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WWW: Bunny ears; flax baskets to reduce plastic; Rhinebeck weekend

Little bunny Mimi was born without ears and her adopter has crocheted ears for her as well as other head coverings, including the flower crown shown in the photo. In Christchurch New Zealand, plastic bags are on their way out and flax woven baskets are being adopted by grocery stores as an alternative. The New York Sheep and Wool Festival (aka “Rhinebeck”) held at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in New York is this weekend (New Hours: Saturday ...

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5 Tips for a Dye Day

Two or three times a year, my fiber gang gets together for a dye day.  Here are 5 tips from our group to yours to keep your dye party running smoothly. 1) Plan and work ahead and after. Know how many people are coming and what’s for lunch. Mix your dyes ahead of time and soak your fiber the night before. Plan on rising and drying your fiber at home. Just dye and play on dye day. 2) Time and space for all. No one wants to wait on dye day. Have spots for everyone to work their color magic and enough pots, crock dyers, burners, etc to set the fibers. 3) Have some color ideas, but let it flow. I usually come with ...

Knitting quickie

Something I realized while frogging [to fix the extra repeat of the lace pattern I somehow decided was necessary to insert between vertical columns — aka a real mess] last night… [Knowing that I almost always choose simple lace with a purl- or knit-back row will help this next  part make more sense.] When it comes to frogging lace off the needles, which I often do with simple lace, I always frog with the wrong side facing me. This means I’m undoing decreases and increases that I’ve just done, and for some reason, it’s easier for me to keep things tidy and not drop stitches or former ...

Knitting from Knitty

I don’t choose what to publish based on what I want to knit [especially since I have stupidly annoying restrictions in my knitting due to my wool allergy]. But lately, I have found two Knitty patterns that were just up my alley for right-now knitting: First to cast on, Annette. Cute, quick to knit, because it’s lacy and it’s not a huge body-coverer. I chose to go a different route, yarnwise, pulling some gorgeous Hempathy from my stash [bought at my LYS, The Purple Purl] in the most amazing deep dark purple (color #12). I’m almost at the 2nd buttonhole [it starts at the hem] and it’s an ...

Obsessed with linen

I hate hot, and I don’t do summer well. But about 3 or 4 years ago, Jillian took me to Acme Mercantile before a speaking engagement at the Ann Arbor Public Library, and she introduced me to my new summer love. Flax Designs. Brenda Dayne, goddess of the Cast-On Podcast, tried to do the same thing with me, calling the style Lagenlook [the German word for “layered look”]. But I kept finding pages like this and never quite got the fever for it that she had. That’s because I had been looking in the wrong place. Flax Designs are also Lagenlook, but pared down. It’s about layers of linen, ...

WWW: Getting ready for fall in the Northern Hemisphere; An Important Birthday

Although we’re having a hard time imagining it right now, we know that fall is coming.  And with that in mind, we offer some things to get you in the mood for cooler weather knitting… The oldest woolen mill in Canada, and manufacturer of truly great yarn, Briggs & Little is offering a free download of the pattern for the 2010 Canadian Olympic sweater.  Styled in the tradition of the “Mary Maxim” or Cowichan sweaters, this sweater had a modern twist, and would make an excellent jacket for those crisp and cool days.  Adult version, youth version (PDF links). The yarn companies are rolling ...

The Walker Treasury Project

Here at Knitty, we’re big fans of the Barbara Walker Treasuries.  There are four books, each containing hundreds of stitch patterns – lace, cables, ribbings, texture patterns, color patterns, you name it. They’re revered by knitters all around the world, and Ms. Walker herself is a genuine treasure in the knitting community. An international group of knitters, inspired by Nicole Hindes, is leading a giant knit-along, with the objective of swatching up every stitch pattern in the four books – and the unofficial fifth book in the series, Mosaic Knitting. It’s all at The Walker Treasury ...

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 ...