8.23.2012

What Do You Like To Do While Your Knitting?

Do you knit during every opportunity? Or are you more of a TV/movie knitter? Maybe while commuting to work and back, or a lunch time knitter.

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Most knitters will knit at any opportunity. I love to knit at lunch, it gives me a break during the stressful day to get some click-click-click in. Even if I can only knit one row in a little meditative break helps.

Of course I love to knit during a movie. We don’t have cable anymore, so I can put on Netflix and go through several episodes of a show and keep knitting.

I also like to listen to my iPod, whether it is music, audio book or a podcast, like TV, I need some simple knitting or I’ll be frogging before I know it.. Likewise for sporting events! Woops! Frog all of the way back to where I started, *grin*

If knitting while drinking, I’ve experienced several things, either, I don’t drink my drink, due to being so engrossed in my knitting, and then it is warm and watery. Or drunk knitting, never a good idea, although while knitting it may seem that way. Next day usually involves a “what the heck??”

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I’m a car knitter, I always have something to knit while going on a trip, motion sickness doesn’t bother me, although I know it can be a problem for some. I did pull up to a stoplight once and see a women knitting, in the drivers seat, while at the light. I honked and gave her a thumbs up, It drives me crazy to have to drive hours in the car and not be able to knit, if only I could knit and drive at the same time. All of that wasted knitting time!

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Vacation knitter? Yes! I try and plan a vacation project, and make sure I have everything I need, I like to be able to look at a knitted item and remember the vacation we were on when I was knitting it.

Maybe the best time to knit is in total silence.  Just the gentle clicking of my knitting needles as the yarn lightly glides over and under them. It is a sacred time when no one makes demands of me, my mental agility is not taxed, and I can simply stay grounded in the present moment, and breathe.

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When do you like to knit?

8.15.2012

Sleep Mask Knitting Patterns

Working crazy hours can make sleep even harder to get than normal. Upon the recommendation of a co-worker I decided to try a sleep mask. (I totally thought I was just throwing my money away, but thought, what the heck!! I need sleep!) So I bought an inexpensive one from a big box store. OMG!! I was transformed into a happy sleepy girl. This really made a difference for me.

Knitter brain engaged now, I started thinking…..”are there any knitted sleep mask patterns out there?” Whoa Nelly are there!

Everyone needs a good nights rest! Photo from dogster and is Sabrina a American Pit Bull Terrier/Weimaraner mix! I know how CUTE!!

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Included here for any sleep deprived people, great for stash busting, and random gifts, here are an assortment of sleep mask patterns, from functional to funny!

Knitted patterns-(I think a thicker band would be better around the head, and no ties! No one wants a lump in the back of their head)

-Awards for the best looking knitted sleep mask pattern, published in Knitty summer 04, Velvet Oblivion from Stephannie Roy who blogs at AndSheKnitsToo, pattern looks easy.

-Two sides of drunkenness sleep mask knitting pattern free pdf, thanks to fuzzbotdesigns.blogspot.com, this also has charts for beer, wine and booze! It had me smiling.

funny sleep mask

-Ruched Sleep mask  from Sara Core at Exchanging Fire blog, pretty mask!

-From DesiKnitter a Chevron sleep mask, I like the thick looking band around the head, and it is good looking.

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-A no frills knitted sleep mask pattern (rav link) from Elizabeth Martin, suitable for the men in your life.

Crochet Sleep Mask:

-Very cute crocheted owl sleep mask pattern from Roman Sock! (for all of those night owls!)

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Now go get your needles out!

8.08.2012

Knitting Reality Checklist…

I now have Custom Knits and Custom Knits 2 by Wendy Bernard. I couldn’t wait to dive into her newer book, and did, but then had to get the first one off of my bookshelf and take another look at it. One of my favorite ideas of hers is her “Reality Checklist”, a list of things you should consider before embarking on a knitting project.

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I have concluded that we all have a reality checklist in our minds, but never considered putting it in writing to formally consider before a project. This is a great idea, especially for myself, when the yarn or pattern is calling to me. I throw caution to the wind and don’t ask my self some of the basic questions and later on will regret it.

My Reality checklist: to be consulted before any knitting project, *snort* (to try and avoid some knitting mishaps before they occur).

I also added some links at the end that have helped me with basic questions I have had with knitted projects. (gauge/swatching, yardage,drape, and other misc. links.

1-Will this pattern look good on me, (suit by body type or whoever I’m knitting it for), often I’m looking for something out of my comfort zone, A different silhouette to add to my closet. But it should be flattering. Think of a fabric garment made in the same style, as in would you wear a pencil skirt? If not maybe that slender, beautiful knitted skirt isn’t a good project. Of course if you have to knit this. *grin*  this is when I start looking at my friends and family. Who looks good in a pencil skirt??

2. If I’m knitting something trendy, Because who doesn’t want to be trendy!  I don’t want it to be a large project. A smaller project with yarn that doesn’t break my budget.

3. If you haven’t checked out Maggie Righetti  books, you should, She teaches us.to look suspiciously at pictures in which the model is standing funny, trying to hide parts of the sweater, etc.  This can eliminate future head scratching on your part, when we realize the pattern itself has some issues.

4. Yarn, well obviously we want to have enough. I’ve been in a position of years later, (my last project) trolling the internet for that discontinued yarn in the correct dye lot to finish a large coat sweater!  Because by that time we are “all in” and will pay anything to get that yarn and finish our project. Ideally, buy a few more skeins than you will need. Often after my swatching I realize I need to go up a size or want to add a hood, or different collar, longer sleeves etc.… Most LYS’s will allow returns, even if it is store credit towards more yarn. More yarn is better, after all, you can use it for a hat, wrist warmer, pillow, or misc. scrappy project.

5. Is the yarn in my budget, what about fiber, will this article need to drape, have structure, be washed often. All things to consider when picking out a yarn and especially substituting a yarn. Is is a different gauge? Recalculate the amount you will need to complete your pattern.

6, Look at your pattern and it’s measurements. Measure your body, will this give you the fit and amount of ease you want? Do you need to go up or down in size to get the fit you want? And if so, remember to get enough yarn.

7. Take time to study the yarn you pick out, Is it soft? Pleasant to touch? You will be running this through your hands the entire process. I just finished a project that took me forever, I loved the way the yarn looked, but didn’t consider how it felt and it almost made my skin crawl to knit with it. (also consider allergies, yours and if you are gifting the items, others allergies or sensitivity)

8. Do I have the skill to tackle this item? If not do you have a friend/LYS that will help you. I think we always need to knit something a little outside our range to grow. And there is an amazing amount of knitting help on YouTube. But consider this if you are not adventurous sort.

9. If it calls for buttons, or other finishing items look around for them at the time of your yarn purchase, but you may not want to purchase them then.  I’ve bought 4 buttons and decided I needed 6, especially a zipper I don’t buy until later. Everyone’s gauge is different and I might want that sweater a little longer.

10. And I think this should be #1, but put it last, if your yarn/pattern has passed all of your criteria (whatever they are), go to Ravelry, and look at the comments of the knitters that are knitting the item. You can also look at the comments on the yarn you are buying. This is a great resource, they have helped me out so many times

Below are several links to help you out:

First I check Ravelry, for pattern info, errata, what other knitters have knitted the item in, (included photos, worth a million words), everyone is so friendly! Just ask and you will get help! Not on Ravelry and you knit! Get going and join

-Yarn Drape-No one likes a ploppy coat, or stiff slouchy hat!

-Choosing Yarn: The Importance of DrapeJun  3, 2008 by KD Sandi

-Yarn Substitutions-A couple excellent guides to help you decide what yarn to use instead of the pattern yarn.

-http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter03/FEATwin03TBP.html

-http://yarndex.com/

-Yarn Estimates-Better to have too much than not enough, But if you are running short on yardage, get creative!

-http://www.theknittersbag.com/yarn-requirements.htm

-http://www.fiber2yarn.com/info/how_much_yarn.htm

-http://www.amazon.com/Knitters-Handy-Guide-Yarn-Requirements/dp/1931499721

-http://www.jimmybeanswool.com/secure-html/onlineec/knittingCalculator.asp

-Knitting your Swatch: seriously I know we all want to start knitting our project ASAP, but swatching will eliminate many head and heart aches later. Also maybe that yarn you thought looked lovely you despise knitting with, return it and try another!

-http://voices.yahoo.com/dos-donts-knitting-gauge-swatch-9914465.html?cat=24

-http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring03/FEATswatchout.html

-http://crazyknittinglady.wordpress.com/2011/09/19/why-swatching-doesnt-have-to-suck/

-http://www.earthguild.com/products/knitcroc/marypat/gauge.htm

-Body Shape Type-Not sure what you body shape type is?

-http://www.joyofclothes.com/style-advice/shape-guides/body-shapes-overview.php/the-lean-column.php

-What clothing looks best on your body type…create your look here, and see if you like the silhouette, a look generator!

-http://www.joyofclothes.com/style-me/

Do you have a list you refer to before starting a knitting project? I’d love to hear what it is.

Get knitting!

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8.03.2012

Wouldn’t You Like To Be Knitting Here….

Kathmandu tooftop

Dawn in Kathmandu from segenepal’s photostream from flickr

I like the contrast of this photo!

Kathmandu Nepal is the capital and, with more than one million inhabitants, the largest metropolitan city of Nepal.

8.01.2012

Knitting Apps! (or I’ve got a android now)

I finally gave in and got one. Two days later I’m hooked,
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Well after calling several people accidentally, and having trouble hanging up. Does anyone actually read the manual that comes with your phone? No! Only when forced to…*grin*
I went on an app downloading spree, of course after loosing my micro sd chip in the only little gap in the back of the phone. Gone forever I guess, I was afraid to poke around too much. What are your favorite app’s?
I had no idea that there were so many knitting apps! So I decided to check them out *of course* I’m not sure there are any “must have” ones, of course why not check some out, especially if they are free!. Oh, there is an android group on Ravelry,
Top Knitting Apps. (let me know if you use any apps for knitting or have any of these)
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1. Visual Knitting Counter (free, ave rating 4)-After looking at the screen shots I thought this would be handy for keeping track of lace knitting. And one of the reviewers thought so “Multiple counters with editable labels plus the ability to paste in your pattern text make this great for knitting lace”
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2. Ravelry Photo Uploader (free ave rating 3.7)  Update your projects when you want to. Upload your photos directly to Ravelry.com from your Android phone or tablet!
Works with either:
- Ravelry mobile site (free)
Go to m.ravelry.com, select a project, go to the photos tab and click Upload.
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3. Knitting Stash (free, ave rating 4.2), I wasn’t interested in this app, but the number of downloads convinced me to check it out! Knitting Stash is a suite of tools that helps you keep track of your knitting needles, crochet hooks, projects and all of your counters.

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4. Ravulous ($1.59 ave rating 4.3) This is for Ravelry users,. I took a long look at this, and think I’m going to use it, Not made by Ravelry. Below from description of app.
Ravulous is a knitting / crochet project browser app for users of Ravelry.com. Log in with a Ravelry account on your phone or tablet, and you can:
* **NEW** upload photos to projects and stashed yarns from your phone's camera or gallery! (Requires Ravelry Photo Uploader, a separate free app available here https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=us.ravulo.photouploader)
* receive notifications when you get new Ravelry messages and unread forum replies
* search for patterns and yarns by name, and look at photos and yardages required
* look at your queued projects, with recommended yarn and yardages required - handy for yarn shopping!
* see your project details and edit your project notes
* share project photos on twitter/google+/email/facebook
* admire your stash - check yardages of yarn you already have
Want to know more? Come and join the Ravulous group on Ravelry!:http://www.ravelry.com/groups/ravulous
Want to report an issue or enhancement? There is an issue tracker open to everybody here, you can edit my todo list directly: http://littlegreenbugs.com/bugs/apps/ravulous/.
NB. Ravulous is not affiliated with Ravelry. It is written by an independent developer who likes knitting. It is never going to be anything like as good as ravelry.com, but it complements it by offering some useful on-the-go features optimized for mobile devices.
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5. BeeCount (free ave rating 4.8) I like the simplicity of this app .Saw a mention of this app on Ravelry's Android group.  It's a great app, easy to use - I especially like the ability to have multiple counters for a single project, this is handy for things like 2 socks at the same time.  Written as a training exercise for learning Android programming by the author, her website here.

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6.Gauge Fy (free ave rating 4.6) below from description, I think we could all do this with our calculators, but it is handy to have, and makes me feel like I don’t have to check my math. *grin*
Calculate your knitting/crochet gauge with Gaugefy! Gaugefy helps you calculate your gauge easily. It also helps you: ★Adjust your gauge - for the pattern you are working with ★Calculate your end goals -
dropbox
Not a knitting app, but I’m planning on keeping my knitting patterns on here, how often have you lost yours while on a trip?
7. Dropbox (free ave rating 4.6) (I think this is a great app) How about putting your knitting patterns on it!
Dropbox lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere.Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. After you install Dropbox on your computer, any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, your Android device, and even the Dropbox website! With the Dropbox app, you can take everything that matters to you on the go.
Read your docs or flip through your albums when you're out and about. Save photos or videos to your Dropbox and share them with friends in just a couple taps. Even if you accidentally leave your Android in a taxi, your stuff is always safe on Dropbox.
Features:
• Always have your stuff with you, no matter where you are.
• Save photos and videos to your Dropbox.
• Share your photos and docs with family and friends.
• Save email attachments straight to your Dropbox.
• Easily edit docs in your Dropbox.
Enjoy your knitting!!dancingintheraingif