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WWW: finding shared interests; reaffirming faith in the internet; more than knitted toilet roll covers

Earlier this week, @mellowbeing asked on Twitter if she could find more knitters/crafters who code. After her success, she posted some advice if you’re looking to find those who share your interests. While focusing on the pottery community, this article confirms what know already: How Online Hobbyists Can Reaffirm Your Faith in the Internet. This isn’t one of those “it’s not your grandma’s knitting stories”. Not really. More ...

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Batt Love

When I went to Fiber Expo I was deeply smitten with these batts. They are Whimsy batts from Frankie Loves Fiber, wonderful blends of merino, corriedale, shetland, silk and sparkle. I couldn’t choose between them. To me, colorwise, they belong together, so I brought home all three. I know, twist my arm. Weeks later when it came time to spin them, I felt even more strongly that the three should be one mixed colorway. It had become an idea I couldn’t shake, a bee in my spinning bonnet. So I went with it. Here’s what I did to combine them. Open, the batts had even more colors: I divided each of the ...

Mattress Stitch

I love me a good seam. A lot of knitters tell me that they tend to avoid projects that require seaming because they lack confidence in their finishing techniques. Now, there is a lot of good stuff you can knit that requires only minimal finishing work – scarves, mittens, socks, lace, for example – but by mastering proper seaming you can open up a whole new world of amazing projects. Garments, of course, but also pieced blankets like the amazing Lizard Ridge, and outfits for your dolls, and toys. It’s not at all difficult, but the technique doesn’t seem to be well known. Theresa has an ...

Have you ever clicked the needles in the Knitty header?

You might want to today. I’ve lived in Canada since I was 6 [aka a long, long time]. Canadian Thanksgiving is in October when it’s usually barely cool outside, with leaves on the trees and jackets optional. I’ve never gotten used to it. My first 6 years imprinted Thanksgiving time into my brain as what it is now in November in the northeast: a real bite in the air and leaves on the ground. Winter is definitely coming. So I’m feeling very Thanksgivingy today, even though it’s business as usual over here in Toronto. Everything’s open, airports only crowded on the way out of town. ...

WWW: Numbers, Art and Travel

A school in Bracknell U.K. has been working on a project to bring mathematics to life: a blanket with 100 squares, one square for each number between 1 and 100, each square showing how many factors the number has. A prime number (that is, a number that cannot be divided up evenly, e.g. 17) has a two-colored square, representing that it can be divided only by one and itself; a number that can be divided up more (e.g. 18, which can by divided by 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, and 18) has a square with 6 colors. B.C. Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, hosted an knit-in event this week aiming to help calm stressed parents ...

The View from My Wheel: Deb Robson’s Wool Breed Study Class

This past weekend I took a two day wool breed study class with Deb Robson, at The Spinning Loft. We covered a variety of breeds within the categories of primitive wools, down type wools , long wools and fine wools. Covering a category included history, lock, crimp, luster characteristics,  prep methods, and spinning at least 4 breeds within each category. Not being a breed junky, for me, it was the type of class that introduced me to a whole world of things that I don’t know. My first instinct was to panic (usually, my first instinct), it all seemed huge and overwhelming and there were combs, which I’ve ...

Jillian”s NaKniSweMo Update

It’s November 22. I still have 2 inches of body knitting, have to decide length and knit sleeves (I’m thinking short like the pattern) and do finishing. I have a good feeling about finishing on time. The pattern, Goodale, is fantastic. Easy to follow and fun to knit. I’ve learned attached i-cord edging and increasing in the row below from this pattern, and have since passed both techniques on to other knitters. It’s my favorite part about knitting, the constant learning and teaching. I’m still having issues with gauge and had to monkey with frequency and numbers of increases for the ...

1 Million Ravelers, Naked Knitters Storm Again, and a Royal Sweater

Big congratulations to our friends at Ravelry, which recently hit the milestone of 1 million registered users. Bolton UK’s Knitting Noras – also known as the Naked Knitters, thanks to their fundraising cheeky postcards – are at it again.  They will be yarnbombing the International Centre in Harrogate, the site of the upcoming Knitting and Stitching show, November 25-28th. Have you heard about The North Circular? Although they sell finished goods, they are running a unique and wonderful company in the UK. They make and sell products from a flock of rescued Wensleydale Longwool sheep. It’s all ...

Plying Spindle Spun Yarn

I love to spin singles on my spindles, but I’ve never been a fan of plying on a spindle. Instead I use my Kate 45 and ply on my wheel. All with the help of the humble drinking straw. My cop goes on the straw and the straw goes on my lazy kate rod. I have a pack of regular bendy straws that fit perfectly over the rods on my Kate 45 just loose enough to spin, but not so loose that the fly off when plying. The straw has to be taller than your cop but, not taller than your lazy kate rod. I slide my straw as far as it will go up the spindle shaft and slide the cop slowly onto the straw. I found that if I tried to ...

Spinning Winner!

Our lucky winning spinner of 4 oz of BFL/ Tussah (a $22.95 value) from Three Waters Farm to make Lynne Vogel’s Indigenous shawl from the current issue of Knittyspin is….. Anne Marie B. Happy Spinning Anne Marie!

WWW: 25th Anniversary of Knitter’s Magazine, Interesting & Important Knitters and a Very Long Scarf

This year marks the 100th issue of Knitter’s Magazine, and the 26th anniversary of XRX the company that publishes the magazine and many terrific books.  As of this issue, the magazine is being distributed both in physical copies and in digital format through the Zinio service. To celebrate the anniversary, Knitter’s has a special double issue with 50 patterns, and a digital version being distributed for free. More info here. Arthur learns to knit! In a new episode of the popular and long-running kids’ TV series, “Arthur Unravels“, Arthur’s grandma Thora teaches him to knit. In the ...