Obsession Thursdays

When last we left Amy, she was in Wales…

…and heartbroken to leave. So much so that within days of returning home from the big trip, she (me, actually) and Brenda had decided we needed to make our Retreat an annual thing. Date is set already: October 5-8, 2012, in Pembrokeshire, Wales. To stay in the loop and hear exactly what we’re planning once we’ve finalized it all, sign up for the list here. Anyway, I digress. We left off in Wales, with me making friends with Bulmer’s pear cider. Which I hear I might be able to find in the liquor stores in Ontario. I will start looking. I took a very short flight, with a painfully expensive ...

Party in the UK, eh?

I just got back from the biggest trip of my life. Almost a month in the UK and Ireland, coinciding with a big milestone birthday. It was a teaching trip, which meant a lot of pre-planning and arranging, and it also meant that I got to meet more knitters from places I hadn’t been to before. This trip, I went to Wales, Scotland, Ireland and ended up in London. A really nice itinerary. Let’s start with Wales. Wales [specifically West Wales] is the home of my friend Brenda and her partner, Tonia. Hub and I got to know them on the Sea Socks cruise in 2008, and we’ve been close friends ever since. ...

Namaste Giveaway!

I’ve never known a knitter who didn’t love bags.  The lovely folks at Namaste have donated one of their fabulous Mini Messenger bags for a giveaway. If you’d like to add to your bag collection, this giveaway is for you. Prize Value $85. The usual rules apply for our giveaway: Leave a comment on this post before midnight, eastern time, on Sunday, November 6, 2011. A comment will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If s/he answers correctly s/he will win our prize.

Obsession: Birthday Cake

Oh come on, admit it. You’re obsessed with birthday cake, aren’t you? I know I am. Jillian is. And I know for certain that Amy is – particularly adorable  little birthday cupcakes. And today, our lovely Amy, our editor in chief, gets to indulge her passion… For today it is HER BIRTHDAY! Sending happy birthday wishes and hugs and kisses and cupcakes with extra sprinkles.   It’s a big birthday, a decade birthday – Amy might be feeling a little like this about it because turning 20 is hard. So leave her your Happy Birthday wishes in the comments!  

Obsession Thursday: Travel Knitting and a Giveaway

I recently made a quick trip to the UK for a family birthday and reunion event. It’s a long, long plane ride from where I live… The most stressful part of any travel, for me, is choosing my travel knitting. Figuring out what to take my brother as a birthday gift, and what to wear and how to pack lightly for changeable weather is easy… The big decision is what to knit while I’m away. You need really engaging knitting for the boring parts of the trip – the long waits at the airport, the train rides, the time spent waiting for your brother to get finish his phone call before you can leave ...

Obsession Thursdays: Knitting Books

It’s Jillian and I have a knitting book obsession. I have a lot, I’ve been buying them since the late 80’s. They have moved with me 5 times, growing every time. I’ve never counted them: I don’t alphabetize them, just sort of group them by topic or whim. I almost never loan them out. Some of my books have to live in the basement, which I’m reorganizing. They keep my yarn company. Even though I get review books for Knitty, I still buy a lot of books every year. Right now I’m stuck on stitch dictionaries of all eras and all of the self published and small press knitting books ...

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 ...

Obsession: Knitting & Television

Many serious knitters are inveterate television watchers; I certainly am. Knitting makes me feel less guilty about sitting on the couch watching TV; watching TV help pass the time when you’re knitting. What I watch is very much affected by what I’m knitting, and what I’m knitting is very much affected by what I’m watching. If I’m knitting something challenging – something that requires focus and attention – I’ll watch something that I’m either not very interested in, or that doesn’t require much attention. I know a lot of knitters who wholeheartedly embrace ...

Obsession Thursday: Audio Books

I listen to a lot of audio books. I still love being read to. I listen when I knit and spin —  it helps to focus me on my work. I listen when I do laundry or clean the house – it’s my version of Calgon, Take Me Away. I listen when I can’t sleep or wake up restless;  it’s a great way to have company at 3 am. I know a lot of other knitters and spinners listen to audio books too, so Amy and I decided to share what we’re listening to and like. Every few weeks one of us will post our thoughts on an audio book or two. Clara and Mr Tiffany by Susan Vreeland, $45 Clara Driscoll heads up the women’s ...