One of the joys of having my own website is having the opportunity to be able to share my favorite places on the web with you. Today's link dance focuses on what is going on in the knitting world (kind of like the wizarding world, but fuzzier and with less chance of being turned into a toad).
Knithacker isn't about learning to knit or knitting sweaters or afghans for yourself, it's about knitting as art, sometimes public art, sometime public guerrilla art. Today's link is to an art show featuring an amazing piece of art by Agata Olek. Do yourself a favor and add Knithacker to your RSS feed today.
[amazon_link id="0307965570" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ][/amazon_link]Knitting Pattern Essentials by Sally Melville has a Publication date of Tuesday March 26, 2013. I'm marking the date on my calendar. I'm getting ready to take the leap from knitter to knit designer, and I already have this book pre-ordered from Amazon. The cover photography is beautiful, and the blurbs make this look like just what I'm looking for... the guidance I need to wander away from a pattern and create something of my own. See if this is a book that would work for you, too.
Whip Up, which isn't solely a knitting blog, but a more general crafting blog, has two excellent posts out with free patterns right now. The first is “10 Glorious and Tricksy Socks to Knit” and the second is “20 lovely hats to knit ” I fully intend to 'whip up' a couple of those hats myself. (The Escargot hat is of particular interest).
If you're looking for sources for lovely hand spun yarn, keep Indigodragonfly on your RSS feed or keep it bookmarked. She has a 'yarn club' for those who never have enough, and both the fibers and the colors are yummy and scrumptious and gorgeous. Take the time to wander around the website. You'll be glad you did.
[amazon_link id="0446697958" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ][/amazon_link]I recently finished reading Knitting Under the Influence by Carrie LaZebnik. While you're waiting for the full review, you can feel safe in the knowledge that I loved the story, which took awhile to get rolling but became rollicking fun at the end. It is an intertwined story of the love lives of three members of a knit group in Los Angeles. One of the story lines I found particularly poignant. See if you can guess which one.
If you want a reliable source for reasonably priced yarns and knitting tools, head over to KnitPicks and take a look. I use almost exclusively KnitPicks needles anymore, and their basic yarn lines have beautiful colors and well made yarns. I also appreciate many of their patterns, including the Tule Tunic that intend to put on my needles as soon as I finish the gloves I'm knitting.
If you haven't heard of Ravelry by now, you might want to sit down. You see, there is an entire (HUGE) website devoted to knitters and crocheters, where you can share pattern and yarn information, organize your works in progress and share that progress, buy and sell patterns, find knitters and have lively discussions with them, and even catalog your yarn stash and tool collection. And all of it (except some of the patterns) is 100% FREE. I'm over there as odanu (of course) so be sure to stop by and say hi when you get there.
[amazon_link id="1596680547" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ][/amazon_link]From my knit book stash comes Knitting Little Luxuries by Louisa Harding, another book on my 'to review' list. It's a gorgeous little knit book with several truly unusual and beautiful 'statement' pieces using smallish (1-3 skeins or balls) of luxury yarns. I have noticed several substitution possibilities in my reading of the book, so if even that is too much for your budget, don't despair. From ladylike and delicate to avante-garde and funky, there are projects for every taste.
[amazon_link id="B0057GUE3K" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ][/amazon_link]And of course, no knitting link dance would be complete without a suggestion of a movie or television show to knit by. Might I suggest Once Upon a Time on ABC (the first season is available on Netflix), about characters from fairy tales (including Snow White and Prince Charming) who end up stranded in a small town in Maine. Also on my 'great to knit to' list is Brick, a wonderful little 'film noir' based in a high school and starring a very young Jonathan Gordon-Levitt.
Feel free to contribute any important knitting links you think I've missed. This won't be the last knitting themed link farm, so I greatly appreciate suggestions for later ones.
- Mindless Knitting (ask.metafilter.com)
- Woman's knack for knitting spins into business (posttrib.suntimes.com)
- Doing Some Serious De-Stashing, with some SERIOUSLY BIG STITCHES. (gmaellenscraftycorner.wordpress.com)