Category: Books, Sites, Mags

Vintage Knitting: 170 Years of Patterns for Downloading

The University of Southhampton has put nearly 300 books from its Knitting Reference Library online! The Knitting Reference Library (KRL) includes the published works collected by Montse Stanley, Richard Rutt and Jane Waller. These comprise books, exhibition catalogues, knitting patterns, journals and magazines. The material dates from 1840 to 2012. I’m already in love with…

New “Principles of Knitting” in November

Well, I'll be… something. The rumors of years have finally given way to truth.  A new version of "The Principles of Knitting" — for years, one of the most thorough knitting reference books out there — will be published in November.  (Just in time for Xmas!  Coincidence?  I think not.) According to Amazon, A treasured…

What (Else) Can You Do on Ravelry?

This week, Ravelry posted a message that they had the ONE MILLIONTH person join the website.  Wowsers!  Hooray!  Congrats Ravelry! Just in case you have been under a rock or something for a couple of years, and you haven’t heard of it — Ravelry is a unique free website for fiber lovers that was started…

Knitting Jargon on the Interwebs

Yesterday at the LYS, I took part in a discussion about SABLE. What, you never heard of SABLE?  You might even be a member of SABLE! SABLE stands for "Stash Acquired Beyond Life Expectancy".  A person becomes a member of this group when she owns more yarn than she can reasonably expect to knit in…

A Little Knit Music

Hey, I'm back from a week's vacation — didja miss me? Part of the trip was spent in Washington, DC, where I found this on the building of the Department of Agriculture:  closest thing to a sheep I saw the whole time we were there! I did get one UFO finished during the trip, but…

For Breakfast In Bed

It’s kind of a long story, but what the heck — you’ve got some time to kill, right?  I’ll valiantly try to keep it short. A decade ago, plus or minus, my brother and I were back in Iowa, helping my mom as she attempted to continue living in her apartment.  As part of the…

Hmph. About Time!

Here’s a quote from the latest Vogue Knitting email:   Introducing the VK360° Vogue Knitting Holiday 2008 is now officially on sale…and on video! This issue, we decided to put every project up on the big screen—due in large part to all of your positive feedback (thanks VK readers!). It seems they have started posting…

It’s Not Just Me

I know, I know, I haven’t written anything for a whole week – didja miss me? – but it’s mainly because my journal subscription to Catherine Lowe’s couture knitting workshop arrived and I’ve been more-or-less submerged in it.  This stuff is GREAT. The title of this post refers to the fact that it’s apparently not…

Calling all Cupcakes!

OK, the Internet is definitely a weird place. After Sheryl’s comment sent me off googling "knitted fruitcake," somehow this is what I found, over at the Sydney Morning Herald: "These are just some of the finalists in this year’s [2005] annual Shoot the Chef competition where student and professional photographers compete to produce the image…

Nothing to Say?

Ya know, it’s hard to blog when the things you are doing are (a) things that you can’t write about or (b) boring. In the second category lately are many administrative things, like setting up fall class schedules and working on websites.  The good news is, the Polar Bear Patterns site is coming along nicely…

In the Mood

Over at the [Knitting Daily->] blog, they’ve been discussing the design process used by Michelle Rose Orne in her book, Inspired to Knit.  I haven’t gotten the book yet, but Michelle’s description of her design process intrigues me: As a designer for the garment industry for many years, I used … mood or “story boards”…

Happy Birthday to Me!

As part of "fun weekend", DH and I went and visited a place on the other side of the river, called "SCRAP". SCRAP — The School and Community Reuse Action Project — is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and our mission is to promote creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to…

Best. Advice. Ever.

The most important piece of knitting advice I ever found was in the Holiday ’87 issue of Vogue Knitting.  (I must have found it while I was knitting those lousy boyfriend sweaters.) A wonderful knitter wrote a letter to the editor which made a very strong impression on me, and it greatly influenced my knitting success. …

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

The upsurge in the popularity of knitting in the past half-dozen years or so, coupled with the Internet, has been a mixed blessing to me.  Browsing the online knitting world, I am continually reminded that there are all kinds of knitters, many of whom I probably have little or nothing in common with. It took me…

Hubby’s Socks and the Three Toes

Well, on Sunday evening (Sunday the 13th!) I finally cast on another pair of socks for DH. The yarn is Lana Grossa "Meilenweit 6 fach" in a true solid dark green – his favorite color.  I like doing toe-up socks, so I don’t have to bother too much with a gauge swatch or any math or anything. …

Out of the box

Fact:  boxy, square sweaters hide anything you’ve got worth showing. An image consultant came to one of our local knitting guild meetings a couple of years ago.  She had a handout that showed some “before” and “after” pictures of women dressed in various clothing styles, which either suited and enhanced their body shapes, or didn’t. Here are…

FO’s from Knitter’s Stash

OK, here’s the ONE Xmas present I knitted this year – but it is darned cute. It’s a double-knitted teddy bear from the book “Knitter’s Stash”. The book’s been around a while, but I don't actually own it (the library does, though!) so this is only the second thing I’ve knit out of it. The teddy bear is…

Worth a thousand words, or not?

Q. When is a picture NOT worth a thousand words?   A.  When it is a BFL (Big Fat Lie).   One of my biggest knitting peeves is photography in knitting publications that is a deliberate misrepresentation of the article in question.  (A close second is "artsy" photography, at the expense of seeing what the garment actually…