I joined this community over two weeks ago, never having even had a pair of knitting needles in my hands! You all showed me so many amazing things that can be done, so I've decided that I really want to pursue knitting as my new hobby. My old hobby was...falling asleep watching my boyfriend play XBox 360. ;)
The first thing I did was pick up this little "Learn to Knit" kit from target that included a couple of "things" of yarn (don't even know what to call them yet, sorry!), 2 plastics needles, and a DVD to teach me. I sat down and tried to teach myself how to cast on (I believe they taught a long tail cast on - one needle), but unfortunately, the yarn was of such a texture that I couldn't see whether or not I was doing the stitch correctly. The DVD wasn't very helpful either, they just showed the same thing over and over again, without really explaining what was being done. I'm a perfectionist, so I want to make sure I'm doing it exactly right before I move onto the next step.
So, needless to say, I got pretty frustrated pretty quickly and quit. :(
I've ordered Stitch and Bitch, and bookmarked a couple of the sites that you wonderful people have recommended, and I think I might be ready to tackle trying to teach myself again. I'm hoping some of the other sites and books will break things down a bit better for me.
Now that I've rambled on, I'll get to my question. I want to get some good supplies in front of me to help motivate me to learn. I'm in the Chicago area, so I have a lot of good arts and crafts stores around, but the one that is the most convenient for me to get to today is a Michael's.
What supplies would you recommend for an absolute beginner? What I'm looking for is sort of an "essentials" basket. Good quality starter needles, yarn that will let me see what I'm doing without being crazy expensive, and preferably also something that would be readily available.
I'm really excited to get started, but I must say I'm incredibly intimidated right now! Any advice, ideas, or supply lists you could provide me with would help get me off on the right foot.
I'm so happy to be a part of this community and I'm looking forward to getting started!
Thanks in advance!