For the better part of a year I think I tuned in on Thursday evening to take part in #knitchat on Twitter. It was such fun to make friends with fellow knitters around the world. Eventually it was decided that Saturday morning (for me 11:00 am est) would accommodate more people. It is really hard for me to be available at 11:00 am on chore day. This past Saturday was the first time in a long time that I was able to chat with my folks. It was such fun. Even though I haven’t had the time to knit or crochet like I want to, hearing about their projects was fun. Knowing that there are lots of folks out there that share my love in fiber is a good thing. Maybe next week too. I’m sure going to try.
This week has been busy but little craft production. Too tired in the evening and too busy during the day. The completion of the granddaughters sweater is looking dim. I will see what happens this week. Yesterday I participated in the first UK/US #knitchat hosted by @cloudynatknit doing her usual stellar job. Many of our US tweeps were tweeting and I made some new friends on the other side of the pond as they say. I know for most of you tweeting with people worldwide is just routine, but for someone who went to college before personal computers, cell phones or the WWW existed, I still get a big kick out of it.
Sharing a love of craft supercedes a host of other conditions including age, race, sex or country of origin. I speak knit and crochet and a bit of felting, spinning and fabric in general. My tweeps regardless of where they are speak the same language. What great fun. Anyway a new week begins and tomorrow we talk about yarn.
Last night we had an interesting #knitchat on twitter about knitting on a budget. For those of you that may not be aware #knitchat is held on Thursday night for one hour 6:30 pm Pacific time/9:30 pm Eastern time. New topic every week and lively discussion all the time. Part of the question was about whether we had recycled projects, yarn or garments. Natalie, our moderator (@cloudynatknit on twitter) mentioned that Ravelry had groups dedicated to repurposing. So I visited Ravelry and found the following sites. Some of them seem to be active but you will have to check yourselves. I am curious about buying sweaters for instance at thrift stores and reusing the yarn. I will let you know if I do it. Anyway here are some Ravelry groups for you to visit. Let me know if you get any tips on this process or if you have done it already let me know.
- bits and bobs
- recycle your yarn
- Raveler’s Recycled Knits & Crochets
- Alternative Knits
- From Trash to Treasures
- The Handknit Liberation Front
Every Thursday is #knitchat night on Twitter. All are welcomed and we have both knitters and crocheters. We do discuss knitting topics but it can be fun for the crochet groups too. 9:30 p.m. eastern/6:30 p.m. western and you guys in the middle USA know where you fall (sorry I don’t have times for the rest of the world but I figure you all know) . In order to be part of the discussion you must add #knitchat to your tweets. Hope to see you tomorrow night.
This is the word that Natalie (@cloudynatknit on Twitter) uses to describe our topic tomorrow night on #knitchat. KnitChat is a separate chat that we knitters have every Thursday evening. I am guest moderating and very anxious to do a good job. So for all of you who are not on Twitter I must say that I went from whats the point of Twitter to I’m on Twitter off and on all day. The craft community is vast and worldwide and I have a great time on Thursday evening hearing about every ones week, their opinion of the weekly topic and discussing what is happening in other parts of the world. I often forget that our fall means the beginning of summer in other parts of the world!
So tomorrows topic is how many of us indulge in more than one craft hence “multicraftual”. I find this interesting and can’t wait to see the response. So if you can visit Twitter tomorrow Thursday the 29th of September. 6:30 pm PDT and 9:30 EDT! I’m @knttingnedjmi on Twitter. To participate you must put #knitchat in your conversation to become part of the weekly discussion.