Obsession Thursdays

Obsessed with: resurrected gadgetry

This happens a lot nowadays. Something gets invented, people get excited and buy it and for whatever reason, the company that made the thing gives up on it, or goes bankrupt and it’s pretty much a paperweight after that. That happened with Nabaztag, the robotic rabbit that I fell in love with back in 2006ish. Since Nabaztag rabbits relied on a central server to make them do anything at all, white plastic rabbits all over the world just stopped working around 2009. Creepy. I recently moved into a new apartment and couldn’t bear NOT to bring my dead plastic friend with me. Instead of unpacking boxes one ...

Obsession: Crochet

You might have heard the rumour: Amy and I both like to crochet. When your hobby is your work, you need to find a hobby to relax from your hobby, if you see what I mean. I love crochet as a relaxation. I like to just follow a pattern and have fun, not worrying about design elements or writing the pattern or any of the other stuff I worry about when I’m knitting. I’m currently working on the lacy flower scarf that was in the spring/summer 2014 issue of the Noro magazine. I love how this uses the chaos of a Noro colourway and organizes it into something totally different. The original: Mine, so far: The ...

Come hang with us! Fall Teaching Schedules

In addition to writing this blog, and editing your favourite online knitting magazine, the Knitty team also enjoys teaching. Come, take a class with us! Amy It’s a quiet year for me on purpose, so there’s just a few things coming up! October 4-5, 2014 I’ll be teaching at Knit City with Kate in Vancouver! October 14, 2014 I’m excited to be hosting a panel discussion at the Textile Museum of Canada in Toronto! Topic: Make Your Voice Heard: The Intersection of Craft, Creativity, and Activism And you can take my Plug+Play class beginner’s design class any time, now that I’m on Craftsy! ...

Showing your love for knitting on your car

A couple of weeks ago I ran into Lana Holden, designer of Knitty favorite pattern The Skew Sock. I gasped out loud when I saw her license plate… Friend of Knitty Laura Nelkin took a photo of this fantastic jeep last year… (Although pretty sure the owner of this particular vehicle also crochets… ) The inimitable Lucy Neatby has decorated her car with her trademark “happy stitch” logo. Lorajean, yarn dyer behind Knittedwit.com keeps it simple: Karen, owner of the fantastic yarn shop Shall We Knit has this on her car… Lara Neel spotted this one, but we don’t know who is belongs ...

Blocking: Why and How and Tools to Make it Easier and Better

It’s fair to say that I am obsessed with blocking. Blocking is such a key step in the knitting process. Blocking is the difference between a project being done, and being finished. I think there’s a fair bit of confusion about blocking, and the language has a lot to do with it: you hear about mats and pins and wires, and many knitters think that it’s complicated and requires special equipment. Not at all! For the majority of projects, all that’s needed is a wash. Yes, just a wash. Generally speaking, the only types of projects that require special equipment and treatment are lace projects. ...

Stories in Stitches

Knitty designer and columnist Donna Druchunas has always been interested in knitting history and stories, and she and her friend Ava Coleman have recently launched a project that’s about just that. Stories In Stitches is a book series featuring stories about knitters and their lives, traditions, history, and travel, all tied together with knitting patterns and projects. Each volume includes projects from a far-away time or place. In the words of Donna and Ava: “It is our desire to inspire and empower knitters of all skill levels to move beyond the line-by-line pattern into the realm of creating their own ...

Knitted Car Cozy

A knitter in LA recently completed a rather epic project: a knitted car cozy. Judy Gregory – knitter, yarn sales rep and costumer for film and TV – was commissioned to create the cozy by an advertising agency for a print ad for Zurich Insurance Group in the UK. The concept of the ad was simple: “When you truly love something, you protect it in the best way.” I asked Judy about the project… How much creative input did you have? The client in England had a yarn they wanted and sent a small photo of a cable pattern. I simplified the cable pattern and shifted some of the stitch counts a bit ...

Lace Giveaway!

In an effort to coax Spring out of her shell, we’re doing a lace giveaway today.  Our giveaway feature Brooke Nico’s new wonderful book Lovely Knitted Lace  from Lark Crafts, a set of Hiya Hiya interchangeable needles, size US 2-8   from Hiya Hiya and a skein of Black Bunny Flutter Merino Lace from Black Bunny Fibers. It’s the same yarn and color Brooke used to make the Flutter Shawl in her book.   I think knitting lace can make the temperatures rise and the flowers bloom don’t you?   Our regular rules apply: Leave a comment on this post between now and midnight eastern time, Monday,  ...

Cat & Felfs & Kindness

Friend of Knitty and innovator extraordinaire Cat Bordhi, has announced her next book: The Art of Felfs: Felted Footwear for Families. A new book of Cat patterns is always worth getting excited about, and this has a lot of typically wonderfully Cat ideas… although all the styles seem to have been knitted in the round, they are actually all cleverly constructed strips of garter stitch that are felted and folded in various ways to make a myriad shapes of comfy warm slippers. And what makes this book even more special is that Cat has chosen to donate 100% of the proceeds of the sale of the e-book to a cause close ...

Jillian’s Obsession Thursday: How I Know a New Thing Is Going to Stick

You may have noticed that I love to learn new things. I never know what’s going to set me off, something in a class, something I’ve read or saw someone else do. My latest fibery pursuit, embroidery, started with a spinning class with Sarah Swett in May. They I discovered Rebecca Ringquist and her beginning sampler class on CreativeBug. But I do know when a new interest is going to stick and become part of my life for a bit. It’s not the new stuff, though I love accumulating and researching tools and supplies. Here’s my embroidery stash: It’s the books. Not just books from the library, ...