It's Going to be Fall Before You Know It Knit Swap and Challenge!

theerinpala:

Just as the title suggests, even though it’s only July, it’s going to be fall before you know it, and everyone needs cute knitted accessories during the autumn months! So it’s time for another Tumblr knit swap!

Because it IS still summer, it’s not very fun to knit large items such as scarves or…

Woot! Another knitswap! I loved doing the last one, so I’m excited to use my new sock skills for good. Everyone ch-ch-check it out!

Some work doodles. (I haven’t drawn in a month due to life stress nonsesnse and MAN, am I out of shape.)

Some work doodles. (I haven’t drawn in a month due to life stress nonsesnse and MAN, am I out of shape.)

theerinpala:

yo the tumblr knitters should do a sock or hat exchange or something

A chance to practice my socks AND and excuse to buy more sock yarn? Count me in.

What is the best piece of knitting advice you’ve ever gotten?

To a new knitter: Don’t give up! Everyone’s first rectangle looked like a wonky ball of crap, just keep practicing, you will get the hang of it. No one starts out making beautiful sweaters - even Hermione Granger made some very lumpy hats to start with, and she could do magic.

Also: I try to teach myself a new skill with every project. Learned hats? try 2 color hats. Then make a cowl to learn to bead, then make a lace scarf with new stiches you haven’t tried. Just keep pushing!

(Source: fannishknits)

Rug progress for theartassignment (and some matching toenails)! After about 5 false starts, a weeks work, and about a million little threads everywhere (I see why Fritz Haeg used jersey) and it’s starting to look more like a rug, and less like a knot of fabric.
This process was a little weird for me, in a good way. As a rather avid knitter, I thought I would pick up crocheting no problem, and the strips of fabric and loops would quickly make just as much sense to me as the yarn and patterns of knitting - but it really didn’t.(somewhere a crocheter is laughing at me for this).
I actually got a little frustrated, that this craft didn’t come easy, and I suddenly understood why so many people I tried to teach to knit would get so frustrated or confused and quit. If you haven’t yet learned the language of the yarn or fabric, then it’s so easy for the whole process to seem an impenetrable mystery, something that only crafters would get. But all crafters start out confused too, the understanding comes in time. And by no means do I understand crochet now. But I know another skill and have something else to do with my restless hands.

Rug progress for theartassignment (and some matching toenails)! After about 5 false starts, a weeks work, and about a million little threads everywhere (I see why Fritz Haeg used jersey) and it’s starting to look more like a rug, and less like a knot of fabric.
This process was a little weird for me, in a good way. As a rather avid knitter, I thought I would pick up crocheting no problem, and the strips of fabric and loops would quickly make just as much sense to me as the yarn and patterns of knitting - but it really didn’t.(somewhere a crocheter is laughing at me for this).
I actually got a little frustrated, that this craft didn’t come easy, and I suddenly understood why so many people I tried to teach to knit would get so frustrated or confused and quit. If you haven’t yet learned the language of the yarn or fabric, then it’s so easy for the whole process to seem an impenetrable mystery, something that only crafters would get. But all crafters start out confused too, the understanding comes in time. And by no means do I understand crochet now. But I know another skill and have something else to do with my restless hands.

laughinglemons said: I just saw that you're from DC, and I'm interning here for another month- anything I absolutely must do before I go home that isn't just the Mall or the Smithsonians? Absolutely any suggestions appreciated.

Wooot! DC! The land of the middle-aged man power trip! ( I wish I was joking, the number of times I’ve almost been hit by a Lexus that *just had* to park right then…) anyways….I am a massive nerd who does spend a ton of time in museums, but other things I’e found are:

Free Movie Screenings! - There are at least 2 of these each week, in Noma and on the Mall, usually food trucks and popcorn abound.

Concerts - If you are of a legal age, there are always some gret shows happening at The Black Cat, the 9:30 Club, or U Street Music Hall. Black Cat has a The Smiths vs. The Cure Dance Off every so often, which is everyones 80s dreams come true. 9:30 is the home to most of the concerts coming through town, and U Hall has some great House dance parties. There are also some giant free concerts, but those tend to be pretty crowded…

Drag at Nellies - If you have not heard, Nellie’s is DC’s best gay sports bar, and has an infamous Drag Brunch - so infamous I haven’t even gotten a reservation yet. They also have Drag Bingo. Bringing singles is suggested (both the money and people kind).

Food! - I’ll try to keep this under control, but I highly suggest Amsterdam Falafel, & pizza, and any Thai restaurant with a punny name (Thai Tanic, Thai x-ing, etc). Also, there is a really great authenic noodle restaurant in Chinatown, I have no idea the name, but there are ducks hanging in the window, so…also I hear the Senate and World Bank lunchrooms are excellent if you happen to know anyone important.

Hole in the Sky - this is a really sweet print shop/gallery that has about monthly gallery nights that tend to be advertised via wheatpaste posters about town. Usually like a $5 cover, and drinks are BYO, and you will suddenly be surrounded with the hippest people you have ever seen. the art is as good as the people watching, and one time they made a giant pizza decorated with Macauley Caulkin’s face.

Dive Bars - again, if you are of a drinking age, I would suggest finding your nearest dive bar and checking it out. Thomas Foolery in Dupont is a favorite on mine. Also, board games at bars is a thing in DC, can’t figure out why…

…and you can always check the Free in DC blog.

Whew, that was a lot. I hope that helps! Any other Washingtonians, DC-ites, whatevers have suggestions to add? (I would love to hear them too…)

yadykates:

i-create-therefore-i-am:

Got my fabric, ready to make a rug! (Check out The Art Assignment for more on whats going on here!)
I didn’t have a lot of fabric around the house I could crochet into a rug, so I went to this amazing craft supply thrift store (Scrap DC, if anyone is in the area) to pick up a bunch of donated cloth. Since I couldn’t use something I had already worn, I wanted to make my rug out of something that already had a life to it, find a way to take that history and make it into something new.

When I left DC in December I donated ALL of my fabric stash, sewing machine and a lot of other art supplies to Scrap DC. That place is AMAZING. It was number four on my list of Top 10 things I’d miss about DC. After not having it for 6 months, I would probably bump it up to number 2 or 3.
I bet you have some of my old fabric. In fact, that blue and white check looks awfully familiar…

That’s awesome! And you moved to Georgia, my original hometown! I love the history that thrifter objects always come with. And from someone else doing The Art Assignment too…

yadykates:

i-create-therefore-i-am:

Got my fabric, ready to make a rug! (Check out The Art Assignment for more on whats going on here!)

I didn’t have a lot of fabric around the house I could crochet into a rug, so I went to this amazing craft supply thrift store (Scrap DC, if anyone is in the area) to pick up a bunch of donated cloth. Since I couldn’t use something I had already worn, I wanted to make my rug out of something that already had a life to it, find a way to take that history and make it into something new.

When I left DC in December I donated ALL of my fabric stash, sewing machine and a lot of other art supplies to Scrap DC. That place is AMAZING. It was number four on my list of Top 10 things I’d miss about DC. After not having it for 6 months, I would probably bump it up to number 2 or 3.

I bet you have some of my old fabric. In fact, that blue and white check looks awfully familiar…

That’s awesome! And you moved to Georgia, my original hometown! I love the history that thrifter objects always come with. And from someone else doing The Art Assignment too…

And when I am formulated, sprawling on a pin,When I am pinned and wriggling on the wall,Then how should I begin…?

And when I am formulated, sprawling on a pin,When I am pinned and wriggling on the wall,Then how should I begin…?

Got my fabric, ready to make a rug! (Check out The Art Assignment for more on whats going on here!)
I didn’t have a lot of fabric around the house I could crochet into a rug, so I went to this amazing craft supply thrift store (Scrap DC, if anyone is in the area) to pick up a bunch of donated cloth. Since I couldn’t use something I had already worn, I wanted to make my rug out of something that already had a life to it, find a way to take that history and make it into something new.

Got my fabric, ready to make a rug! (Check out The Art Assignment for more on whats going on here!)

I didn’t have a lot of fabric around the house I could crochet into a rug, so I went to this amazing craft supply thrift store (Scrap DC, if anyone is in the area) to pick up a bunch of donated cloth. Since I couldn’t use something I had already worn, I wanted to make my rug out of something that already had a life to it, find a way to take that history and make it into something new.

knittydelights said: no idea what it could be but it looks beautiful, would make a great shawl. There is a group on Ravelry that helps to identify mystery skeins, they may be able to help!

Oooh! Thanks! I will definitely check there.

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"Life Line" a knitting superhero? Take that Batman! "With a speed and dexterity unmatched by mortal knitters, this superhero can whip up anything with her needles and the right yarn." Read more here.

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knitcrate:

"Life Line" a knitting superhero? Take that Batman! "With a speed and dexterity unmatched by mortal knitters, this superhero can whip up anything with her needles and the right yarn." Read more here.

This is literally all of my interests in one place.

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