Monthly Archives: March 2011

#knitchat 3/31 Spring Knitting is Here!

#knitchat is an hour long conversation on Twitter. If you’re interested and want to learn more about how to listen and participate, check out the details and link below. Lurkers are always welcome, but join in even if you’re late 🙂

 

Hello, hello,

Here in the Pacific Northwest we’ve been drenched by March rains so I’m about ready for Spring weather. The daffodils are out, but even their golden color isn’t enough to combat my craving for the sun. The past few months, I’ve been working to finish a number of bulky and aran weight projects before the warmer weather hits and it becomes uncomfortably hot to have a blanket’s weight of wool covering my lap.

So I’m looking for a few spring projects and other projects for the warmer weather. While I will forever be faithful to wool, this is a good time to explore using plant fibers and plant wool blends.  So this #knitchat we will be talking about springtime and spring inspired projects and fibers. I will not have a daffodil cake and tea ready but there’s always your charming conversation to compensate.

#knitchat discussion questions:

Q1) What patterns are you considering knitting this Spring? Share links if you can.

Q2) What colors do you like to knit? Color cravings inspired by Spring?

Q3) What yarns remind you most of Spring? Any favorite kinds? What are you dying to try?

 

DETAILS… DETAILS…

  • Where: Twitter (follow the #knitchat hashtag)
  • When: Thursdays on the date listed above at 6:30 PM PST/9:30 PM EST (1 hour)
  • Who: Me you and other Twitter Knitters/Crocheters & Fiber-crafters
  • How: Need a primer on Twitter Chat… check this out: What does this Twitter chat thing look like?
  • How: to post photos – 5 ways to share photos on Twitter
  • How: to shorten your links. Simply paste your link into the field in http://bit.ly/ and shorten it. Copy and paste this link into the twitter feed.

 

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#knitchat 3/22/11 – The Healing Power of Knitting & Crochet

I started knitting again about 10 years ago to satisfy and urge to make things with my hands, I now realize that it’s brought me a wealth of other things than the ability to make my own clothing or feel accomplished at learning new skills in the craft. I believe that my knitting has a calming affect on me. This knitchat we’re going to be exploring the idea that knitting can be therapeutic.

I’m including crochet in the mix because I find it as equally gratifying to complete a crochet project. There’s something simple and wonderful about afghan squares. Also, switching between knitting and crochet has given my wrists and hands a rest. There’s less of a danger that I will experience repetitive stress. Though it’s arguable that having different crafts and multiple projects probably addresses some attention deficit that I may suffer.

 

#knitchat questions:

Q1) In what ways do you find knitting or crochet therapeutic? Explain or share examples.

Q2) Are there any types of projects or stitches that you like knitting for comfort or when you are distressed? Do share them.

Q3) What other things do you find calming or enriching about your fiber-craft?

 

DETAILS… DETAILS…

  • Where: Twitter (follow the #knitchat hashtag)
  • When: Thursdays on the date listed above at 6:30 PM PST/9:30 PM EST (1 hour)
  • Who: Me you and other Twitter Knitters/Crocheters & Fiber-crafters
  • How: Need a primer on Twitter Chat… check this out: What does this Twitter chat thing look like?
  • How: to post photos – 5 ways to share photos on Twitter
  • How: to shorten your links. Simply paste your link into the field in http://bit.ly/ and shorten it. Copy and paste this link into the twitter feed.

 

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#knitchat 3/10 – Lessons learned from knitting

Casting on again a 3rd time

Sometimes you have to dust yourself off and start all over again

 

So we’re delving a little into craft philosophy here at #knitchat this week. Sometimes you can learn life lessons from your knitting or yarn-craft. Often times these lessons are completely unrelated to the craft itself. In my case I think that knitting has taught me patience, resilience, perseverance & humility. I say this after I jut had to frog a sweater that I knit in the round for about 2 1/2 inches before I realized that I was knitting mobius (twisted round). I’d cast on twice for this sweater once already: 240 stitches. Oh well.

At other times knitting and craft in general can teach us the value of making things for people we care about.

Come to this #knitchat and share what you’ve learned from your #knitting. See you there.  Also, Q3 (Question #3)  is TBD as of 3/7. I need your help. If you have a suggestion to add for a thoughtful question related to this topic. Do put it in the comments or send it to me via Twitter. I’m @cloudynatknit on Twitter.

#knitchat questions:

Q1) What have you learned from your knitting that’s not knitting related?

Q2) Has knitting opened any other doors or opportunities for you?  (Has it improved your confidence? Helped you meet new people? Learned new crafts? Maybe even get a job?)

Q3) Has your interest in knitting inspired someone you know to get involved in a craft or other hobby?

DETAILS… DETAILS…

  • Where: Twitter (follow the #knitchat hashtag)
  • When: Thursdays on the date listed above at 6:30 PM PST/9:30 PM EST (1 hour)
  • Who: Me you and other Twitter Knitters/Crocheters & Fiber-crafters
  • How: Need a primer on Twitter Chat… check this out: What does this Twitter chat thing look like?
  • How: to post photos – 5 ways to share photos on Twitter
  • How: to shorten your links. Simply paste your link into the field in http://bit.ly/ and shorten it. Copy and paste this link into the twitter feed.

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