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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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Knitty Spotting Around the Web

Some more gorgeousness from our readers. Uncoolhelen‘s stripey and handsome Flo the Elephant. OnlyLouise‘s Mad for Plaid quartet SophieBegonia‘s nearly-solid, slightly modified Coquille And WinterFoliage‘s absolutely stunning, knock-your-socks-off upsized Trellis. Upsizing notes on Ravelry.  Thanks to KnittedBliss for bringing this one to our attention! CraftyBrooklyn‘s Hourglass socks. DocSteph‘s Skew socks. And Orangeus‘ summery Minty hat.

Obsession: Dexter, Roxy and Microchips

World, meet Dexter. Dexter is a stray dog who came into my life recently.  My hubby and I had had a dog, a lovely yellow lab called Avery, and she died of cancer four years ago.  We’d been talking about bringing another dog into our family, but the time hadn’t seemed right. And then three weeks ago, a stray dog appeared in the yard of a dog-owning neighbor.  The stray was handed over to the joint care of me and my hubby, and another neighbor who had recently lost her own dog. He had no tags on his collar, and no microchip, so we launched a massive campaign to find his family.  We posted with the city ...

Bonus: have you met Shannon Okey?

We’re very glad to welcome Shannon Okey to the KnittyBlog on this special edition of What’s What Wednesdays! Shannon has recently published The Knitgrrl Guide to Professional Knitwear Design: How to Keep Your Knits About You through her company, Cooperative Press. In addition, Shannon’s a long-time friend of Knitty, having helped us find our tagline when we launched: Little Purls of Wisdom. Jillian Moreno got to talk to Shannon — the successful author of more than a dozen books — about the business of knitting. Take it away, Eric the Orchestra Leader Jillian! [ed’s note: Sorry. ...

The View from My Wheel – Vacation Spinning

In my quest to become a more conscious spinner, (I won’t say a better spinner, because I spin just fine, thank you) I’m learning to be aware of what’s going on with my hands, feet and wheel for a certain level of consistency when I want it. I’d like to be one of those spinners who seem to have a Vulcan mind meld with their wheels. “I’m going to spin a worsted 3-ply that will be a dk weight yarn”, they say, and twist, turn, treadle they do, effortlessly. My latest observation is that my spinning is influenced dramatically by where I am, who I’m with and others things ...

Knitty Spotting Around the Web

Nothing makes us happier than seeing the gorgeous projects created by Knitty readers around the world. A few FOs from the new issue already! Beth‘s Coquillle in progress… Mel‘s finished Kink! A very cool Purlieu over at Dyeabolical. A chic Lanesplitter, en francais. Another great Lanesplitter from Tamara, and details on a mini Lanesplitter KAL at a LYS in Toronto.  Each of the three knitters has decided to make the fit and finishing slightly different, to see what works best for different body types. Some excellent Coralie earrings on Ravelry. And an awesome sleeveless-ness modification of Jaden ...

How DO you pick a new camera?

Some things are fun to buy on impulse. Earrings and shoes, definitely. Technology? No way. I am not an obsessive researcher when it comes to getting new technology — I mean how many ways can you research which iPod to get…it’s more about picking the color than anything else. But that goes out the window when it’s time to get a new camera. I bought a Lumix FZ20 [Panasonic camera with Leica lens, very highly reviewed here] in 2005 to shoot things for Knitty. It performed very well, but I found that I was not taking it along as much as I should have because it was big. So when we went on a trip ...

WWW: Contest Winner, Fundraising & Men

Our lucky July contest winner is comment #642, Sara! (srgonzalez@…) Congratulations, Sara! We’ll be writing you to get your mailing info so you can get your hands on your new Kolláge square circular needles! A cancer patient in Wales has raised nearly £1 million ($1.5 million USD) for a cancer treatment center research by knitting and selling little Easter chicks. Over 600 knitters have supported the cause with their needles, and thousands have shown their support by buying a chick.  The chicks are popular with schoolchildren, allowing people of all ages to contribute to the cause. Interesting ...

Tour results are in!

I didn’t hit my lofty goal for the Tour de Fleece but I spun a whole lot of yarn: 34 ounces.  I spun 22 ounces of the dyed-by-my-hand BFL, 4 ounces of fat 2-ply, 4 ounces of Lynne Vogel colored Merino/Bamboo/Silk, and 4 ounces of lofty thick-and-thin. It was enough and I had fun. I learned that I need a lot of variety in my spinning. There were days at the wheel when I just couldn’t face any more of my blue/purple BFL, that more than lack of time kept me from spinning my dreamed-about 2 pounds of BFL yarn. I also learned I need a whole lot more practice on my thick-and-thin yarn. What about you — ...

You could win! This time: Kolláge square circular needles

Remember how, in the new issue of Knitty, we announced that we’d be holding contests on the blog from now on? And to watch for a contest post? This is a contest post! You found it! Can you stand it? We’re so excited! We love giving stuff away, and this first contest is extra fun, because it’s a set of needles that we just reviewed in our First Fall issue. Scroll down to read the review, with opinions from both a woolly knitter [Jillian] and a non-woolly knitter [Amy]. We both were impressed with the unique feeling of knitting on square needles and how it tidied our stitches. What’s the prize? ...

WWW: Alice Starmore, Classes and Knit Chicken

Alice Starmore will be appearing at the upcoming IKnit Weekender in London, September 10 & 11th. This coincides with the republication of her books Aran Knitting and Fisherman’s Sweaters. Many of Ms. Starmore’s classic books, originally published in the 1980s and 1990s, are slated for republication, and they are must-haves in any knitter’s library.  Fair Isle Knitting appeared last year. Copies of the old editions can be hard to find, and sell for hundreds of dollars, so these republications mean that we can all have copies. Also in the UK, in August, don’t forget our Amy’s classes ...