The Knitterly Hooker

Posts Tagged ‘ravelry’

Deed is Done

In knitting, portfolio on February 21, 2016 at 6:34 pm

With much apprehension and anxieties, I have done it.

Almost a decade being known as pinkcashmere1980 has ended (3.13.2009-2.21.2016).

From hence forthwith I am known as knitterlyhooker on Ravelry.

Not sure what the future holds, but I’m shooting for magnitude and perhaps this is the beginning.


Ravelry Usernames

In designing, knitting on February 16, 2016 at 9:02 pm

Usernames are inherently a representation of us in the cyberworld and create a decided story about who you are even before any interaction.  I can’t say that I’ve been very good at developing usernames, and I think it’s so necessary now, particularly with branding oneself.

After being PinkCashmere1980 for so many years on Ravelry, I’m considering changing it.  It was only a few days ago in a Ravelry group chat, I actually explained the meaning behind my username here.  I discovered that there is actually a way to do it (you only have 3 shots) and I’m thinking about making that transition to theknitterlyhooker.

I feel like it’s super weird, but may be a necessary move. What do you think?  Is Ravelry actually a part of my branding, promotion opportunity? I guess when I begin designing  or whatever else I please, it might be right?

If you had the opportunity to change your Ravelry username would you??



Fat Fridays: Chunky Garter Stitch Mittens

In community challenges, knitting, stash busting on October 2, 2015 at 6:44 pm

Bulky yarn is my favorite, especially when it comes from my stash. I doubled yarn to make it work for the chunky garter stitch mittens pattern.  I haven’t worked on these that long but I’m almost done! I’ve taken heed to all the advice given on Ravelry.  During meetings and at lunch, I’ve been knitting away, in preparation for the fall and winter. 

What have you been up to?




Greatness of Garter

In community challenges, events, knitting on July 20, 2015 at 9:55 pm

My summer has been easy breezy. Much easier than I anticipated, but even still, my calendar has been filled to capacity. There is little time to knit and I have summer brain drain lol. I was trying to do my green tank, which is pretty simple but the outcome- disastrous, and I had to frog. The ribbing and stockinette were much too much for me to think about. I decided to return to my tried and true garter stitch.

Garter stitch makes my brain flow much better! No room for errors. No frogging. Just knitting. And more knitting. It’s mindless and somehow that translates into easier and faster project work ups. I swear.

I’m working on Cascade Scarf no.2 for my ESK mitered square KAL entry. I’ve almost finished a square in a matter of hours. At this rate, I’m giving myself like 2 weeks to complete the scarf, but I don’t know….I have parties to attend. Ha!

I need love

In community challenges, knitting on April 3, 2015 at 8:34 am


I’m in the running for some ESK badges and I need help. 

I’m shooting for the Popularity Contest badge. 

 Please love my Sand Banks hats, this and that. I need a minimum of 20 hearts  for at least one of these projects. 

 Show me some love!

Dream In Color Groovy

In knitting, stash busting on February 16, 2015 at 10:46 am


Dream In Color is a dream come true, but that was not my initial impression. I started another hat with it and when I frogged it, the ripped yarn looked worn out. I didn’t like it and I felt uncomfortable casting on and re-casting on for Sand Banks. But when it was all said and done, when the ribbing had formed, the yarn came to life. It was better than a dream. What I love is the subtle tonal striped effects that beautifully formed in the cable. It was an unexpected, yet pleasant surprise. I have 3 more skeins of this yarn; 1 blue and 2 orange. My only regret is that I didn’t buy more as it is, unfortunately, discontinued. I can only hope my Ravelry brethren will be willing to give it up when the call comes. Groovy is a work horse and it’s awesome!

Update: Skeins available here.

3 tips for busy knitters

In community challenges, knitting, stash busting on February 4, 2015 at 12:10 am

1. Knit.

2. Knit.

3. Knit.

Seriously though, with life infringing on the things and people we love, it’s important to reclaim the lost time. As the busy person I am, and continue to be, I’ve developed a few strategies to ensure I get some knitting time in. A little knitting is better than no knitting at all.

1. Schedule time During meetings and trainings. Waiting at the doctors. At lunch. If you don’t drive, during your commute. Be honest about the time you will have to knit. Accept that time you have and set realistic goals to avoid frustration and disappointment. Set knitting appointments in your calendar (phone or agenda book) to ensure you get some knitting done. Because of limited time, it’s better to plan projects in advance to smoothly transition between each one.

2. Plan project Consider using Ravelry to plan projects utilizing the queue feature. Easier projects are more achievable and thusly increase your confidence and efficacy. It’s not to say more challenging projects are not achievable, but increases the odds of frustration and quitting. Smaller projects are winners so choose wisely. Choosing smaller portable projects allow you to knit on the go at times that may not be scheduled, plus they’re more practical. Hats, scarves, cowls, socks and toys are good examples.  Complicated stitch patterns take up time while more simplistic and basic of them do not.  Garter stitch and stockinette stitch fall into the categories of basic and simplistic; they are mindless.  When you are busy, there is no time to think and further complications cause frustration.  We’re aiming for smooth sailing when we have limited time.

3. Use stash Time is of the essence and your home is a more definite and automatic journey than to LYS (unless your LYS is literally down the street from your home). We are knitters and we all have yarn….hiding in every corner our homes. Use that. Make it work for projects you have planned. Ravelry can assist and make this easier…finding projects by weight of yarn, brands, and yardage. Using your stash may yield something that surprises even yourself. When you use your stash, it pushes your creativity to the next level and brings a sense of accomplishment when it’s actually all utilized. You could always order yarn online, but then you’d have to go to the post office to pick it up…who has time for that? Just think about how proud you’ll be that your stash size has gone down.

Just knit!

Hira is Here

In designing, finished projects, knitting, portfolio on August 9, 2014 at 12:00 am


I am pleased to announce the pattern release for  my original design,Hira.

It is now available on Ravelry and on Etsy.

I’m offering a 10% discount using the code: HIRA7 (on Ravelry and on Etsy).

The code is good from 8/9/14 – 8/16/14

When you make it, I’d love to see it, so please #tkhknits on Instagram!

Design: Hira, the process

In designing, finished projects, knitting, portfolio, stash busting on July 27, 2014 at 10:18 pm


I started designing Hira on July 1, 2014. Inspiration for the stitch pattern came from blanket square I donated to La Casita Yarn Shop Cafe, for which the final product would be donated to Warm Up America. This stitch pattern is called diagonal grain stitch. There was something wonderful about doing this stitch pattern and I decided to take it to another level.

Many ideas flooded my mind, but I decided on a cowl. Once that was decided on, the construction quickly came to me. I knew I wanted a hem, because previous experience told me that this stitch pattern curls like the dickens! I would have preferred to make this in the round, but making the calculations to do so did not come to me (Perhaps when you do it, you can tell me how), so I decided on a flat construction and obviously that means seaming is involved. I was up for that.

A yarn shop went out of business and I thought what better time to buy “good” yarn for this design. So I bought 4 skeins of a Lang Viviene, but in hindsight, I realize I should have purchased 5 or 6.

I’m not sure how other designers go through their drafting or pattern development process, but as I knit, I wrote out the pattern….VERY carefully. I took really good notes. As I mentioned in earlier posts though, I was knitting late at night and I was tired, so I often woke up to several mistakes; ripping back a few rows.  My process was also slowed by the heat and work obligations, but I pushed through with the a/c and leaving work early (read: on time).

As the design progressed, I became concerned at how wide it was. When I “tried it on” on the needles, I kinda liked that gathered neck look so I shifted gears to do some decreasing.  I decided that the decreasing should go in the stockinette portion of the top hem.  Why? Mainly because I’m not good at “decreasing in pattern” and I hate math and wasn’t trying to figure it out. That’s the absolute truth!

When I began using the 3rd skein, I became fearful, that there was not enough. The 4 skeins were used up rather quickly, and when it came to binding off, I barely made it. I had 4″ to spare! Obviously, there was not enough to tack down the top hem or seam period, so I improvised and used embroidery thread.  I absolutely loved seaming with the embroidery thread as there was barely any bulk.  I’ll definitely be using this more often.

I don’t normally bathe and block my pieces, but I decided it was best practice.  I used a capful of wash and a bucket of lukewarm/cool water.  I let the piece sit in that for about 20 minutes.  Here is when my heart jumped out my throat….I picked it up and this had become so humongous! I panicked.  I decided that it was going to work out and roll dried and pinned it for the blocking process.


While pinning it down, I discovered, what I then thought would be the back, had a nice heart shaped detail. With all this heat, it surprisingly took 3 days to dry! It was so large, and I thought it could be an oversize cowl.  It works as an oversized cowl, but I thought I could do better.  So I played with my design and soon discovered that my heart shaped back was better as a front and the body shimmied nicely down over my shoulders; so a capelet Hira became.


I was just so thankful that this design became a reality. I took about 3 hours taking photos and another 2 editing them. Just a few hours to type up the design…and this was done on one of the days Hira was drying .

I am content with my pattern and I hope you all enjoy it when it arrives!

Almost there

In designing, knitting, portfolio on July 15, 2014 at 7:19 pm


Hira is my latest design; a cowl. There are only about 5″ left. There have been minor delays but more progression than not and I am pleased. I feel like a proud mama!

Proud mama will return to post upon successful completion of Hira.