Author: Amy Singer

A peek into Amy’s classes at VK Live this September!

Amy here. This week, 5 really cool people are blogging about the upcoming Vogue Knitting Live event, to be held in Los Angeles this September. I feel privileged to be the 6th. Did you know I teach knitting classes? I do. I started teaching when No Sheep for You was published, to help spread the non-wool knitting knowledge as far as I could. What I learned in those early classes is how much I love the lightbulb moments — when something you say as a teacher hits straight home with a student, and the lightbulb moves away from your head and over theirs. That’s a bit dramatic, but hopefully you know what I mean. ...

How to choose your first ukulele: an essay by your uke-obsessed Editor.

Well, it’s the day after the big Spring+Summer Surprise went live and one of the patterns in there was not much of a surprise for anyone who follows my Twitter feed: a felted case for a ukulele or two. [Kudos to designer Wendy Bernard who turned a whimsical idea into a functional and fabulous pattern that I hope lots of you will make!] One might wonder what took us so long to serve up something uke-ish. I admit that I was hesitant, because I try not to make Knitty only about what I love personally, but what I think our readers will love. Of course it doesn’t hurt if I love it too. But Jillian kept urging ...

Sheeping and Woolling in Maryland

I love a good fiber festival and I haven’t been to one in a few years. When my friend Jennie the Potter invited me to join her booth crew in Maryland, I decided it was time for a return visit! Everyone talks about Rhinebeck, and I’ve been to and loved Rhinebeck New York’s Sheep & Wool festival many times. It’s got a country-gone-urban vibe that’s very different from what I’ve experienced at Maryland’s Sheep and Wool Festival. The Maryland festival [MDSW] is, frankly, huge. Very well attended this year — crowds lined up for the awesome branded merchandise with the ...

We could use a little brightness today

Mondays are often challenging. So it’s time for a big contest! One lucky person will win a FiberBuzz Gift Basket, including prizes from all of our FiberBuzz sponsors. Take a look at this yumminess! Quick Fitted Wristlets & Cabled Turban patterns by Stitch Diva prize value: $14 Empire State Gloves kit by Van der Rock Yarns prize value: $21CAD Leather-covered measuring tape by Debra’s Garden prize value: $18 Sheep Needle Gauge by Goose Pond/elegant knitter prize value: $15 Beaded Smoke Ring kit including pattern, luxury yarn and beads by HeartStrings prize value: $25   A copy of Timeless ...

Obsessing over knitted toys

I finally get to meet a little girl I last saw when she was still on the inside. And I want to knit her something huggable, so I sent out a call today on Twitter for well-received toy patterns, and got a flurry of great recommendations! I thought I should share my favorites with you… From Knitwhits:  Bramble or Sakura [30% goes to Japan Quake relief, btw] From Rebecca Danger: just about the whole catalog got recommended! From Knitty: Flo and Sheldon From Debi Birkin: the whole shebang From Hansigurumi: the Anglerfish From Penwiper: Extermiknit! From Blue Sky Alpacas/Bobbi Intveld: Baby Bobbi Bear From Ysolda: ...

The fabulous Friday of LoooooooVE!

We’ve planned today’s post all week and are going ahead, but we cannot go forward without a mention of what’s happened in Japan today. Our thoughts go out to everyone affected and we send you strength and love. If you are concerned about someone in Japan who you haven’t yet heard is okay, Google has provided this Person Finder page that may help. This page has a roundup of places where you can help financially. This wraps up the week of LooooVE, celebrating the release of Rachael Herron’s new book. We’ve never done this before, and we’ve had a blast. We hope you’ve had ...

Now we’re just getting nosy

We’re getting near the end of Loooooove week. What? Here…we explain it all on Monday’s post. The lucky winner of yesterday’s “Name your fictional town” contest, chosen by Rachael herself: Becca, who wrote, “I would name the town Lester, as a bad joke on the pronunciation of Leicester.”  Congrats, Becca — you’ll be receiving a copy of Rachael’s brand-new book, HOW TO KNIT A HEART BACK HOME! Today’s the last day of our probing questions with Rachael. Tomorrow, we have an extra-special surprise for everyone and the biggest prize this week! ...

WWW: Now with added Rachael!

The love started Monday…if you’re wondering what’s going on today, take a peek! The lucky winner of yesterday’s “Name your heroine” contest, chosen by Rachael herself: Jennifer B who wrote “Anjuli – It was in a wonderful novel called The Far Pavilion by M. M. Kaye, and I have always loved it.” Congrats, Jennifer — you’ll be receiving a copy of Rachael’s brand-new book, HOW TO KNIT A HEART BACK HOME! And now, onto day 3 of the week of Looooooove! Knitty: Are you ever tempted to pull stories from the news into your fiction, or do you want the ...

Spinning a tale with Rachael

The love started yesterday…if you’re wondering what’s going on today, take a peek! The lucky winner of yesterday’s “Name the book you’d write”, chosen by Rachael herself, is “Needle Me Knot, Little old ladies using unique methods to kill.” She loved both the title and the premise.  Although it was DIFFICULT to pick, sez she. Winner is Sherry from Idaho. Congrats, Sherry — you’ll be receiving a copy of Rachael’s brand-new book, HOW TO KNIT A HEART BACK HOME! And now, onto day 2 of the week of Looooooove! Knitty: Your first novel was full of ...

Welcome to the week of LooooooVE

Nope, it’s not Valentine’s Day any more…it’s the week of love in print, specifically in the pages of Rachael Herron’s newest novel, HOW TO KNIT A HEART BACK HOME, set in the fictional town of Cypress Hollow. Both Jillian and I got to read the book early, and we absolutely loved it. So we decided to make big hoopla when the book was finally available to y’all! This week, we’re celebrating the convergence of knitting and romance with daily giveaways, and peeks into the love-filled mind of author, knitter, spinner, and general all-around nice person, Rachael Herron*. Today, we ...