6KCBWDAY7 – Your Time, Your Place

Where and how do you take time out to knit and/or crochet? Maybe you don’t take time out at all and instead have your needles twirling as you try to juggle a multitude of other tasks with no ‘spare’ time to think of. Maybe you enjoy nothing more than to crochet whilst winding down from a yoga session, chatting with some friends in a nearby cafe.

Whether social or solitary, tell readers about your crafting time and space, and where you either most enjoy (or can simply find a few snatched moments) to turn yarn into something even more beautiful.

My knitting travels with me. I like taking opportunities to knit where I’d otherwise be staring at my phone or staring off into space. I often have a project ready to go whether it’s a short bus ride or a long weekend away from home. I get home from work in the early evening during the week day, and generally there’s a bit of time available to put in a few rounds or rows. I don’t find time to knit every day, nor do I schedule time for knitting. I just keep an eye out for opportunities and use them as they appear. ♥

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6KCBWDAY6 – Polls Apart

Think of a knitting or crochet related question (it can be literally anything from favourite yarn weight or colour to which month readers believe they complete most projects) and host a simple survey. Hopefully once Knitting And Crochet Blog Week is over this year you’ll have that information as inspiration for yet another blog post when you are ready to write about your findings.

This question came up recently in a few groups that I’m a part of, and I’m curious to see what others might think! I heard a lot of different opinions about what defines a “level”, whether those should be standardized across patterns, how such a thing would be standardized, and other considerations. There’s a lot to think about when it comes to how to measure knitting and crochet proficiency!

6KCBWDAY5 – Something A Bit Different

It’s the annual challenge to blog in a way different to how you normally blog. You may choose to create a podcast, or vlog, create a wordless post, a beautiful infographic or write in verse. You can post on any topic you like, but be sure to post in a style different from your usual blog presentation. There’s not too much guidance for this one simply because the more varied the posts are on this day, the wider the sources of information for other bloggers will be.

Knitting and Crochet Awesome Tutorials

  1. 10 Different Ways to Join Granny Squares (Crochet) (List)
    When I was working on my granny square blanket, this list really came in handy! I still go back and refer to it when I have blanket pieces to join.
  2. 10 Different Ways to Work In Ends As You Go (Knitting) (List)
    I don’t really have a “go to” when it comes to joining a new ball. I’ve used a lot of options from this list.
  3. Chinese Waitress Cast On (Knitting) (Video)
    This cast on produces a really interesting edge. I appreciate that it’s short-tail.
  4. Foundation Single Crochet (Crochet) (Pictures)
    I generally prefer foundation crochet stitches instead of starting with a chain. I usually need a refresher, though, and this is often where I turn.
  5. Kitchener Stitch (Knitting) (Pictures)
    I basically have kitchener stitch memorized at this point…but this was the tutorial I learned from, and it’s the one I turn to when I want to make sure I still have it right.
  6. Latvian Braid (Knitting) (Pictures)
    This was the tutorial I followed to use this technique on the pair of mittens I still have in progress.
  7. Raised and Relief Post Stitches (Crochet) (Video)
    The crochet tutorials on Moogly are great. She often has pictorials and videos for the same techniques.
  8. Silver’s Sock Classes (Knitting) (Pictures)
    This was how I learned to knit socks. I think she does a great job making each step very clear.

(It took me a while to think about how I’d interpret this prompt! I didn’t feel immediately inspired.)

6KCBWDAY4 – Bags Of Fun

Time to delve into that most treasured collection of tools, notions and oddments as you are asked to spill the contents of your knitting or crochet bag, caddy or other method of organisation and put your crafting unmentionables on display.

WIP Wednesday - Knitting CaseMy knitting tends to go with me. I like knitting at home, but it’s not the only place I knit. I keep all of my tools and accessories organized in a way that makes traveling with them easier–I never get to my destination, sit down, and find out I’m missing something I needed. I also don’t have to have doubles or triples of different tools, because they’re centralized together. As an added bonus, I rarely lose or misplace what I need!

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6KCBWDAY3 – Experimental Photography And Image Handling

It is easy enough to fall into a routine of photographing your finished projects as is – clearly displayed, maybe from a few varying angles, and for a large part of the time these are what blog readers will expect to see, but every now and again it is good to throw in a picture that causes people to linger.

Refresh your skills at creating attention-grabbing pictures.

I’m not sure exactly how “attention-grabbing” these pictures really are, but I definitely had a lot of fun with them! I was thinking about this prompt last night and setting up my camera and such. On the topics page for this blog week there were a number of suggestions; I thought about following one or two of those, but ultimately decided I’d have more fun if I tried to think outside the shared ideas.

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6KCBWDAY2 – It’s All About You

This post can be about your reality, your aspirations, past, present or future. Enjoy talking about you. If you really don’t want to write about yourself, though, use your creative license and invent yourself an alternative persona, whether you are a spy, deep-sea diver or astronaut (who just happens to love yarn).

Photo May 11, 7 12 10 PM (1) For about 6 months I’ve been taking adult beginning ballet classes. As a result, a lot of my time and interest is focused on learning dance. I now read blogs like Adult Beginner (of course), Advance, and never halt, Kingdom of Style, Setting the Barre, and Tutus and Tea. (I keep trying to get into If the Pointe Shoe Fits, but she posts mostly videos and I almost never turn the sound on for my computer–so I’m always going, “Oh, I’ll watch that video later,” but I never do…) I love reading the Ballet Talk for Dancers forums, although I’m a bit too intimidated to post much.

I took ballet classes as a toddler, but I quit when I was in middle school, probably about age 11. I am pretty sure that I was no longer taking ballet by the time I started cheerleading. (Something I did only in middle school.) I don’t honestly remember all that much about ballet. I liked it, but only ambivalently. (If I were more serious about it, I wouldn’t have wanted to quit.) I took classes–probably once a week–at our local park district, and some of my hazy memories involve class levels being combined due to low attendance–and wondering if I’d only ever be in class with “babies.” I asked to stop taking class and my parents agreed.

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6KCBWDAY1 – If You Were Yarn

If you were a type or brand of yarn, which would you be? Are you a classic pure wool? Is there extra tension but a bit of bounce in you because of your high twist? Would you be more like a high-maintenance, strictly hand-wash fluffy angora or a ‘bring it on’ acrylic, bravely heading into the world of possible baby-sick laundering disasters knowing that you will always come out bright and unharmed?

If I were a type of yarn, I would be… a delicate-looking light fingering-weight sock wool that seems far too wimpy to make a good pair of socks. The sort of thing that feels “safer” for a shawl, although you worry when it passes through your fingers if blocking it aggressively might make it snap and unravel. You might not use this yarn for a while, considering all that extra care it probably requires.

And then it knits up into a pair of iron-wearing socks that never need darning and have unfaded colours even when washed improperly. Socks you can rely on. (I feel like that matches up pretty well to a lot of my goals in life. “Be socks others can rely on.” XD)

If I were a brand of yarn, I would be… Lion Brand.

This one was pretty tricky. I’d love to be one of my favourite brands, like Madelinetosh, Lorna’s Laces, or Dream in Color. Something hand-dyed and gorgeous and soft and not “big box craft store.”

However, I think I’d be Lion Brand–not because I’m equating the type of yarn I’d be above with a yarn in their repertoire, but because my mom loves, loves, loves, loves Lion Brand yarn. She’s always loved lions–they’re her favourite animal, so that got them a point just on the name–and she mostly crochets innumerable afghans with Lion Brand Homespun. My mother, without a doubt, would be Lion Brand. She’d probably be Homespun. I think I’d be Lion Brand by association.

I also feel like I’m not exclusive enough or hard-to-find or unique to really be fancier yarn. Although I guess since I’m born and raised in Chicago I could be Lorna’s Laces. ♥

I had fun trying to decide which yarn(s) I am. :3

6th Annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2015


I’m planning on taking part again for 2015! ♥

I’ve gotten out of the habit of posting, and I’ve been very intimidated about starting again… so I have to just get back up and do it! Following some prompts is a great push in the right direction.

Details about the 6th Annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2014 are here.

Topics and post tags for the 6th Annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2014 are here.

5KCBWDAY7 – Looking Back, Looking Forward

If you took part in last year’s Knitting & Crochet Blog Week, look back on your Day Seven post. One year from now, when the 6th Knitting & Crochet Blog Week rolls around, where do you hope your crafting will have taken you to?

Looking Back

I did not participate in last year’s Knitting & Crochet Blog Week, so I’m going to look back to the Knitting Techniques Meme that I filled out in June 2013.

Overall, I am most proud of myself for successfully knitting a sweater. In fact, I’ve knit more than just one sweater–and that feels great. I love those sweaters a lot more than I do sweaters that I merely purchased, and I’m proud to have completed those projects.

I’m also happy to have made progress with stranded colourwork. I’m not proficient with it, but I was able to manage with it well enough to not only knit a project, but also unravel and re-knit that project without a tangled mess that could not be righted.

Techniques aside, I am very proud of myself for making serious progress on eliminating my stash. Right now my “stash” has very little in it. The very last bit of “old” yarn is the yarn from Ireland, being rapidly worked into my sweater. Other than that, there’s some new yarn that I just bought–already working on projects with that. If I keep up the flow of “yarn in < yarn out," I'll be doing fine.

Looking Forward

By this time next year, I would like to have at least four knit projects completed that I made just for the thrill and joy of making those projects, without any kind of obligation. I’m already heading in that direction, and it is so much fun that knitting because I feel like I “must.” I don’t have a captor tormenting me with some kind of “knit or die” scenario, but my feelings of obligation towards yarn and projects interfere with the amount of fun that I have. There are still a few “obligation” projects in my queue for the year, but I’d like the other projects to vastly outweigh those.

I want to keep my yarn under control. I don’t want to grow a new stash in the absence of the old.

I’d also like to buy some new knitting needles~ I really love having a collection of needles of different types and sizes. In a dream world I’d get some Lantern Moon ebony interchangeables, but more realistically the ChiaoGoo interchangeables and more of the fixed circulars are a good idea.

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5KCBWDAY6 – Views of Others, Views of Yourself

Write about another knitter or crocheter that you admire. Next, think about if anyone has ever told you how they feel about your knitting, positive or negative.

Views of Others

I have a huge fibre crush on Franklin Habit. I first discovered his writing when I was looking up Victorian-era knitting patterns. He regularly writes Stitches in Time for Knitty, and that was one of the most intriguing sources for patterns from roughly that era that I found when searching. The first pattern that I saw from that column was the Lady’s Travelling Cap. I was specifically looking for bonnet patterns, and that came up in one of my searches.

From there, I read his other historical pattern articles… and then the blog… and then I checked out his book from the library… and so forth. I particularly enjoy his writing for the tone of humor and honesty. Even a entry on something like misplacing yarn or tools, obviously a knitting tragedy, comes across as interesting, insightful, and fun~

I also appreciate his pattern writing and skillful execution of patterns. When I see any of his work, whether it be a new design or his rendering of another’s pattern, it always look crisp and even. I admire that he’s comfortable taking risks and trying something that doesn’t work just to see what could be possible. Vintage patterns take a lot of finagling to figure out! I am very uncomfortable trying something out if I don’t feel certain that I know what I should be doing, as the thought of undoing hard work is a serious deterrent, but when working with old patterns that were written differently or may have errors, sometimes that’s the only way to discover the right method.

I’ve been lucky enough to see him speak on knitting once. He is an engaging and lively speaker, very friendly and open towards the class, has a lot of humor to share and enjoy, and is very knowledgeable on his subjects. It’s always frustrating to watch someone present on something they haven’t prepared for sufficiently, but that was absolutely not the case. I hope that I’ll have more opportunities in the future to see another lecture or maybe take a class that he’s teaching~

Views of Yourself

I’m always surprised by the disconnect in what I think about my own knitting and what other people tell me about my knitting. Very recently I was in a group of knitters that I had not met before. We were all working on projects and talking. Someone was describing some of her past projects and what she hoped to make this year…and then she said something that really shocked me: “I mean, I’m not a knitter of your skill.

At that point I was holding my needles thinking, “Whaaaaaaaaaaaat?” o____________o

You could basically cue me falling off the chair, despite it already being nice and low to the ground.

I don’t think I’m a skilled knitter. I think I’m decent, but that’s about it. There are numerous techniques that I haven’t tried. (I’ve only ever knit gusset heels; only used the stranded method for colourwork; never touched laceweight yarn…) I regularly make enormous, catastrophic mistakes in proficiency or judgment. I have ripped out many a project, weeping softly, thinking that if only I had studied the instructions more I wouldn’t be in this sad shape.

I consider myself to be an acceptable level of knitter, with lots of room for improvement. Sometimes I like to think about Medieval knitting guilds and the projects that had to be completed to be accepted to the guild and titled a Master Knitter. I often wonder, “What would be my masterwork?” (I don’t know what I’d do with an elaborate knitted carpet/wall-hanging if we’re keeping with strict historical accuracy.) I think I’m going to be an “apprentice” for a long time~

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