Two Saturdays ago I worked in the shop for Emily - as she wasn't feeling well. It was a busy day, with multiple classes, a lot of shoppers, and a lot of people in for knitting help.
A number of the folks I helped were so frustrated because they'd been knitting the night before and got to a place where they couldn't proceed because they didn't know how to do a particular thing. Don't you hate when that happens? But these days, you'd be surprised at what you can find on the internet to help you when you are in a rut, at night, when your LYS is closed.
Like... instructional knitting videos, on our very own website! Of course we have more coming, and if you can't find something on our site, there's always youtube. But I was struck by how many people had put their knitting aside the night before, most likely hissing and growling, thinking that they HAD to wait a whole day for help.
One customer needed help picking up stitches along a garter stitch edge. This video, though really intended for a Cabin Fever blanket, shows exactly how to pick up stitches this way.
Another customer didn't understand I-cord. Here we show you how to do it.
One customer had made a mistake in her knitting, and wasn't sure how to go back to the beginning of the row to fix it. I showed her how to "tink", and you can see it here as well.
And another customer needed help with the provisional cast on. Here's one way to do that!
So next time you are knitting at night and run into a knitter's roadblock, check online for a video! And maybe, just maybe, you won't have to put your knitting down for the night.