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Hello, my name is Lilia Vanini, Im full time knitting and crochet designer for Liliacraftparty, my passion is knit and crochet and Venice, where I live with my husband.
I would like to tell you more about me, but I have a simple venetian life, so what I most enjoy in life is my knitting with a good glass of wine, Im ready to start my new adventure wich is hand dyed yarn so you will see my colors creations on my designs very soon! Im happy to be here with knitters and crocheters from around the world!


Hi, I’m Tiffany, from Floreat in Western Australia.
The first thing I knitted was a dog sweater for my Maltese baby, Sashy.
Blues are probably my fave colours, but I have some Wollmeise in red that I want to make one of the MDK Downtown patterns in. It will be my 1st top down sweater! Yikes!
I’m making a simple cotton baby blanket for one of DD’s best friends atm. She’s due early May, so I’ve got to get my hurry on!


Hello! My name is Shana and I live in Texas. We just wrapped up the DFW FiberFest in Dallas and I took classes for the first time!

The first thing ever knitted was lots of random squares and rectangles out of yarn that I really liked, but didn’t understand. I tried knitting a garter stitch bag out of a book I had bought, but I was using cotton yarn, on bamboo needles, and I knit so tightly that the yarn literally squeaked on the needles every time I had to move a stitch up or down the needle. That was in 2005 or so, in Ketchikan Alaska. I still remember that yarn store very fondly! My skills? Not so much.

The first thing I actually wound up making that was useable was a scarf from a pattern I made up myself. Just stockinette in the middle, with garter stitch borders all the way around, done in Noro Silk Garden. And then knitting kind of languished for me again, during lots of life upheavals. I finally got back to it by teaching myself how to knit socks in 2014, and now I knit almost every day.

My favorite thing to do while knitting is listen to audio books. I have always been an avid reader, and I love that I can still “read” while knitting. Netflix and Knit is a thing in my house too, but I knit faster and pay more attention to my knitting with audiobooks. My favorite kind of shoes is flip-flops. I really like being barefoot, or as close to that as possible.

I guess you could say I’ve “upped my game” after attending DFW FiberFest this year and taking 4 different classes from Amy Herzog, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, and Kate Atherley. This year I’m going to knit my first garment, either a sweater or a vest. And I’m going to get better at socks, and I’ll probably teach myself cables. I want to learn colorwork as well, but that may be on next year’s menu. I knit slow (but average for a North American knitter who lives in the US where there is not a cultural bias in support of knitting). But really, what I want to do is focus on what is the absolute best fiber to use for the thing I want to make. As opposed to what feels awesome to squish but then will disappoint when I ask it to do things it’s not made for.


I would love to know what you were told that you were doing wrong for knitting too tight. I’m also a tight knitter and usually have to go up 2 needle sizes to get anywhere close to gauge and not having to pry the stitches off the needles. Guage is so hard for me. I can get stitches but not rows. No one has had an answer. Any suggestions from you or the ladies out there will be welcome. Thanks Sharon, aka dbldimnd

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New here. I am Mary Anne, born in DC, lived east coast most of my young life, married to Chris from SoCal and living in the UK for 25years. Two kids, Jackson and Maddie.

Not sure what the first thing I knitted was, probably a dishcloth when I was a Girl Scout, for a badge. First USEFUL thing was a sweater for my son. I did that with the help, and yarn, of my mother in law. I took a class when we lived in London, at John Lewis, and that helped me improve my technique.

I knit a LOT of socks. My favourite thing to knit, without a doubt.

Impossible to pick a favourite movie. I love Jean de Florette (and Manson des Sources) and the books as well. But then I am a sucker for a good spaghetti western and love The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly as well!

I’d love to learn how to do stranded colourwork
socks that aren’t too tight! And get better about altering patterns to fit my preferences.


Hello Mary Anne! So glad you found the Lounge–hope you have fun. Lots of sock fans are having a conversation in the topic “The MDK Wandering Socks Knitalong.”

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Welcome!I am crazy about sock knitting and like spaghetti westerns as well.:blush: glad to meet you!!

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The first thing I ever knitted was a scarf when I was a little girl. I took up “serious” knitting about 3 years ago and am addicted! Next on my list to try is a stranded project of some sort. I love knitting socks, so the Wanderlust drew me here! It’s a great little book!


Isn’t it? I love the comunity here!:blush:

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Hi everyone!
I’m Patricia (aka IPY). I have been knitting since I was 5, and crocheting/crocheing (?!) , thanks to a patient grandmother! I honestly can’t remember the first item I made - I remember this beautiful gold ball-gown dress I designed for my friend’s barbie doll; a shawl for my Irish grandmother in old pink; a yoked jersey in smokey blue and cream <- and this one makes me sad because I never finished it (it had a fair isle pattern on the yoke, my tension was too tight, I was about 9 or 10…) and I don’t know where it disappeared to. My knitting loves are socks and shawls :slight_smile: I discovered socks late in life, and I always have at least one or two pairs on the go.

My favourite movie is hands-down Pride & Prejudice (with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle - I know it so well I can just listen to it while doing an intricate knit or while I’m spinning. I love all kinds of foods, but Middle Eastern is probably my favourite - all the colours, all the flavours, all the heat! Shoes? has to be my Pulp boots - so comfy and such gorgeous colours!
I have Italian on my list - life is a little bit topsy turvy, but soon! Pottery - I am designing and about to start a build for a tiny house, and I want to make my own clay dishes :slight_smile:

I have yarn… so much yarn… and so many ideas! But only 2 hands and 24 hours: I need to find a way to track my ideas as they come to me: if anyone has a clever idea, please let me know! I’m more a pen & paper kinda gall, but so much inspiration is online - how do I combine both??

Happy to be here, to share and learn!


My mother taught me how to cast on and knit when I was about 8-9 years old. I knit a square in garter stitch. I love my Mayari Birkenstocks. I would like to become more proficient at knitting Continental style.


Hello, my name is Bebe. I’m an at least 3rd generation knitter. All my family mentors for knitting have passed, but I endeavoured to learn the basics on my own. And now all the experiences in all my other crafts have helped make THIS TIME, THESE DAYS the days for being successful at knitting. Now I can not stop, I feel lost without a project going on all the time, more so than any other skill. I could write a book about all that! and how I got to this place in my life! I will write it in my blog and let you know when it is ready for the world to read. I am getting to the point in my life where I feel confident enough to share those things, and also a record so I don’t forget them!, like a buried treasure.
My mother tried to teach me knitting when I was 13, but lost patience so I went to her mother, and she taught me to crochet, and crochet I did for Many years, making all kinds of stuff, including a flowered afgan, vests, and an Irish lace wedding top (done at age 16), for my sister. I have to say I taught myself how to knit, so legitimately, the first thing I knitted was a Tilly hat in a KAL with Spincycle yarn and Tif Russell, of Dottie Angel. (I love that hat!) See on my Ravelry page (I am “14pstreet”). Then more hats, a sweater, scarves and shawls. Love making shawls. Taught myself Brioche knitting and absolutely love the results, so try to keep a brioche project going, so as not to forget those rules and techniques. I tried to teach a few of my relatves to knit, but so far am unsuccessful. So I have no knit buddies. I am still hoping to find my protege to teach my skills and pass them on. I have a lot of family dramas going on all the time, so knitting is keeping me sane, as I can tuck away a project with me everywhere, and I can tune everyone out, plus being a little hard of hearing helps😉 . Fave color is blue and blue green, and chartreuse, but look the best in pastel pinkish tones. Plums are my go to color right now for wearing in cooler weather. I wear Keen sandals most of the year, and Bogs boots the rest of the time. Have three dogs. My one companion small dog passed in January after 11 years. I was brave enough, and fortunate enough to be gifted with a Yorkie Shih Tzu mix, whom fits with me perfectly as my new companion, with her equally strong personality as the Schnauzer. Love her! My favorite food is coffee and blueberries. Cinnamon rolls and vanilla cream filled doughnuts. Lemon pie or peanut butter pie. Wedding cake cake and frosting. Hostess snowballs. My mothers Swedish coffee cakes with cardamom. Swedish rye bread with butter. I have a deep love of Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish and heritage. They call people like me third gen Scandinavians. I grew up in a Swedish Lutheran church community, which was wonderful and I miss it. Iwould like to learn Fair Isle knitting. I would love to live in Scotland for a year, and experience the harsh winter of the Scottish northern islands. In the meantime, I can easily pretend I am in England or Scotland, or even Sweden at times, based on our weather conditions in the mountains here in the Mid-Atlantic. Peace be with you all.


Hi, I want to introduce myself. I consider myself a newbie to knitting although when I think about it I’ve knit a number of scarves, shawls and crocheted a bag and an item for an art exhibit my friend was doing. So at what point can I call myself “a knitter”? I don’t know. I certainly can’t design anything, yet, or maybe I can if I try. I probably read MDK …often, well actually I usually start my morning that way. I get up early so I can. I do work and have a business as an entrepreneur who loves to coach others in healthy natural living. I do volunteer a lot especially around social action issues.


Hello all. I have followed MDK on social media for a long time and have several books and field guides, but haven’t posted an intro in the Lounge until now.

I first learned to knit in an after school enrichment type program in Michigan when I was about 10. It was a crochet and knit class combined and I went with my next oldest sister. Mrs. Barocio taught it, and looking back now I realize she was one of those ultimate crafty people. She also ran a bakery/cake decorating shop back in the day. Anyway, my first project was a knitted scarf in my elementary school colors, gold and blue. I remember not being fond of knitting due to slower results. What I really liked was my first crochet project in the class, a groovy striped tote bag made of Aunt Lydia’s rug yarn, in trendy burnt orange and avocado green. I wish I still had it!

My knitting and crocheting skills lay dormant until college, although I did a lot of sewing and other crafting in junior high and high school. I knit a striped sweater in college which is still in unassembled pieces in a closet. I keep thinking I’ll finish it some day.

About 15 (?) years ago, a friend was knitting a sock on a Girl Scout field trip and showed me how to do it. I got back into knitting then, first with a pair of socks and then many other projects. With this same friend we introduced our daughters and their fellow Girl Scouts to basic knitting, so it all comes back around. I have posted photos of many of my projects on Ravelry under my name there, Spartybama.

I’ve been retired for 5 years now after a 35-year career in Alabama and enjoy the extra time it has given me to travel, enjoy life, and knit. I generally carry a project with me everywhere and enjoy shopping for local yarn on my journeys. I consider myself a life-long learner and am happy to say I learn something new every day, much of it about knitting!

So appreciative of the support and fun I’ve experienced in the MDK community!


Hi. I’m Jo, from Surbiton (more or less in London), and I’m a long time follower, but this is, weirdly, my first time in The Lounge!

Apart from the garter stitch scarves I learnt to knit as a child, I think the first thing was a huge jumper that I knit while I was living in Turkey. I just got the urge to make something, found a shop which sold huge balls of acrylicy wool and knit four stripy rectangles. That would have been about twenty something years ago. I’ve still got it somewhere… The first thing I knit from a pattern was a black and white cardigan from a Rowan book. The one with the pink roll-neck on the front.

My favourite film is probably Sense and Sensibility - again from my time in Turkey. My friend and I went to see it again and again just to see the green, rainy English countryside.

What was the last question? What would I like to learn to do? Apart from knit faster? I’m just learning how to knit a sock. For the first time I’m starting to wonder about all the different ways to knit a sock.



Hi Jo!! So glad you joined in here. Sock knitting is my favorite. Be sure to check out the wandering sock knit along. Everyone is so helpful and encouraging. Again…welcome! :sunflower:


My name is Judi…
I am self taught…teaching myself to knit at the ripe old age of 49 in 2004. I began with felted bags…which taught me circulars, knitting in the round, increase, decrease, picking up stitches, icord, etc…then I felted the thing til you couldn’t see all the beginner mistakes and used it proudly!
I now teach knitting at retreats, conventions, and the art center where I live.

I love to experiment and have been dyeing yarns for several years now and have started giving classes.

My passion is colorwork, slip stitch, and mosaic.
After retiring from teaching high school for 30 years…I headed for warmer pastures!
I live in South Carolina near the ocean, so sweater weather is not a long season, but I do get in some time when visiting the four grandchildren in Ohio!

My friend and I attended the first Shakerag and had a blast with y’all.

My other knitting buddies (the Purl Girls)…were so jealous that we now do our own little retreat at St Simons Island each April. Lots of knitting, shopping, and laughing!!!
Thanks for letting me introduce myself!


Hi, all!

My name is Diana, and I’ve been knitting for about 16 years now. My first project was a very holey :scarf: made with the very trendy hairy synthetic yarn that everyone was using at the time - it was never really my taste, but now more than ever is a yarn I’d never pick up for myself.

I’d prefer not to elaborate on my favorites because I could write a book about them that no one will read, but my favorite shoes are a pair of brown leather oxfords with ribbon laces. They’re a dream to walk in, and instantly pick up any outfit!

I would love to learn the ins and outs of color work! I’ve done very basic horizontal stripes, but beyond that I’m mystified! I understand how it works in theory, but I think it’s a special kind of magic to make it work skillfully in practice.

My partner recently asked me to teach him to knit, so my current adventure is designing a curriculum of sorts for him to get excited about :grin:


I’m a knitter in Seattle, considering yarn for Bang Out a Sweater.

The first thing I knit was a garter stitch square for a collective blanket, Lamb’s Pride worsted in Peacock. I knit it twice; the second time, it had even tension. For practice purling, I knit ribbed scarves for 2 teddy bears, working on one in a cruise ship hallway while my barmy old auntie (who lived with Alzheimer’s for a long, long time) raged inside our stateroom until she had soothed herself by repacking and unpacking her bags. We went on several Alaska cruises, a way for her to be outdoors in beautiful scenery after her camping days were over. Knitting got me through dementia caregiving. It gets me through Quaker process, too, my community has had a hard few years.

I’m not much of a movie person. I wear lots of purples and blues and bake a lot of bread, by hand, with and without the participation of small children. I love Fluevog shoes, but lately my hot pink rainboots have been in heavy rotation.

What would I like to learn to do? Use short rows, I think, which would give me more scope for improvisation. I also need to find a grip and a routine that can get me back to my fingering-weight sweater without a carpal tunnel flare.


Hi there,
I will start off by saying that I am not completely new here, but thanks to several pivotal life events, I have re-branded myself and I’m not just referring to the knitting world either.

I am 64 years of age, notice how I didn’t say old? I have been dealing with PTSD for most of my life although it wasn’t until fairly recently that it was diagnosed. The good news is that I have been dealing with it, professionally and medically. And I am speaking it out loud for anyone else who has mental health issues. I loved the Grocery Girls episode where they discussed, at length, Jodi’s anxiety issues and the broad impact it has on their lives. And of course, I LOVED Tracie’s unconditional support and unconditional love for her sister. Wish that I had one like that, but mine is very conditional.

I bought my first pair of Chuck Taylor Converse high top sneakers 4 years ago and I am hooked. I have several pairs that I accessorize with colorful laces and sneaker jewelry (who knew?).

I had heard of MDK for years, but my first encounter was the post VKL NYC event in 2018. I’ve since spotted them at IU 2018, Rhinebeck and various other events. I haven’t been very active on the Lounge, LIFE got very deep these last two years, including the death of my 91 year old father.

I did manage to bang out the Carbeth, though.

Looking forward to diving deeper in the future.