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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Karen: If you catch it on the first round, you can fix it by doing kind of a figure eight thing with the needle tips pointed at each other. If you catch it after several rows, and you keep going, you'll have a moebius strip...not usually what you want in socks. Or you could put a steek right there, if you wanted, but that also isn't usually called for in socks. So it's off to the frog pond...
I need to know what I'm doing wrong. I put then on two needles, but the third is dumb looking mine are not making a square, they hang down longwise. HELP
Karen
Are you using two circular needles or dpns. It sounded like two circs a post or two back. If so, they don't make a square. If you're using dpns, you need to put some of them onto a third needle. The dpns are stiff the full length, not flexible in the middle like a circ.
Karen,
Here is the link for the tutorial on circular cast on using dpns. See if this helps any.

http://community.knitpicks.com/notes/Casting_On_-_Circular_Cast_On
Just be sure that all of your loops are on top and that the knots are on the bottom of your needles. When you are using circulars there are easier ways to tell if you have a twist.
I'm using dpn. I'm on putting the 4th one now. I may quit and wait for my needles to come in.
Karen
Did you look at the tutorial? It is pretty good at the description.
I just looked at it, and I think I was casting on wrong. I was casting on using regular method. Could that be the problem? The way they do it, it seems very strange.
Karen
They are using a long tailed method... you can do the same thing with the cable cast on, which is really better for socks, as the cast on is very elastic. I don't find that using long tail is a problen for elasticity, since you start with a ribbing, k2, p2, or k1, p1... which MAKES the socks elastic at the top.
I never did the cable cast on, is there a IPOD or video to watch so I can learn?
Karen
Cabled cast on... bet you have done this....

http://community.knitpicks.com/notes/Casting_On_-_Cabled_Cast_On
No I never did that. I make a slip knot, wrap the yarn around my pointer finger and cast on like that. That is how someone taught me. The cable looks pretty easy. I think I will try that cast on. Thanks for all the info.
Karen

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