Sunday, June 23, 2019

The Death of Ravelry and Pinterest

Just recently, Pinterest banned a pro-life organization, Live Action.  Now I come home from church tonight to find that Ravelry bans any mention of Trump support (presumably it is still fine to be derangedly negative about him.)  They carefully state in their announcement that they are not banning conservatives, etc., which simply means they want us to keep contributing to the knitting database, but never out ourselves as Trump voters.  Even though most of us have stoically endured their obscene pink hats, nasty women pro-abortion rally photos, and blatantly left-wing politics.

As of now, I have deleted my Pinterest account.  Since Ravelry just instituted their anti-American policy, I am making sure I have all my important data first-- Unless they ban me first, since I quickly changed most of my project names to things like "Make Knitting Great Again Scarf" and "Conservatives Have More Fun."

I still have a personal policy of never unfriending people unless they are obscene or excessively profane, so I welcome everyone who enjoys fiber arts here--even if you otherwise hate me.  I also keep my facebook friends of various political flavors because, unlike the left, I don't fear opposition.  I know in the end truth always wins---if not now, then certainly in eternity.

Now go out and keep knitting great, no matter how the SJWs whine and rage and ban.

For a truly diverse and inclusive platform, without snowflakes and pompous, self-righteous liberal virtue signaling and banning, try STEEM.   Decentralized blockchain technology will eventually trump facebook and all the other banning Marxists. 

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Playing with Colors and Stitch Patterns

These three scarves are all done in a color scheme inspired by the latest Doctor in the Doctor Who series.  Ravelry is filled with interpretations, so I tried several.  On the left is a crocheted moss stitch scarf (free pattern here)

The center scarf is a linen stitch done in the round with a wide steek that is cut and raveled to form the fringe.  See StitchyLinda's instructions.

The scarf on the right is a simple garter stitch done on extra-long circular needles using the color sequence from Kate Heppell's post.

You could make these same scarves using warm autumn colors, pastels, or monochrome shading.  I especially recommend the steeked fringe, if only for the interesting technique.  Knit on, and please comment and share if you try these patterns!

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Scandinavian Sweater Style

As a knitter, I recognize great style and quality when I see it in ready-to-wear.  This comes in handy when I don't have time to hand knit something wonderful. Take this excellent example of Scandinavian style color motifs from Stylish Portal:

This heavyweight 100% cotton sweater costs a mere $46.99 and is available in sizes M through XL. (XXL is already sold out.) You can get all the technical specs and purchase this great casual cardigan through this link.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Favorite Projects from 2018

Here, in no particular order, are my favorite projects from this past year, organized by craft.


Thirteenth Doctor-Inspired Scarf


Dirndl Blouse from a Burda Pattern

Kindle Cover 

Loom Knitting
 Adult and Toddler Hats in e-Wrap Knit Stitch

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Creative Book Cover Resource

If you are like me, you would rather spend time knitting or sewing than designing covers for your ebooks.  Here is a business acquaintance who trades book cover designs for the social media work he does not enjoy.  Check it out:

What do you enjoy and do well? Can you trade it with someone who is equally gifted in a different area?  Make a deal!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Margaret Beaufort Sweater--Sewn Together!

Check out this update on my Margaret Beaufort sweater on Steemit's NeedleWorkMonday.  I have finished the collar (which I made smaller than the pattern) and have just picked up stitches for the button band.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Loom Knitting--What's the Big Deal?

Knitting looms are multiplying in the needlework section of all the craft stores.  I always considered them a children's toy (having done my share of spool knitting with my children) and know a loom slows me down compared to my continental knitting on needles.  However, I can see some possible advantages as a knitting teacher:

  1. It might be easier to teach loom knitting, as students are less likely to drop stitches off pegs than needles.  
  2. I think students might have fewer tension problems in the beginning--though I could be wrong.
  3. Looms should eliminate the common beginner knitting problem of adding accidental stitches because the old loop was not dropped after making a new stitch.
I will be testing my hypotheses this fall, as I am committed to teaching beginning loom knitting to homeschooled students in grades 6-12 at two cooperatives.  I might be completely mistaken, but I also might be wildly successful--a risk worth taking!

So I am slowing down a bit and looming samples this summer.  I'll keep you posted.