Thursday, February 22, 2007

Knitting the Net - a Poll

Fellow knitters, I am taking a non-fiction writing class and need your help with my writing assignment. My topic is: The impact of the Internet on the knitting culture. I'm conducting a poll on how knitters think the Internet has influenced their hobby.

Please take a minute to answer a few simple questions, most of them multiple-choice. You can answer them here in the comments or send the answers to me via email. Either way, you rock! And to show my appreciation I'm going to put your name in a drawing to win either some sock yarn from my stash or a $25 gift certificate to Elann. (note: this poll is also on Knitters Review; if you answer there, no need to respond here)

Here goes:

1. How long have you been knitting?
A. Less than a year
B. 1 to 5 years
C. 6 to 10 years
D. 11 to 15 years
E. 16 to 20 years
F. 21+ years

2. Do you have a knitting blog?
A. Yes
B. No

3. Have you purchased yarn and/or knitting accessories from an online source?
A. Yes
B. No

4. Do you listen to knitting podcasts?
A. Yes
B. No

5. How often do you visit knitting-related message boards and discussion forums (reading or posting)?
A. Once or twice a week
B. 3 to 5 times a week
C. At least once every day

6. Do you read knitting e-Zines (Knitty, The Daily Knitter, MagKnits, Knitnet)?
A. Yes
B. No

7. How often do you turn to an online source for knitting help versus looking it up in a book?
A. Rarely
B. Most of the time
C. Just as often
D. Sometimes

8. Have you met any knitters face-to-face whom you had previously known only online?A. Yes
B. No

9. Have you attended a knitting related event (Stitches, a retreat, fiber festival, etc.) because you found out about it online?
A. Yes
B. No

10. Has the Internet had a negative impact on your knitting? How?

11. What kind of positive impact has the Internet made on your knitting?

Wednesday, February 21, 2007


I've been suspecting, for a very long time now, that I'm doing too much for the amount of time I actually have.

I am in denial about how much me-time I have to knit, take photos, blog, write, work out and read.

If I'm lucky I have 1.5 hours of me-time per day (sleep does not count). Where the heck does that 6.5% of my 24-hour day go?

Well, up until 2 weeks ago it was split between knitting and whatever else. And yes, I actually have been knitting! I've finished a couple of hats and started a sweater. The sweater is 80% complete. But then.

I started a class. I am taking a non-fiction writing class. I'm in week 3 of 8.

Plus I got sick. Again *sniff*

So me-time is taken up by either recuperative sleep or researching my essay topic.

Speaking of essay topic, dear readers, I will need your help. You are important to my essay. More to come in a later post.