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#knitchat 12/8 Travel knitting

Traveling with your knitting isn’t always easy when you have a difficult time trying to decide which project or projects to bring with you. Also if you’re traveling by plane you often wonder what’s safe to bring with you. The TSA has officially noted that you can bring your knitting needles on the plane with you, cutting devices however, are another story. This knitchat will be dedicated to knitting on the go.

Knitchat questions for discussion:

Q1) Any general suggestions for travel knitting this Holiday season?

Q2) What types of patterns do you like to knit when you travel? Any pattern suggestions?

Q3) What sorts of tools do you bring with you during travel? How do you transport your projects?

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.
Vintage Knits

From Marmota's Dress Diaries

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#knitchat 5/19: Stash or No Stash?

I’m just going to stay up front there will be no guilt trips taken here :) This #knitchat conversation will be dedicated to our stashes abundant or nonexistent alike.

#knitchat Questions:

Q1) Do you stash yarn? Or are you pretty good about not having a stash?

Q2) Tell us about your favorite things in your stash. Tell us about how you prevent yourself from building a stash.

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 5-5 Colors in knitting

Image from the Morguefile

For years I only seemed to be knitting teal sweaters, hats and scarves. I felt bad knitting gifts from my stash because my gift recipients had two choices, teal or charcoal gray. Then at some point I drifted into this habit of only wanting to knit things in naturally colored fibers. When I thought of natural it usually meant the color the fiber came in straight from the animal or plant after cleaning and processing for spinning. To this day I still love natural colors and rejoice in spinning undyed fiber. One year I did try to get out of my comfort zone by taking a hike out in the gorge in early summer to find wildflowers to help inspire my color choices for knitting, which reminds me that Summer is around the color and it’s time for me to take another color trek!

This week’s #knitchat is about color knitting. Come join us and talk about your color inspirations and projects.

#knitchat questions:

Q1) How do you pick your colors for your knitting? Do you tend to knit things in the same color(s)? What are they?

Q2) Any other places or methods you use to get color inspiration?

Q3) Anyone here love to dye yarn and fiber? Anyone willing to learn or pass on their wisdom about dyeing? How do you/would you choose your colors?

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 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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Why I love Tunisian Crochet

  • It’s easy to quickly create a surprisingly gorgeous textured fabric for bags, cushions, washcloths, skirts and even jackets.
  • Using a variety of hook sizes and weights of yarn you can achieve fabrics that range from dense to very delicate with a nice drape.
  • Fabrics made with variegated yarn like Poems, Noro, and handpainted yarns are stunning when created with Tunisian crochet.

 

I’m teaching Tunisian Crochet in a 2 hour workshop at the Naked Sheep Knitshop. This is an opportunity to learn the basic stitches as well as how to increase and decrease in Tunisian crochet.

We’ll even learn how to magically create ‘knitted’ or stockinette-type fabric using this crochet technique.  The class details fees and locations are posted below. Equipment and supplies can be purchased at The Naked Sheep Knitshop with a 10% discount 1 week before class begins.

Come join us.

 

Beginning Tunisian Crochet
with Natalie
$25
Tunisian Crochet

Some call Tunisian crochet a marriage between knitting and crochet. Tunisian crochet produces a lovely and very sturdy fabric that can be used for many objects including garments and home decor. In this class, you will learn to use a Tunisian crochet hook to make 4 different stitch patterns.


When: Saturday (March 12) 1:00-3:00pm

Where: The Naked Sheep Knitshop 2142 North Killingsworth, Portland, OR 97217 503-283-2004

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Natalie’s Yarn Calculating Spreadsheet

Yarnstash spreadsheet.

Feel free to make a copy of this spreadsheet for your own use and adapt it as you need to. Use the instructions on the spreadsheet tab at the bottom labeled “Instructions.”

Note: I tried to create a form for this spreadsheet for easy entry, but I haven’t yet figured out how to get the formula for calculating total yardage to work with the entries added via the form.

I do suggest that you play around with this spreadsheet after you’ve saved it yourself. It’s been a great too for me because now I can always find that odd ball or skein no matter where it is in my stash. I can also take a look at this list and remind myself… I don’t need anymore yarn!

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#knitchat 1/13/2011 – Taming that Stash

Update: note we had just a small number of people chime in last week and this topic can always generate chatter. So I’m suggesting that we go ahead and continue the discussion on stash organization.  Also, due to my schedule I have to bump up the time 1 1/2 hours because of a class I’m taking. So the time for knitchat is 6:30 PST & 9:30 EST. Hope this is okay with everyone 🙂

I did finally admit that I have too much… no, I should instead say, “enough yarn” in the last podcast Episode 19.

I’ve catalogued my stash as best as I could, but I’ve only just begun to plan around it. During this knitchat let’s share suggestions for organizing our stash as well as stash management and perhaps even the dreaded ‘stash cull.’

So what do you do or plan to do?

  • Bins or baskets?
  • Labels, spreadsheets or three ring binders with yarn info?
  • Organize by color or by weight?

Just a few things to think about before Thursday’s discussion.

QUESTIONS for #knitchat

Introductions – Who are you? Ravelry name (if any), Blog or site? Where are you from?

Q1) What are your goals for stash management? (If you want to share. How much do you think you have?)

Q2) What sort of tools do you currently or want to use to maintain your stash?

Q3) What ways do you want to organize your stash? By color, weight, favorites first?

DETAILS… DETAILS…

  • Where: Twitter (follow the #knitchat hashtag)
  • When: January 13th. 6:30 PM PST/9:30 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?

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#knitchat 12/30 – Coping with the After X-mas

Now that Christmas is over, many knitters can hopefully breathe a sigh of relief. Are you ready to start knitting for yourself again? This #knitchat will be a chance to share your gifting stories as well as share what is up for your knitting in the New Year.

Q1) Did you knit this year for X-mas gifts? Tell us a little about what you made. Successes? Horror stories?
Q2) The month after X-mas is known as selfish knitting month. What do you want to knit now that Christmas is over? #knitchat
Q3) Any new fantasy projects you want to tackle this year? New skills you want to master? #knitchat

DETAILS… DETAILS…

  • Where: Twitter (follow the #knitchat hashtag)
  • When: December 30th. 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?

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Using one very long circular needle

Hat done with one large circular needle

Hat done with one large circular needle

I’ve been of the practice lately of buying only long circular needles >47 inches (60 inch lengths preferably).

Here’s why this is a good idea:

  1. You can do different sized projects from socks to lap blankets all with one needle.
  2. Which means you don’t have to spend money on different lengths of circular needles or in some cases DPNs.
  3. You can do two socks, fingerless gloves, legwarmers, and any tube-shaped knitted item at once using the “Magic Loop Method.”

You may find at times, when you are binding off things at the top of the crown of a hat or a closure that the cords on your needles may not be flexible enough to work smaller circumferences. In this case having a set of double pointed needles (dpns) is helpful. So if you wanted to set yourself up with a practical or sparse kit of needles, I’d say having for each size of needles 1 circular set with >47 inch length and one set of 5 dpns in the same size might work instead of have several different lengths of needles in the same size.

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So what does this #knitchat thing look like?

Birds on a wire

Tweeting away

Twitter Chat Logistics from previous post

The other day someone asked me is it really possible to have a coherent conversation in Twitter.  For people who want to hang on every word they might be disappointed. However, with an organized set of questions and a “hashtag” like say…  “#knitchat, it’s easy to follow a twitter conversation. Hopefully these quickly answered questions can help paint a better picture of what this looks like. The first time I tried it I was scared, I’ll be honest. But once I got used to the Zen-like approach to letting chatter/tweets flow over me, I became addicted to this form of conversation online.

How do I follow along or contribute to discussion in a #knitchat?

How the conversation works. With every tweet you want to contribute to the discussion type in #knitchat at the beginning or end it doesn’t matter.

When you search for this #hashtag (#knitchat) in Twitter and refresh the search, voila… you will see a stream of tweets shared by your fellow knit tweeters.

Depending on the number of participants and how fast they tweet the stream make flow pretty quickly, but that’s okay. You can always look back at the stream after the chat is over to catch any valuable links, photos, or pithy humor your fellow knitters may be sharing

How does the numbered question thing work in a Twitter discussion?

During the chat one or two people may moderate the chat by sending out a discussion question out every ten minutes or as needed. They label these questions with a number. For example if I ask people Question #2…the following exchange might take place

@Cloudynatknit: QUESTION POST –  Q2) What is your favorite standby knitted holiday gift? #knitchat

@Afakeknitter: Q2 Washcloths accompanied with a lovely bar of soap #knitchat

@KnitterX: Q2 -Hats and mittens with personalized tags 🙂 #knitchat

If you get lost in the case of our #knitchat discussion, always look for the text “QUESTION POST” when scrolling through the recent chat/tweet history.

What are the questions for #knitchat? NOTE THESE ARE OLD QUESTIONS FROM THE 11/18 CHAT.

For those of you who like to prepare in advance… I’m posting them here.

Q1) Introductions? Who are you? Ravelry ID or handle?

Q2) What is your favorite standby knitted holiday gift?

Q3)  How do keep your holiday projects organized? Stay on task? Methods? Tools?

Q4) Do you have any holiday gift fails? What were they?

Q5)  Do you have any other  coping strategies?

Q6) Any cool quick knit patterns you want to share? Any cool gift ideas for knitters you want to share?

Do I have to participate?

No absolutely not… lurkers are most welcome. I do suggest that if you want to connect with other knitters to introduce yourself. We all love you, after all, you’re a knitter.  Can’t wait to see you there.

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