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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I would like to have a convenient way to read all the new posts for my discussions and KAL's since my previous visit. I get the "follow" email in my Yahoo account but I have to download each new comment from the link that you provide contained in that email.

I guess in short, is there a quicker way to read the current posts. I seem to get lost when someone might post to a comment that is already 2 weeks old. I need a "Recent Activity" button or something like that. I'm wondering if there is something in my settings that I can play with here to get the same results.
If the comment were repeated in the e-mail, the way messages are, it would help me. Sometimes I go to a thread, read six posts, and then have to check each of the following e-mails, only to find out I've already read the post. It's a fantastic website, though, and I think it's much easier to use and follow than the Ravelry set-up. --Peggy
I have no idea how that could work, but I've wondered about something like that too. Yes... I prefer everything about KPC to Ravelry, but it might be nice if there were some way to read all the posts that were new since I last read... but that might be a programming nightmare, I don't know...

I just slog through each post from my email, bottom to top... oldest email to newest....
I too wish there was a way to get through all this stuff. I get repeats after repeats, and haven't figured out what to do about that yet. I do love this site a lot. I seem to learn great hints, new ideas (not sure how good that is then you buy more,and more). The ladies all seem to be so willing to help in all areas of knitting, and levels.
Karen
I would like to suggest that Administration contact Clara Parker at Knitters Review. After logging in there you are able to view all the posts since the last time you have visited. I think it's called Active Topics. I click on Active Topics and can read anything that was posted since my last visit. This morning I opened my email to 220 email from KP and I already know I won't be able to go back and forth with the link. Too time consuming, so I'll pick and choose, BUT I just don't want to miss any good knitting info, which was why I posed the question here.

I only visit Knitters Review and KP Community so I'm not familiar with Ravelry except that I joined long ago and use my home page for inventory of supplies and project lists, which has gone by the wayside since I started an Excel spreadsheet that works more convenient for me, stored on my zip drive on my key chain.

I agree with other posts here. KP Community is my favorite morning stop, and Knitters Review is my monthly stop. Both places are warm and friendly with no back biting.
Hi Debbi! We use a third-party software provider for the Knitting Community (Ning.com), so our options for structural changes are usually pretty limited. I can pass along these requests in a service ticket to Ning, though. They've made a lot of significant changes to the email notification part of the forums, although that doesn't include the ability to just read the new content right in the email (instead of getting redirected to the website).
Okay, I do understand this IT response. But I do want to make it clear that I would rather read the posts from this site, my only request was the option to see what "new" posts had been made since my last visit.

I also want to say that I understand that you can't make everyone happy all the time and thank you for the prompt response and attention. You do have a great site, I'm just wanting to read more here instead of bounce back and forth from my email account. Those that have slow uploads might find it helpful too.

I love it when people post their pictures with "best for web" sizing. It's so quick to upload those pictures in a discussion.

Okay Alison, I'm finished chatting about this..........enjoy the rest of your day and I'll see you in funny papers!
Debbi
Oh, ok, I gotcha re: seeing new posts designated within the forum itself. I'm putting together a little package of feature requests for Ning, so we'll see what happens!

Also, thanks for the constructive feedback! It's always really nice to receive such good ideas for improving the site, and we definitely want folks to let us know which changes would make things easier for everyone.
Susan, I feel for you losing the yarn, it is probably seating some where near you, blending in with the back ground. I lost some yarn a year ago, and still can't find it, go figure!!! I'm going to buy clear tubs and put all of the yarn in them. I need to get organized so I know just what I have and how much etc. I just have them in plastic bags in one of my spare bed rooms. It is so messy I'm lucky I come out of it when I do go in.
Karen
Hi KP, why do I keep receiving e-mails from groups that I post in even though I went to my page, and changed my setting to "no e-mails?". Even on the discussion page, I click on the "stop following" but I still receive e-mails! It's just easier for me to check the site directly, than to be clearing out my inbox.
Thanks!
Blessings,
Lisa
Sorry it's being a pain for you! Have you tried clicking the "Clear My Follow List" button and then checking "I don't want to receive emails from the Knitting Community"? If that doesn't work, send me a message with which browser (and version) you're using and I'll try to figure it out.
How do I delete a photo? The directions say to go to that photo's detail page. What or where is that? I can't find a toolbar to the right of the photo either. This is really confusing!!!

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