technical or medical blog. I started out blogging for an online magainze that didn’t pay a penny. The magazine took a different direction and now only have bloggers who have years of experience which I don’t have. But, after about a year, I figured heck if I can write iPhone and iPad application reviews why can’t I do that for myself.
Wanting to branch out I decided to do some posts about this and about that, you know just “stuff”. Well, that is now morphed into a blog about Senior Citizens and computer. So,here I am trying my best to write something of interest and I hope you enjoy it. If you have any ideas to help the seniors out there please leave a comment.