30 Days of Knitting: Day 30

Day 30: What’s your name on Ravelry? If you don’t have a Ravelry account, why?

I adore Ravelry! I love the usefulness of the databases, the ability to organize my own space, and the forums!

If it weren’t for the yarn and pattern databases, I wouldn’t have such an easy time finding patterns to make with the yarn I’ve purchased or substituting yarn to work with my patterns.

If I didn’t have my stash and project pages, I wouldn’t remember what yarn I have at home or how exactly I made that gift that I gave to someone last year.

Without the forums, I’d miss out on conversation and inspiration. 😀

My username is MilkyTea~ ♥

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30 Days of Knitting: Day 29

Day 29: Do you have any tips, or things that you’ve learned from knitting?

I’ve found that knitting is much easier when you have reached the stage where you can visually recognize different stitches in your finished rows. Looking at a past row and seeing, “Oh, there’s a purl stitch. There’s a knit two together. That’s knit one into front and back…” is very helpful. I find it’s easier to keep my place in my pattern if I can read what I’ve already done in the knitting itself.

I don’t think I have any specific tips, though! I constantly find ways that I should be change my methods to improve my own knitting.

30 Days of Knitting: Day 28

Day 28: Do you do any other crafts besides knitting? What are they, and did learning to knit come before or after learning these other crafts?

As a child I’ve dabbled in several crafts–such as rug hooking, sewing, painting, jewelry-making, etc. I don’t currently partake in any of those crafts as an adult. Sometimes I’ve toyed with the idea of taking up cross-stitch or learning to sew with a machine and doing more than simple repairs, but I haven’t followed through.

As of recently I can crochet minimally, but not well. I think technically it’s my only other currently-used craft ability. I guess I’m craft-boring. XD

30 Days of Knitting: Day 27

Day 27: How do you acquire most of yarn? Online retailers, local yarn shops, swaps, or large chain craft stores? What’s your favorite?

Most of my yarn is purchased from local yarn shops. Chicago (and the surrounding suburbs) has numerous yarn shops with all sorts of beautiful yarn. I also live very close to a Michaels, and my mother is not far from a Jo-Ann, so if I need specific yarns from a big-box style chain store (typically certain low-cost acrylics) I sometimes stop there. I don’t get as excited about that kind of yarn; I prefer the selection at my local yarn stores. I don’t often buy online. I enjoy looking at yarn in shops and being able to touch it or see the variations in hue or tone. However, if I need something my local stores don’t carry, I’ll buy online.

I’ve been trying lately not to buy yarn, but to use the yarn I already have. I inherited a sizeable stock of yarn from my grandmother when she passed away, in an assortment of craft store brands and local yarn shop brands. I don’t enjoy having a stash of yarn–I want to immediately use my yarn rather than save it for later. Continue reading

30 Days of Knitting: Day 26

Day 26: Have you ever been a part, or wanted to be a part of a knit-a-long? What was it? If not, why?

I have never been part of a knit-a-long. I haven’t had the right pattern and materials ready at the same time as others. I’ve participated in a few free-form knit-a-long type events where everyone knit items that fit a broad category, such as everyone involved knit mitts or a shawl, but not necessarily using the same pattern.

I wouldn’t mind being part of a knit-a-long for a pattern that I am really interested in, as long as I have the time and materials when the knit-a-long is arranged. I don’t want to interfere with my attempts to knit through my yarn stash by buying more, and I don’t want to abandon existing projects to start something new. I think it would be nice to commiserate or chat with other people who were working on the same pattern at the same time. It would be a great pool of knowledge for questions or modifications.

30 Days of Knitting: Day 24

Day 24: Have you ever made your own pattern or dyed your own yarn? How did it turn out?

I have not written my own pattern or dyed my own yarn.

I’m not terribly interested in dying my own yarn, but I would like to write a pattern or two. I’ve had a few ideas, and I’ve improvised a few projects, but I haven’t brainstormed and written a pattern. My improvised projects haven’t been the sort of thing that it made sense to actually record as a pattern. They were all basic things (such as a baby hat or a coaster) that were not unique in my execution to the point that someone might be interested in following my specific instructions.

Maybe someday!

30 Days of Knitting: Day 23

Day 23: If you had the supplies (and patience) for it, what project would you start today?

Grimm's Cottage by Tiny Owl Knits

If I had the supplies and wasn’t worried about using my stash yarn or finishing existing projects, I would start Grimm’s Cottage by Tiny Owl Knits. I’d use Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky in a pale blue (Frost) or pale gray (Silver Mink) shade. The ribbons would be off-white if I used blue or pale pink if I used gray. ♥

And when it was finished, I’d cozy down into it and enjoy having toasty shoulders.

30 Days of Knitting: Day 22

Day 22: Have you ever stricken someone off your to-knit-for list because they didn’t appreciate/take care of your last knitted gift to them?

Yes, I have.

I truly enjoy gift giving. I prepare for the winter holidays with intense excitement. I love the challenge and thrill of finding the right item for the right person to express the right feeling. I try to understand the recipient. Some people buy gifts because they personally believe the gift is awesome. I prefer to buy gifts because I believe the recipient will view the gift as awesome, regardless of my own opinion of the gift in question. I know that not every gift I give will be the right gift; when that happens, I try to take in that information to make better gift choices in the future.

This applies to knit gifts as well as purchased or other handmade gifts.

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30 Days of Knitting: Day 21

Day 21: Do you knit gifts for friends and family for the holidays or birthdays?

Yes and no.

I do knit gifts for friends and family.

I don’t knit gifts for the holidays or birthdays.

I have knit gifts for friends and family for the holidays or birthdays, but I find that it’s not quite sustainable. Some of my friends and family really adore hand-knit items. Some of my friends and family are less enthused. Some projects are quick. Some projects take a very long time. Some projects are delightfully cost-effective. Some projects are incredibly expensive. It’s often hard for me to strike the right balance to match every gift-giving occasion. Continue reading