WWW: Cats in Hats, Yarn Shop Day, Math for Knitters

The news coming from Nepal this week is terrible. The damage from the earthquake is catastrophic, and there has been much loss of life and property. Living conditions are very difficult.

It seemed like a good time to remind you that the lovely ladies of Mason Dixon Knitting raise funds all year round for The Mercy Corps, an international relief and development organization. Buy any of their three blanekt patterns: Mitered Crosses, Cornerstone and A Light in the Window, and all proceeds will be donated. Organizations have been struggling to get on the ground in Nepal to assist; The Mercy Corps were already there when the earthquake struck. There were 90 workers in the country, and cash donations are what they need to be most productive and helpful.

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Festoon your Feline with Fiber – or, Cats in Hats. Designer Sara Thomas has just published a book of knit and crochet patterns for headwear for the feline members of the family. She admits that only one of her two cats enjoys playing model: her second cat, Sinclair, prefers to ‘attack’ the creations, rather than wear them. Having known a lot of cats in my life, I’m actually impressed that she’s found any cat willing to model…

This Saturday is Yarn Shop Day in the UK. See this map to find participating shops… there will be special activities and sales and giveaways and all sorts of fibery fun.

Yes, it’s that time of year: the baseball season! And nothing goes better with baseball than knitting.  And you know what that means: Stitch & Pitch. There’s a listing of events at the link.

Looking forward to other summery yarny things to do: the planning for the 2015 edition of Toronto’s TTC Knitalong is kicking off. This year’s date is Saturday August 22nd. Follow the blog or the Twitter account for updates.

Combining some of my favourite things: coffee, yarn and science! Knitter and felter Lynn has run a series of tests to prove the effectiveness of a felted wool coffee-pot cozy.

Our own Kate (hey! that’s me!) has got a few new online classes in the works: this Wednesday and Wednesday the 13th of May, she’s running a two-part web seminar on the topic of Math for Knitters. Designed to help you conquer the tricky numbers problems in knitting, the first part focuses on yarn shop and pattern math: how to use a bit of simple arithmetic to help you confidently make yarn substitutions, to track your progress in a pattern, and to handle challenging instructions like “at the same time” and “increase evenly across”. Part two focuses on gauge and garment math – what to do if you can’t match gauge, and strategies for garment alterations.

Even if you can’t attend live, you can listen ‘after the fact’ – and indeed, registration gives you full on-demand access for a year. Info on part one here, and part two here. Attend live if you can, I think the best part of these web seminars is the live q&a.

With tongue planted very firmly in cheek, humor site McSweeney’s writes about knitting circles… “THERE ARE NO EGOS IN OUR KNITTING GROUP“. Spoiler alert: there are, and they are kinda hysterical.

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