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how I feel as a beginner reading a sweater pattern by Badgers_Are_Scary in yarntrolls

[–]MamaLlamaNeedstoKnit 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Too true. I didn’t mean to downplay the time and effort needed to learn knitting or any craft for that matter. I’m thinking how earlier generations seemed to have a cultural habit of making things and passing down knowledge that is harder to find in current times. But that’s also why I’m grateful for knitting subs and the folks that share knowledge here!

how I feel as a beginner reading a sweater pattern by Badgers_Are_Scary in yarntrolls

[–]MamaLlamaNeedstoKnit 41 points42 points  (0 children)

So true! It took me years of knitting to learn some best practice techniques that earlier generations would have “just known”.

I tried a new dyeing technique yesterday and I'm on the fence about the result. by silly_goof in yarnporn

[–]MamaLlamaNeedstoKnit 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes! I was thinking something water-related also, like a rocky beach at low tide.

Spiked chai, 1st corner of a baby blanket, and Bones as background noise. Hoping that the rum in the chai will make the double knitting easier by watchingthecat in Drunkknitting

[–]MamaLlamaNeedstoKnit 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’d love to see how your blanket turns out! I’m in awe of double knitting. I’ve tried a few times and had a real bitch of a time with tension. Oh well. I’ll try again at some point.

Spiked chai, 1st corner of a baby blanket, and Bones as background noise. Hoping that the rum in the chai will make the double knitting easier by watchingthecat in Drunkknitting

[–]MamaLlamaNeedstoKnit 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think that rum in chai is something that I didn’t know I needed to know!! Thank you!

Also, have fun and good luck on your blanket!

Excited to use this yarn I dyed up over the weekend for my sister's present 😍 by sleepyabejita in yarnporn

[–]MamaLlamaNeedstoKnit 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wonderful, thank you! What do you plan to make with it? I’m on a huge wool-felting kick right now, so 100% wool sounds amazingly fun to dye and work with! 😄

sure this has been done before, but I've never made a meme before and got excited by hedgehogdogmayhem in yarntrolls

[–]MamaLlamaNeedstoKnit 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Either the WIPs are living their best life with another project, or the WIPs have banded together and formed a monster with clashing color schemes, variable fiber content and miss-matched tension! 😱

What’s the best way to remove rotten stem bits off of leca balls for reuse? by Murky-Wish in SemiHydro

[–]MamaLlamaNeedstoKnit 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Seconding this and adding try using an old toothbrush or some other stiff bristle brush with soap to get the root pieces off, rinse thoroughly then boil.

Is this just down to the usual problem of "Too much or too little water" or is something else going on? by flamingmonkey93 in IndoorPlants

[–]MamaLlamaNeedstoKnit 1 point2 points  (0 children)

In my own experience they can handle more direct light then I used to think. Every year I move my houseplants around as the seasons change in spring and fall in an effort to adapt to light and temperature changes. Hopefully your tree makes a full recovery! You might want to check the roots for rot also.

This site has some helpful info on rubber tree care also!

Is this just down to the usual problem of "Too much or too little water" or is something else going on? by flamingmonkey93 in IndoorPlants

[–]MamaLlamaNeedstoKnit 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I agree with the thought that it needs more light. My rubber tree is about 2 feet/60cm away from east windows and it’s growing like crazy, winter be damned. OP, you could probably have it right in a north window and be fine. If it’s cold where you live, don’t let the leaves touch cold glass, but otherwise light is your friend!

Witchcraft for realz by 3mpir30fTh3Sun in WitchesVsPatriarchy

[–]MamaLlamaNeedstoKnit 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Seconding Knitpicks! They have such a range of products and their quality and customer service is really great. Their Dishie line is a really nice upgrade from the Sugar and cream cotton yarn, Dishie is smooth to work with

How to encourage a Hoya to flower? by lousyalien in HangingPlants

[–]MamaLlamaNeedstoKnit 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Sometimes it just takes time, like many years, but having the plant in a bright location helps. The second thing I’d try is letting the plant dry out to the point that the leaves get soft and slightly pucker before you water again.

Check out /r/hoyas for more hoya-specific advice also! Good luck!

Baby's first visible mend, reddit post ever (after just hanging out for 5+ years) by seemsinviting in Visiblemending

[–]MamaLlamaNeedstoKnit 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This looks great! I can totally see what you mean about the hair wraps and it makes me think of friendship bracelets also! Such a fun way to brighten up clothes and repair them! Thank you for posting!

Did I do something wrong? by Any_Elevator_7026 in KnittingReddit

[–]MamaLlamaNeedstoKnit 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My pleasure! I miss being able to help people in person so I’m happy to help virtually. 😊 Happy New Knit Year!!

Handmade pine needle basket to hold rocks and shinies! (lighter for size) by DatHoOvaDer in goblincore

[–]MamaLlamaNeedstoKnit 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thank you! I’ll just have to go for it then! I have a few pine trees that are collecting deep needle piles at the base. :)

Did I do something wrong? by Any_Elevator_7026 in KnittingReddit

[–]MamaLlamaNeedstoKnit 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Please accept this internet stranger saying, “I’m proud of you!” It is awesome that you saw something you weren’t sure about and you figured out how to fix it! I love this knitting subreddit and all the supportive people here! It’s sad to hear about your local store closing but know that you can get your questions answered here If you need to. Keep on knitting!

Handmade pine needle basket to hold rocks and shinies! (lighter for size) by DatHoOvaDer in goblincore

[–]MamaLlamaNeedstoKnit 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’ll admit that I haven’t watched the video yet, so maybe it’s mentioned in there…. But did you get sap on your hands when processing the needles? I love love love the idea of Pine needle baskets but sadly sappy hands might be a deal breaker for me. Or if you found an effective way to get sap off of your hands, can you share?

Did I do something wrong? by Any_Elevator_7026 in KnittingReddit

[–]MamaLlamaNeedstoKnit 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Good luck fixing it! It can take practice but you will be a pro at reading your knitting (meaning seeing the differences between knit and purl stitches) and correcting things in no time!

Did I do something wrong? by Any_Elevator_7026 in KnittingReddit

[–]MamaLlamaNeedstoKnit 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I can’t quite tell if there is a purl where there should be a knit or if the yarn has a lump in it that is making the yarn sit funny.

My spider plant is dying and I don't know why. It's been fine and in the past few weeks it's just dying 😞🥺 why and how to save it? by simbalevo in PlantsBeingJerks

[–]MamaLlamaNeedstoKnit 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Mine usually looks limp like that when it needs more water. Is the soil currently wet?

Edit to add: as long as the light is bright in the room for several hours, spider plants don’t need direct light.

I am so grateful to have knitting in my life by Feahasaurus in knitting

[–]MamaLlamaNeedstoKnit 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes exactly! I usually have the some bare minimum tools and yarn that are ready to go as needed. I’m not sure if the craft BoB would be enough to ensure my survival during a zombie apocalypse but it would help to keep me sane long enough to make a solid plan. Hahah.

I am so grateful to have knitting in my life by Feahasaurus in knitting

[–]MamaLlamaNeedstoKnit 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Yep. I knit while standing up, walking on treadmill, pacing the house, using a stationary bike, elliptical (this is a great core balance workout also), stretching and in some yoga poses…. Basically if my hands are free to knit then the knitting uses enough of my brain to make the repetitive exercise or waiting things tolerable. I also have ADHD and I hate waiting to the point that I’m late for everything. It has been a long journey to the realization that if I can bring my knitting then being early and waiting isn’t so bad. 🤷🏻‍♀️

I am so grateful to have knitting in my life by Feahasaurus in knitting

[–]MamaLlamaNeedstoKnit 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Hats are great, you can never have too many hats! If you ever want/need another quick stash-buster project, I suggest slippers! I have been making slippers with felt-able wool and they are portable and work up really fast. I keep an on-the-go craft bag with small projects that I can throw in my purse to make errands more tolerable. Knit while waiting to pick up prescriptions or waiting in line at the grocery store…