30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 30

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

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Wow! The last question seems rather anti-climactic, doesn’t it? However, send me a friend request and I’ll add you back. I love looking at others projects and yarny goodness.

I can’t believe it’s the last day of the Knitting Challenge. It makes me a little sad. When I first started out, I wasn’t sure if I would make it this far. I am very glad that I did. I only missed one day and I was able to combine it with another day, so that means 29 posts for the month of September. That’s definitely a record for me!

I feel like you’ve probably gotten to know me a little bit better. I’ve also picked up quite a few new subscribers! I’m up to 125 now 🙂 If you want to read the other days in the challenge, just search for 30 Day Knitting Challenge or 30 Day Challenge and they should all pull up. Or just sort by the month of September 2016 on the right hand side of the menu.

Would I do a challenge like this again? Absolutely! I feel like it has tested me and made me think about my knitting journey so far and dream about what’s to come. I’ve received a lot of insights from others comments and have really enjoyed the positive response.

Here are a few more funny knitting meme’s I’ve found. I hope you enjoyed this series. Now, I get back to my regular blogging 🙂

The 30 Day Knitting Challenge is the creation of Meggiewes who blogs at Knitting in Wonderland.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 29

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

I’ve learned that knitting relaxes me and puts me into a meditative state. So much so that I knit for a really long time before realizing that I haven’t taken a break. I can’t keep doing that or I’ll end up taking a forever knitting break instead of several weeks. I used to be stressed all the time and took Xanax to relieve my anxiety. Knitting has become my Xanax and I’m excited to let you know that I am slowly back to knitting again. I even have an FO to share once my challenge is over.

Knitting makes it easier to find friends. I really enjoy my Thursday Knitting Meetup Group and although it has taken awhile, I think I might actually be meeting with some people “after hours”.  Plus if you knit in public, people are going to talk to you. For someone that works virtually and doesn’t get much contact with the outside world, this is a very nice side effect.

I’ve learned that if one method doesn’t work for you, try another! For example, on my first shawl project with wrap & turns (W&T), I was extremely frustrated with the holes it left in my work…plus I kept getting my counts screwed up. I researched different ways to do W&T’s and now the German Short Row is my favorite. The video I linked will show you how to substitute a regular W&T in a pattern.

I’ve learned that YouTube is a fantastic resource for anything you want to know about knitting. I’ve learned how to knit, purl, increase, decrease, read a pattern, to fix mistakes and so on and so on. Everything I’ve learned about knitting has come through YouTube. Anytime I have a question about knitting, I go to YouTube to see if there is a video. KnittingHelp.com is also a fantastic resource if you can’t find what you are looking for in video format.

As I’ve gotten more experienced with knitting, I’ve realized that making socks or a sweater or knitting with more than one color or any pattern that I see and love is not impossible. I used to think I would only knit scarves and hats. Little did I know the world that would open up to me once I learned how to read a pattern. Things that might not make sense will happen if you just follow your pattern…or not. I know some who like to live dangerously 😀

Knitting has also brought me closer to the blogging community. It’s given my blog a focus. I love getting emails telling me that some of my favorite bloggers have a new post up and I also love reading about their adventures. I’ve formed real attachments with people and feel like I’m invested in their stories.

I never knew what would happen to me if I started knitting. Now, I can’t get enough.

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The 30 Day Knitting Challenge is the creation of Meggiewes who blogs at Knitting in Wonderland.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

30 Day Knitting Challenge – 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?

I love crafting! I’ve crocheted since I was eight years old…as well as cross stitched since I was a teenager. My Mom always made sure we had something fun to work on because she loved doing it too. For other crafts, I tend to bounce around from thing to thing, depending on my mood.

I’ve tried jewelry making, clay art, ceramics, glass blowing, making stained glass, wood burning, tatting, sewing, etc. I also love to make homemade Christmas Ornaments. I make an annual trip to Indiana to see my family and we have a tradition of making Christmas ornaments while I’m there. The only thing I haven’t really tried my hand at is scrapbooking and paper crafts.

All of these came before learning how to knit.

 

The 30 Day Knitting Challenge is the creation of Meggiewes who blogs at Knitting in Wonderland.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 27

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

I have acquired yarn from each of these options. I’ve also had it given to me by friends and family.

I acquire most of my yarn from different indie dyers on Etsy. I’ve mentioned several of them before; however some of my favorites are Kat’s Kettle, Circus Tonic Handmade, Yarn Enabler, The Cozy Knitter and Spun Right Round. I also shop at Webs and Knit Picks; however not as much as I used to. I occasionally run into JoAnn’s Fabric and Craft Store, Michael’s or Hobby Lobby when I need yarn for gifts and I know the person will not hand wash the garment. I will say that being able to support indie dyers is my favorite way to acquire yarn.

With all that said, I am currently on a yarn diet. This means no looking at Instagram, listening to knitting related podcasts or coveting what others bring to my Thursday Knitting Meetup group, lest I otherwise be tempted. Unfortunately, I am easily tempted 😀

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The 30 Day Knitting Challenge is the creation of Meggiewes who blogs at Knitting in Wonderland.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

30 Day Knitting Challenge – 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’ve been part of several knit-a-longs and have really enjoyed them. There’s something about the camaraderie and excitement of seeing others progress that I find exhilarating and inspiring.

I most recently participated in the Olympic Marathon hosted by Andrea at This Knitted Life. I posted about my Most Artistic win with The Almost Lost Washcloth and the yarn prize I won.

Another knit-a-long was for Susan B Anderson’s Smooth Operator socks. Thank goodness that one didn’t have to be finished to be entered. Here are a few more:

3 Color Cashmere Cowl – hosted by Diary of a Yarn Snob and Milkshed Blog Podcasts

All of these projects fall under the 1 year, 12 skeins, 12 projects category hosted by Milkshed Blog Podcast.

Quick Socks – January

Honeycomb – February (double dipped in the Tin Can Knits New Tricks KAL)

The Age of Brass & Steam Kerchief – March

Petunia the Patio Monster – April

And…I don’t have anything else after that for this KAL because I was working on projects that were multiple projects out of one skein (baby hat, socks and cardigan) or I was working on projects that took more than one skein.

I’ve joined in another few KAL’s; however was not able to complete them on time. I think it might be a long time until I join another one. I have a lot that I want to knit in my favorites and my queue and I’d really like to get to those lists before signing up for another one. Not unless the pattern I really want to knit is in the KAL 🙂

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The 30 Day Knitting Challenge is the creation of Meggiewes who blogs at Knitting in Wonderland.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 25

Do you have a knitting book or a place where you keep patterns, ideas, size measurements? Post a picture of it!

Like most internet savvy knitters these days, I keep my notes / patterns, etc. on Ravelry. It’s the easiest way to go back and look over the details of a project, especially when knitting a pattern for the second time.

For my downloaded patterns, or those not on Ravelry, I have folders set up in my Google drive. I have one set up for Crochet and one for Knitting. They are further broken down by categories, such as blankets, sweaters, scarves, cowls, baby, etc. I really like this set up because when I switch from my desktop to my laptop or any other device where I can sign into Chrome, I have access to the same photos and patterns.

I do still have books and they are mostly located in my home office / craft room on bookshelves. They are also cataloged into my Ravelry library, which means when I knit from one of the books, I also have the pattern online. Here are a few pics…then I have a few scattered throughout my living room. I also have a folder where I keep completed printed patterns from years gone by…and those that are really, really old and precious to me that I’ve kept from my Grandma and other relatives.

 

The 30 Day Knitting Challenge is the creation of Meggiewes who blogs at Knitting in Wonderland.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 24

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

I haven’t made my own pattern or dyed my own yarn; however I am interested in doing both! I’ve watched videos on YouTube for how to dye yarn and I think it would be super fun. I just need to make the time to do it…plus I really need to whittle down my stash before I jump into buying more yarn. I’ve also got some ideas floating around in my head for some hats, cowls and shawls. Maybe one day they will jump out of my head and onto paper.

I did however add to a pattern! I made Hugo the Couch Potato Monster for my great nephew Athan and I didn’t want to use felt for the teeth, as was called for in the pattern. He’s three years old and I was worried that he would tear it off or it would come off in the wash. So, I crocheted teeth and sewed them to the monster. Does that count as making my own pattern? I looked online and on Ravelry and couldn’t find anything that I liked, so I just started experimenting.

You can read more about it on my Ravelry page if you would like to use the pattern for the teeth in one of your future projects. Here are some pictures that I haven’t shared…Athan with his new monster and some pics of the blanket that I crocheted for his new brother Anden! I think he likes it 🙂

 

The 30 Day Knitting Challenge is the creation of Meggiewes who blogs at Knitting in Wonderland.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!