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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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WWW: New Knitty Surprise patterns, glitches in knitting on purpose

The Spring+Summer Knitty Surprise went live at the end of last week. Didja see? Butterbloom is a lovely lace-bottomed short-sleeved sweater with a v-neck, designed by Cosmicpluto, aka Laura Chau. It’s designed in Mrs Crosby’s Train Case, which comes in the wonderful variety of colors Lorna’s Laces is famous for. Which color will you choose? And for your tootsies, a beautiful pair of rainbow lace socks knit in Dragon Strings Phoenix Wing Gradient Shimmer. Carolyn Macpherson has created a beautiful bit of prose to go with the pattern too. Don’t miss the introduction. Our Wiseknit™ video ...

Spinning in the Spring and Summer: The First Wave of Fiber Festivals

  I get itchy this time of year because I know festival season is going to start soon. Animals, fiber,  spinning, and friends all together usually at a fairground, I love it. In my mind the season opens with Maryland Sheep and Wool in May and it closes with the Southeast Animal Fiber Fair in October. Here’s a list of some of the US festivals from May-August. May May 5-6 Maryland Sheep and Wool, West Friendship, Maryland. May 11-13 Shepherd’s Harvest, Lake Elmo, Minnesota May 12-13 New Hampshire Sheep and Wool, Deerfield New, Hampshire May 19-20 Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival, Lexington, Kentucky ...

A Peek Inside Alice Starmore’s Glamourie and a Discount Code

  I am still excited about Alice and Jade Starmore’s book Glamourie.. The wonderful folks at Dover sent over some more photos of the designs and I want to share them with you. The designs following are some of the costumes and sweaters interpreted from Alice’s costumes. Here’s my original review of the book. I would add that I can’t stop thinking about the costumes and the designs interpreted from them. It’s a fascinating process, and one, the longer I sit with it, I can see why it would take years to accomplish. This book is a creative tour de force. As a team, Alice and her ...

WWW: No Frolic workshops; Kaffe Fassett, MBE (yay!); Knit Stars 3.0 earlybird registration, Freaking-huge mitten

The Toronto Knitters Frolic is April 28th (next weekend), and interestingly, they’ve chosen not to offer workshops this year. Here’s why: “Many of the workshop proposals we received were similar to what is currently offered at our GTA yarn stores (some of whom are vendors at the Frolic). After careful consideration, the Frolic Committee decided not to offer workshops this year. Instead, and as part of the TKG’s mission to promote fibre-related crafts in the Greater Toronto Area, we are promoting the workshops available at the LYS.” I think that’s an interesting approach. Not all events ...

This Spinner Talks Knitting on Mason-Dixon Knitting

    I have a new post up at Mason-Dixon Knitting about  how ply in commercial yarn affects knitting. I’ve been having a great time over the past few posts talking to knitters about how yarns are constructed and what it means to our knitting. Everyone seems happy to learn new things and to find out that some knitting snafus are caused by yarn fiber, draft and ply, not by our ability to knit.   I demonstrated fun with ply in some great yarns :   Single-ply (singles): Mrs. Crosby, Satchel (100% Superwash Merino), Color: Spun Gold. 2-ply: Sincere Sheep, Cormo Fingering (100% Cormo), Color: Vit ...

WWW: Rescued Sheep, Cal Patch, Sweet Georgia Talks about the Hobby und Handarbeit Show

Where is Spring? There is snow falling outside my window this morning on April 11th. Flowers are coming up, and I’m ready for some warm, sunny days. These rescued sheep are happy, healthy and even going for walks on a leash! Click through for a very sweet video from Fria & Eira.             Cal Patch, long time member of the Knitty family and designer of the Crochet Crusader Cowl, was interviewed over at Fringe Association for their Log Cabin Make Along. I love reading about her process.           It was wonderful to hear Felicia Lo of Sweet Georgia ...

A New Spinning Book: 51 Yarns by Jacey Boggs Faulkner! Psst, there’s a giveaway….

There aren’t that many spinning books that get published each year and I feel that each one should be celebrated! The newest book to join the spinning fold is 51 Yarns to Spin Before You Cast Off by Jacey Boggs Faulkner, Queen of PLY Magazine, PLY Away and the new PLY Books program. I work with Jacey on books, so I’m not writing a review, just doing a little show and tell of our new book. This book outlines 51 yarns every spinner should spin before they are done. Done with spinning, done with fiber, or that bigger done. There are breeds, drafts and particular plies to explore, with tips and how-tos to get ...

WWW: We’re back! Here’s a little catchup

Hi, lovely knittyBlog readers! We’re back! Did you miss it? Jillian posted something important yesterday. And now it’s my turn to catch you up on some fibery highlights from the Web. Let’s start with this: the winner of March Mayhem, hosted by our friends at Mason-Dixon Knitting <—— A confession: this sweater, Humulus, was my favorite from the first viewing. Another confession: because I liked this sweater so much, when voting for the first round where one had to choose a whole whack of patterns they wanted to advance to the next round, I got overwhelmed and closed the window instead. ...

Community Love: Abundant Earth Fiber

In the time between Madrona and Stitches West the wonderful and creative people at Abundant Earth Fiber had their entire inventory stolen from their trailer. You can read the story here.   This is a devastating loss to Lydia and her team. I first learned about Abundant Earth from Ken of Homestead Hobbyist at Madrona a year ago, she makes some of his most unique yarns in her mill. She also makes yarns for YOTH and other discerning companies and people. She makes yarn and processes fiber into roving and batts from locally sourced wool. She also has a really cool way to easily dye yarn and fiber.     I ...

This blog is not dead.

It went to sleep without warning. We needed to regroup (though we didn’t mean to regroup so abruptly, but things happen), and we have regrouped, so we will be relaunching the blog in April. Love, Amy and Jillian