A year already?!

 

 

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Wow! A year of blogging snuck up on me, and slinked by without my noticing. How crazy is that!

 

just a few birthday themed knits:

Birthday cake hat by Susan B. Anderson, Happy Birthday mitts by Anna Lipinska and the sweet crocheted First Birthday Crown by Crochet for Laika…

My first post was about how I came back to knitting, my favourite (so far) was researching and making connections between the Michelle Obama portrait and crafting.

This year, it seems I’ve done quite a bit of knitting and thinking about knitting, colour, yarn, and fashion… Oh, I’ve just finished up my twisted stirrup socks in time for autumn. Now, I just have to decide which of my WiPs to finish up next…

 

 

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Celebrating this month…

5th Anniversary PomPom Quarterly – I know it’s been going on since summer, but I’ thought I’d wrap it all up here. How time flies: PomPom Quarterly is 5 years old. A high quality, gorgeous magazine.

 

fotosource: Ravelry

My favourites from the Anniversary issue: Anniversaire by Veera Välimäki; Fête by Bristol Ivy. And of course, we can keep on celebrating, because the new Autumn issue is out.

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My favourite this month are the Soumak fingerless mitts by Olga Buraya-Kefelian. Why only one this week? I’m kind of over PomPom’s seeming fascination with the cropped sweater silhouette. I’m not sure it’s flattering on every body shape. And not every knitter wants that twee look.

 

35th Anniversary of Vogue Knitting – Vogue Knitting is celebrating 35 years in its current iteration (the brand is actually 85 years old, but age is just a number, and if you can dance like a 35 year old at the ripe old age of 85, well then!)

Editorial Director, Trisha Malcolm does an interesting interview with Kara Gott Warner on the powerpurlspodcast. There’s also a link to the free collection of 35th anniversary patterns. My favourites:

fotosource: Ravelry

from left: Sleeve Scarf/Wrap by Barb Brown, Fringe Pullover by Norah Gaughan; Long Coat by Pierrot

 

First Episode of Vicki Howell’s The Knit Show – if there is anything more conducive to binge watching and/or binge knitting, it is Vicki Howell’s new project. We donated to the Kickstarter fund to get the show off the ground, and now it’s here. And it is a delight!

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fotosource: theknitshow.com

I know I should be objective, and I will objectively tell you that I wanted to be charmed, and I was. It is a sleek production, fluid, interesting with high production values. I felt she rushed along Oejung Kim from Loopy Mango in episode 2 a little bit. Some of the demo knitters’ hands were shaking (from nerves). And Howell often had to remind knitters to turn the work to the camera more. So, a few hiccups there.

Talk about ready-made community. She called us ‘hivesters’. My geek girl preened! Of course I’m a hivester. Yarncrafts rock! (Just had to get that out! #feelsomuchbetternow) The set decoration threw me for a bit of a loop, as the retro feel just screams 70s. However, she seems to have chosen the bee hive motif,  calling it a ‘knit hive.’

“A nod to the knitting bees of old and the modern, “hive mind” mentality that refers to the gathering of stitchers, either physically or virtually, for the purpose of supporting and sharing a common passion for knitting, crochet, crafts and creativity.”

-The Knit Show website

I’m only one and a half episodes in, but so far I want to knit all the patterns I’ve seen:

counterclockwise: PomPom Picot socks by Lydia Gluck; Northfield Gradient Shawl by Kathy Elkins for Webs in the episode one shownotes; Aster Flower Scarf by Loopy Mango in the episode two shownotes.

I also VERY much enjoyed the talk with Skacel’s Ingrid and Karin Skacel. Especially Ingrid. Ingrid is a very astute business woman, who emigrated to the US and opened her import business because she saw a niche in the US knitting market. And so Skacel is the US distributor of Zitron, Schoppel and Addi. So although Karin was more fluent and everything, I’d  love to hear more from Ingrid (she’s sitting there sweetly, looking like someone’s favourite grandma who gives the best hugs and handknit socks, when really she’s also the woman who made circular needles BIG in the US) about her knitting journey over the years.

Just because someone is searching for words, doesn’t mean they don’t have awesome stories to tell or cool things to teach us. So kudos to The Knit Show for being inclusive.

Looking forward to more binge watching.