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Kim Werker

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  1. I've got a loooong mess of zigzag going. :)
  2. How's it going? Have you gotten started? Share pics and updates here!
  3. 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?
  4. Yay! And yeah, 1667 is a lot. My daily word goal has been around 730, and some days I make it and some I don't, but I am making huge progress figuring my story out, and that's what my real goal has been for this month.
  5. 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!
  6. @Toni I read Where'd You Go Bernadette over the summer and loved it! Haven't read Crawdads yet, but it's high on my list. So glad you're here! Let me know if you have any questions about your scarf as you get going. I'm excited to see it!
  7. Margaret, the widowed owner of the B&B where my protagonist stays when she's in town. She gives zero f's and says whatever's on her mind. ❤️
  8. Right! This is where I am. Scrivener is so great exactly as I'm using it, even as I don't have a clue about most of its features. But it's working for me! So I'm not worried about the other features.
  9. Excellent! Don't hesitate to ask questions. That's what this is all about :)
  10. Spicy! My first line: "With sleep still lingering at the corners of his eyes, Josh Kaplan snapped latex gloves onto his hands and surveyed his patient."
  11. 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?
  12. And here's how to make the double decrease (dc3tog) that the pattern uses to create the valleys in the zigzag:
  13. Here's a tutorial on how to work stitches into the back loop only for the nifty ribbed texture you see in the swatch photos:
  14. 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.
  15. 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. Enjoy! In Threes Scarf.pdf
  16. 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.
  17. Right on, @Miss Lacklamb! I'm using a colour-change yarn, too. :) And hopefully someday, @Lori M!
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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?
  21. Let's get started!
  22. 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!
  23. 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!
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