December 28, 2006

Friday Night Knitting Club

The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs is a wonderful novel that follows the fictional lives of members of a knitting group at the Walker and Daughter yarn and knitting store in New York City.

I could hardly put this book down. The Friday Night Knitting Club is a touching and poignant story. This wonderful tale celebrates the lives of women from all walks of life who meet to knit each week at a fictional New York City yarn store, Walker and Daughter.

But it is much more then a book about women knitting. The yarn store is a backdrop for the stories of strong, independent women who love and support each other through tough times and good times through relationships and break ups.

Georgia Walker is the self-reliant business owner of Walker and Daughter, the knitting store where the novel takes places. She is raising a teenage daughter, Dakota, an entrepreneurial in her own right, as a single mom.

The other women in the group: Anita, Cat, KC, Peri, Lucie, and Darwin, have their own stories that weave together with each others and forms the close bonds between them.

The book is expected to be adapted to a film of the same name starring Julia Roberts. It is scheduled for release in 2008. I'm looking forward to seeing Julia portray Georgia Walker in the film. Both are strong, independent women (who love to knit!).

Non-knitters, inspired by the book and who want to learn how to knit, will enjoy a basic garter stitch scarf pattern at the back of the book. This is an easy pattern and a great introduction to knitting.

And for knitters, the book's setting and analogies of knitting to life will really touch home. We already know how knitting brings families and people together. The book reinforces this in a way we can identify with.

I think The Friday Night Knitting Club is a wonderful book for both knitters and non-knitters alike. It offers a touching story about independent women supporting each other that will be hard to put down, even for knitting!

December 26, 2006

Continental Knitting - Book Review on YNotKnit

YNotKnit: Step-By-Step Instructions for Continental Knitting & Knitting Basics by Jill Wolcott and Susan Wolcott.

This spiral-bound knitting book is a great introductory book for knitters wanting to learn to knit using the Continental style of knitting.

Continental knitting, sometimes referred to as "picking", is a style of knitting where the yarn is held in both hands while holding the knitting needles. The yarn is then pulled through the knitting to form the stitch.

Jill and Susan have an informative section in the book specifically covering the history and myths about Continental knitting. And they also write why they like Continental knitting better then English knitting.

English knitting, sometimes referred to as "throwing", is a style of knitting where the yarn is held in the right hand. The yarn is wrapped around the needles in order to form the stitch.

Throughout the book Jill and Susan offer knitting advise and tips along with clear instructions, line drawings, and black and white photos.

The first part of the book covers the basics of knitting, continental knitting, knitting needles, casting on, holding the yarn, the knit stitch and purl stitch.

The book offers exercises and projects to do to practice and improve each new skill.

The exercises including the garter stitch, purl garter stitch, stockinette stitch, a knitting sampler, and an increase - decrease bow.

The projects include a garter stitch scarf, a garter edge scarf, a ribbed scarf, a sampler necktie scarf, a basic garter face cloth, and a ruffled scarf.

So if you are looking for an introductory guide to Continental Knitting, YNotKnit: Step-By-Step Instructions for Continental Knitting & Knitting Basics is a good choice. I especially like the spiral binding in this book. It makes it easy for the book to lie flat while open. Jill and Susan's enthusiasm about knitting and Continental Knitting really show through in this informative book. Despite the fact that the book does not have color photos, the drawings and black and white photos are clear and easy to use. Continental Knitting has never been before been made so easy to learn!

December 23, 2006

Sock Knitting Book

Are you looking for a sock knitting book? There are many knitting books available and many of them have knitted sock patterns in them. But books specifically geared to sock knitting offers many choices of sock patterns to knit, so it easier to find just the right pair of socks to knit.

If you are just starting out knitting socks, you might enjoy Socks Socks Socks: 70 Winning Patterns From Knitter's Magazine Sock Contest. In this book, there is a section on the "anatomy-of-the-sock" which explains the different parts of knitting a sock.

Socks Socks Socks: 70 Winning Patterns From Knitter's Magazine Sock Contest is also a great book for experienced knitters who are looking for challenging sock patterns with different types of stitch patterns.

Many knitters knit socks because socks are a portable knitting project. Unlike a knitted sweater, a sock easily fits in a purse or bag so that you can knit on your socks no matter where you are. Sensational Knitted Socks is a popular sock knitting book that offers many knitted sock patterns.

Many knitters attest that knitted socks are far superior to regular store bought socks. They can be knitted to size, so the socks are neither too small nor too large. And the feel and warmth of knitted socks just can't be beat!

Most knitted socks are knitted with sock yarn, which is yarn that is typically 75% wool and 25% nylon. The nylon gives the socks a little bit of elasticity, while providing the warmth and comfort of wool.

Some knitter use reinforcing yarn or reinforcing thread along with the sock yarn at the toes and heels. This helps prevent the socks from wearing out too quickly.

Many knitters have "second sock syndrome" which is the tendency to knit only the first sock in a pair of socks. In order to avoid this, I recommend knitting both socks at the same time. Just use two circular knitting needles. A great book that teaches this technique is Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles: a Manual of Elegant Knitting Techniques and Patterns.

There are even several books on vintage knitted sock patterns. Two books by Nancy Bush, Knitting Vintage Socks: New Twists on Classic Patterns and Folk Socks: The History & Techniques of Handknitted Footwear are great books to get you started knitting traditonal socks.

And if you just can't stop knitting socks, a book with plenty of patterns to keep you busy is The Sock Journal: Knit the Year in Socks.

A sock knitting book, no matter which you may have or how many you have, can keep you knitting this wonderful footwear for years to come.

Tags: Knitting, Socks, Knitting Books, Sock Knitting Book, Knitting Patterns

December 19, 2006

Quick Christmas Knitting Gift

Vickie Howell, host of the DIY networks Knitty Gritty, has a great Christmas knitting gift that is quick and easy to make.

Vickie shows how to sew up a knitting needle holder using vintage holiday fabric. So not only is the gift practical, it serves has built in wrapping paper!

Check out Vickie's Vintage Holiday Fabric Knitting Needle Case for a quick, easy to make knitting Christmas gift.

December 17, 2006

Knitted Fingerless Gloves Pattern

Knitted Fingerless Gloves
Are you looking for a knitted fingerless gloves pattern? Unlike regular gloves or mittens, fingerless gloves, also know as wrist warmers, keep your hands warm while allowing your fingers freedom. They are great for wearing while doing outside activities or at the computer in a cold office. So knit up a few pairs of these fun accessories.

Below are some free knitted fingerless glove patterns and free knitted wrist warmer patterns to get you started:

Get a custom Wrist Warmer Pattern. Just enter your wrist size, gauge, and needle size. The wrist warmer pattern generator creates an easy wrist warmer pattern just for you!

Pamela Grossman's Knucks Fingerless Gloves are a fun way to keep your knuckles warm while expressing yourself with a faux tattoo. I especially like the embroidery used to embellish the gloves.

Another knitted fingerless gloves pattern I like is Kid Merino Fingerless Gloves in Rainbow Stripes by Cathy Campbell. These warm looking gloves are knit using left over sock yarn in a variety of colors.

Web Surfing Mitts by Melisa McCurley is an easy to follow pattern that uses ribbing and cables in the fingerless gloves, giving them a bit of style while keeping your hands warm.

The Custom Fit Fingerless Mitts pattern has great directions on measuring your hand (along with pictures) to get great fitting gloves.

December 15, 2006


Yarnplay: Colorful Techniques and Projects For The Creative Knitter by Lisa Shobhana Mason.

This is the first knitting book by this talented knitting pattern designer and teacher residing in Austin, Texas. Lisa really makes an impact with her artistic use of bright bold colored yarns in a multiple of yarn styles.

Most of the patterns use several colors of yarn. Some of the patterns are
knit with monochromatic shades, while other use stripes and still others use two contrasting colors together.

The book includes a variety knitting patterns in beautiful yarns including those for knitted hats, knitted scarves, knitted sweaters, knitted vests, and knitted home decor including a knitted afghan and knitted washcloths.

Yarnplay: Colorful Techniques and Projects For The Creative Knitter by Lisa Shobhana Mason.

Spindlicity Winter Issue

The Spindlicity Winter Issue, an online magazine for spinners and knitters, is now avaliable.

For knitters who spin there are several free spinning articles that include how to make a supported spindle, how to use bead whorl spindles, and how to use a half-hitch on a spindle with no hook.

Free knitting patterns include:

December 08, 2006

Knitting Magazine: Winter

The winter issue of is now available. Included in this issue are some great free knitting patterns:

center square - fair-isle hat knit in the round
calorimetry - headscarf
antifreeze - knit mask
binary - scarf
argosy - modular knit scarf
corazon - mittens
tiffany - Fair Isle mittens
legwarmer socks - knit legwarmer and socks all in one
rolling thunder - knitted socks
monkey - knit socks
eiffel - DK yarn knit top
lauren - bulky yarn scarf
emerald - cardigan
twinkletoes - knitted balarina style slipper
spanish dancer - mitered, bottom up shawl
slingshot - knitted coffe cup holder
babe - ice skate blade covers
venezia - knitted wire napking holders
brown bag - felted luch bag
starsky jr - child's cardigan
blended hues - baby sweater
piggle - child's hat
norberta - knitted stuffed dragon
sheldon - knitted stuffed turtle
book of Knitty - knitted book

The issue has some great knitting articles including:
Sez who? by Cheryl Krementz
Vintage patterns by Kristen Rengren
Felted beads by Star Athena
The magic of hand-painted yarn by Beverly A. Army
Knitting in the Indian Himalaya by Tracy P. Hudson

November 21, 2006

Upcoming Knitting Show and Knitting Retreat

Two knitting shows are being held in the next two weeks. The first is The Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate, England. The event is geared towards thoe interested in all things stitch related in the UK and Ireland including individual artists and textile groups.

For more information, go to:

The secons is the Heartlaand Knitting Retreat at the Lake Lawn Resort in Deelavan, Wisconsin. The retreat includes dinner on Friday evening. Instructions on Aran sweater techniques will be given on Saturday along with the secrets of a knitted hexagon and drop spindle spinning. There will also be a market with many yarns and knitting notions available.

For more information, go to:

Tags: Knitting

November 12, 2006

Knitting Retreat: Spindlicity Spinner's and Knitter's Cruise

Spindlicity, the online spinning and knitting magazine, is sponsoring a Spinner's and Knitter's Cruise to Alaska. The seven-day cruise leaves August 25th, 2007 from Vancouver, BC and ends in Anchorage, AK. A two-day optional fiber tour and Qiviut farm tour is available at the end of the cruise.

The cruise features spinning, both for spindles and wheels. For
non-spinners a lace knitting class is offered. For more information see the Alaska Knitting Cruise page on the Spindlicity website.

Tags: Knitting

November 09, 2006

Illustrator Workshops For Knitting Pattern Designers

Y2Knit, owned by Jill and Susan Wolcott, authors of YNotKnit, a guide to step-by-step instructions for continental knitting and knitting basics, is offering online Illustrator workshops for knitting pattern designers.

Illustrator, a software program for graphic designers and professional publishers by Adobe, can make creating schematics for knitting pattern designers much easier and more professional looking. However, this program can be somewhat difficult to learn especially for the less-then-computer-literate person or those who lack experience using illustration type software packages.

The two-part Illustrator Workshops are designed to help knitting pattern designers get past these hurdles. The Illustrator I set of classes cover the basics of using the Illustrator program while the Illustrator II classes has an in-depth coverage of creating professional looking schematics.

Find out more about Illustrator Workshops For Knitting Pattern Designers.

Tags: Knitting

November 08, 2006

Free Knitting Pattern: Father Christmas Knit Doll

Interweave Press, publishers of Interweave Knits, Knitscene, and Spin-Off, has published 10 new free holiday craft patterns including free knitting and free crochet patterns.

Father Christmas is a free knit doll pattern of Santa Claus made from 100% wool sport weight yarn.

Get all the free Christmas craft patterns, at

Tags: Free Knitting Patterns, Knitting

October 27, 2006

Magazine Review: Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts

Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts is a special magazine issue filled with gift ideas and knitting projects for the holidays.

The issue has over 30 knitting projects including a lace scarf pattern by Annie Modesitt (author of Confessions of a Knitting Heretic) , sachets and drawstring bag patterns by Leigh Radford (author of One Skein: 30 Quick Projects to Knit and Crochet) , a floral felted bag by Nicky Epstein (author of Nicky Epstein's Fabulous Felted Bags: 15 Bags to Knit And Felt), along with patterns for Christmas stockings, scarves, hats, mittens, a afghan, a cardigan, and slippers.

Gift ideas for knitters include Blue Sky Alpacas Five Inch Double-Point Needles, Artyarns Silk Rhapsody yarn, The Knitter's Satchet by Jordana Paige, and the book YNotKnit by Jill and Susan Wolcott.

Tags: Knitting, Knitting Patterns

Book Review: Arctic Lace by Donna Druchunas

Artic Lace: Knitted projects and stories inspired by Alaska's Native knitters by Donna Druchunas

Artic Lace is a fascinating introduction to Alaska's native knitters, women who not only knit original lace work in qivuit, the fiber from the musk oxen, but also knit hat, scarves, and other knitted items. It provides an introduction to lace knitting and several lace knitting projects.

The first part of the book provides comprehensive information about the Oomingmak Musk Ox Producers' Co-operative, a co-op for Native Alaskan knitters, in Anchorage Alaska. The history of Native Alaskans along with examples of lace work knitted in villages across Alaska provides a unique perspective. The first part also includes a chapter on musk oxen in Alaska, their origins, how they have adapted to the arctic weather, and their behavior.

The next part of the book focuses on the qiviut and other lace yarns and provides an in-depth chapter on lace knitting with step-by-step instructions. It covers reading charts, basic knitting skills, and stitches needed to do lace work. The lessons for learning lace stitches are especially informative. Each provides a practice swatch of different lace stitches along with written directions and a chart.

The reminder of the book provides 15 lace-knitting projects. These include projects for a headband, hats, wrist warmers, scarves, stoles, vest, and fingerless gloves. The final chapter offers directions on designing other lace knitting projects.

I really enjoyed looking through this comprehensive guide to lace knitting from the perspective of Native Alaskan knitters. The history of the Native Americans and their knitting helped bring alive their rich background. The step-by-step instructions on lace knitting are easy to read and offer a better understanding lace knitting. If you’ve been looking for a book on learning lace or already love lace knitting, Artic Lace: Knitted projects and stories inspired by Alaska's Native knitters by Donna Druchunas is a great choice

Tags: Knitting, Knitting Books, Knitting Book Review

October 15, 2006

Online Knitting Magazine Reviews: Knitty.Com and MagKnits

A couple of online knitting magazines have recently published issues with free knitting patterns and knitting related articles.

The Fall 2006 Issue of Knitty includes knitting patterns for sweaters including viveka which is pullover with a deep V and flared sleeves. Ivy is wrap sweater with ribbing looks vines of ivy. Avast is a classic looking men's cardigan with zipper closure. Also, in the issue are patterns for socks, bags, and wraps.

The October Issue of MagKnits includes a felted pumpkin basket, a mitred skirt, a shawl, and wristwarmers.

Tags: Knitting, Free Knitting Patterns, Knitting Patterns, Socks, Scarf, sweater, Fall 2006

October 06, 2006

Vickie Howell and South West Trading Company Team Up

Vickie Howell, host of the DIY Network's Knitty Gritty and author of several knitting books, has teamed up with South West Trading Company to create the The Vickie Howell Collection, a set of three new yarns and booklet of crochet and knitting patterns.

The three new yarns, which will be available in Spring 2007, are CRAFT (35% Milk Fiber,65% Organic Cotton), ROCK (40% SOYSILK,30% Fine Wool,30% HEMP), and LOVE (70% Bamboo,30% Silk).

Tags: Vickie Howell, Knitty Gritty, Yarn

October 02, 2006

Free Knitting Pattern: Vicki Howell's Blush & Bashful Scarf

Vickie Howell of the popular DIY network's Knitty Gritty has posted her free pattern for the month of October.

The pattern is Blush & Bashful Scarf from the book Celebrity Scarves 2. A percentage of proceeds from the book go to the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade to help find a cure for breast cancer.

The pattern calls for 2 balls Berroco Quest Yarn, 1 ball Koigu, and 165 Beads.

Check out the free knitting pattern at Vickie's Web Site.

Tags: Vickie Howell, Knitty Gritty, Yarn, Scarf, Free Knitting Pattern

September 06, 2006

Online Knitting Magazine Review: Yarnival!

Yarnival is a blog carnival, which is a collection of blog entries by people from all over the world. In this case, the online magazine type website is a place where knitters can showcase the content of their knitting blogs.

The first issue of Yarnival! includes blog entries about spinning, dyeing, works in progress, finished objects and techniques. Some of these are:
- cats and knitting
- what makes a person a knitter
- review of knitting needles
- knitting patterns on an iPod

Yarnival was started by Eve who is acting as the editor for the first issue. The idea for the blog carnival stemmed from her obsession of reading knitting blogs. She reads over 80 per day. Eve wanted to showcase some of these blogs while exposing lesser know blogs to readers.

Submission of blog entries for the second issue are being taken until September 15, 2006. Entries should be knitting or spinning content that represents the best written within the past month or two. Entries that are original work, witty or insightful commentary, and have pretty pictures are considered the best type of entries.

Read Yarnival!.

Tags: Knitting, Knitting Magazine Review

September 03, 2006

Knitting Book Review: Knit Fix By Lisa Kartus

Knit Fix: Problem Solving for Knitters By Lisa Kartus

This book is a helpful resource for lots of knitting problems. It is written in a humorous yet caring way. It has photographs and illustration, which clearly shows knitting problems and the solutions to those problems.

The book is divided in several chapters starting with one on developing a knitting philosophy to one about testing out ideas before starting a project. In between, Lisa walks through the foundations of knitting including different stitches, tension, unknitting, and making fixes to dropped stitches.

A troubleshooting chapter breaks down each type of knitting quandary into the problem, a diagnosis, and a fix. This approach makes it easier to identify problems and quickly find a solution.

Lisa also offers advise on how to avoid knitting problems all together by taking time up front when casting on to joining new yarn to working in the round to picking up stitches.

Finally, there is a chapter on fixing major problems especially those discovered after a project is completed. These include lengthening and shortening garments as well as adding pockets, and altering seams.

Knit Fix: Problem Solving for Knitters is a well written book with plenty of clear illustrations and good advise to use to solve knitting problems. Lisa Kartus not only shows you how to solve knitting mistakes but also how to spot them and why they happen. With a spiral-bound cover this book lies flat and is small enough to be carried in a knitting bags as a constant resource.

Tags: Knitting, Knitting Books, Knitting Book Review

Online Knitting Magazine Review: MagKnits September 2006

The September 2006 issue of the online knitting magazine, MagKnits, contains an assortment of free knitting patterns ranging from socks to tops to wrist warmers:

Honorine by Fathom Harvill - sweater pattern in two different styles
Lombard Street by Susan Pierce Lawrence - a pair of cable style socks
Snowflake by Melanie Berney - a pair of lacy style socks
Delft by Janine Le Cras - close fitting t-shirt style garment with waist shaping and a neat V neck
Apple by Alexandra Leisse - hooded baby sleeping bag
Inner Truth by Laura Andersson - cable scarf
Snicket by Sabine Riefler - a pair of net-like socks
The Edward by Cher Underwood Forsberg - sleeveless shell
Seaside by Angela Hahn - beaded fingerless gloves

See all the knitting patterns in the September Issue of MagKnits

Tags: Knitting, Free Knitting Patterns, Knitting Patterns, Socks, Scarf, Fall 2006

Online Magazine Review: Spindlicity Fall 2006

The Fall 2006 Issue of Spindlicity, an online magazine for hand spinners, contains a couple of interviews with drop-spindle makers, a few informative articles on spinning including one for beginners, and a fall themed knitting pattern.

The two interviews with drop-spindle makers are with Linda Diak of Grafton Fibers and Steve Kundert of Kundert Spindles. The interviews reveal how the makers got started making drop-spindles and the type of spindles they make.

The articles include one on spinning metal and how one spinner developed a process of doing this. The beginners article discuss the different types of spinning including top whorl and bottom whorl. There are also articles on speed spinning and keeping a fiber notebook.

The fall inspired knitting pattern is Falling Leaves Scarf by Tilda Shepard. This scarf has a lovely leafy lace pattern made from Romeldale/CVM roving spun to a worsted-weight single.

The issue also includes book and product reviews, a special section for kids, and reports on fiber festivals.

Read the Spindlicity Fall 2006 Issue at

Tags: Knitting, Spinning, Yarn, Free Knitting Pattern, Knitting Magazine Review

September 01, 2006

Free Crochet Pattern: Vicki Howell's Teensey Capelet

Vickie Howell of the popular DIY network's Knitty Gritty has posted her free pattern for the month of September.

The pattern is Teensey Capelet. The pattern calls for 2 Balls Lionbrand Jiffy Yarn in Grass Green and a size US N crochet hook.

Check out the free crochet pattern at Vickie's Web Site.

Tags: Free Crochet Patterns, Vickie Howell, Knitty Gritty, Yarn, Capelet

Free Knitting Pattern: Diamondback Diagonal Stripe Hat

In honor of this year's Stitch 'N Pitch, Cathy Hoben created a diagonal stripe hat knitting pattern. This pattern is available for free on a South West Trading Company's blog, Be Inspired.

This free knitting pattern is knit with two different colors of worsted weight yarn using stockinette stitch, increasing and decreasing. It has sizing for both adults and children.

Tags: Free Knitting Patterns, Knitting, Increasing, Decreasing, Stockinette

Free Knitting Pattern: Knitted and Crocheted Summer Top

Crochet Me, the online crochet magazine, mid-issue pattern is a knitted and crocheted summer top, called Ice-Blue Ribbon by Annette Petavy.

This unique top has a knitted body with crocheted bottom border and arms. It is made from a ribbon yarn that gives a lacy look in the crocheted sections of the garment while giving coverage in the knitted sections.

Knitting, Free Knitting Patterns, Free Crochet Patterns

August 30, 2006

Knit Fix Blog Tour Starts September 4, 2006

Lisa Kartus’s Get Your Knit Fix Blog Tour kicks off the publication of her new book, Knit Fix: Problem Solving for Knitters (Interweave Press, September 2006), with a chat with The Knitting Fiend, a blogger hailing from Lisa’s hometown of Chicago. Starting Monday, September 4, follow Lisa as she offers solutions to some of your favorite knitting bloggers’ knitting problems and gaffes. She’ll sit down for a virtual visit with a different blogger each day leading up to her appearances in New York at Knitty City (Sept. 16) and the New York Knit-Out and Crochet (Sept. 17). Along the way there will be book giveaways, podcast interviews, lively debates, and plenty of opportunities to laugh at your knitting troubles as you pick up a few new skills.

Do you need a Knit Fix? Send your knitting problems to Lisa! Visit Lisa’s new web site,, for her weekly Knit Fix picked from your submissions. Each week she’ll select one knitting problem and a picture of the unhappy result, and post it with a solution on her web site. Send your submission to her email address: Starting in October, she’ll also broadcast and discuss this weekly knit fix on the popular podcast, Cast-On: A Podcast for Knitters, hosted by Brenda Dayne.


For the most up-to-date listings of tour events, visit:

September 4
The Knitting Fiend

September 5
Crazy Aunt Purl

September 6

September 7

September 8 Podcast

September 9
A Knitter in Queens

September 10

September 12
Knit and Tonic

September 13
Craftsanity Podcast

September 14
Elizabeth Lenhard, Author of Chicks with Sticks

September 15
Lolly Knitting Around


If you'd like to sign up for a workshop, please contact the store.

September 9, 1-4 p.m.
String Theory Yarn Co.
477 N. Main
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(630) 469-6085
Book signing

September 16, 2-4 p.m.
Knitty in the City
208 W. 79th St.
New York, NY 60137
(212) PurlTwo
Bring your most colossal knitting mistakes for a fun and funny special event and mini-workshop. Mini-workshop is at 2 p.m., book signing at 3 p.m.

September 17, Noon to 5 p.m.
New York Knit-Out and Crochet 2006
Union Square Park, New York City
Lisa will be one of the "knit doctors" on call, so bring your questions and samples!
Book signing time TBA

October 7, 2-4 p.m.
Three Bags Full Knitting Studio
1130 Shermer Rd
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 291-9933
Correcting mistakes workshop: 2-3:30 p.m.
Book signing: 4 p.m.

October 14, 12:30-4 p.m.
Nana’s Knitting Shop
5144 W 95th St
Oak Lawn IL 60453
(708) 229-0061
Correcting mistakes workshop: 12:30-2 p.m., 2:15-3:45 p.m.
Book signing: 4 p.m.

August 27, 2006

August 28 - Knitty Gritty - It's in the Bag

New Knitty Gritty Episode - It's in the Bag - guest host: Vicki Square. projects: knitted messenger bag. Airs: August 28, 2006 at 11:30 AM Eastern and September 2, 2006 at 4:30 PM Eastern

August 26, 2006

Black Bunny Fibers Hop-Along Knit-Along Announced

Wendy and Christina, hostesses of the Knitty D and the City podcast, are hosting a Hop-Along Knit-Along with Black Bunny Fibers. Unlike a typical knit-along where each knitter knits the same project, this hop-along encourages knitters to knit any project with Black Bunny Fibers yarns.

Knitters can join at the Hop-Along blog at There they can share pictures of completed knitting projects using the Black Bunny Fibers yarn as well as meet up with other participants.

Each participant that finishes a Black Bunny Fiber project wil be entered into a drawing with the winner receiving Black Bunny Fiber Yarn, a Black Bunny Fiber T-Shirt and a Black Bunny Fiber Tote Bag.

Black Bunny Yarn produces hand-spun and hand-dyed yarn. Carol, the owner, is an avid knitter and spinner who creates yarns in a variety of yarn weights including:

- Handpainted Laceweight Merino
- Handpaint Superwash Merino Sock
- Wool Nylon Sock Yarn
- Handpainted Romney blend wool
- Sportweight Blue Faced Leicester
- Handpained Merino Worsted Weight

Find out more at Black Bunny Hop.

August 23, 2006

2006 Knit-Out

The 2006 Knit-Out, started by the Craft Yarn Council of America (CYCA), is scheduled to occur Mid-September to Mid-October in venues all around the country with a kick-off on Sunday, September 17th, 2006 in New York City.

Knit-Outs are five-hour, free annual events to bring knitting to the public's attention. Knit-Outs are educational and informational gatherings of knitters and inspiring knitters.

Some activities, depending on what the local group who sponsors the knit-out arranges, can include:

-Free, how to knit and crochet instruction
-Fashion shows
-Show & Share
-Product and magazine displays
-Children's yarn crafts area
-Knitting and Crochet Guild representation

The CYCA encourages knitting groups to host knit-out events in their local areas to promote knitting and encourage others to take up knitting. They offer a knit-out brochure that includes way to organize and promote a knit-out.

A list of knit-out locations and more details about each Knit-Out & Crochet event will be available on the Knit-Out website as information becomes available.

August 20, 2006

Knitting News Cast - Episode 17 Now Available

The lastest episode of the Knitting News Cast, a podcast for knitters, is available.

Download Knitting News Cast Episode 17 on the Knitting News Cast website. You can also Subscribe to The Knitting News Cast Podcast.

This episode includes:
Chicks With Sticks
First Spinning Class Results
Making Sense Of My Stash
South West Trading Company V-Neck Shell Finished
Fall 2006 Vogue Knitting Magazine Preview
Fall 2006 Knit Simple Magazine
For The Love Of Yarn Summer 2006 Issue
New Glampyre Knit Sweater Pattern - Stitch Diva
Vickie Howell's Free August Knitting Pattern
August Issue of MagKnits Released
AntiCraft Lughnaladh Issue Available
Knitting and Crochet Designers Needed
Book Review: The Yarn Stash Workbook by Laura Militzer Bryant
Top 7 Reasons To Knit
Knitting Blog Review - Crazy Aunt Purl

Knitting Blog Review - Crazy Aunt Purl

Crazy Aunt Purl Knitting Blog Review

Laurie's, also known as Crazy Aunt Purl, blog is much more then about knitting. The tag line says it all:
"The true-life diary of a thirty-something, newly divorced, displaced Southern obsessive-compulsive knitter who has four cats. (Because nothing is sexier than a divorced woman with four cats)"

If you haven't stopped by this blog, then you are missing some wonderful knitting patterns (and life adventures) with Crazy Aunt Purl.

Non-knitting topics include:
Blogging is My Therapy - the diary part
Insane Kitty Posse - the cat part
Divorce - the divorce part

Previous knitting entries include:
Increasing: Knit into the front and back of a stitch - includes video with a hilarious outtake
The Paris Scarf - directions for a funky scarf using Modea Dea's Curious Yarn
The Brangelina Hat - chunky yarn hat based on one worn by Angelina Joline
Easy Knitted Felted Bracelet Bag - unique bag using Patons Up Country yarn, Crystal Palace Stardust Fizz, and two bangle bracelets for the handles

August 21 - Knitty Gritty - Combo Corset-T

New Knitty Gritty Episode - Combo Corset-T - guest host: Annie Modesitt, author of Confessions of a Knitting Heretic. projects: knit top. Airs: August 21, 2006 at 11:30 AM Eastern and August 26, 2006 at 4:30 PM Eastern

August 16, 2006

Top 7 Reasons To Knit

1. All the "cool kids" are doing it - Knitting has never been more hip. You too can have a knitted iPod cozy and be the envy of all your friends.
2. Free hand lotion - Lanolin in wool feels great on the skin and makes them soft too! Throw away all those bottles of lotion and get yarn instead
3. Great Accessories – You can go to the movies with knitting needles that glow in the dark. Now nothing has to eat into your knitting time!
4. Yarn p0rn - Visit your local yarn store and tell me you didn't make it out with at least one ball of yarn. Resistance is futile!
5. Knitters Get Around - You can see knitters knitting in public, going to baseball games, and just hanging out at the local coffee shop.
6. Make New Friends - Knitters are a friendly bunch and can be found on the internet and at your local yarn shop. They are glad to turn you over to the dark side (I mean help you with your knitting) and no question is too stupid to ask them. Well, accept "Why do you have so much yarn in your stash?". See reason #4.
7. Knitting is the New Yoga - Don't tell any knitters I said this (they hate the comparison). But knitting really is relaxing and meditative (except when your yarn gets tangled or you drop a stitch or have to read a complicated chart, but other then that....). Getting in the knitting zone is much better then standing on your head and humming.

August 15, 2006

Upcoming Knitting Books In September 2006

Yarnplay: Colorful Techniques And Projects for the Creative Knitter by Lisa Shobhana Mason (publication date - September 15, 2006)

Knitting Projects to Make Your Own
*Fashion-forward knitted projects for anyone who loves color
*Rated by skill level, with projects for both beginners and experienced knitters
*Focuses on the use of luxurious natural yarns and experimenting with design and color

With Yarn Play, Lisa Shobhana Mason shares with readers her knitting philosophy: Learn the rules, then break them--improvise. In this engaging guide, knitters will find wearable projects and home décor projects that they can make their own, by using yarns from their own stash and by rethinking the patterns, combining yarn and scraps to make gorgeous and fashion-forward one-of-a-kind projects."

Andean Inspired Knits: Designs in Luxurious Alpaca by Helen Hamann (publication date - September 1, 2006)

Lush fiber and dazzling design are the focus of this collection of patterns inspired by pre-Columbian textiles from the culturally rich Andes in South America. Adapted for modern knitters, the ambitious designs offer eye-catching patterns, unique silhouettes, and a palette of techniques ranging from intarsia and Fair Isle to embroidery and beading. Skilled knitters will find plenty of contemporary flair in projects such as a boldly striped geometric scarf, a showy lace cardigan with ruffled trim, and a crocheted poncho embellished with beads. Photographs of the stunning Peruvian landscape and stories about the tradition of Andean craft and the vital alpaca enrich this tour of beautiful art from a beautiful country.

Knit Fix: Problem Solving for Knitters by Lisa Kartus (publication date - September 1, 2006)

Dropped and twisted stitches, too-small button holes, and mis-crossed cables are only a few of the knitting dilemmas tackled in this humorous and useful guide. Beginners and seasoned knitters alike are promised that learning from mistakes improves technique and inspires personal style—and that sometimes the best solution is just to let a mistake stand. To head off problems before they start, the sturdy, spiral-bound book explains the correct way to cast on and bind off, decipher charts, choose fibers, calculate yardage, join yarns, work with multicolor designs, and—for more experienced knitters—how to alter a finished piece or customize a pattern.

Knitting Stitches: Over 300 Contemporary and Traditional Stitches by Mary Webb (publication date - September 15, 2006)

A comprehensive stitch-resource for knitters of all ages and levels of experience.

Knitting is the new yoga. Schools hold "knit nights," while needle-clacking cowboys trade stitch secrets on Prairie Home Companion. In Boston, knitting superstar Stephanie Pearl-McPhee arrives to a frenzied crowd at a yarn store. Headlines like "Catherine Zeta-Jones Is Knitting Mad!" herald a newfound celebrity passion for the hobby. The latest statistics from the Craft Yarn Council of America show that 38 million knitters and crocheters participate in this relaxing pastime.

Knitting Stitches is a small-format, portable guide to more than 300 stitch patterns. From the most basic to the more intricate, these traditional and contemporary patterns are demonstrated in clear, colorful illustrations with concise step-by-step instructions. With the stitches grouped by kind cable, bobble and the various others -- locating a specific stitch and determining its degree of difficulty is fast and easy.

This is the perfect reference for discovering the pleasure of creating just the right pattern and texture for a knitting project. The book also includes:

Instruction charts and how to use them
A wide variety of yarns, each photographed
Gallery of stitches
Glossary of symbols and abbreviations
Knit and purl stitches
Cable stitches
Lace and bobble stitches
Twist and other stitches
Working with more than one color.
This comprehensive and handsome guide will be welcomed in any serious knitter's knitting bag.

August 14, 2006

Book Review: The Yarn Stash Workbook by Laura Militzer Bryant

The Yarn Stash Workbook: Great Ideas and Dozen of Projects by Laura Militzer Bryant

I got this informative and fun book to help me use up the individual skeins of yarn I have in my stash. I was having a hard time figuring out what to do with the mismatch of yarns I had. There are so many colors and textures in my stash that looking at all of them, I just couldn't think of how I could use them or how they might be used together. But after getting Laura's book, I have a much better idea.

The first part of the book has a great section called "In the Beginning: Sorting Your Stash". In this section, Laura explains about the various aspects of yarn including yarn-weight like fine, medium and bulky and construction like piled, boucle', chained, brushed, chenille, woven, nubs/slubs, and component yarns.

But, more importantly and what I found to be the most beneficial, she also talks about another type of yarn weight which has to do with color rather then by the size or construction of yarn. Instead of arranging the yarn by color like blues or reds, she suggests arranging the yarn from light in color to dark in color taking into account the saturation and intensity of the each.

I found this method of categorizing yarn to be very helpful and applied it to my own stash. And in fact it allowed me, for the first time, to get a real sense of what I have in my stash and how I can use the various yarns together. I arranged my stash using this method and was astounded by what I really had and the possibilities of using the yarns together in ways I hadn't imagined before.

The book goes on to using the idea of color weight in projects ranging from scarves and wraps to ponchos and capelets, to hats and purses, to afghans and pillows to shells, sweaters, cardigans, and jackets. Although I didn't like all the combination of colors or projects in the book, I found several I did like including the open work scarf (page 30), the multiyarn wrap (page 34), the almost-enough striped tee (page 94) and the scrap-yarn teddy bear (page 80).

The Yarn Stash Workbook: Great Ideas and Dozen of Projects by Laura Militzer Bryant is a great book to get started on using up your yarn stash. The color weight theory as well as the break down of the yarns by construction gave me a better sense of what yarns could be used in my knitting projects. Also, the projects show the application of these concepts to help inspire anyone with a yarn stash needing to be knit up.

August 13, 2006

August 14 - Knitty Gritty - Disco Glam

New Knitty Gritty Episode - Disco Glam - guest host: Brett Bara, editor of Woman's Day Specials: Easy Knit and Crochet Ideas. Projects: knit halter top, knit shrug, knit bag. Airs: August 14, 2006 at 11:30 AM Eastern and August 19, 2006 at 4:30 PM Eastern

August 11, 2006

Knitting and Crochet Designers Needed

Bella Web Design, Inc. and Accord Publishing are looking for new and creative designers to contribute to the 2008 Knitting Pattern-a-Day and Crochet Calendar-a-Day publications. The company needs 320 knitting pattern or corchet pattern submissions by January 1, 2007.

Interested designers should go to and submit their design and at least one image (If you can't take a picture of it, you can send your knitted or crocheted item to Accord Publishing and they will take one for you). Each submission will receive a free copy of the calendar the design is submitted to. Multiple designs may be submitted.

Knitting Pattern-a-Day and Crochet Calendar-a-Day publications are read and used by knitters and crocheters worldwide. Publication of a knitting or crochet pattern can mean recognition for design talents.

Any questions can be emailed to or or call Desiree Scales at 888-716-9524 for more information.

August 10, 2006

AntiCraft Lughnaladh Issue Available

The Lughnaladh issue of the online knitting and craft magazine, AntiCraft, has been released.

The issue includes:
- Toxic Tea Set by Jane Roth, tea cosy and matching mat crochet with cotton yarn
- Stop Sign Pole Wrap by LoopDogg & AKrylik
- Nuclear Family by Renée Rigdon and Zabet Stewart, sewn tea apron
- Asphyxiation by Severina, crocheted cotton choker
- This Cosy is Da Bomb by Robyn Wade

See all the patterns and projects in the Lughnaladh Issue of AntiCraft.

August 08, 2006

August Issue of MagKnits Released

The August issue of the online knitting magazine, MagKnits, has been released.

The issue includes:
- Chunky, Funky bag - by Laura Hopwood, a chunky cable purse made from super bulky yarn that knits up fast
- Cherie, by Jorun Boklov, a knit hot water bottle with a cotton bag filled with cherry stones inside that are heated in a microwave for heat
- Flower Corsage, by Kerrie Allman, quick and easy knitting project using left over yarn
- Snowbaby Hat, by Janine le Cras, baby hat with a simple, modified feather and fan stitch pattern
- Special Socks, by Erssie Major, knit baby booties in a Fair Isle design
- Chance, by Ann McMeekin, fun and simple pair of wristwarmers

See all the knitting patterns in the August Issue of MagKnits.

August 06, 2006

August 7 - Knitty Gritty - Moebius Knitting

New Knitty Gritty Episode - Moebius Knitting - guest host: Cat Bordhi, author of The Second Treasury of Magical Knitting. projects: knit moebius scarf. Airs: August 07, 2006 at 11:30 AM Eastern and August 12, 2006 at 4:30 PM Eastern

August 01, 2006

Vickie Howell's Free August Knitting Pattern

Vickie Howell of the popular DIY network's Knitty Gritty has posted her free pattern for the month of August.

The pattern is Victorian Punk Sleeves. The pattern calls for two colors of DK weight yarn in purple and black.

Check out the free knitting pattern at Vickie's Web Site.

July 29, 2006

New Glampyre Knit Sweater Pattern - Stitch Diva

Stefanie Japel (aka Glampyre Knits) has released a new knit sweater pattern called Simple Knitted Bodice. The pattern is a simple knitted bodice with a v-neck line and a super-simple lace accent at the waist. The pattern is available in both short and long sleeves.

The pattern costs $7.00 US and is available for download at Stitch Diva Studios.

A knit along (KAL) has started on for knitters who would like to knit the pattern along with other knitters.

Intermediate Required Skills: Casting On, Binding Off, Knit Stitch, Purl Stitch, Increasing, Decreasing, Repetitive stitch patterns.

July 27, 2006

For The Love Of Yarn Summer 2006 Issue

The For The Love of Yarn Summer 2006 issue has been released. This online magazine is geared to knitters and crocheters.

This issue has several free knitting patterns and free crochet patterns including:
Little Old Aran Vest by Catherine Hoben
Red Poppy Pillow by Stephanie Martin
Whatever Shrug by Pam Lovera
A Square to Snuggle by Tara E. Swiger

Free Articles:
Cables Tutorial
Spinning Pet Hair Into Yarn

July 26, 2006

Fall 2006 Knit Simple Magazine

The Fall 2006 issue of Knit Simple Magazine is now available. The patterns included in the issue range from country casuals to city-slick work attire.

The knitting patterns are divided into the Family Tree section which includes patterns for the family including an adorable dog sweater,
the Urban Folklore section which includes folk-inspired knitwear, the Big-Top Kids section which includes patterns with a circus-style theme for kids, the Comfort Zone section which includes patterns for throws and pillow, and the Indigo Girl section which has a blue-hued cardigan pattern for the curvaceous knitter.

Articles in this issue include "The Upside of Upsizing" by Jean Leinhauser on ways to modifying a pattern for fuller figures, another on how to knit cables, and one on how to do a slip-stitch.

The Fall 2006 issue of Knit Simple Magazine can purchased now on newsstands.

July 24, 2006

Fall 2006 Vogue Knitting Magazine Preview

A preview of the Fall 2006 issue of Vogue Knitting magazine is now available on the Vogue Knitting website.

Patterns are divided into several sections: GRAY'S ANATOMY, MODERN ENGLISH, HOBO CHIC, and BY INVITATION ONLY: SOCKS.

The Gray's Anatomy section's patterns include sweaters and cardigans with premium cables. Modern English includes highland themed sweaters with a modern appeal. Hobo Chic has three eclectic style garments. And Invitation Only: Socks has great looking sock patterns in a variety of styles.

There are also several knitting articles in the fall issue. Meg Swenson writes about Elizabeth Zimmermann’s sock "un-ventions." Nicky Epstein has an article about using I-cord edges and closures. Shirley Paden explains how to create landscapes through entrelac knitting. And Daryl Brower writes about Norah Gaughan's, author of Knitting Nature : 39 Designs Inspired by Patterns in Nature, design inspirations.

The Fall 2006 Vogue Knitting Magazine goes on sale August 8, 2006.

July 23, 2006

Knitting News Cast - Episode 16 Now Available

The lastest episode of the Knitting News Cast, a podcast for knitters, is available.

Download Knitting News Cast Episode 16 on the Knitting News Cast website. You can also Subscribe to The Knitting News Cast Podcast.

This episode includes: Article Published
Knitting Podcasts
First Turned Heel Sock
Secret Pal Goodies
Test Knitter
South West Trading Company Phoenix yarn
My One Skein Secret Pal Rocks
Another Double Cable Scarf
Summer Spindlicity Issue Released Summer 2006 Issue Released
New Crochet Magazine
Reinforcing Nylon Thread For Knitting Socks
Knitty Gritty Season 4 Begins
New Online Crochet-Friendly Yarn Store Directory
Magazine Review - Knit Scene Fall 2006
New Free Knitting Pattern: Ribbed Cable Muffler
Yarn Review - Cascade Yarns Pima Silk Yarn
Book Review - Knitting Rules! by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Upcoming Knitting Books In August 2006

Upcoming Knitting Books In August 2006

Simply Baby by Debbie Bliss (publication date - August 1, 2006)

Debbie Bliss presents 20 adorable new designs for babies and toddlers—from blankets and booties to cardigans, twin sets, and coats—all using soft, snuggly yarns.

Debbie Bliss is the most stylish and accessible children’s knitwear designer working today. In Simply Baby, she returns with a cuddly collection of clothing and accessories for newborns to two-year-olds. Some designs are simple to make, such as the striped hat and the ribbon-tie booties. As novice knitters gain confidence, they, and more experienced knitters, will enjoy the designs that introduce new elements, like edging or cabling. Each project—from a lace-edged cardigan to a cashmere coat—is knitted in beautiful yarns that are not only gentle against young skin but are also easy to care for. Complete with step-by-step instructions, charts, and charming photos, this is another irresistible collection from the foremost designer of knitwear for babies and children. Debbie Bliss, former designer for Baby Gap, is the best-selling author of more than a dozen books, including Baby Knits for Beginners, The Baby Knits Book, Debbie Bliss Knitting Workbook, How to Knit, and Classic Knits for Kids.

Knitting Loves Crochet: 22 Stylish Designs to Hook Up Your Knitting with a Touch of Crochet by Candi Jensen (publication date - August 1, 2006)

Knit and crochet designer Candi Jensen has a mission — to show today’s trendy, young knitters just how much fun a little crochet can be. Crocheting can mimic lace. It can give a knit sweater pretty edging unachievable with knitting needles. Crocheted flowers and bobbles lend texture and interest to a flat surface. To get her message out, Jensen has written Knitting Loves Crochet, brimming with designs to make believers out of the knitting only crowd who still associate crocheting with doilies and dowdy tissue box covers.

Crochet works exceptionally well as edging or trim, and Jensen explores that match-up to its fullest, with patterns for chic knit cardigans edged with lacy crochet; a stunning, fitted tank finished with a paler shade of crochet on the top and bottom; and placemats, napkin rings, and washcloths trimmed with delicate crocheted color.

Jensen goes on to explore the creative possibilities of crocheted insets and motifs — granny squares in dog sweaters, flowers on a felted purse and fingerless gloves with beaded crochet wrist trim. The possibilities are endless when it comes to mixing these two versatile crafts. Knitting meets crochet — it’s the exciting next step for the knitting enthusiast.

About the Author
Candi Jensen has been a craft and needlepoint designer for more than 25 years. She is widely published in national magazines including Vogue Knitting and Better Homes and Gardens. She is the author of Crochet Scarves!, Crochet Bags! and Hooked on Crochet. Candi lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

Jackets-For Work & Play (The Best of Knitter's Magazine series) (publication date - August 1, 2006)

After more than 20 years of quality publishing and numerous sold-out issues, Knitter's Magazine has compiled the best jacket projects designed by renowned players in the knitting field. The 25 projects cover a wide range of classic styles—from suits to coats to light-weight cover ups—that provide stylish options for both work and play. Stitches such as the slip stitch, linen stitch, and moss stitch are introduced, as well as more advanced techniques that are thoroughly illustrated with detailed instructions. Creative finishing options are also provided for the motivated knitter seeking to customize and personalize their projects.

Book Review - Knitting Rules! by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Knitting Rules! by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

This is one hilarious knitting book. It is the first book in a long time, maybe since I started knitting last year, which I've put down my knitting to read other then to look at knitting pattern books. I gulped it down in two readings.

Stephanie has a wonderful and humorous writing style, as is evidence by her online blog, Yarn Harlot. There she gives a daily glimpse into the life of harried knitter trying to find a balance between writing, knitting, and family.

In this latest book, Knitting Rules!, Stephanie offers knitting advise that is both informative as it is funny. I felt like I was sitting in the presence of one of those women you find in knitting circles across the country that knows everything about knitting, is willing to help you no matter what, and makes you feel better about your own mistakes by telling you about her own knitting fiascos. You know those women. You just love them!

The other great thing about this book is the easy way that Stephanie presents the various patterns in her book. They aren't dry instructions but more along the line of an experienced knitter sitting down with you, telling you the basics, offering you advise, and letting you come up with your own take and style of the item.

I especially liked the chapters on hats (page 102) and scarves (page 152). She offers simple directions on knitting these items while presenting great ways to make them your own.

I was even able to use Stephanie’s sage knitting advice right away. I was knitting a double cable scarf that had a cable motif at either end of the scarf. The center portion was K2 P2 ribbing. Since I was using different yarn then the pattern called for I didn't know when or how to get both ends knitted with the cables without running out of yarn or having too much left over. And there was the answer in the scarves chapter on page 166!

Here are some quotes from the book that I particularly liked:
"Stash has a tendency to multiply. This is independent of your tendency to keep buying it, so don't bother resisting the urge. Note: This rule is true only of stash that's hanging around being decorative. Once you start to knit with it, it doesn't any knitter who has run out of yarn a half-sleeve short of a sweater can testify." - page 32

"Sweaters are clothes, not just knitting, and because there is more to them, there is more that can go wrong. A bad scarf can still be charming on some level and the consequences will never make your breasts look saggy, but a bad sweater has impact." - page 188

On the "I could Never Knit a Sweater": Ten Reasons Knitters Give and What I Wish I could Say to Them on page 196:
"4. I’ve tried and the sweater was crap. That's no reason to quit. I knit tons of crap. Crap all the time. The path to a good sweater is paved with crap. There's a magic number of crappy things you have to knit before you're released from the crap and can get a good sweater. You must work through the crap to get to the light. It's either that or you don't follow directions well. One of the two."

I highly recommend Knitting Rules! by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee to any knitter. It will have you rolling on the floor with laughter as you identify with all the craziness that is knitting. This is definitely a book worth putting your knitting needles down for.

Yarn Review - Cascade Yarns Pima Silk Yarn

Cascade Yarns Pima Silk Yarn
85% Pima Cotton, 15% Silk
50 grams, 109 yards
Gauge: 4 1/2 stitches per inch
Care Instructions: Hand wash and dry flat.

This is a fun yarn to knit with. Unlike other 100% cotton yarns I've knitted with, most notably Peaches 'N Cream which is stiff and scratchy, this yarn is soft and silky. Of course, it isn't as elastic as wool or wool blend yarns, but it is still is a wonderful yarn to knit with. And it feels light and soft against the skin.

I love the color of this yarn, Pink (Number 6915). It isn't too red or too burgundy. It is the color pink that I think of when I think of pink. And is a perfect color for items to knit for October Breast Cancer Awareness month. I knit a double cable scarf that I plan on wearing during October.

This yarn would be great for summer tank tops and short-sleeve tops, as well as for cool weather scarfs when fashion over warmth is preferred.

July 24 - Knitty Gritty - Ski Knits

New Knitty Gritty Episode - Ski Knits - guest host: Souza family. projects: knit camouflage ski cap. Airs: July 24, 2006 at 11:30 AM Eastern and July 29,2006 at 4:30 PM Eastern.

July 16, 2006

Top 10 Knitting Books - July 16, 2006

1. Mason-Dixon Knitting by Kay Gardiner, Ann Meador Shayne
2. One Skein : 30 Quick Projects to Knit and Crochet by Leigh Radford
3. Knitting Rules! : The Yarn Harlot's Bag of Knitting Tricks by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
4. Stitch 'N Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook by Debbie Stoller
5. Knitting Nature : 39 Designs Inspired by Patterns in Nature by Norah Gaughan
6. Nicky Epstein's Knitted Flowers by Nicky Epstein
7. The Knitting Answer Book by Margaret Radcliffe
8. Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles: a Manual of Elegant Knitting Techniques and Patterns by Cat Bordhi
9. Knitting Without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmermann
10. Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book by Vogue Knitting Magazine Editors

July 17 - Knitty Gritty - Knitting as Fabric Episode

New Knitty Gritty Episode - Knitting as Fabric - guest host: Allison Whitlock. projects: knit pillows. Airs: July 17, 2006 at 11:30 AM Eastern and July 22, 2005 at 4:30 PM Eastern

New Free Knitting Pattern: Ribbed Cable Muffler

Knit a great looking ribbed cable muffler. This free knitting pattern is by Beadlizard.

The pattern required 700 yards/250 grams of sportweight yarn. It is knit on size 4.5 mm and 3.75 mm knitting needles.

This beautiful and unique pattern is an intermediate knitting project that isn't too challenging but does require some concentration to keep up with knitting the cables.

Required Skills: Casting On, Binding Off, Knit Stitch, Purl Stitch, Increasing, Cable Knitting

July 14, 2006

July 15 - Knitty Gritty - Knitting for Charity Episode

New Knitty Gritty Episode - Knitting for Charity - guest host: Kathy Silverton, Betty Christianson (author of Knitting for Peace) and Michelle Bernal. projects: knit baby hats, knit teddy, breast cancer awareness knit pink-ribbon-motif bag, knitted scarf. Airs: July 15, 2006 at 4:30 PM Eastern

July 13, 2006

Magazine Review - Knit Scene Fall 2006

The special issue of Interweave Press's Knit Scene for Fall 2006 is now available. It is chock full an assortment of knitting patterns along with a couple of articles including one on felting and one on cables.

Knitting Patterns
The Fall 2006 issue's patterns are divided into four sections: Folklorico, Knits In The City, Girly Girl, and MOD.

In the Folklorico section the patterns use bold colors and folk inspired designs. Poinsettia (page 10) is a wrap cardigan with waist ties. It is in a bright red with contrasting purple/magenta. Matador (page 13) is a knit bolero with raglan shoulder shaping. My favorite in this section is Camisa (page 15) which is a v-neck short sleeve top with basketweave stitches at the waist.

The Knits In The City section includes hip styled knitted garments and accessories geared towards city living. Hear No Evil (page 20) is a knit striped earflap hat made of bulky cashmere yarn. Uptown Mommy (page 25) is a knit diaper bag made with simple shaping. I particularly like the Central Park Hoodie (Page 23). I keep going back to this pattern every time I flip through the magazine. It is has a cable pattern and I love the green yarn used for the sample.

In the Girly Girl section of the magazine, the patterns take on a feminine look and feel. Molly Ringwald (page 31) is a form-fitting corset top with ruffled cap sleeves and eyelets around the bottom. Magnolia (Page 32) is a short cardigan with a deep v-neckline which closes with a pin instead of buttons.

The MOD section is a retro-look back at the 1960's knit fashions. It includes Extra! Extra! (page 43), a newsboy style knit cap. A crocheted curtain panel called Curtain Call (page 43) is also shown.

There are free bonus knitting patterns available on the Knit Scene website. They include:
Felted Flowers
Frill Collar made of mohair and cashmere yarn.
Striped Felted Bag with pom-poms and embroidered flowers

Knitting Articles
The Knit Scene Fall 2006 magazine also has a couple of note worthy articles. An extensive article on felting (page 16) walks through the 4 steps of felting. There is an article on knitting cables (page 28) with clear diagrams and directions for reading cable pattern charts. It uses the Central Park Hoodie (Page 23) as an example of a project that uses cables.

July 12, 2006

New Online Crochet-Friendly Yarn Store Directory

Crochet me, the online crochet magazine, has released the beta version of their online crochet-friendly yarn store directory. The directory contains listing of online and local yarn stores that are happy to go out of their way to welcome crocheters.

Often times, crocheters feel unappreciated by yarn stores that seem to only cater to people who knit. These yarn stores don't typically carry crochet supplies including crochet needles or have staff that are familiar with the craft (and art) of crochet. The new crochet directory answers these frustrations by listing crochet-friendly yarn stores.

Yarn stores that would like to be listed in the Crochet me store directory can be listed for free during the beta.

Check out the Crochet Store Directory.

Knitting News Cast Offers News By Email

The Knitting News Cast™, Knitting For Your Ears™, podcast now offers the latest knitting news by e-mail subscription. This feature is in addition to its current distribution of knitting news through its podcast, website and RSS feed.

The knitting news feature of the Knitting News Cast website keeps knitters up-to-date on the latest knitting news and events between episodes of its knitting podcast which contains reviews of knitting websites, knitting patterns, knitting books, yarn, stitches, and knitting events.

Sign up for the Knitting News Cast E-mail Subscription or the Knitting News Cast Podcast.

Amy Singer Seeks Professional Photographer and Models

Amy Singer, author of Big Girl Knits: 25 Big, Bold Projects Shaped for Real Women with Real Curves, is looking for a professional photographer for a photo shoot for her upcoming book, Big Girl Knits 2, as well as women to model for the book.

The photo shoot will be October 2-4, 2006 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Photographs will be taken in various locations through out the city.

The qualified photographer must know how to make women of all sizes and shapes look gorgeous. Also, the photographer must have good people skills and act professional. The photographer's portfolio must be submitted in order to be approved by the publisher, Potter Craft.

Amy Singer is also looking for photogenic, attractive women, size 18-20, to participate in the photo shoot. Modeling experience is preferred but not required. At least two models of different body types will be used.

The Big Girl Knits strives to show that women of all sizes are beautiful. The authors' goal is to help women make the most of whatever they want to show off on their body and minimize the rest.

More information and contact information is available on Amy Singer's website.

Knitty Gritty Season 4 Begins

The 4th season of Knitty Gritty has begun on the DIY Network. The new episodes are aired Mondays at 11:30 AM Eastern time and Saturdays at 4:30 PM Eastern time each week.

Knitty Gritty is a hip and fun knitting program hosted by Vickie Howell. In each episode she covers knitting project with knitting authors and knitting designers.

Read a review of the Knitty Gritty book.

Upcoming episodes of Knitty Gritty:
Rock Star Bag - guest host: Kelley Deal. projects: felted bag. Airs: July 03, 2006 at 11:30 AM Eastern; July 08, 2006 at 4:30 PM Eastern

Knitting for Charity - guest host: Kathy Silverton, Betty Christianson (author of Knitting for Peace) and Michelle Bernal. projects: knit baby hats, knit teddy, breast cancer awareness knit pink-ribbon-motif bag, knitted scarf. Airs: July 10, 2006 at 11:30 AM Eastern; July 15, 2006 at 4:30 PM Eastern

Knitting as Fabric - guest host: Allison Whitlock. projects: knit pillows. Airs: July 17, 2006 at 11:30 AM Eastern; July 22, 2006 at 4:30 PM Eastern

Ski Knits - guest host: Souza family. projects: knit camouflage ski cap. Airs: July 24, 2006 at 11:30 AM Eastern; July 29, 2006 at 4:30 PM Eastern

Moebius Knitting - guest host: Cat Bordhi, author of The Second Treasury of Magical Knitting. projects: knit moebius scarf. Airs: August 07, 2006 at 11:30 AM Eastern; August 12, 2006 at 4:30 PM Eastern

Disco Glam - guest host: Brett Bara, editor of Woman's Day Specials: Easy Knit and Crochet Ideas. projects:knit halter top, knit shrug, knit bag. Airs: August 14, 2006 at 11:30 AM Eastern; August 19, 2006 at 4:30 PM Eastern

Combo Corset-T - guest host: Annie Modesitt, author of Confessions of a Knitting Heretic. projects: knit top. Airs: August 21, 2006 at 11:30 AM Eastern; August 26, 2006 at 4:30 PM Eastern

It's in the Bag - guest host: Vicki Square. projects: knitted messenger bag. Airs: August 28, 2006 at 11:30 AM Eastern; September 02, 2006 at 4:30 PM Eastern

Fibonacci Knitting - guest host: Adina Klein, editor-in-chief of Vogue's Knit 1 magazine. projects: knit cuff and scarf

Sushi for the Bathroom - guest host: MK Carroll. projects: knitted sushi-toilet-paper cozy and knitted bamboo toilet-tank mat.

Flirty Skirty - guest host: Tina Marrin. project: vintage-inspired butterfly pattern knitted skirt.

It's So Mod - guest host: Iris Schreier, author of Modular Knits. projects: knitted coasters, knitted placemat, and knitted table runner.