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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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Episode 22 – Art for Fiber’s Sake

Somehow this episode became all about art inspired knitting or the other way around.

I talked about my current sweater projects and knitting a new skirt for myself. I also share about my first attempt at freeform crochet.

We’re available on both iTunes and Podcast Alley. Just check for “Cloudy with a chance of Fiber.”

Episode 22

My first attempt at freeform crochet

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CWCF Episode 21 – Selfish Knitting Month Recap

Episode 21 of the podcast is up.

I reflect on the two sweaters of the moment. Melbourne and my Drops Yoke. I also reflect a bit on knitting in the movie theater.

Melbourne sweater progress

Drops Yoke Sweater right after I attached the arms

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#knitchat 12/9 Topic: Busting that Stash

Now I’m going to take that old piece of advice that you stick to in polite convesations… whatever the subject… do not mention “Size.” Thus we will not be talking about the “size”…of our stashes ;).  Instead, the aim of this discussion is to help us all come up with ideas for using excess yarn. It’s always fun to gab about yarn isn’t it?

Questions for 12/9’s #knitchat:

Q1) Introductions: Who are you? Where do you hail from? Ravelry ID?

Q2) Tell us your favorite stashbusting story? Did you get rid of excess yarn or repurpose yarn for another project? Did you donate it?

Q3) Do you have an suggestions for what to do with tiny bits? >25 yards? Excess sock yarn?

Q4) What is your favorite regular stashbusting project?  Is there a pattern?

Q5) Any non-knitting or crochet related things we can do with yarn? Both real and imaginative/fanciful answers are okay?

Q6) Ideas for upcoming #knitchat topics?

#knitchat logistics:

Where: Twitter (follow the #knitchat hashtag)

When: December 9nd. 5 PM PST/8 PM EST (1 hour)

Who: Me you and other Twitter Knitters/Crocheters & Fibercrafters

How: Need a primer on Twitter Chat… check this out: What does this Twitter chat thing look like?

Notice I added an extra question and that’s what are some topics you’d be interested in learning more about (or maybe venting like say about complicated lace or just lace in general)?  Its nice to have the discussion partially generated by the community and I’m sure you all have a lot to talk about… when it comes to fiber.

Some ideas for topics I’ve come up with are:

  • All about gauge and weight
  • Needles (what works for you & what doesn’t, etc., kinds of needles)
  • What’s the strangest thing you’ve done while knitting?
  • More Ravelry use tips and discussion

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Transcript for 12/2 #knitchat

Here it is in all it’s glory

12/2 Transcript #knitchat -Knitting and Technology

More people during this chat. Welcome and thank you to everyone who participated and indeed to everyone who just lurked and watched. We did a lot of chatting about electronic tools and how to use Ravelry. Ravelry how to tips in itself might be a whole other conversation for the future. Also, I’m open for other ideas for discussion topics. You can post your ideas here in the comments.

Next week’s chat topic = Stash Busting!

More to come… and the questions will be posted soon.  Also, as time permits I’ll also be posting more tips on how to use Twitter for chatting here in the blog.

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Next #knitchat topic – Technoknit 12/2/2010

 

Now I know some people, including myself do handicrafts and knit to break away from the world of technology, but technology does help us become better knitters at time.

Think of what the world was like pre-Ravelry. Pattern searches required me to get off my tookus and into a shop. Now there are practically too many patterns to choose from that I loose focus. Notice, I didn’t say there was too much yarn (there could never be too much of that).  I think it was on a episode of “Fiber Beat” that Meg Swansen noted that the Internet was in a way responsible for the huge knitting renaissance that started over the past few years.

This #knitchat discussion will be on how technology has actually improved our knitting and fiber craft (or in some-cases like myself, become a bit of a distraction).

Where: Twitter (follow the #knitchat hashtag)

When: December 2nd. 5 PM PST/8 PM EST (1 hour)

Who: Me you and other Twitter Knitters/Crocheters & Fibercrafters

How: Need a primer on Twitter Chat… check this out: What does this Twitter chat thing look like?

This upcoming #knitchat’s questions:

Q1) Who are you? Ravelry ID?

Q2) What is your favorite NON- electronic kniting related tool/app?

Q3) What is your favorite electronic kniting related tool/app?

Q4) How has Ravelry changed your knitting/crochet/fiber-craft life?

Q5) Any special tricks or tips you have for using Ravelry?

Original photo from the Morguefile

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Episode 17: Adventures in Felting and Dreaming of Someplace Warmer

I may not be able to go some place warm right now but I can dream about it. I certainly can listen to music and songs that remind me of warm South American days on a beach right? Or I can make myself a hot water bottle cozy.

This is the episode where Rachel and I talk about felting. I think I’ve actually become  convert to this technique.

Episode 17

 

Two Hot Water bottle Cozies in Cascade 220 and Elann Peruvian Highland Wool

 

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