Ok, first of all, I'm not sure of the correct terminology, but I'm thinking that a Knit or Crochet-along would be like a book club: one of us picks a pattern and we all do it together. Then, you send pictures of your finished product to me and I post them on my blog. Sounds like fun, doesn't it? I'll go ahead and change my poll now that you know...
For those of you interested in becoming knitters, here's how I recommend you do so:
1. Get a book or two.
Here are some I recommend for beginning because they include a wealth of information and a few projects to get you started.
**Stitch and Bitch
I actually didn't use this book to get started, but I hear it is wonderful for beginners. My Husband's cousins got started this way and they are fabulous knitters, and they highly recommended this book to me.
**The Knitting Answer Book
This is the book that finally helped me understand how to do seams. Compact and easy to use and includes answers to every question I've ever had about knitting (so far)
Also a great reference. Includes great pictures of stitches and yarns and other tools among lots of great information.
2. Get someone who knows how to knit.
sometimes all the well meaning pictures in the world can't explain it as easily as having a human show you with real yarn and needles. You can find such a person at any yarn or craft store, but sometimes it is better to enlist a friend because a person at a store will most likely recommend that you take a class, which is fine, but not free. I, Myself will be moving to the Provo/Orem Utah area this month so if you live there I will be happy to help you get started.
3. Start with something simple like a scarf.
Scarves are a great way to get you used to knitting, they are forgiving, they almost always fit, and you will be able to wear it without too much hassle. Plus they are finished relatively quickly which is important in encouraging the beginning knitter.
So I hope that helps anyone that wants to join the wonderful world of knitting! As always, feel free to ask me questions via the comments or my email, and for heaven's sake, if you do get started, send in a picture and I'll post it up!