Sunday, July 7, 2019

Knit Faster Using the Continental Style


I learned to knit using the English Style. I've been wanting to learn how to knit using the Continental Style for quite awhile now for several reasons including the fact that one can typically knit faster with the Continental Style. 

There other reasons to learn the Continental Style of knitting that are highlighted in the above video tutorial by Chandi from Expression Fiber Arts. 

So, if you want to learn how to knit in the Continental Style, then check out the excellent video tutorial above.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Knitting An Easy Seed Stitch Necktie!


My husband wants me to knit him a necktie! 

A necktie is something I never thought about making for my husband before as he doesn't normally wear neckties very often.

I found the above video tutorial, made by Studio Knit on YouTube, to be helpful... Now I simply need to knit that necktie for my hubby. 😊😊

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Ravelry Bans Trump Talk And Patterns

Yesterday, I discovered an interesting article on NPR titled, Ravelry, The Knitting Website, Bans Trump Talk And Patterns by Vanessa Romo. In the article, Vanessa Romo wrote the following:
The popular knitting and crochet website Ravelry says its 8 million members are welcome to garter, seed or purl stitch their way through thousands of online patterns — but if they want to cast on with any pro-Trump views, they need to do it somewhere else.
The website's administrators announced Sunday that Ravelry is "banning support of Donald Trump and his administration" in any form, including "forum posts, projects, patterns, profiles" and anything else.
"We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy. Support of the Trump administration is undeniably support for white supremacy," Ravelry said in a statement.
Ravelry said its new policy is not an indication of support for one party over the other. It also said members are not allowed to entrap Trump admirers into political discourse on the site.
"Antagonizing conservative members for their unstated positions is not acceptable," administrators warned.
They did not specify any aspects of the Trump administration's policies that they regard as white supremacist.
I'm a member of Ravelry, but I don't spend much time on their website. I occasionally login to Ravelry to look for knitting patterns. I've been completely unaware of anything Trump related on their website as a knitting website, like Ravelry, isn't a place I would ever look to as a source of discussion for politics. So, needless to say, I was surprised to learn that Ravelry had to place such a ban.

Click on the top link to read the entire article!

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Ripple Stitch Baby Blanket


I've yet to knit a baby blanket or any sort of afghan blanket before. Additionally, I've yet to knit anything using the ripple stitch either. 

So when I came across a video tutorial on YouTube on how to make a baby blanket using the ripple stitch, I decided I wanted to make one!!

My Knitted Items Displayed at the 2019 Alameda County Fair


I entered three of my knitted items to be displayed to the 2019 Alameda County Fair this year. I entered a hat, poncho, and a scarf with fringe. It's the first time I've ever submitted any of my handmade items to be judged and displayed at an event.

I didn't win any ribbons for any of my handmade items I entered at the Alameda County Fair this year... And I'm fine with that! It was all about the experience of doing something new to me. 

I had a fabulous time viewing all of the crocheted, knitted, and other handmade items on display at the Alameda County Fair this past Friday with my husband.

Above is a photograph of me standing next to my blue knitted scarf with fringe. 

I am not posting photographs of the poncho or the matching hat I made as it was difficult to take a good shot of each item due to the way they were displayed.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Me Knitting In Public on World Wide Knit In Public Day!!


It was a beautiful morning in my neck of the woods today... So after visiting my local farmers market, I decided to spend time knitting outdoors in public. 

I'm still working on the Lion Brand Scarfie Checkerboard Ridge Scarf. I am using one skein of Lion Brand's Scarfie yarn in the Oxford/Claret colorway. 

I'm loving this pattern so far as it is totally adorable. I'm about 60% into this project with 98 more rows to knit!

Happy knitting to you!! I hope you were able to knit in public today for World Wide Knit In Public Day 2019.

Happy World Wide Knit In Public Day 2019!!


I hope you find yourself knitting in public today!!