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A few minutes with Lisa Evans of Knitting & Yoga Adventures

Lisa Evans (left), a long-time Knitty advertiser, is the creative force behind Knitting & Yoga Adventures, a small business that offers Knitting Retreats in a variety of locations in the US. We asked Lisa to tell us more about her Retreats and the thought behind them. Q:  What made you decide to offer fiber and yoga adventures as a business? How long have you been doing these retreats? A: The idea of knitting retreats began many years ago when my own ...

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It’s Spinzilla Time, Be Inspired!

Today is the second day of Spinzilla 2107 thousands of miles of yarn have already been spun. Are you spinning? Enthusiasm and yarn mileage are high the first couple of days, but then it might dip. You may not be feel quite as excited as at the start. Look for inspiration in your other spinners. There are Ravelry groups for just about every team or just search Spinzilla in forums and look at all that yarn! Instatgram is a great place to look too search #spinzilla2017 or #spinzilla and look at all of the pretty pictures. Want some words to inspire you? Head over to the the Spinzilla Blog Tour page and check out some of ...

Obsession Thursday: Pawley Studios’ yummy MUGS

I am a fan of handmade things. That should not be a surprise, considering. You know? I love glass. And I love pottery. I’ve seen Pawley Studios’ mugs around at shows, and I wanted some for Knitty. And now we have them. To celebrate our 15th anniversary, Amanda Pawley has created this gorgeousness for us: So who is this Amanda Pawley person? In her own words: “I’ve been making pots for 14 years.  I took my first class in 2003, and I’ve been working in clay ever since.  After college I worked with another full time potter in Florida for two years, which is where I learned more of the ...

WWW: Superhero knitter; Join Knitty; Meet a Mensch

We all know Josh Bennett, right? He’s the designer of some gorgeous knitwear. So it’s no surprise, but surely a delight, to hear that he’s designing sweaters inspired by the upcoming movie Thor: Ragnarok. In fact, Josh has a contract with Marvel that lasts through 2018, and is also working on designs inspired by Black Panther, due out next February. What I love? Is that he’s getting fairly paid for the amount of work that goes into knitting a sweater. (And these are particularly gorgeous sweaters. Prices start at just over $1000. And there are only 10 pieces of each design available. Preorders ...

The Sandwich Part of My Batts

In my latest Knittyspin column I talk about the difference between heathered and tweed batts. As usual, I got comments and questions (thank you, I love that) not about heather vs tweed, but about my mention of making a sandwich with my fiber and nubbies in my tweed batt. It’s exactly how it sounds, I split my batt fiber in two, put down one half, add the nubbies, put the second half on top and send it through the carder. Here’s a visual: My fiber is yellow Corriedale from Dashing Mouse and my add-ins are  silk waste from my stash. My carder is the Strauch Finest Motorized. The silk waste will make a tweed ...

Glaswegian Giveaway!

Monday morning is always an excellent time for a giveaway!   This morning thanks to the generous folks at Berroco we’re giving away a yarn pack of Istex Plötulopi to make Amy Christoffers divine sweater Glaswegian in the  brand new Deep Fall Knitty! Plötulopi is lighter than air and knits up at a 5-ish stitches to an inch gauge. That gauge combined with an Icelandic style makes for a lickity-split-quick knitting sweater, perfect for kicking off fall knitting. Glaswegian is one of those perfect sweater that will never get put away all fall and winter because you’ll wear it nearly everyday.   ...

WWW: The gritty life of a Basque sheepherder; doughnut projectiles; crafting veterans; live in a knitting mill

I stumbled across The Kitchen Sisters podcast last week, and this story’s title grabbed me. It’s about Basque sheepherders in the American west and it’s not the charming story you imagine it might be. Holy crap, I miss the UK, especially when I read stories like this one, about a theatre needing knitted doughnuts for the audience to throw at the performers on stage. Not sure what doughnuts have to do with The Wizard of Oz, but I don’t care, either. Long live Panto! –> A touching story about a Vietnam veteran and his Vietnam veteran husband’s passion for needlework (crochet, ...

Organizing Spinning Tools at the Hardware Store – Retractable Key Ring

I could spend just as much time organizing my spinning tools as I do spinning. One of my favorite places to hunt for ways to organize my tools (and to look for new tools) is the hardware store. One of my favorites is the retractable key ring.     I might have a little thing about retractable key rings that goes back to my childhood viewing of One Day at a Time. I was simultaneously delighted and horrified that Schneider regularly broke into Ann Romano’s apartment, uninvited, using a pass key that he had on – his retractable key ring. It was practical, a little dangerous and very, very cool to 12 ...

WWW: the *real* sea silk; when a yarn shop closes…; American superwash wool

Thanks to the BBC, meet the last surviving sea silk seamstress. Yes, yarn from a sea creature. What she does is painstaking to a degree few could imagine. And so beautiful. It’s a great loss when we lose another yarn shop. Amelia Hodson has put it in words here. (No, it’s not about grabbing yarn for cheap.) Did you know that “the American wool industry has been revitalized because of the superwash process”? Krista McCurdy sings the praises of American superwash wool. Read on.

A Stash of One’s Own Is Out Today!

  Clara Parkes new book of essay A Stash of One’s Own: Knitters on Loving, Living with and Letting Go of Yarn is out today! It should be a fiber world holiday. We should all get the day off to read the book, eat cake and frolic in our stashes. Go buy this book, read it and then contemplate your stash, cake is optional. This is a book of essay, but Clara isn’t the only writer examining their stashes and feelings in this book. Check out the list of authors:   As you can see with my subtle added artwork that it’s not just knitters writing in the book. I am a knitter too, but my essay is about ...