Bonus!

How to keep up with the companies you actually Like…Courtesy SpaceCadet Creations

Knitty readers are powerful. I linked to this awesome post on SpaceCadet Creations’ site and you guys took down their server.

Sorry about that, SpaceCadet.

Since SCC’s site is now out of commission for the next 72 hours, we thought it would be handy to repost the information here, where (hopefully) our server can handle the demand.

I know so many of us are frustrated with the way Facebook shares information. This informative post will help you understand what the heck is going on and how you can actually follow the news from your favorite companies, like Knitty and SpaceCadet, on Facebook.

Take it away, SpaceCadet Stephanie!


Facebook is an amazing resource — a way for everyone to keep up with their friends’ news, family photos, hear about upcoming events… and maybe even look up an old boyfriend or two.

And it’s a great way for me to keep in contact with you. Not only can I share with you what we’re up to at the SpaceCadet studio (or just what I’m up to on a Saturday morning) but, unlike many other channels, Facebook gives you and me a wonderful opportunity to interact — to ask and answer questions, to have a conversation, for everyone to share thoughts as a community.

Hydrengia

 

Where has SpaceCadet gone?

But maybe you haven’t seen so much of SpaceCadet in your Facebook stream lately? Maybe you think I’ve gone quiet? Maybe we’re not up to much lately?

Hapa

Nope, the real reason you don’t see much of SpaceCadet any more is that Facebook recently changed its policies for business pages like ours. Whereas in the past, our posts used to show up in the news feed of everyone who liked our page, Facebook now shows our posts to only a tiny fraction of the folks who follow us.

Let me show you what I mean. The SpaceCadet page has over 1200 followers, but look at the number who got to see these recent posts:

Collage,  how many people reached

200? 100?!? Sometimes it’s been as low as only 50! That’s hardly any of our followers, and it’s really disappointing when I want to share stuff with you guys but I know that only a few people are going to get to see it.

Now, the reason Facebook is doing this is that they want me to pay to “boost” my posts and to be honest, as a business person, I’m ok with Facebook wanting to make money. SpaceCadet has an advertising budget and I’m happy to spend it, but paying Facebook to “boost” every single thing I post is not really the best use of that budget, so I don’t do it very often.

Besides, if Facebook is a community, it feels a bit creepy to turn every comment I make into some kind of a paid advertisement. A lot of times, I’m just sharing cool stuff with you guys.

Saturday office

There’s an Easy (and Free) Solution!

BUT there is an better way for you to receive SpaceCadet posts again. I can’t increase the number of posts you see without paying for “boosting”, but YOU can pull our posts back into your news feed easily — and for free! All you have to do is start clicking “like” on our Facebook posts (or, even better, leave a comment or share the post). The more you interact with our posts, the more of our posts Facebook will share with you. That’s all you have to do — just start clicking “like”.

And it’s not just your timeline you’ll be affecting. When you click “like” and “share” or comment on a SpaceCadet post, everyone else gets to see more of what we’re up to as well. Want to see how powerful it is? Check this out…

The Power of Likes on Facebook

When you click “like” or share and comment on my posts, you’ll begin getting all the latest SpaceCadet news in your timeline again (along with behind-the-scenes pictures from the studio and some random shots of my lunch or my WIPs…). And, y’know, I’ll be so excited to see you again! I love sharing all the cool stuff we’re working on each day — and I love it even more when I get to hear back from you about what I’ve posted.

So here, hop over to our Facebook page right now and just click “like” on a bunch of posts (or please, leave us a comment or share a couple of posts). And before you know it, SpaceCadet will be back on your Facebook radar again!

 

Mauna Kea

PS –I really do love the interaction that happens on Facebook, and so I’d love for SpaceCadet to have more followers. If you think something I’ve posted would interest your knit-friends on FB, I’d be really grateful if you’d share it with them by clicking “share” as well as “like”. Thank you for spreading the SpaceCadet love!

 

 

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Amy’s Plug+Play magic…finally revealed!

(Thank you to Jillian for letting me hog the blog today. I have a big announcement! And our darling Jillian has an awesome spinning post for you this Thursday. She’ll see you then!)


Squee!

Squee!

You may have heard me talking about my Plug+Play method over the years. It’s my simple, friendly approach to designing with stitch patterns, and I’ve been teaching it all over the place since 2008…from a cruise ship filled with knitters in the Pacific to events like Vogue Knitting Live, Yarnover, the Glasgow School of Yarn and Yarndale, and at shops in the US, Canada, England, Scotland and Ireland! The P3 retreats, run by Brenda Dayne and myself and held in Wales over a span of 3 years, were based on the Plug+Play system. It’s empowered so many knitters to make their knitwear reflect their own design inspiration without having to tear their hair out!

Well, if you haven’t been able to take one of my classes but wanted to learn more about this user-friendly method of designing, today I get to make a big, happy announcement! My Plug+Play: Custom Scarves & Shawls, class has just launched on Craftsy! Just now!

In this class, you’ll learn my easy and intuitive method for turning the stitch patterns of your choice into your own scarves and shawls. It’s a simple but surprisingly effective way to create uniquely beautiful scarves and shawls by plugging complete stitch pattern units into your knitted fabric, rather than designing a stitch at a time!

Massive fun, filming this class for Craftsy! Anyone spot the appropriate set decoration over my left shoulder?

Massive fun, filming this class for Craftsy! Anyone spot the appropriate set decoration over my left shoulder?

In the class, over 7 lessons spanning more than 2 hours in total, you’ll learn about the Plug+Play method, how to apply it to simple rectangular and triangular shapes as well as rectangles built on the bias! You’ll learn about full motifs and half/offset motifs and how to use them effectively. You’ll get a good handle on how to build your own custom cowls in a variety of directions, and finally we’ll talk about all my favorite tools and tips that will make designing your own scarves and shawls much more enjoyable!

One of the neatest things about Craftsy is how interactive their classes are. If you have a question, just ask! I’m there to help you with any challenges you encounter, so that your projects are successful. And I can’t wait till knitters start uploading their FOs to the Craftsy site. There’s lots of places to interact with me and the other students in the class. I hope to see many of you there!

Is this a sales pitch? Yup. Unabashedly so. I’m very proud of the Plug+Play method, and this opportunity to share it with you via Craftsy has been a dream come true for me. So many knitters have asked if I could come teach this class in their part of the world, and now through this online class, I can!

To learn more about this class and get started today, just click this link. Hope to see you there!

The ukulele my producer chose for the set (to add Amy-like ambience, no doubt) was gifted to me at the end of the shoot. Signed by the crew, surrounded by all the tools of the make up artist who made me pretty every morning.

The ukulele my producer chose for the set (to add Amy-like ambience) was gifted to me at the end of the shoot. Signed by the crew, surrounded by all the tools of the make up artist who made me pretty every morning.

 

 

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Things that have made Amy’s life better, vol 1

Jillian wants me to learn how to write shorter blog posts. I expect she’s not the only one. So here goes…my first installment in a series of things that have made my life better (and hopefully will be helpful to at least one of you who reads this).

Macintosh thing:
Ever since updating to the Mountain Lion OS, I’ve had problems with my usually reliable Mac system freezing up in an un-force-quit-able way.

Both times, the problem was one of the little handy apps that mostly sit in the background and I forgot were there. First it was the Gmail notifier. I had to disable that a year ago. When the freezing started up again recently, I finally found that the culprit was an outdated version of the Dropbox app. Updated, and POOF! No more freezes.

Check your background apps for outdated versions if you’re having similar problems. The Software Update utility missed this one.

 

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Templeton Square Contest Winners

We are thrilled to announce the winners of our Templeton Square contest! In our Spring & Summer issue, in his Stitches in Time column, Franklin Habit unearthed and updated a lovely counterpane square pattern, original published in Weldon’s Practical Knitter series.

He proposed a contest: what could our knitters do with such a square?

We had 51 entries, and the range of work was wonderful and surprising and gratifying.You can peek at all of the entries over here.

We’re thrilled to announce the winners:

Best in Show: Wrap by Asimina Saranti

Wrap4

Very clever

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Looks even better on.

Asimini wins an original Franklin Habit illustration and 10 skeins of Cascade Sierra yarn.

Most Creative: Fairy by Amanda Heyen

2. Seated

Makes me smile.

Amanda wins a set of Addi Turbo Lace Clicks and 10 skeins of Cascade Sierra yarn.

Most Ambitious: Tire Cozy by Karen Vradelis

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If that’s not showing your colors as a knitter, nothing is.

Karen wins 10 skeins of Cascade Sierra yarn.

A big thank you to our judges: Ysolda Teague, Fiona Ellis and Shannon Dunbabin.

And thanks also to those who donated the prizes: Franklin Habit, Addi/Skacel and Cascade Yarns.

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Happy Knitty Day!

We are 10 and you get to share the fun with us!

In this issue of Knitty, we are premiering special limited-edition Knitty 10th Anniversary schwag.

Ready?

A Tom Bihn/Knitty 10th Anniversary Swift!

Knitty 10th Anniversary Swift by Tom Bihn

In 2005, Knitty and Tom Bihn collaborated to design what we think is the ultimate knitting bag. So when we reached our milestone 10th Anniversary, it seemed fitting to celebrate it with a special-edition Swift!

The Knitty 10th Anniversary Swift has the same ultra-functional features you know and love, but in a brand-new color combination, just for us! The outer color is brand new: it’s ballistic nylon in a deep raspberry purple called Aubergine. The reverse side features sleek Steel grey ballistic. Inside, the pockets are lined with Kiwi, and the included clear-bottomed Stuff Sack matches the lining.

And to top it all off, our special 10th Anniversary Logo is carefully embroidered onto each bag on the Aubergine side. We love how these colors look together, and have been carrying our prototypes around to envious glances from knitters everywhere. To read more about the Swift and see more pictures of its many features, visit TomBihn.com

This special-edition bag will be available only through TomBihn.com for a very limited time, and only in the configuration shown. It’s special, it’s just for Knitty’s readers, and once it’s gone, it’s gone.

Yummy!

 

 

 

A Jennie the Potter Knitty Anniversary Mug!

Bunny!

Amy and Jennie became friends on a big boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, but Amy was a fan of Jennie’s beautiful, functional pottery long before that. Amy’s kitchen cupboards boast an enviable collection of Jennie the Potter mugs, each treasured and, most importantly, used daily.

For this project, Jennie took the 10th Anniversary theme and ran with it, adding iconic elements like Amy’s Grandma’s needles and, of course, rabbits. 10th Anniversary bunting and chocolate cake make this a mug to bring a party to your morning hot beverage every day. Every mug is unique: thrown, painted and carved by Jennie’s own hands. She’s offering them in two colorways: Amy [soft blues and greens] and Jillian [jewel tones]. Clever girl.

There are just a very few mugs ready for shipping now…and she’s taking pre-orders for shipment later this fall. As Jennie says, “Handcrafted pottery takes time.” Place your order now, and don’t miss your chance!

It’s a party!

And just for extra fun-times, this issue of Knitty has a Knitty themed crossword.

Can you finish it? In pen? Can you spot the 12 Knitty patterns hidden in the answers?

Whether you’ve just started reading Knitty or have been around for the whole 10 years – Thank You! We couldn’t have done it without our readers!

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Never knit a sock? Join the Sunday Swing-along!

© Kristel Nyberg

Posts on Twitter today alerted us to a new knitalong. Examiner.com,  says “Beginning next week, we will offer a step-by-step tutorial on how to make cuff-down socks from the cast-on to the bind-off. ” Read more here.

The pattern they’ll be using is our Sunday Swing sock, shown at left.

Lovely idea! We’ll be looking forward to seeing some completed socks when the knitalong is over! Have fun, everyone!

 

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Want to be *in* Knitty?

We’d love to have you.

There are two openings that we need filled, and maybe you’re just the person for it!

Are you a knitting savant, crafty and clever and good with a video camera? Then perhaps you’d like to be our new Techniques Video Columnist! All the details are at the link, include what we need you to do and what can help you make a successful entry!

Or perhaps you’re really great with a pen and ink, paintbrush, computer illustration program or camera? Well, then enter our Artwork for the Knittyshop contest! Again, details at the link.

We’ve already had a few entries in both competitions, and can’t wait to see who else wants to step up and join in! The deadline for both competitions is about 2 weeks off, so there’s still time for you to prepare a kick-butt entry!

Good luck to you all!

 

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The undead have moved in.

What do you do when an undead Puritan woman is dropped on your doorstep?

oh dear.

meet Goodie Temper. she’s dead.

Simple. Put her to work.

she got quite a lot done. must have been bored in there without anything to do for so long.

You may have guessed that this fabulous, creepy thing is a promo for the upcoming movie, ParaNorman. You would be correct. I decided that I should make a [crappy but heartfelt] little movie of my own as I opened this amazing present. Here. Watch.

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It was 10 years ago today…

[I’m hijacking Jillian’s Spinning Tuesday for a time-sensitive post. She’ll return next week!]

…And I had come home from another day of proofreading stuff like this.

The terms and conditions of the average Visa card. Which I proofread approximately 3 times per year…for the bank our Ad Agency represented, which had 6 different kinds of Visa cards. Each had their own agreement to be proofed. How I didn’t slit my own throat, I cannot say.

At my day job, there was also fun stuff to proofread, but the majority of it was this kind of brain-suckingly boring bank stuff. I had been doing this kind of work for almost 20 years. And so during the dull summer of 2002, I began dreaming of a way to escape proofreading…to become a copy editor.

At the same time, knitting blogs were few, and just starting to get interesting, and I had found tons of patterns being given away for free by their designers on blogs all over the place, held together by the most delicate of things: a blogring. Which often didn’t work. RSS was in its infancy, and we didn’t know how to keep in touch with each other without having links to our friends’ blogs on our blogs.

It hit me, sometime in the afternoon of June 19th, 2002, that I could actually start my own magazine, and thereby bypass the annoying process of applying for a job and getting hired by someone else. And wouldn’t this be good for my resume? Most importantly, after 20 years of proofreading things on paper, dealing with the stress created by the smallest typo I might miss after whatever-it-was had gone to print, my magazine had to be hosted online.

So after work that day, I was sitting on the couch with my little white iBook on my lap, and said, “I want to start an online knitting magazine. What should I call it?” Almost instantly, he said, “Knitty”. I looked it up, and no one had taken the Knitty.com URL. And so I did.

A few bucks, a few mouse clicks, and I had my own magazine. Now the work begins!

And that night, this appeared on what soon became the KnittyBlog:

The official announcement of the beginnings of Knitty.com

I still love that blog template…I designed it myself. Note the list of other knitblogs on the right.

Not sure what I thought being “the polar opposite of Vogue Knitting” meant, but hey, I was young and didn’t have a clue what I was doing. I also wrote “young and funky” in a non-ironic sense, so perhaps one could just chalk it up to noob enthusiasm and let it go. Note the mention of my new camera with accompanying bloggy hysteria. My first digital. This was a big deal 10 years ago, when most of us still used film in our cameras. Don’t you feel old now? Anyway, I digress…

Today begins our 10th Anniversary Celebration!

We’ll be recounting Knitty’s history on the blog, and starting with the Deep Fall issue, which goes live in September, you can expect a lot of celebratory Knitty-based fun for the next 12 months. Exactly what, you’ll have to wait and see. But we’re excited, and we hope you are, too. 10 years is a pretty huge milestone, and we’re going to celebrate the heck out of it!

I’ll see you back here on Thursday, when I get to introduce you to our brand-new 10th Anniversary Logo!

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