My twitter chat experience was a mixture of things. It was very overwhelming, but there were also many amazing resources and topics that were talked about. I found that was hard to keep up because a question would be asked and then lots of people would be answering very fast and I would spend time looking for the questions and trying to read through answers of people and by the time I would go to answer the question, it was time to move on. I have lots to practice when it comes to twitter chats but I am looking forward to participating in twitter chats in the future!
I can see where twitter chats can be useful because you get to connect with SO many people! Even when we did our mini twitter chat as a class, we had someone join in who we could connect with. It is also a good way to get resources and ask questions to other educators and talk with a group of people who are all interested in the same topics as you. You also get to understand and hear different approaches and perspectives.
Wow! My grandma certainly made knitting look very easy and it was not easy at all. I started by learning how to cast on to my knitting needle, and luckily this was a fairly easy task. Then onto the knitting portion. I only practiced the knit stitch this week and once I finish my mini project I will learn the pearl stitch. Right now I am trying to knit a washcloth before I begin my blanket because I want to work on my stitches and the right tension I should keep on my yarn. I have started and restarted so many times this week that I lost count. However, I did find out that when you drop a stitch there is a solution that does not require restarting! It is called “tinking” which is “kint” spelt backwards. I haven’t quite gotten the hang of this yet, but I have started purposely dropping stitches early in my project to practice without having to lose a lot of progress if it doesn’t work out as planned. Overall, I was very frustrated at the beginning of this week but things are starting to look up. I even had times that I couldn’t put the needles down! Once you get a good groove, it becomes a soothing and addicting hobbie. Can’t wait to fine tune my knitting skills and finish my first project!
As my knitting journey begins, I thought I would spend this first week doing some research (this was also because it was extremely cold outside and didn’t find the time to get out to the craft store…oops)! My first step was to head on over to YouTube. I started by simply typing “how to knit”. This gave me several videos and I watched the first two because they had several views, subscribers, and likes on the videos. They were both very helpful and I will be referencing back to them when I actually get to knitting. Videos are going to be my main go to when it comes to learning how to knit. I also hope to find blogs with helpful tips along the way. I hope that eventually I will be able to knit without even thinking about it and I can do it while watching TV or talking with friends.
This semester I am going to learn how to knit! My end goal is knit a sweater or a blanket for myself or one of my family members. Each week I am going to dedicate time on researching how to knit, techniques, as well as tips and tricks to make the perfect sweater or blanket. I am planning on spending around thirty minutes to an hour every day practicing my knitting skills, and after the reading week I will begin to build the pieces for my sweater or begin my blanket. My Oma is a fantastic knitter and when I need a little extra explanation or help, she is just a phone call away. Here I have included some inspiration for blankets and sweaters.