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#knitchat Saturdays: 12/31 Launching Selfish Knitting Month

The New Year is almost here, but some of us may have started “Selfish Knitting” after the Holiday gift-giving a little bit early. In this knitchat we’ll start thinking or planning what we want to knit in January. Don’t forget to vote for the Knit-a-long (see link below):

#KNITCHAT QUESTIONS:

Q1) Do you have plans for Selfish Knitting Month? What do you really want to knit? Patterns? How does it feel to be “done?”

Q2) What skills do you want to learn this year? (Note we will also use this time to share resources like books, videos, websites, & information with each other)

Q3) Have you voted for the #knitchat Knit-a-long (KAL) pattern on Ravelry? http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/knitchat/1949519 Do you plan to participate?

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

  • Where: Twitter (follow the #knitchat hashtag)
  • When: UK/US – December 31, 2011 – Saturday 8:00 AM PST / 4:00 PM London time.
  • 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. Some Twitter aps actually automatically shorten the links for you.

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UK #knitchat 12/10 – Our First Transatlantic Chat

Hello everyone!

This is our first chance to chat with each other via a #knitchat on Twitter and I’m looking forward to it. Everyone grab a cup of tea and a pastry, biscuit or cake. Since this the first UK/US knitchat I thought we’d keep the discussion fairly simple and focus mainly on introductions and what we’re excited about learning (knitting-wise).

Please note I’m toying with the idea of hosting a Google Hangout instead of a Twitter chat in the same time slot (Saturday 8:00 AM PST) either the end of December or the beginning of January. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Twitter chats please follow me on Twitter. I am @cloudynatknit.

If you need a primer on how #knitchat works on Twitter please refer to the “DETAILS… DETAILS” section below. I’m not sure how many folks will join but there are a lot of folks the stream of tweets could get fast. It’s okay. Sometimes even I cannot keep up, but I do read the tweets the following day using Storify or http://hashtags.org/knitchat

#knitchat discussion questions:

Q1) Introductions: Name, Location, Ravelry ID (or nickname), Website, blog, podcast, etc.
Q2) What’s currently on your needles or hook right now?
Q3) What are you excited about learning (knitting-wise)? Anything you’d like to master?

 

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

  • Where: Twitter (follow the #knitchat hashtag)
  • When: UK/US – December 10, 2011 – Saturday 8:00 AM PST / 4:00 PM London time.
  • 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. Some Twitter aps actually automatically shorten the links for you.

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#knitchat 10/27/11 – Knitting on a Budget

Piggy Bank Knitting

Today we’re talking about knitting on a budget. Many of us are struggling to keep our households together and many are doing so on a shoestring. This discussion we’ll devote to sharing suggestions and tips for those who have make the most of their knitting 🙂

 

Questions for #knitchat are here:

Q1) What is your favorite strategy for knitting on a budget? Any incentives you give yourself?

Q2) Have you recycled yarn from other projects or store-bought sweaters? Lessons learned? Tips?

Q3) Any ideas or suggestions for buying yarn on a budget? Places you go?

 

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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#knitchat 9/15 – Vintage Knitting

 

Serviceable Jacket

Serviceable Jacket pattern from the early 1900's

Sometimes everything old does become new again. I’m fascinated by the history of knitting. Though to be frank I’ve been fascinated by the history of most things from and early age, and as I young child, I often thought I’d become an archaeologist.  There’s definitely something reassuring about being connected to traditions and practices of the past while you’re crafting in the present.

This week’s #knitchat is all about vintage knitting. If you are a big fan of vintage pieces or techniques or if you’re just curious and want to learn more, come join us.

Thank you @ookat01 on Twitter for coming up with the great idea for this chat 🙂

#knitchat Questions:

  • Q1: Do u use or yearn to use vintage patterns or even add vintage touches to modern patterns? What attracts u to vintage looks? What era? Patterns?
  • Q2: Do you use traditional materials, i.e. only natural fibers or only naturally colored yarns? If so what is your reason? Historical accuracy?
  • Q3:  What vintage tools do you like to or long to use? Do you have a fantasy list? Or have you actually inherited or come by them? Tell us more.
  • Q3a: Vintage tools can include sock machines, knitting sheaths, knitting belts, old needles etc.

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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#knitchat 9/1: The Knitting Bucket List

Actually, the term “Bucket List” bothers me… just a little. This is perhaps because it is a reminder of our own mortality. Maybe I should think of this as more of my list of challenges I want to overcome while the rest of my life occurs. There I go candy-coating things again. On my “list” is knitting an incredibly intricate Estonian or Shetland lace shawl. On a larger scale, I’d like to knit some curtains.

Here are the #knitchat questions:

Q1) What skills (kniting, crochet or fibercraft-wise) are on your “Bucket List?” #knitchat

Q2) Any sweaters or projects on your Bucket List? Any epic dream projects? #knitchat

Q3) When you want to learn or accomplish a new skill what motivates you or keeps you going? #knitchat

 

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.

 

 

Crown Prince Shawl by Nancy Bush

 

 

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#knitchat 8/18: Lace Q & A with Donna Druchunas

This next #knitchat we will have a very special guest moderating: Donna Druchunas of Artic Lace fame. Donna a knit designer and author of some pretty fascinating books about knitting and specifically lace including Arctic Lace and Successful Lace Knitting: Celebrating the Work of Dorothy Reade.  What I love about her books and explorations is she delves into the origins of patterns and techniques. In the Dorothy Reade book she took a close look at an inspiring past leader in the lace knitting community who investigated and shared what she learned about the ethnic lace.

Donna is going to hold a Question and Answer session during 8/18’s #knitchat. Come to the chat prepared with a question or two about lace and lace knitting. Donna will share her expertise with us, the #knitchat community. Are you excited to learn more about knitting lace? I am especially if Donna is teaching.

You can follow Donna on twitter as: @Druchunas

You can visit and read her riveting blog Sheep to Shawl

Arctic Lace Book

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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#knitchat what makes a great social knitting experience?

I would not be the knitter I am today without the circle of people I’ve knit with in the past and present. This circle has become part of my ‘crafting family.’ During this knitchat we’ll talk about our experiences with social knitting.

Q1) Do you participate in a knitting circle or knit night? What’s you’re strongest motivation for joining in? If not, why not? Convenience? Distance or some other reasons?

Q2) Tell us what your social knitting experiences are like. What have you learned from social knitting. What makes a good social knitting experience?

Q3) Give a shout out to your local knit night or circle.

 

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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7/7 #knitchat – Colorwork in Knitting

A Fair Isle tam is a good introduction project to this skill. You can find the
pattern for this one at Knitty.comRequest Feedback

For many of us new to knitting in more than one color, the idea of switching colors in a stitch pattern other than by striping or using a self striping yarn seems a bit daunting. My 2nd and continuing Fair Isle project isn’t really Fair Isle because I’m using a self striping yarn as one of the color yarns. Therefore I don’t need to worry about changes. I  my next project I’ll probably take the leap and use more than two strands.  My earliest FI project was a bust because I hadn’t mastered tension or holding the different strands w/o tightening too much. Color work includes using the technique of intarsia which is defined as a method of knitting with a number of colors, in which a separate length or ball of yarn is used for each area of color (as opposed to different yarns being carried at the back of the work). (Wikipedia).

This week’s #knitchat is on color work. Come and share your experience with color work in knitting or bring your questions for the #knitchatters 😉 As always share picture of projects if you have them during the chat.

#knitchat questions:

Q1) Any color work projects or patterns out there that you’re oggling right now? (Fair Isle, Intarsia or others)

Q2) Have you ever used any color work techniques in knitting? What was your experience like? If not what’s keeping you from trying?

Q3) Do you have any questions about color work techniques?

 

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.

Fair Isle Resources:

How to on Fair Isle or Stranded Knitting (Vogue Knitting)

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6/30 #knitchat – Knitting to Fashion

When you select knitting projects of garments for yourself to wear, how do you decide what to knit? Do you choose yarn first? Pattern? Or do you have a function to go to? What about what is fashionable that season? Join us for the #knitchat on Twitter on Thursday, June 30, to chat with other knitters about what we knit to wear, when and why we knit them.

#knitchat questions:

Q1) Do you pay attention to fashion trends and knit accordingly or do you select your knitted garments with no mind to current fashion trends?

Q2) Do you knit a piece and assemble an outfit around it or do you knit a piece to go with an already selected outfit?

Q3) Do you knit garments for specific functions (wedding, grad, themed party, etc.) and what special considerations are there? (i.e. pockets, temperature, likelihood of having alcohol spilled on it, etc.)

 

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.

 

Pink Frothy Ball Gown

Sometimes even the craziest fashion can inspire briliant knitting

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6/17 #knitchat Summer knitting

Summer means sitting by a body of water larger than a kiddie pool and sipping some sort of iced beverage while I knit. If I wasn’t a knitter I’d probably be a fisherman.  Both require patience though one requires you to be a little more still than the other. I try to keep my Summer projects small and I like working on things that are light and airy like lace or things made with sport or DK weight cotton or bamboo. It’s nice to have fiber projects that are cool to the touch on those hot and sticky days where you’d prefer gazpacho over fried chicken.  I’ve even considered putting my knitting in the freezer for a bit just so it was cool enough to the touch that it feel refreshing to touch.

This knitchat is dedicated to summer knitting and summer projects:

#knitchat questions:

Q1) What summer knitting projects do you have on the needles? Links? Photos?

Q2) How do your summer knitting projects differ than those of winter or other seasons?

Q3) Do you have any tips for summer or vacation knitting? Selection? Yarns? Packing & travelling w/ projects?

 

Two kids fishing at a lake

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