This week, Kelley explores different opportunities for knitters to connect and create community via the internet. Whether through Ravelry, Knit-alongs, blogs, Instagram or Twitter, knitters nowadays have more options than ever to take part in creative communities as a way of connecting with each other, without being limited by location. Kelley explores the different facets of these online communities as she looks to strengthen her connection to other knitters. Next, Kelley shares a few of her most recent audiobook discoveries and catches you up on what projects and KALs are keeping her needles busy.
(Photo from Ravelry pattern page of the Beekeeper’s Quilt)
Swarm of Bees Sweater
Beekeeper’s Quilt – Hexipuffs
Reading and Audiobooks:
Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Luis Zafon
The Angel’s Game by Carlos Luis Zafon
The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Luis Zafon
A Game of Thrones by George Martin
The President’s Henchman by Joseph Flynn
Enchantment by Orson Scott Card
Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop
3 easy ways to listen…
During this time of year, with the days grey & dreary, I want a little cheer in my household. So I decided that I needed a bright & happy dishcloth, that way at least doing boring things like dishes is a little more exciting!
I’m so happy to finally share my first contribution to our 52 Weeks of Dishcloths Knitalong – the Wavy Chevrons Dishcloth! My general rules for dishcloths are that the pattern has to work up quickly and be easy to memorize. And this simple crocheted chevron pattern fits the bill perfectly.
Every year, I cast on for a new project for the new year. This year, I opted for my favorite type of pattern – a plain cardigan with some neat details. So I went with Andi Satterlund‘s Armande from Knitty.
I just love the pockets & collar! I happened to have more than enough Wool of the Andes Superwash (my new favorite yarn) in Garnet Heather and it seemed like a perfect choice. So I dutifully cast on January 1st.
I’m so glad that the Under 100 Knit Collection is finally out! Now that it’s done (and I don’t have to keep track of tiny tags and missing pairs of things) I can take a breath and really appreciate a few of the projects in this collection!
Endlessly versatile and supremely satisfying, the Under 100 Knit Collection was designed to make the most of your stash while accessorizing your day-to-day wear with style. And to help spark a bit of inspiration, we are here to kick things off with another edition of Style It! This time, we are highlighting three accessories styled two ways – all from the Under 100 collection.
Scrunchy Ombre Arm Warmers by Amanda Schwabe
The Scrunchy Ombre Arm Warmers combine two of any knitter’s favorite things: using those up tiny ball balls of leftover sock yarn and stripes. These simple-yet-addictive arm warmers keep your hands warm and your fingers available for knitting.
We’re coming to the end of the NFL season, and while I am definitely more of a baseball fan, I do enjoy a lazy Sunday watching some football. And, as of this moment, my two favorite teams are still battling to make it to the SuperBowl (that would be the Seahawks & the Patriots, mainly due to my Seattle & Boston connections). If you’re reading this after January 19th, and neither team is in the SuperBowl, just picture me being very sad.
Since I have a lot of friends who are also sport fans, I’ve gotten requests for some knitted/crochet items in team colors so I thought I’d share some of my favorites patterns
It has been officially three years since the launch of the first Knit Picks pattern collection, a program that has grown into over 30 collections to date and has expanded to include printed books in addition addition to digital ebook downloads. This week, Kelley chats with Alison to talk about our book program, which includes collections that feature both our in-house design team as well as independent designers. Alison shares a behind-the-scenes look into our pattern collection process including the long planning stages, collection design, photography, styling and the development of larger, curated collections as well as printed books as an option.
Be sure to check out our three newest collections, in addition to our past collections!
Under 100 Knit Collection
Under 100 Crochet Collection
Gloss 2014 Collection
You can also find more KP collections here:
eBook pattern collections
printed pattern collection books
3 easy ways to listen…
A new week, and a new dishcloth for our 52 Weeks of Dishcloths extravaganza! This is my first contribution: Bee’s Knees.