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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


  • 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?

Image from the Morguefile

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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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Lovely Halloween Sunday in Carlton, OR

My family convinced me to take a break this weekend.  We went on a wine tasting outing. Carlton is one of my favorite places in Oregon. wine tasting, views, chantrelle mushrooms, cheese & chocolate (from Honest Chocolates). When the weather turns nice in the spring or summer I see holding a “Sip & Stitch” at the Anne Amie Vineyard and Tasting Room. Their patio is gorgeous.  Two cute little moppets in costume came in to sell brown paper bags with Chantrelle mushrooms. What a better place for customers than a room full of happy tipsy people who love wine, cheese and good food. Later, I was fortunate to sneak into the kitchens at Honest Chocolates in downtown Carlton before they closed. the owner, Dana was so kind. I bought a small bag of lavender honey caramels which I shared with friends on the car ride home. Absolutely fabulous!!!!

Here are a few photos. The first three are of the Anne Amie Vineyard and the last is of the Lemelson Tasting Room.

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New Episode is Up! Ghosts & Sequins

Happy Halloween, All!


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Aran knitting tradition, history and the Inishmore (via Bella Vita Farm & Fiber)

More on the history of Aran sweaters to feed my obsession with the subject. This is a nicely written article from the Bella Vita Farm & Fiber blog. Check it out.

Aran knitting tradition, history and the Inishmore It's almost Christmas 2008, and the present for my husband is the promise of a hand knitted sweater, just for him.   Not just any sweater,  but the beautiful Inishmore designed by Alice Starmore. My husband loves history, and I was curious about the history and tradition in Aran knitting and more specifica … Read More

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Knitting from my Stash (via I am addicted)

Made some updates to my Stash Busting efforts. Added the Fossil Neckwarmer to finished projects

Knitting from my Stash Okay, I'm going to keep a score card of things I'm knitting from my stash.  I have to admit… I need to focus on using what I have. The first step to dealing with any addiction is admitting that you have a problem. I just knew that I had to stop when I found myself engaging in the behav … Read More

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