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Kim Werker

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  1. 6 hours ago, Kuchylm said:

    Do you ever do sprints? Where you sit for a hour and chug away as fast as possible?

    I love the idea of sprints, but I'm terrible at showing up when someone else tells me to. :) BUT I'm super at setting a timer for myself and sticking to doing nothing but write (especially if the timer is for 20 minutes or shorter). You?

  2. I think that's looking right, @angelak. Keep going for a couple more rows – I suspect it's just that the relief pattern doesn't show up prominently right away. If after three rows or so it's still not looking right to you, snap a photo and we'll figure it out!

  3. 41 minutes ago, angelak said:

    Thanks for putting this all together. I have never made a scarf before and I think it will help me understand the zigzag pattern

    Excellent! Don't hesitate to ask questions. That's what this is all about :)

  4. On 11/3/2019 at 3:07 AM, Kuchylm said:

    @Kim Werker what features do you LOVE in scrivener? And what don't you use at all? 

    Oooh. I could go on and on.

    LOVES: Obvs the word-count targets. I also love that I can keep notes (that I'm not counting toward my word-count) in the same doc as my actual manuscript. I love that if I manage to organize sections of my project well, I can easily reorder them without copy/pasting. And I love the complile feature. I wrote Make It Mighty Ugly in Scrivener, and compiling my finished manuscript was so, so satisfying.

    I don't even know what kinds of features I don't use in Scrivener. It does so much. I don't use loads of it.

    What features do you use, @Kuchylm? And which don't you?

  5. Here's the tutorial on how to use your gauge to figure out how many foundation chains to start with to make a zigzag project of a particular size. I use the In Threes pattern here, but you can adapt these instructions to any zigzag pattern by substituting its required stitch multiple.


  6. Here's the In Threes zigzag pattern! Click the file link below to download the PDF.

    It's a deep zigzag with not-so-pointy points.

    I'll be making a scarf in this pattern, worked the long way – so lots and lots of stitches in each row, and only about 7 or 8 rows.



    In Threes Scarf.pdf

  7. Let's get this zigzag party started!

    Here's how things'll work:

    • Today, on kick-off day, I've posted the zigzag pattern I designed for our zigzag-along. It's lower down in this thread; just click on the link for the PDF file to download it.
      • (But! You're welcome to use any pattern at all for the crochet-along; no need or pressure to use this one.)
    • I've also posted some tutorials, including on how to figure out how many foundation chains you need to start with for a zigzag project of a particular size. Find them along with the pattern by scrolling further down this thread!
    • If you're on Ravelry, here's the pattern link; if you're making it, please add it to your project list!
    • Please introduce yourself if you haven't already! That's also the thread where we're declaring our projects for the crochet-along.
    • When you share pics of your progress on social media, tag them with #cocamakes (CoCA stands for Community of Creative Adventurers! [No affiliation with Coca Cola; heh; nor with the plant]). I'll be highlighting some posts from participants in my own social media but I'll only be able to find them if you use the hashtag. :)
    • This is a question- and answer-friendly place! All questions are welcome, and all members are encouraged to jump in with answers.
    • All participants are welcome and encouraged to start threads, share lots of pics, etc. The only restrictions are: sharing of copyrighted material is not permitted (i.e., no posting of patterns you did not write yourself), and intolerance of any sort is not permitted.
    • This crochet-along club is part of a larger community. Please poke around in there! We're all about exploring our creativity, embracing the terrible things we make as we experiment and learn new things, and getting to know other creative folks from all over. Our community site is ad- and algorithm-free thanks to the support of our Patreon members. If you love your experience here, please consider becoming one; Patreon members enjoy video chats with me and each other every month, have their own private forum in addition to the main forums, and get monthly updates on all the goings-on behind the scenes.

  8. I'm writing in Scrivener, which is the best. It lets you set a word-count target and a target date, then it'll break down how many words you need to write each day to hit those targets.

    But. But! That's not the tip. The tip I want to share is that I've started taking notes in my manuscript. Because I've decided that those notes should count toward my NaNo word-count total, because they are a part of my novel.

    I'm suuuper comfortable writing an absolutely terrible first draft (hello, Mighty Ugly). And part of drafting for me is figuring out how to get from Point A to Point Z and all points in between. So instead of feeling stuck because I've never plotted anything before, I've started just making notes in my shitty manuscript. IT COUNTS.

  9. 10 hours ago, Lori M said:

    I'm Lori, I live near Vancouver, BC. I want to make a blanket for my couch.  Best book? Hmmm, I'd say Ruth Ware's Turn of the Key.

    Hi Lori! Have we met here in Vancouver? Regardless, let's get you going on that blanket! I'll kick things off on Monday, but if you're itching to go this weekend don't let the Monday start stop you.

  10. Helllooooo, crocheters!

    As we get ready to kick off the zigzag crochet-along, let's get to know each other.

    Hit reply and let us know:

    • Your name
    • Where you're from
    • What you'll be making for the crochet-along
    • Is it a gift, or for you, or to donate?
    • What's the best book you've read so far this year?

  11. I just hit my word count before the sun's up. Wahoo!

    At this point, I'm plotting. I mean, formally plotting. I've hit a point where I know what happens at the end of the book but need to lay out how we get there or I'm stuck. So my words were in that today, and it feels so good to make progress!

  12. Hey @Kuchylm, wanna try out a nifty site feature with me? We have the ability (by which I mean, all members of the forum are able to do this) to start up "clubs". A club is like a forum/group that's a part of this site, but separate from these main forums; kinda like how a Facebook Group is part of FB but outside of our general streams.

    NaNo seems like the perfect kind of thing for this – just one thread here in the main forum may not be great for potentially wide-ranging topics, etc.

    Wanna be a trailblazer and set up our first club? OR I can set it up, and make you a moderator with me? You're just nudging conversation here so enthusiastically, I figured it couldn't hurt to ask. :) Let me know!

  13. As long as it's about what we're doing in our participation (and not copying what the organizers are doing, which I'm sure you're not doing!), of course you can post about it here! I'm assuming NaNoStitchMo is about stitching every day in November? Do you have a link to what's up? Exciting!

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