February 26, 2006

Magazine Reviews
Vogue Knitting’s Knit Simple Spring/Summer 2006 – finally a Vogue Knitting magazine that’s perfect for a knitter like me. Simple looking styles that aren’t too trendy or hip.

Knitting March 2006 – a publication from the UK that I picked up at the bookstore. This a great magazine! I just love Knitting Workshop section. In this issue there is a workshop it walks your through designing and knitting fingerless gloves. Another workshop is on creating picture knits and shows how to read a chart and joining yarn for picture knits. There are also sections on patterns for Baby & Child, Contemporary patterns, and Classic Patterns. The contemporary section has a several patterns including a hooded jacket by Jean Moss and a Moebius scarf by Heather Cawte. The classic section a vest by Sasha Kagan that includes bobbles and intarsia. And an article in the colour inspiration series by Joelen Treace that shows how to use culturally inspired color combinations when choosing colors for your knitting. At $7.99 in the US it is a pricey magazine but well worth it for the step by step workshops and contemporary and classic patterns. If you are in the UK the price is 3.45 pounds, the April issue came out on March 9th. I’ll be looking for it in my bookstore soon
New and Upcoming Books
Knitting Rules! : The Yarn Harlot's Bag of Knitting Tricks by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Funky Chunky Knitted Accessories: 60 Ways to Make And Customize Hats Bags Scarves Mittens And Wraps by Jan Eaton (April 3, 2006)

Knitting Beautiful Boas & Scarves by Ruth Lee (March 28, 2006)
Upcoming Knitting Events
Mindful Knitting Retreat with Tara Jon Manning, author of Mindful Knitting
March 9 – 12 in Greensboro Vermont

From the author of Mindful Knitting comes the Mindful Knitting Retreat. Enjoy a weekend of relaxation, inspiration, and of course, knitting, as we explore the parallels of knitting and meditation. Together we will look at the ways that one begins to be mindful in everyday life and how our time spent with our handwork contributes to both the experience and expression of mindfulness. Included are daily sessions of instruction and knit time, interspersed with yoga, fantastic meals, outdoor activities (including hikes and cross country skiing and snow-shoeing), and loads of fun.

Ah, doesn’t that sound like a wonderful way to spend a weekend!
Find out more.

Scottsdale Knitting, Crochet, and Fiber Arts Show 2006
Parada EXPO and Convention Center in famous Old Town Scottsdale, 7303 E Earll Drive Scottsdale AZ
Knitting, crocheting, and spinning demonstrations will be held throughout the Show. Stop
by to learn a new craft or refine a technique!

Classes include: Kaleidoscope scarf, a poncho and shrug class, needle felting, cotton spinning, and sock knitting.http://www.skfs.org/
Knitting Charity

Thanks to Liza for leaving a comment on the website about a knitting charity she participates in called JBFCS Sanctuary® Stitchers. The Sanctuary® Stitchers Project from the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services in New York.

Volunteers knit or crochet squares which are assembled into beautiful handmade blankets for children living at JBFCS residences. These children have dealt with many tough life experiences. When we give a blanket, we are saying, "We honor you and you are important to us." Volunteer knitters range in age from 6 to 96. To date we have collected over 2200 squares and 30 blankets.

The site also has useful directions for the 7"x9" blocks.http://www.jbfcs.org/ucanhelp/volunteer/volunteer.htm
The Knitting Olympics are wrapping up today. This was a 16-day challenge to knitters around the world to start and complete a challenging knitting project to coincide with the winter Olympics in Italy. It was started by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee of yarn harlot.com. Over 3300 knitters signed up with lots of them joining teams such as Team Wales and Team DPN. There is even a Frappr map with over 1800 knitters on it. Some of the participants have their Fos and WIPs there. I’ll have a link in the show notes. And to all of you who participated, way to go!!!

And speaking of Frappr maps, you may have noticed that I have a button to the Knitting News Cast Frappr map. I’ll be talking about how you can win the knitting book I’m reviewing today, Mason-Dixon Knitting by tagging the map.

The next issue of Spun Magazine will be out in March. http://www.spunmag.com/

The latest issue of the online knitting magazine, MagKnits, is posted. The February issue has a set of knitted sushi designed by Amy Polcyn on the front. Looks yummy enough to eat! Other patterns include a fancy looking child’s cardigan, a swirling looking hat, a lovely skirt knitted in Noro Silk Garden, and a pair of techy socks for a guy with computer related motifs on them. I’m a computer geek too! I’ll have to make me a pair of those socks! http://www.magknits.com/

February 12, 2006

The Stitch and Bitch controversy is getting some media attention. I was just reading on the site of the UK Telegraph, a UK newspaper that publishes The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph and The Weekly Telegraph, a story on the trademark dispute over the term “Stitch and Bitch” with Sew Fast Sew Easy. Elissa Meyrich owner of the company says she coined the term in 1997 and has had a number of online groups shut down because they are using the name. She says the controversy is costing her money. UK Telegraph Article

Don’t tell anyone but I don’t usually by Vogue because I honestly don’t get most of the designs they have. I guess I’m just not hip or trendy enough, but I like classical designs and their stuff is just way to trendy for me. But I decided to pick the magazine this week on a whim and I’m glad I did because the Vogue Knitting Winter 2005/2006 issue has an article on knitting podcasting which features Marie Irshad of KnitCast and Brenda Dayne of Cast-On.

Knitting Olympics kicked off on Friday, Febuary 10th. This 16 day event coincides with the Winter Olympics in Italy. Started by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee of YarnHarlot.com, the number of participants is over 3300. You can listen to an interview with Stephanie on Whit Larson’s special edition episode of About-Time. Also, the mainstream press has had some coverage on the Knitting Olympics.
Oregon Live Article

Latest Knitting Podcast is Pointy Sticks by Christine from Houston Texas. Yeah another Texan! Christine’s show is about getting through life with her stash of yarn and lots of pointy sticks. Christine started knitting in Feb of 2005 so she has a few months on me!
Pointy Sticks Podcast

Knitty.com has announced is taking submission for its summer addition Extremities. That means we want things They are looking for patterns for the ends of bodies. Hands, feet, heads. Whatever. Take the theme and run with it. Deadline for the summer issue is April 15. Check out the submission guidelines on the Knitty.com site. I’ll have a link to it in the show notes. Knitty.com Submission Guidelines

Also, If you are going to be submitting patterns to Knitty.com, they are changing their sizing standards starting with the Fall issue. Knitty patterns will follow CYC standard sizing. To find out more about the CYC standard sizing check out the Yarn Standards website. I’ll have a link in the show notes. CYC Yarn Standards