Knitting Community

We've updated the old Knit Picks Knitting Room and added a lot of new features and functionality, including:

- a pop-out music player where you can stream Kelley's latest podcast (or download them directly - just click on the arrow next to the track you want);
- an RSS feed of our favorite Staff Picks;
- a new Knit Picks’ staff knitting blog where you can read the latest happenings the Knit Picks office in Vancouver, Washington;
- all of our Knit Picks Knitalongs;
- individual member profiles that allow you to create your own page and show off your finished knitting projects
- a collection of tutorials with general and specific knitting instructions and a robust search function that will help you learn to knit;
- photo management for all of your knitted projects and knitting events;
and
- a forum for posting comments, questions, feedback, and requests.



Messages

How do I check my messages?
You can check messages by clicking on the envelope icon located on the thin purple strip that appears at the top of the page. A panel will then drop down where you can compose messages and read messages you've received.

How do I manage email notifications?
You can manage your email settings by clicking on the "My Settings" link in the right column.

My Page

How do I change the theme of my page on a network?
When you join the network, a profile page on that network is created for you. You can edit your page's theme by logging in and clicking the My Page tab. Follow the link at the top of the page to "Edit Profile Appearance." You can choose a theme for your page, entirely separate from the network's theme, and customize the color of each item on the page.

What is a text box? What can I put in my text box?
A text box is a box to which you can add a variety of content. It's just another way to make your page your own! Simply click the "Edit" button in the top right corner of the text box on your My Page to get started. You can add the following to the text box on your page:
Text
HTML
Pictures
Widgets

How do I change my profile photo?
Log in to the site and click the "My Settings" link on the right side of the page. Click the "Browse" button under the Profile Photo field to locate an image on your computer. When you upload a new photo, the old one will be deleted. New profile photos can take up to thirty minutes to show up, so don't worry if your new photo doesn't appear immediately.

Photos

How do I add photos?
You can add photos by clicking on the Photos tab that appears at the top of the page. You can upload them from your computer, mobile phone, Flickr, or email account.

You can upload pictures to your blog post by clicking on the camera icon at the top of the tool bar next to where you are typing the text of your post.

Either upload a picture from your computer’s hard drive or insert the url of an existing image that you are hosting on another website (such as Flickr).

If you click on the “Options” button, you can format the alignment of your image, the size of your image, and whether you want a pop up screen to view your full sized image.

If you want to add photos to your profile, go to the menu on the right side of the screen that says “Quick Add” and select “Photos”

You can add photos that are saved to your hard drive, by selecting “Browse” then finding the file path, when you are done, click “Add Photos.”

If you click on the “More Options” tab, you can add up to 100 files directly from your hard drive, upload directly from your Flickr account, or upload from your cell phone or email account.

If you have lots of photos, you can add one word tags that describe the item, so that someone looking for a “cardigan” to knit would find your photo. You can also organize your photos into albums, if you want to keep all of your finished objects from 2008 in a separate place.


How do I delete a photo?
To delete a photo, go to that photo's detail page. In the toolbar to the right of the photo, locate the red X with a link to "Delete Photo." Click on this link.

How do I see a specific person's photos?
You can view a member's photos page by clicking on their name next to a photo, or by selecting the "View Photos" link under their name on the photo's detail page.

How do I report an offensive photo?
When you're signed in, click "Report an Issue," which appears as a link at the bottom of every network page. This will alert the Network Creator to the offensive photo.

How do I crop a photo without software?
While most computers come with image-editing software now capable of cropping (Preview for the Mac, Paint for Windows), there's also another web-based solution.
http://www.easycropper.com offers a fairly easy-to-use cropping system. You can just upload the large image you want to crop, set your desired size and it'll do the rest. For reference, our recommended width for header background images is 955px. Height can vary so experiment for the best results.

Knitalongs

How do I join a knitalong?
To join a knitalong you need to be a member of the Knitting Community website. To browse our knitalongs, go to the Knitalongs tab.

Do discussions within a Knitalong Forum appear in the Discussions Forum?
Nope! Knitalong discussions are contained entirely within that group, and don't appear alongside Knitting Community Forum discussions.

Can I subscribe to a group's forum posts?
Yes. Go to that group's page and click on the RSS link at the bottom of the forum section.


Blog

Do I have a blog? Where is it?
Every member of the Knitting Community has his or her own page on the site, including a blog. To get to your blog, click on the My Page tab. Find the "My Blog" box in the middle column of the page. You can add a blog post by clicking on the "Write your first entry!" link. Once you write the first entry in your blog, this link will disappear. A link prompting you to "Create a new blog post" will now appear at the bottom of your blog on your page.

Discussions

Why does it say I have 15 minutes to edit posts?
To maintain the integrity of discussions and replies, we only allow members to edit posts for 15 minutes. We think this is enough time to correct a typo, while ensuring that people don't "rewrite history." We do, however, let members delete their own posts at any time.

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How long has it been since you have actually knitted anything?
Lee Ann, that's what all these KALs are for, to help you get through any project you want to do. If you are feeling intimidated by jumping into a shawl right off, then do a smaller project such as a scarf or headband first. I know that there are several people doing the Chinook Shawl (it's one of the colorway kits being offered by KP) that are doing it as their first lace project. Look at the Lace KAL in the knitting community to see what you think.
Hi all! Forgive me if I'm putting this in the wrong place but I have a question and am new to the site.

For all those who love to knit and crochet....how do you deal with carpal tunnel issues? Am I doing something wrong? Any tips?

Thanks

-Kris
There is a community on Ravelry for Crafters with Carpal Tunnel. Here is the url: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/crafting-with-carpal-tunnel

Also, maybe you should speak with your doctor to figure out what sort of motions aggravate your wrists and maybe your doctor could recommend some exercises to try or a brace to wear.
thank you so much - I will try those.
If you've not actually been diagnosed with carpal tunnel, it could also be tendonitis. I thought I had CT, but it turned out to be tendonitis... feels very similar but the cause is different. Treatment is more or less the same, though...

I found it helped to learn and use Continental style for knitting... no clue what to do for crochet, so I knit when I can't crochet because I use my hands/wrists differently.

I also never use stick needles... circulars even for "flat knitting" keep the weight of the project off my wrists and that helps immensely. DPNs are probably okay because the weight is divided around three or four needles. (But I use Magic Loop, so don't know for sure about the DPNs.)

The position I hold needle/hook/yarn seems to be a factor as well. I find sometimes that if I'll work closer to my lap rather than holding my work up in the air, it helps.

I also knit/crochet with gauntlets or some other kind of wrist warmer... seems like it helps a lot. And I have a good reason to keep making more of them! LOL!

If I know I'm going to do a marathon session of either, I take an aspirin (real aspirin or ibuprophen) to ward off the inflammation before it starts... I can go longer with less damage.

I also try to take breaks and ice my wrist if it begins to interfere with my activity... and will lay off keyboard, needles, and hook, sometimes for a couple of days if I've pushed too long/hard on a project and got things inflamed.

I'm sure you'll find lots of other great suggestions and ideas at the link KP Admin suggested. :-)
Hi there, the one thing that really made a difference for me was to use bamboo needles vs metal, they have some "give" to them and seem to be gentler on the wrists and fingers, might want to try it. Mary Rose
You can also use the fingerless gloves that some people use to excerise in, that should help also. I'm very lucky, I haven't the wrist problem, mine is in the right shoulder. I sometimes have to rest my elbows on the arm of my recliner while I knit to take off the stress.
Karen
Interestingly, I find the opposite to be true. I use Addi Turbo and KP NIckel almost exclusively. I knit tightly and the ability to move the stitches more easily takes more pressure off my wrists than constantly tugging and fighting to move the stitches along.

Many people comment on the temperature differences between wood and metals, but I never notice that. I keep my fabric right at the tips of my needles, so I've always got the warmth of the fiber between me and the lion's share of the needle anyway.

Yes... I almost always keyboard/crochet/knit with fingerless gloves. I have a pair of "therapy gloves" that I used... and hated... for years. Just so uncomfortable, but they did help. Now I wear either alpaca fingerless gloves I made a couple of years ago or a pair made with Risata that have some elastic in them so they "hug" me a little. I use those if I'm really having issues and need additional support.
I was told my a customer today at Jo-Anns that wooden needles are the best for knitting socks, because they give better then the nickel ones do. Sure hope so, I have enough problems trying to learn to knit these socks.
Karen
When I still used dpns for socks, my fav needle was a size 3 bamboo. It worked for the type of sock yarn I was using... they were light weight and the yarn "stuck" to them better. If you know what I mean.

Now that I'm using circulars, I find that most socks do well on the nickle... except the very fine yarns and the wood are better.

It is all a matter of preference. You have to experience each for yourself. No two knitters are alike.
My yarn is called Bernat Sox calling for size #3 needles. It is self striping, and very thin and soft, the weight is 3.5oz. machine washable/dryable. I have casted on the first needle, getting to do the next step.
Karen

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