The Knit must go on … …

If I can be so bold as to pass on a piece of advice to you it’s this … perform regular backups! Preferably on a weekly schedule, depending on how much information you’re putting on your hard drive. You can delete the previous one after the current one is complete, although I would recommend keeping 2 and on separate drives. Yeah, last week this was my computer …

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That’s not how you want an iMac to look. It’s really hard seeing websites when it’s in that condition. o_O

So yes, my hard drive failed. I think the data is okay … I’ll just have to find a way to replace the motor in the drive and see if it will spin again. So truthfully, that’s why I haven’t posted in 2 weeks. Even after I replaced the drive and reloaded the operating system, I had to reload the software and the files. Problem was (is), my last backup was from last year. A lot of time was spent getting updates for older versions of software and I’ve lost a lot of documents. ?

But the knitting continues!! Because especially in times like this, knitting can be relieving! As can a mojito and the last episode of Game of Thrones! 😉

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Now that’s how you want your iMac to look! And yes, the mojito is a little “cloudy” but that’s because I didn’t have any white rum on hand so I used my Appleton’s. 😉

I am pleased to say though that I did get knitting in during that time and am almost finished my next sweater …

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Yup, that’s 2 at a time sleeves! Are they long enough Jennifer? 😉

Next on deck is working on the Close Knit Community! If you haven’t joined it yet, what are you waiting for?! There will be a big update with that early next week. You can become a member just by signing up here … Close Knit Community!

Keep knitting everyone!

Hugzzz 😎

 

Getting Better at Knitting

Like most things in life, the secret to becoming better at knitting is to embrace the social aspect of it and to congregate with other knitters!When I learned to knit I didn’t have the benefit of YouTube and numerous knitting groups to choose from. Yes, I came from the school of hard knocks and have frogged many a project and made many, many, mistakes. While I’d like to think that helped make me a better knitter, I can truly say that I saw a real difference in my knitting IQ growth once I stared to knit with other knitters.

The biggest influence on me by far was a lady named Kathleen, who worked in the LYS I first worked in. She was your typical image of a “knitter” as my ignorance understood it way back when! A grandmother in her 60’s, she was a traditionalist at heart, believed in throwing always, and British to boot! She had more knowledge in her head than almost anyone I know, and could deconstruct and reverse engineer almost anything – knitted or crocheted. I loved just sitting with her and absorbing the copious amounts of information that seeped out of her needles!

Thankfully, Kathleen has been reincarnated in the form of knitting groups and events like World Wide Knit in Public Day! Through these things we can get together and knit and more importantly, share our knowledge with each other to help ourselves become better at this craft we all love. Yesterday, in Vancouver, a group of 33 people braved the rain and did just that for 3 hours! While it wasn’t long enough and we probably could have stayed there until we were removed by force, it was fantastic to just sit and knit and socialize and become part of a Close Knit Community. I would like to thank Danielle Landes for starting what has become such a great way for us to do this – WWKIP DAY! If you’re a knitter or crocheter that participated in one of the hundreds of WKIP Day events yesterday, show her some love and support by visiting the link and letting her know!

For the people that were out at the Close Knit Community event in Vancouver yesterday, a HUGE thank you for coming out and sharing your time and talents with me. And thanks for the assistance in organizing it! And to everyone that donated a giveaway, thank you as well! I’m sure we would have gathered anyway, but there was definitely added delight as names were drawn for giveaways. Some displays of appreciation were worthy of being recorded and I wish I had had the cameras rolling! 😉

Here are a few pictures from yesterday, and I look forward to having regular, similar events, in the future and a ginormous event next year!!

Hugzzz 😎

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Just one more sleep until the WKIP day event! Yes, we’ll be downtown by the Olympic Torch from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm for 3 hours of solid knitting/crocheting fun!! IN PUBLIC!!!!

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Hopefully you’re coming! If you are, I’d love it if you could let me know at either of these links below …

WKIP Close Knit Community

Close Knit Community Facebook

If we get 75 people there, I will personally donate a sweaters’ worth of yarn as a giveaway! That’s right, 10 x 100g skeins of worsted weight yarn! It’s more than enough for a sweater for me, so I’m sure you’ll be able to make one too! As for the other prizes/giveaways …

Wet Coast Wools – $25 Gift Certificate

Urban Yarns – $25 Gift Certificate

Gina Brown’s Yarn – $50 Gift Certificate

Knit Social Events – 2 Weekend passes to Knit City 2016

Baaad Anna’s – 10% off pretty much everything in the store tomorrow!

Button Button – these awesome knitting buttons – simply visit the store before Jan 25th for an entry! IMG_20160616_124731

Sweet Georgia Yarns – a skein of tough love sock … IMG_20160617_164943

Soxcetera (Shannon Fisher) – a hand made knitting bag … soxcetera

Kristin Omdahl Yarns – a skein of Be So Fine and Be So Sporty yarn IMG_20160617_180706

It Takes Balls To Knit – these goodies … IMG_20160611_191001

So you’ll notice that all the supporters have a link (their names). Please show your appreciation for all they’re doing to help keep this knitting community thriving by visiting their sites and liking and following them through their Social Media presence. It means a lot to them and allows them to better cater to your wants and needs. for It Takes balls To Knit, if you’re not a member yet, please join our Close Knit Community.

There will also be a yarn steal! If you’d like to participate, bring a wrapped skein of yarn that you’d like to knit with yourself. Try and keep the value to $10 – $20 if you can. The rules are on the Facebook and WKIP pages (links above) but we’ll go over them tomorrow!

And most importantly, if you are able, please participate in a WKIP Day event local to you! If there isn’t one (check here to find out), grab a fellow knitter and go find somewhere public and knit a few stitches! You’ll be helping our community grow and having a great time doing it!

Hugzzz 😎

Knitflix!

I don’t know if you’re like me or not, but I just can’t help looking for knitwear whenever I’m watching a TV show or movie. I don’t intentionally look for it, but knitwear is like a neon sign whenever I’m watching stuff. Actually, even in everyday life, out in public, I’ve been known to stop a stranger to take a picture of something cool they’re wearing. I know it’s high on the creep factor initially, but once I explain, and show them a card or something to make them believe I knit, its usually all cool. TV is different though because I get to pause it and admire without freaking anybody out.

And today, while I was in Wet Coast Wools, one of my favorite LYSes, preparing for World Wide Knit in Public Day, I got talking with Glenda and the ladies in the store about knitting on television. They’ve turned me on a great series called Cranford and Return to Cranford that features knitting throughout. I’ve just started watching it, but I promise to report on it in the future. I have done a post (or two) before about knitting on television, but thought it was a great time to re-visit that topic as there are so many new shows that feature knitting. And I learned of a few I didn’t know about (and I’m sure there are lots more to discover)!

Now I’m fairly certain we’re all familiar with the more popular ones like Outlander and Elementary (which have been featured here before), but as I just said, there are a few really good new ones you might not have been aware of.

Gotham …

… reinventing the Batman story might not seem like the most likely place to feature knitting, and it doesn’t do it on a regular basis, but every now and then Alfred (Sean Pertwee) shows up in a great sweater that makes you want to pick up your needles and yarn! In the last few episodes of Season 2, you’ve also seen a young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) in a few different sweater looks. And right from the very beginning you knew you see a teen-aged Catwoman (Camren Bicondova) sporting the fingerless gloves!

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Grimm …

… having just finished it’s 5th Season, it seems Grimm is here to stay for a little while longer. I’m good with that. A modern retelling of the classic Grimm Fairy Tales, Grimm centers on the life on police detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli), who discovers he is descended from a long line of hunters who fight supernatural evil. It may sound hokey, but it’s a good spin on a lot of the tales we know so well and it’s done very well. My favorite reason for tuning into this show though has become to see what sweater or cardigan Monroe (Siras Wier Mitchell) will wear next! And sometimes his wife Rosalee (Bree Turner) gets in on the action with a dapper number of her own!

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Scandal …

… this show lives up to it’s name as each week, there is a fresh Scandal for Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and Associates to squash in their distinct gladiatorial style! I enjoyed the plot of the show the first 2 seasons, as the underlying story behind the real scandal of the presidency of the White House was very interesting and unpredictable. Unfortunately now however, my main reason for watching it is to check in on the style of the wardrobe the characters are wearing. It’s not always a knitted piece, but even so, a lot of the pieces offer inspiration for creating a knitted counterpart. For me that’s reason enough to tune in. 🙂

Doctor Who …

… everybody knows about the infamous Doctor Who scarf from the series when Tom Baker portrayed everyone’s favorite time traveling doctor! And while the current incarnation of the heralded doctor doesn’t sport a scarf, the show made the list because of the scarf worn by Osgood (Ingrid Oliver) in the 50th Anniversary episode. There was also another scarf worn by John Hurt in his portrayal of the doctor in this episode that stood out enough for me to take notice … and possibly reverse engineer both in the near future? 😉

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Forever …

… this gets a mention even though the show was cancelled after 1 season. In the show, a 200+ year old New York City coroner (Ioan Gruffudd) is searching for the secret of his apparent immortality after being shot and returning to life. In this show, Henry Morgan (Ioan), is always wearing scarves. So much so he is known for them by the other characters, some of which envy them. I had had plans of knitting a few for the show’s costumer in the hpe of them being used in the show, but alas, it got cancelled. 🙁

There are many other notables that should be mentioned in this post, but I’ll save them for a later date. In the interim, tell me shows you know that feature knitting on a regular basis. Let me know via a comment here, and/or a post on the various platforms of social media using the hashtag #knitflix … I’ll have a surprise for a lucky submission in the not too distant future!

Hugzzz 😎

 

 

It’s Time! …

For what you ask? Well, for a lot of things! The first and most important is to let you know about the new look of my website. Okay, yeah, I guess you’ve seen it already. Actually, if you followed a link to this post directly, then you might not have. So after you read this one, click on the logo at the top and have a look around. I’d love any feedback on what you think – all comments are appreciated and I will use them to fine tune things. 🙂

It seems like I couldn’t have timed the “renovation” any better, as there’s a pretty big event happening next Saturday, June 18th. It’s World Wide Knit in Public Day! I think this is a great thing as it allows everyone to see just how many knitters there are! I still get a chuckle whenever I’m out knitting in public and someone says something like … “it’s good to see knitting is making a comeback”. We all know it never slowed down, as a matter of fact, it’s constantly increasing, but it’s good to let everyone else know that as well.

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So for WKIP day, we’re hosting an event in Vancouver, BC. If you’re in the area, I’d love if you came by and knitted with us for a bit. It’s happening at the Olympic Cauldron in downtown Vancouver, and there will be lots in attendance and even more passers by as this is one of the busiest areas of the city – especially during the summer days! It will happen between 1:00 and 4:00 pm officially, however you’re welcome to come earlier and stay longer if you wish! There will be lots of goodies, prizes and giveaways, a learn to knit/crochet demo, a yarn steal, and fun galore! Be sure to attend if you can. Here is a link to the event on the WKIP site, where you can find out about events happening all over the world or even host your own in your neck of the woods.

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and the home page of the site …

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If you’re unable to attend, join us through Facebook at this link and you’ll be eligible to win some free patterns from this site!

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To get things started, I’ll be giving away a special surprise to be revealed later. To be eligible, you have to do the following 2 things …

  1. Join our Close Knit Community – here’s the link … CKC
  2. Post a picture on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter (any 1 will do but you can do all 3 if you like) of you knitting in public and tag it with #ittakesballstoknit and #kipwithme

The draw for this will happen next Saturday at 10:00 am (PST) and the winner will be announced through the 3 platforms mentioned in step 2 and at our event. Here’s my favorite KIP photo …

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Now that that’s out of the way, you’re probably wondering what I’ve been up to over the last few month since last we saw each other. In a word, LOTS!! I’ve finished five sweaters and am now finalizing the patterns to make them available to you shortly. Organizing the photo shoot with models is a little tricky as the weather is a little warmer than necessary for cozy sweaters. I’m working on the design and knitting of a few more as well.

I’m designing something special for a good friend of mine you may have heard of – Kristin Omdahl. If you don’t know her, don’t worry, you will very soon! You can get a peek into her world by clicking on the link! And you can pick up the current issue of Interweave Crochet – she made the front AND back cover! This is her holding up the issue – Summer 2016!

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I’m also designing something for these 2 Guys – lol (I’m too funny for my own good) – 2 Guys Yarn Company. I think you’ll lie it when it’s done.

There’s lots more … involving an upcoming podcast, yarn and book reviews (and giveaways), more knitting, and more knitting! Stay tuned folks, we’re just getting stared!

Huge hugzzz 😎