Knitting Mondays

Meet Knitty’s new Techniques Video Columnist!

Do you remember when we put up this Call for Submissions? Our beloved Theresa Vinson Stenersen, who did such a fabulous job as our Techniques columnist for 9 years (!) decided she needed new challenges. (She’s moved from Norway, where we first met her, back to her family’s home in North Carolina — with her Norwegian husband — and in addition to her day job, now has a tiny but growing farm, including sheep, alpacas, chickens, a cat and Audrey, possibly the most beloved rescue dog in the history of dogs. Yup, she’s pretty busy.) So we needed to find ourselves a new Techniques Columnist, ...

Knitting Mondays: A Wearwithall Contest!

This past weekend it was 57F this week it’s barely supposed to touch 30F. I think that calls for a cozy giveaway! May Lou Eagan and the gang of incredibly talented folks that created the book Wearwithall:Knits for Your Life have put together a warm and fuzzy giveaway for us. How’d you like to knit this to keep you warm? The whole prize for this giveaway is , a copy of the Wearwithall book and 4 skeins of Berroco Souffle in Cortina, enough to make 2 cowls or 1 scarf. Prize value $45.95. Regular contest rules: leave a comment on this post between now and midnight eastern time, Wednesday January 16th. One ...

Knitting Mondays: Kate and Jillian Give Each Other Gifts. Plus, an Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf Giveaway.

What do knitters give each other? Kate and Jillian give you more knitterly gifting insight by showing what they would like to buy each other. Here’s what Jillian would give to Kate. Because she loves Doctor Who: A Tardis Needle Gauge from Tangerine8: A little something for her mind. I know she’ll read this and invent 211 more. Cast on, Bind Off – 211 Ways to Begin and End Your Knitting by Cap Sease. It’s available as print and an ebook.   She is a sock knitting goddess and should be gifted appropriately. Here are two ‘rich uncle just left you a mint’ sock knitting gifts. A set ...

Knitting Monday: More Gifts: Books Jillian Reccomends & A Knitty Yarn Giveaway

Since I do most of the book reviews for Knitty, I read as many as 100 knitting books a year. Here are three from this year that I think would make great gifts!   Principles of Knitting This is a classic, finally rereleased with over 700 pages of knitting techniques. If you know a knitter that loves to study the intricacies of how knitting works, they would love this book. It also comes as an ebook, which is a little easier to take with you.   Needles & Artifice: A Refined Adventure Story with Ingenious Knitting Patterns Steampunk + knittting, what’s not to love? For the knitter with a sense of ...

Kate’s Gift Ideas for the Knitters in Your Life

It’s that time of year again!  Do you have a crafter in your life you need to buy a gift for? Yarn and needles are obvious – but challenging – gifts to choose. Are you confident about your crafter’s favorite types and colors of yarn? Do you know what needles your crafter likes using best? For some of us it’s pretty obvious what to buy, but not for everyone.  A gift certificate for a yarn shop is always appreciated, too, of course – support your local yarn shops! But have you considered going a different way? One thing that crafters always struggle with is storage and ...

Knitting Monday: What Are You Working On? And a SweaterBabe Giveaway

My knitting is really flagging. I have at least 8 first tier UFOs (those not in knitting time out or more than a year old) and I was planning on knitting 7 gifts for the holidays. My knitting mojo has failed me. I am a slow knitter at the best of times, but my pace has been something like frozen molasses lately.  I am happily, but slowly, working on a shawl for me. Bolting by Stephen West out of Glory Days by Briar Rose in a fabulous red colorway. And that’s it. My holiday knitting is stalled dead. I have one gift finished and no juice to start the rest. I’m regrouping. I don’t want to knit ...

Wovember! Are you ready?

(With apologies to Amy and all our wool-sensitive friends.) Wovember is the brilliant idea of knit designer Kate Davies and artist and crafter Felicity Ford. Established in 2011, it’s an annual, month-long-celebration of all things wooly. Quoting from the website, “The idea is to show our collective appreciation of WOOL by wearing as much of this fabulous fibre as possible, and celebrating WOOL and its unique qualities in stories and pictures throughout the month of November. We hope that through our enthusiasm and creativity we can raise awareness of WHAT MAKES WOOL DIFFERENT, and jointly create a force ...

Yarn in the Barn

I ran away this past weekend. Two of my fellow fiber fanatics and I drove across the state of Michigan to hug people and buy pottery and yarn. Chris Roosien of Briar Rose Fiber had her first (we hope, annual) Yarn in the Barn celebration. A knitting celebration featuring Anne Hansen teaching and a few artists, fiber and otherwise selling things. The three of us aren’t going to Rhinebeck this year, so this was our fiber fun for the the fall. There was a barn, for real:   We ran into Chris right away: Some lucky knitter is going to make a throw out of that gorgeous yarn Chris is holding. There was a special ...

Kitchener Waterloo Knitters’ Guild Knitter’s Fair 2012

A splendid time was had by all. The KWKG Knitter’s Fair is a highlight of the calendar for knitters around Ontario. Amy and I were there, for a little shopping, a little socializing, and to do a little good. The shopping was fabulous: Yarn. Buttons. Spindles. Other goodies.   We sold out of our limited edition Knitty 10th Anniversary project bags – the famous Ninja Bunny bag. [Really. They’re all gone. Sorry.] 50% of the proceeds raised on Saturday from the sale of these bags are going to the Canadian Breast Cancer Support Fund. We’re proud to support this organization — ...

Hats in Hot Weather; Giveaway

This is how I’ve been spending time of late… Yes, that’s right. I’m knitting hats. In the summer. Hats are ideal summer knitting, for a number of reasons: they are small and very portable, easy to throw into your beach bag or suitcase. And hats are mostly plain and simple knitting, which means they are well suited to knitting in the car on a roadtrip, or by the soft light of an evening campfire, or while distracted talking to friends or enjoying a frosty beverage. Hats are also excellent summer knitting because you know you will be ready the moment the weather takes a turn for the worse. If ...