Originally Posted by A Fellow Linguist
^ Thanks, I learned the basics from my ex, the rest from internet videos. There's a lot of repetition involved, so once you figure out how to not mess up the basics it's pretty easy.
As per Drew's advice I had a look at some patterns from japan. Those guys are fucking crazy. The patterns are really nice, but it's like they never hold back. Crazy techniques all over them, some I've never seen before.
And their symbol guides suck:
What is this shit?
Yeah, if you ever get a Japanese crafts book, be it sewing, leather goods, knits, etc - they do not fuck around. It's everything you need to get to a pro-type level, and the patterns and stuff are always good. If you can master the crafts, the techniques are full on to the point you can sell the goods. The instructions are actually pretty easy, you just gotta sit down and do the 'what is different about this picture' thing - most Japanese people seem to be able to look at a picture like that and get it.