Monthly Archives: April 2011

#knitchat 4-21 on Knitted Toys

Tiny knitted bunnies

Check out these cute and other wonderful knitted toy creations at Mochimochi Land

I love knitting toys, and I hate knitting toys. As you know, I just finished working on some “Sackboy” dolls recently. Knitted toys are cleverly shaped, charming and cuddly, but it seems to me that there’s an inordinate amount of shaping involved in the construction of them. Each time I make a knitted toy I balk at the instructions, but once they toy is finished I almost always am pleased with the outcome.  This #knitchat is all about creating knitted toys. What toys have you made or attempted to make? Do you have favorites you want to share? We may not be Gepetto or we may run a close second, but that’s the wonderful thing about being a fiber-crafter: “We can always make our own!” And about those Mochimochi Land bunnies in the photo above. I’ll bet you’d be able to crank out a few just in time for the Easter basket. Think of them as no-calorie peeps, but just don’t eat them. That’s a different kind of fiber 😉

4/21/2011 #knitchat questions

Q1) Share some knitted toys or patterns you’ve made? Share some toys that you’d like to try. Links if you have them.

Q2) If you made a toy, was the pattern you chose easy/hard? What were some challenges you faced if any? What techniques would you like to master

Q3) Any additional tips or coping skills you have to share?

DETAILS… DETAILS… If you want to know more about what #knitchat is and how it works

  • 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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Problem Projects? #knitchat discussion

Sackboy doll with jacket & hat

The Sackboy's fingers almost had me pulling my hair out

Lately I’ve had pretty good luck with projects I’ve tried to knit, but I’ve been thinking that I need to get out of my comfort zone by picking up more challenging knitting projects. Though I fully realize that I can never solve all of my knitting problems on my own. I need help.  Last week I had one of these “Help me” moments when I was trying to knit the fingers on my Sackboy doll. I resorted to looking for forum threads on Ravelry on the pattern, and low and behold, I discovered that others were having similar problems knitting the fingers. I was quickly able to find a solution in the forum posts on this thread. Thank goodness for social networks and knitters that populate them!

Also, I’m fortunate enough to have a very friendly knit shop in my neighborhood with a community of very experienced knitters who are often willing to help me problem solve. This #knitchat we’re going to talk about problem projects and the avenues for getting help.  In this chat feel free to chime in with your advice or even words of support. Sometimes challenging projects can be quite frustrating.  I’m only going to post two questions for tonight because I’m thinking that we will not run out of things to say when it comes to our problem projects. Can’t wait to see you there!

 

Knitchat Questions for 4/14/11

Q1) How do you normally get help for problem knitting projects? Where would you like to seek help?

Q2) Do you have a problem project right now? Have you had one in the past? Tell us all about it.

 

DETAILS… DETAILS… If you want to know more about what #knitchat is

  • 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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