Friday, February 24, 2006

Hi, Everyone and...break it to me gently......

Hi, Everyone!

My name is Jeannine from Southern California and I'm really glad that I found this group. I LOVE the Hanne Falkenberg designs, but am very, very intimidated about even thinking about knitting one of her designs. With that said, I cannot stop thinking about it. I keep coming back to the website, doing searches for photos of finished pieces and I am obsessed. What I really want to know is: What level of knitter *should* one be to tackle a Hanne? I know anyone can try, but I am afraid of starting and being so overwhelmed, that I never finish it. How bad is it, really? I am not a beginner-beginner, but I am not advanced, either. Right in the middle. Also, I am loving the Diva design, but it seems like Mermaid is most popular. I probably should start the design that everyone else is making, then I can have lots of help. Hmmm......don't I sound obsessed?? I love all the posts and photos on this site. I am amazed at all the beautiful work here. It gives me a glimmer of hope that one day I, too, will have a Hanne on my back!

5 comments:

Marie said...

I consider myself an intermediate knitter, and I have knitted two Falkenberg designs, and I find them very easy. But it's important to read the pattern thoroughly.

lisa said...

The actual knitting skills required are quite simole, but reading the pattern is something else as they are bare bones. Amy's chart gave me the impetus to do my Mermaid. I also have other kits including Diva which I feel I can now tackle and will chart line by line. You can do it!

Billie said...

You can TOTALLY do it! I'm an intermediate-ish knitter, and I'm having a lot of fun with Mermaid - especially since the lovely Miz Amy has done the hardest part for us and interpreted the pattern.

If you like Mermaid and eventually do want to do both it and Diva, I do think it's a good idea to start with the one with which you'd get the most help. Though if you're more drawn to Diva, I'd say just go for it - you'll figure it out.

Me, I chose Mermaid mostly because of my build. I'm big in the hips, chest and shoulders, but comparatively teeny in the waist -- so I'm exactly Mermaid-shaped, though Diva would look ridiculous on me.

(I'm trying to decide if Ballerina is a good idea or not for my body type - I love it, and would like to try it next after seeing Marie's, but I fear it might make me look like I'm wearing maternity clothes!)

Sabrina said...

I am a beginning knitter and I just could not risist doing mermaid. I am just past the first armhole area and am at the point that I have to cast on the extra stitches to do the back. So far it has not been too difficult. Of course Amy's spreadsheet is the reason why. I have changed it to make the large size, that I now think is going to be too big. So I guess I will just have to buy more yarn and make another one. Does anyone think I can use cotton instead of wool?

Arja said...

Go Diva! Go Diva! I am waiting for my mailperson to deliver the Diva 10 kit. Would be great to have a fellow Diva to knit along with.