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New Pattern: Monkey House Socks. Free To All Knitting & Crochet Blog Week Participants. 4KCBWEC

New Pattern: Monkey House Socks. Free To All Knitting & Crochet Blog Week Participants. 4KCBWEC

Some seriously frantic knitting has been going on at Castle Awesome, folks, and it is with great pleasure that I present to you the Monkey House Socks, as modelled on Mr Awesome’s shapely pins. Inspired by the search for a mascot project, these socks have […]

4KCBWDAY2 A Mascot Project

4KCBWDAY2 A Mascot Project

4KCBWDAY2 A Mascot Project. Your task today is to either think of or research a project that embodies that house/animal. It could be a knitting or crochet pattern – either of the animal itself or something that makes you think of the qualities of that […]

4KCBWDAY1 The House Cup

4KCBWDAY1 The House Cup

KCBWDAY1 The House Cup.

A bit like Harry Potter, but not quite, this year’s Knitting & Crochet Blog Week is split into 4 houses. Don your favourite knitted or crocheted hat and let it guide you to which house you will be in.

The House of Bee: Bees are busy and industrious, but can flit from one interesting project to the next as bright and shiny things capture their interest.

The House of Manatee: Manatees are gentle, calm and cuddly. Relaxed and unflashy they represent the comfort and soft side of knitting and crochet.

The House of Monkey: Intelligent and with a fun loving side, Monkeys like to be challenged with every project presenting them with something new and interesting.

The House of Peacock: Peacocks take something good and make it brilliant. Buttons, embellishments and a bit of sparkle prove that perfection lies in the details – like a Peacock’s Tail.

So choose your house. You may be a combination of more than one of these noble beasts, but think about which house best embodies your qualities and declare your place. You can use one of the graphics above to display your house crest, if you like (though this is totally optional).

You could of course decide that you are so unlike any of these creatures in your style of crafting that you set up a rival faction and adopt your own house, though whether you get invited to the end of term disco remains to be seen, you rebel.

There is probably a little bit of each of these ‘types’ in most knitters and crocheters, but  I will always identify most with the curious Monkey.

I like new challenges and learning new techniques and tricks which I seek to perfect and add to an ever-increasing skill set. Like any craft or area of learning, there is always something new to discover and another branch or technique to explore, try and get better at, and as both knitting and crochet have seen such a resurgence in recent years a new generation of people taking up these timeless skills have brought new ideas and developed new tricks, techniques and ways of working that keep fibre-crafts constantly evolving, so that there are always new things to discover.

One of the things I love to do most is to pick up a new style or technique in knitting. Since I first picked up a pair of knitting needles in 2008, five years ago now, I have tried to learn as many techniques and forms of knitting as I have found to interest me. Some I have found fascinating and so have used them many times since. Others have been interesting to learn but I have not found them ones which I have decided to use again – but I have gained knowledge and confidence so that should I ever wish to call on them in the future I have those experiences to look back on.

To try and remember a few examples I thought I’d review a few of my ‘firsts’.

a: (January 2008) My first ever knitted project, also first project to knit in the round (the project also contained sections that were knit flat, so I got both techniques banked in one project).
b: (January 2008) My first attempt at crochet.
c: (February 2008) My first filled (felted) hand-knit.
d: (August 2008) The first project I designed from scratch.

e: (September 2008) First cables.
f: (November 2008) I’ve listed this as the first project to contain lace, though it is very slight and not what you would really call ‘lace’, but nevertheless it is the first example of using lace techniques.
g: (May 2009) First stranded colourwork.
h: (October 2009) First beaded knitting.

i: (January 2010) First entrelac.
j: (May 2010) First item made from handspun yarn.
k: (June 2010) First intarsia knitted project.

Some of these early attempts now seem quite naive and basic, but every new challenge has a basic starting point. I have learned many new skills since these firsts, but they have all tended to be more of the types of learning and refining new cast-ons or a new type of buttonhole, and I realise that I haven’t learned a new form of knitting in a while, and that is something that I want to work on.

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Are you Ready? Blog Week Kicks Off Tomorrow!

Are you Ready? Blog Week Kicks Off Tomorrow!

Hopefully you won’t have forgotten, but Knitting & Crochet Blog Week kicks off tomorrow. So, if you haven’t already, pull on those thinking caps (that you have crocheted or knitted) and think about what you will write to get folks reading!

Vote For Your Knitting & Crochet Blog Week House (Poll)

Vote For Your Knitting & Crochet Blog Week House (Poll)

Are you a busy bee that dips into the golden nectar of many projects with your needles and hooks? Do you calmly indulge in the slow comfort of your next squishy new project? Do your wise and inquisitive monkey fingers seek new challenges in each […]

Post Tags And Knitting & Crochet Blog Week FAQs

Post Tags And Knitting & Crochet Blog Week FAQs

Here, as promised, are the post tags for Knitting And Crochet Blog Week 2013. I thought that this part of Blog Week deserved a post of its own because it is always the part that raises the most questions.
Blog tags have been part of Knitting And Crochet Blog Week since the first outing in 2010 and have proven to be a fantastic way of discovering new blogs and getting your blog discovered.
They work by creating a string of characters that have never before been used on the internet. The word ‘yarn’, for example, yields about 652,000,000 results when used to perform a google search. The string of characters ‘y12a23r34n45’ however, yields none (though it should actually link back to this page once this page has been indexed by Google) – and that is precisely how the Post Tags work.
I have created eight strings of characters (which we shall call ‘post tags’) that have never been used before on the internet. Each tag related to a different blogging topic for Knitting and Crochet blog week. You can see these tags below:

Please note that I have very specifically published these tags in the form of a graphic rather than typed them onto my page, as otherwise these would then be indexed by Google and make the whole exercise pointless. For this reason I ask you to do the same thing. If you would like to display the post tags on your site before knitting and crochet blog week, please feel free to use the above graphic, but do not type the codes directly onto your blog posts.

When And How To Use The Post Tags
On the day that you write your first blog post for Knitting And Crochet Blog Week, use the appropriate  post tag in your post. You can put this tag either somewhere in your post (usually at the beginning or end) or you can add it using the post tags feature if your blog has one (called ‘labels’ in Blogger). Make sure that you are using the correct post tag for that day’s topic.

Why Post Tags Are Great
Using these post tags is a fantastic way to find new blogs and gain new readership. For people who enjoy reading blogs all they have to do is enter that day’s post tag into a search engine such as Google and it will display a long list of all the posts that have included that post tag (as an example, here is a Google search for one of the blog tags used last year). For bloggers it has the additional benefit of bringing your blog posts to a new audience of bloggers and readers who are using the post tags to search for what other bloggers are writing about and so helps to build new readership.

Do I Have to Use The Post Tags?
Not at all, they are just a fun and handy extra tool, and an idea that has proved very popular over the past few years. If they are not for you, however, feel free to ignore them.

OK, that hopefully answers most questions about the blog tags. Agin, one thing I do ask is that nobody uses them on their blogs before Knitting & Crochet Blog Week, and if anybody does want to share the Post Tag information on their site (either for translation purposes or just to spread the word) that they please do so by using the graphic above).

I have had a few questions about Knitting & Crochet Blog Week over the last few days. Let me quickly use this opportunity to answer a few of those…

How Do People Find My Blog? How Do I Find Other Bloggers Taking Part In Knitting & Crochet Blog Week? Is There A Central Index Of All Blogs Taking Part?
Hopefully the post above answers most of these. There is no central index as it makes the blog week appealing to spammers wanting to push their dodgy wares. However, if you use the post tags above Google (or a search engine of your choice) becomes your index.

I Wish I Could Take Part, But I Blog In Dutch/French/Mandarin!
Knitting & Crochet Blog Week is an international event and all are free to join. We often have a very healthy French language participation. Some people blog only in French and some in dual languages, and I discovered a few very cool and inspiring Norwegian blogs through last year’s event. It doesn’t matter what language your blog in. If you join in then hopefully it will encourage more blogs of the same language to join in next year. Agothtale has written a translation of the blogging topics for French Bloggers on her blog. If anyone else has made a translation of the blogging topics on their blog please let me know so that I can link to it and encourage bloggers from all corners of the globe. It only took one French Blogger a few years ago and now Knitting & Crochet Blog Week is much looked forward to by many French Bloggers. You could be the next ambassador!

There’s just over a week to launch – so get your thinking caps on!