Repair : patching a pj (short tutorial)

This pj is made of a light knit jersey fabric, which recently was starting to develop some wear and tear… but I was keen to rescue it from demise.

I patched it with some iron-on material that is perfect for such thin and soft fabric: Kleiber repair patch for fine textiles (Oeko-Tex material)

I wrote this short step-by-step repair tutorial for anyone who wants to make-do and mend (and save the environment):

  1. Repair the damaged spots – I mended it by hand using fine thread
  2. Iron the mend to flatten the fabric. Raised parts may cause the patch to adhere unevenly and develop weak spots.
  3.  Cut a bit from the patch kit, larger than the size of the damaged area, allowing at least 1 to 1.5 cm (around 1/2 inch) extra. This would prevent strain points on the damaged area.
  4. Place the patch on the damaged area, laying a thin cloth on it before proceeding with the next step.
  5. Iron the patch, applying as much pressure as you can and hold the iron on it for around 1 minute (check instructions on your mending kit, they usually state how long you should hold the iron on it for).

    Let it cool and settle before moving it, to prevent any weakening to the repair.

  6. If you don’t mind the visible mending, apply a repair patch on the outside as well as on the inside of your clothing. This will make the mending even stronger and more durable.

  7. Mend any small weak spots before they develop into full holes
  8. That’s it.. Well done for rescuing your clothing from landfill!
  9. Now wear again & enjoy!!

Don’t forget to feel prod for having given a new lease of life to your item 🙂

 

 

Ravelry, I’m in! …and a bit of how-to for sharing projects

To be perfectly honest, I don’t tend to join in just because things are popular or everyone is doing. 

In this case, after living in perfect happiness out of the Ravelry world, I decided to join due to technical curiousity. I wanted to test some of the features and learn more about the related apps and widgets.

ItWasJudith is now on Ravelry!

ItWasJudith is now on Ravelry!
(feel free to add me to your friends)

 

I started with the usual set up tasks, like add yarn to stash, create a project and link it to a pattern page for others to see it, etc. 

Interestingly, I resolved a little technical riddle which I came across when reading another knitter’s post: how to share a link to your Ravelry project in a WordPress post without the readers having to be a Ravelry member. Basically you can allow the readers to see your project page without them having to log in into Ravelry first. 

I’m not entirely sure yet, but it seems that it’s not possible to share other people’s projects, unless you first obtain the share link of their project from them. That’s because when you check someone else’s project page, you’re not able to see the sharing details (like the “magic” URL that can be shared). 

A small example to make things clearer 🙂

Problem:
I set up a project page for my Thistle scarf. I want to mention it in a blog post and share it with the readership, without the readers needing to log into Ravelry.

Solution:
First, I go to my project page and set my project as available to the public; when this is done, it will show as “shared (public)” on the top right corner of the project page. Now I can obtain the project URL to be shared (what I called magic link in this post).  The magic link for my Thistle project is shown in the picture below as http://ravel.me/ItWasJudith/t1

my Thistle scarf project page

my Thistle scarf project page: note that the project is “shared: public” and the magic link is shown when you click on the “shared” icon

I have not tried to set up a pattern page myself (because I haven’t designed a pattern.. yet!), but generally linking to pattern pages doesn’t seem to require the reader to log-in. 

Would you like to share your experience and thoughts?

Make it a project: how to keep focus on a long-term WIP and startitis at bay

To help when knitting a long-term project, I envisaged a strategy to keep focused and enthusiast: make a project out of it!

The current WIP is the Thistle scarf that I have been blogging about recently, but lately I’ve been thinking to cast on new projects to complement my WIP – more on this in a follow-up post 🙂

Breaking down the project into chunks – that when reached give a sense of achievement and progress towards the FO – can make it more enjoyable! Basically, you divide your long-term project into sub-sections. In my case, I have the flowery lace sub-section for a total of 7 repeats (this accounts for about 1/3 of the total length) and the scarf body sub-section (which features a simpler lace and accounts for 2/3 of the total project). Each sub-section can be further split into tasks, if you like. Then for each of them, you enter a start and end date, can add task dependencies, record the progress made thus far and export the project in various formats (for example, as an image, a PDF, etc).

Thistle lace scarf, the project

Thistle lace scarf, the Gantt chart of the project

I have created a project plan using the open source software for Gantt charts called Gantt Project. Open source means that, thanks to development communities who volunteer their time, it’s free – no fees, nothing to pay whatsoever. Cool, I love open source!

From Wikipedia:

[Gantt Project] features most basic project management functions like a Gantt chart for project scheduling of tasks, and doing resource management using resource load charts. It has a number of reporting options (MS Project, HTML, PDF, spreadsheets).

It’s really easy to use; here is a tutorial that explains how to install, set up and use it:

Gantt Project - YouTube tutorial

Gantt Project – YouTube tutorial

You can download Gantt Project from their webpage: ganttproject.biz

By the way, I completed task ‘Repeat 3’ (the third repeat in the flowers lace section) and I can see that I should have the whole flower repeats by the 25th August, according to the schedule. The body of the scarf should get done prior to the end of September.

Thistle scarf, the 3rd lace repeat

Thistle scarf, the 3rd lace repeat it’s done!

Thistle scarf, detail of the 3rd lace repeat

Now I know (and cannot possibly attempt to ignore!) that there is a limited resource: knitting time… so I can’t just keep adding new WIPs. Conversely, casting on new projects will have an impact on the completion of the current ones.

This is my new tool to keep startitis at bay 🙂