This week in knitting, February 24 to March 2

I spend more time on knitting than on anything else these days, so I thought it would be useful to keep track of the things I do and find.

New Courses

homemademama_cable_140305aKnitting lessons – The Homemade Mama teaches many different skills for knitters with skills from beginners to more knowledgeable. All materials and patterns are provided and the cost for 2.5 hours is only £15.

 

New sites

Knitty  – a free online knitting magazine

Verena Stricken – A German knitting magazine with some out-of-the-ordinary designs and patterns.

Stickpodden – A Swedish podcast about knitting which I discovered from someone knitting a hat on instagram (see below for Kirstin Kurbitz hat). It is so great it makes me want to learn Swedish just to understand it.

Stitchlinks – In my cyclical wonderings about whether I’ll ever study for a PhD, mostly led by my love of university libraries and nostalgia at exploring the American Literature shelves, I Googled PhD in knitting.

One link was for some Doctoral work in the therapeutic value of knitting, with funding secured by Stitchlinks. There is information about the benefits of knitting, or more accurately, about the benefits inherent in the externalities of knitting, i.e. the side affects, as such.

Ravelry is a large and rich community for all types of knitters and commuters so this is a firm favourite. The new thing I discovered this week was the Patterns forum.

New patterns / techniques
Knitting with dental floss – beading: http://chaosvortex.blogspot.co.uk/2009/09/i-try-beading-with-dental-floss.html

Rib and welt pattern: http://www.yarnspirations.com/stitch-gallery-rib-and-welt-pattern

spiral_mitten_pattern_140305ahttp://heknitsnspins.wordpress.com/2009/01/12/spiral-mitten-pattern/

New yarns

Sweet Merino DK - George - Colour Adventures (fibers: superwash merino) Colour Adventures  George DK

 

 

 

superkid_silk-fingering_yarn_140305aUndyed Yarn

 

 

 
corriedale_wool_silver_140305aUndyed Fibres

 

 

 

Self striping sock yarn from Eaden Yarns Self striping sock yarns from Eaden Yarns

 

 

 

New projects

Karin Kurbits hat knit by Stormblomma

I discovered the pattern for Karin’s Kurbitz hat from Stormblomma who I follow on Instagram.

 

 

 

Works in progress

cute_cable_socks_140227a My “cute cable socks” went from an unfinished beginning to a complete single sock which fits only with a lot of effort.

 

 

Still, that’s progress, and it’s a real sock. cute_cable_sock_140305a

 

 

 

 

Mersina's scarf in Schachenmayr Boston neon orangeMersina’s scarf in neon bright orange Boston from Schachenmayr, my new favourite yarn for scarves.

I cast on 16 stitches and am doing it in K1 P1 rib. I like it. The yarn is soft and lovely and thick and warm.

 

Finished projects
I finished the shawl for the Follow Your Arrow Knit-a-long.

Follow_your_arrow_kal_140227a

My final pattern choices were AAAAA but turns out I didn’t love the initial A so I’ve started a new shawl and am beginning with B.

 

 

Follow_your_arrow_kal_B_140227b

Let’s see how this one goes.

 

 

 

Resources
Tools to Help You Convert Knitting Patterns

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