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« on: January 11, 2008 02:03:52 PM »

Update 21 Jan 08:  Prizes have been added!  See below!

The first Craftster Knitting Challenge of 2008 is here!  The beginning of each new year is a good time to reflect on everything you've learned in the last year, and to think about all the things you could learn in the next one.  Accordingly, this challenge is all about adding a new skill to your repertoire.  It is the perfect challenge for members of ANY skill level, includng brand-new knitters.  Maybe you've always wanted to try fair-isle, but just couldn't get the courage up, or you've been lurking on the knitting boards making comments like, "That project is so cool, I wish I could knit!" or you've never been able to get the hang of dpns, so socks scare the bejeesus out of you, or maybe you're a fearless knitter who never shirks from any new challenge, but there are still a FEW things you DON'T know how to do yet.  Cheesy  If you're ANY of these things, this is the challenge for you! 

This challenge is different from any other challenge we've done, so the format is going to differ a little as well.  Not only is this a challenge, but it's a kind of knitalong as well.  Everyone who enters is joining together to learn something new. 

The project must be started and completed during the entry period.  No old projects will be accepted!  In order to ensure this, please take a picture before starting your project that includes project supplies and some form of dated material, like a receipt, newspaper, etc.  This dated picture and a picture of the completed project are required.  In-progress pictures of your project are welcome, but not required! Smiley

Because of this unique approach, you do not have to start your entry thread with a completed entry.  For this challenge, and only for this challenge, you can start your project thread with your first, dated, picture.  You can add pictures and discussion as you go, and if you have questions for those who've used the technique before, you can add those as well.  If you prefer to wait until your project is complete to post your entry, that's fine too, so long as you have your dated picture and your compelted picture included in the entry.

(In the event that your project is not complete by the end of the entry period, your entry will not be included in the voting.  Unfinished project threads will be left in the challenge archive for a month to give you time to finish your project so the thread can be moved to Completed Projects, but at the end of that month the threads left unfinished will be deleted.)

The format:

When posting your challenge entry, please post it under Knitting Challenge Entries. For this challenge, please title your thread with the technique you're learning and the project your making! Example: "Fair Isle Skully Beanie" or "Magic Loop Basic Sock"  In the message body, post the title of your entry and clear pictures.

The Deadline:

The crafting period will last from now until February 28, with voting from March 1 to March 6. 

The Prizes (the best part!):

At the moment, the only prize you'll win in this challenge is a brand new knitting skill and the satisfaction of a job well done.  That may change at any moment, depending on whether we get a donation between now and the end of this challenge.  Cheesy

Craftster member Ivycircle has generously donated your choice of $20 worth of merchandise from her Etsy store, Subversive Yarns!  Thanks Ivycircle!!


Rules:

- Members do not need to have a certain post count or have been a member for so long to participate. Everyone is welcome!
- All items must be handmade by the poster.
- The item must be knitted, but it does not have to be hand-knitted.  Looms and machines qualify.
- Only one entry per poster, though you may incorporate multiple things into your one entry (such as with a set)
- Items can be as big or as small as you want, unless otherwise stated in the theme.
- You must use the theme provided.
- You may use written patterns for this theme if you so choose.  Please provide information in your entry on which pattern you used.
- this is an important one: Make sure all pictures are visible through the time of voting. Pictures will appear in the voting, so please keep an eye on your bandwidth and hyperlinks!  Entries where the photo links do not work when it comes time to vote will not be included.  Craftster offers reliable picture hosting to registered members and also incorporates photobucket software into the forum code to make photobucket accounts easier to use. Take advantage of these features!
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« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2008 05:33:03 AM »

I am new to craftster and i taught myself to knit a little over a year ago. i was interested in this challenge. although i have a question:

The initial picture with dated material: I already had yarn from my stash, so I could not really show receipt for the purchase. Although I did print the pattern yesterday and it has the date on the print-out. Would this be sufficient?

I also took pictures of starting the piece and intermediate steps.

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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2008 07:16:29 AM »

You don't have to show a picture of the original purchase receipt.  Just stick something in the picture that has the same date as the day you take the picture.  A receipt for your lunch would be fine.  You can even cover up what the receipt is actually FOR. Cheesy  Hope that makes sense.  If you've already started (or even finished) the project, the printed pattern with the printer date-stamp on it will be just fine and dandy. Cheesy  My only intention is to have SOME form of photographic proof that the project was begun during the entry period.
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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2008 02:19:25 PM »

This sounds awesome!  now I just have to think of which skill I want to learn!
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« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2008 08:24:47 PM »

Thank you for this challenge - it is absolutely perfect as I bought some sock yarn and the book by Cat Bordhi but have just been staring at them for months ... This is just what I needed to get going on my first socks!
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« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2008 04:58:54 PM »

I'm glad you guys are liking this idea!  I might even enter this one myself!  I've got piles and piles of yarn from Christmas gifts, so now's the time to try something new!
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« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2008 06:32:43 AM »

Ooooh yeah! I'm so in on this.

I just need to decide what to do...I really need to learn how to do circular properly and also how to do cables. I've got some gorgeous yarn at home that wants to be part of this challenge!

Once I've finished my swaps, that is.
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« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2008 06:38:10 AM »

What a cool idea! I may have to go through my knitting pattern notebook. I can only knit and purl and am terrified of dpn's and circs so perhaps this is the perfect thing to help me out!
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« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2008 08:01:36 AM »

Absolutely!  That's what the challenge is for.  Just take a deep breath and plunge.  We're all here, and the challenge is designed so that we can all be helping each other through it. 
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« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2008 08:39:41 AM »

I found that the fetching pattern on knitty.com was a fairly good way to get over fears of DPN's. You could probably even leave off the cables to make them less scary (though less interesting too). The reason it's not too scary is that there are only 15 stitches on each DPN (45 total), so even if you pull on the wrong needle, it's not a complete disaster (pulled a needle out completely twice, and partially two other times, and dropped a few stitches at the beginning).

I'll have to do some thinking on what I could do for this.  I'm kind of scared of making a sweater (will it fit? will it look awful?), but I'm reasonably sure I knit too slowly to get it done in time. Maybe lace?
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