I’ll be very up front with you, I don’t really go out for Kickstarter fundraisers. It is very rare that something catches me enough to back and even more that I would share and encourage others to contribute. (What can I say? I am a grumpy cat.) But when I saw the Kickstarter for Knit Wit Magazine, I was like, “SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!”
Knit Wit Magazine is an upcoming print-only lifestyle mag about fiber arts. It looks absolutely gorgeous and will feature some great stories including an exploration of weaving in Oaxaca and behind the scenes at Wool and the Gang. It seems like it will really speak to the modern aesthetic that I so love.
I’m very excited to get my hands on the first issue. I appreciate that it is going to be a real-live magazine. While I love digital publications (I haven’t bought a book in two years), there is something about a thoughtful, well-exectued print that really brings out the design nerd in me. Besides, launching a print-only fiber art publication is a pretty bold move. Heck yes.
You can back Knit Wit Magazine through their Kickstarter through September 10th. Aside from pre-ordering the magazine, there are also other great pledge gifts including scarves, totes, and classes. They have already reached over $11k! Will you be backing?
all images via Knit Wit Magazine Kickstarter
Last week I attended the Lion Brand Yarn Studio’s first ever customer fashion show. It was such a blast! I’ve always enjoyed visiting the LBY Studio. The vibe in there is just always very fun and friendly. The fashion show was the same times a million. Here are a few of my favorite garments (but you’ll have to excuse the crappy iPhone quality).
Anyone could enter a knit or crocheted garment as long as it was made with Lion Brand yarn. Most of the participants had attended classes at the Studio and were showing off their projects. Some of them were sporting their first-ever garments while others showed off their own designs. It was a great mix of projects and everyone was excited to share.
It was a great reminder of how creative knitters and crocheters are and how we makers really love being together. Even strangers can get together in a knitting circle or any LYS and have that bond. But what really stuck with me was how much we love to share. We love to show others what we’ve accomplished whether it’s through instagram, our blogs, or Ravelry. It’s very satisfying to complete a sweater, but when we share what we’ve done with someone else who can appreciate the story behind the piece – whether it had special inspiration or it was a particularly uncooperative project – it feels even more exciting. That is really the driving force that makes us want to make more and more. At the fashion show, it was literally coming in the form of applause which was very exciting even as an audience member.
While knitting is such a huge part of my life, I don’t get to interact with knitters face-to-face as much as I’d like. Sure, I think about knitting 24/7 but most of the people in my day-to-day are not knitters. I feel so lucky to have an incredible network of talented, generous, hilarious knitters that I call my friends and the best part is that they live all around the world! But sometimes it’s and inspiring reminder to get in a room and feel the energy.
Anyway, I got all sappy at the end. Does your LYS put on any fashion shows? Do you share your projects with other knitters in real life?
Sheep Week flew by, huh? I wish I had more sheep-tastic things to share. Maybe, by next year, it’ll catch on? I have to admit, with the gorgeous weather we had yesterday in the city, I’m getting ready for fall. And you know what that means! It’s almost time for sweater weather and yummy wool socks and pumpkin pie and hot apple cider. Am I getting ahead of myself? Most importantly, it means that it’s almost fiber festival season which means SHEEP! Sheep that I can pet and hug in real life!
Sheep Week doesn’t need to come just once a year! I’ve got a hot tip on where to get your wooly fix 365 days of the year.
Benjamin Hole’s instagram is by far my favorite place to day dream. Hole’s picturesque Dorset farm is home not only to some gorgeous views and lovely sheep but a number of other creatures including a little dog named Ochre. His photography really makes me long to run away from city life, put on a pair of galoshes, and run around in a field. (Isn’t it cool that we live in a time when a farmer can share his day-to-day with a Brooklynite?)
Aside from bringing you the very best farm photos, the Hole farm is starting a new venture that I couldn’t be happier about! There will soon be yarn from these beautiful sheep under the name Hole & Sons. The yarn looks absolutely gorgeous and I cannot wait to get my hands on it! Their site also has a wonderful history of the Dorset breed as well as the Hole family farm.
I am just in love with these pictures. I could look at them all day, imagining petting those little lambs! Do you follow any farmers for a taste of life outside the city?
It’s Sheep Week! So let’s talk about some sheep, shall we? Even non-knitters are vaguely familiar with the Merino breed of sheep so I’d like to introduce you to the Bluefaced Leicester. If you haven’t encountered the BFL yet, give some of their fiber a try! BFL yarn has recently become one of my favorite to work with and it’s been gaining popularity among spinners, dyers, and knitters over the past few years.
This British longwool breed has no wool on its neck or long face. It’s a relatively new breed of sheep, developed in the early 20th century. BFL is known for being tougher and less elastic than merino while still being rather soft. Its soft drape makes it a wonderful fiber for shawls while its hard-wearing wool makes it a great option for socks.
Have you knit with BFL yarn? What did you like about it? Do you have a favorite sheep breed?
ps. Don’t forget that The Crash is on sale for $3 all week!
Taking a break from our regularly scheduled Sheep Week programming, I just wanted to give you a heads up! The Crash is on sale all week! You can download a copy for $3 for a limited time only! Amazing, right? And don’t forget to check out the Holla Knits blog where I will be guest blogging about this big-shouldered beauty!
More Sheep Week tomorrow! See you then!
It’s currently Shark Week out in the television universe. Of course, we might not have our own network but I am envisioning seven days dedicated to our wooly friends that make yarn happen. That’s right, here it is Sheep Week! This week’s posts will be dedicated to sheep, lambs, ewes, etc etc.
I figured I’d kick off Sheep Week with a few lamb-inspired patterns!
What are your favorite sheep sweaters? Are you looking forward to Sheep Week!?
It’s already August. Crazy right? Let’s look at some fun stuff.
Polish artist NeSpoon is doing some lace-bombing that you can see above. Her “public jewelry” includes lace imprints and stenciled doilies. I’m really loving that lace-turned-spider web. It looks fantastic! I’ve actually always thought of spiders as little craftspeople since their webs are so beautiful.
>> Jezebel shows us how filmmakers use cardigans to make their leading ladies frumpy. Pretty hilarious. Cardigans are my favorite.
>> Staying on the movie theme, here’s a slideshow of knitwear in our dystopian future. Why is it that knitwear lends itself so well to that grungy cyber warrior look?
>> Here’s a great tutorial for making yarn bras out of old tights! It’s pretty brilliant though mine probably all have holes in the toes.
>> Or maybe you’d prefer your yarn to come from a VHS? Remember the Nickelodeon VHS tapes were orange? That would make an awesome one!
>> Can someone find me a print of this?
I’m hoping to jump-start myself on a few projects this weekend. And there might be spray paint involved. What’re you making?
ps. Don’t forget to enter to win a copy of New American Knits!
I’ve been holding out on you! Last month, I got my hands on an advanced copy of New American Knits. I can’t tell you how hard it was to keep that under wraps because the book is fantastic! I’ve been waiting for its release for a long long time! But here it is in the flesh!
I’m so excited for Amy Christoffers on the release of this book! The collection of patterns is absolutely gorgeous and so true to her style. She is so talented and it’s lovely to finally see her work collected here.
I’ve definitely got my eye on a few of the patterns. I actually can’t believe I didn’t already cast on one of these sweaters already. I must be very busy but I have dreams of completing one of these for my Rhinebeck sweater! Too hard to choose! All of Amy’s patterns are so wearable. They’re really classic and stylish, straightforward yet stunning. And, of course, I can see all of the patterns in this book becoming everyday staples in my wardrobe.
The lovely people at Interweave/F+W Media have been nice enough to put a copy of this book in one lucky readers’ hands! Just leave a comment below and I’ll draw a winner on Monday, August 4th. (Sorry, winning copies can only be shipped within the US.) I’m so excited to share this book with you guys!
Which pattern would you love to get on your needles?
Grettir is finally coming together. There wasn’t much to show you during the long haul of stockinette but now something interesting has happened. And, alas, now it’s basically over.
I’m quite pleased with the look of the yoke. It was a pretty simple colorwork pattern for me. Everything was straightforward there. Stranded colorwork really is my favorite thing. I imagine that if I were a dragon, instead of a cave full of golden treasures, I’d be sleeping on a big pile of fingering-weight colorwork sweaters.
I recently looked back on the beginnings of this sweater and thought, “God, I’m such an asshole!” Can you believe I started this thing back in March? It’s July and it’s still not finished. I really have no excuse for this taking so long. Though, I suppose, the beauty of knitting for myself (and by that I mean knitting something that isn’t on a work deadline because clearly this sweater is not for me) is that it doesn’t have to be finished with any haste. But, still. It’s a little ridiculous that a worsted-weight sweater that is mainly single color stockinette has taken me months and months.*
I think this sweater is kind of telling of my mental state this summer. I’m really all over the place. I want to sew tank tops and eat ice cream and read comic books. I’ve allowed myself to become undisciplined after a year of hard deadlines and workaholism which was a big mistake! Give me and inch, etc etc.
All of that over-analysis aside, Grettir is almost finished. I have to graft the underarms to the sleeves which I just have had zero motivation to do. There’s a lot of waste yarn still hanging around the cast ons of this sweater. And he could use a nice blocking. It fits Jon well and he’s really pleased with it. I think it suits his style perfectly.
But, of couse, it was 90 degrees today so I have absolutely no desire to be finishing a sweater right now.
Do you ever get lazy with knitting? What keeps you on track on personal projects?
*Okay, stockinette stitch for miles is a good excuse for taking a long time. It just NEVER ENDS.
This is the first Oud Tank that I’ve seen on Ravelry! This one is by Michelle and it looks absolutely beautiful on her! And it was in the Community Eye Candy on Tuesday. That’s right, she was on the front page of Ravelry! It’s so exciting to see something I designed being made by somebody else. Here is Michelle’s post with the completed Oud!
>> A few Massachusetts sheep escaped and took a nap in the street.
>> A superhero who’s power is knitting.
>> I’ll always throw shade at those penguin sweaters (People are still sending me the articles about it and the story is how old???) but I am going to be very sad when this story about baby birds in hand-knit nests gets old for me.
>> A guide to NYC craft stores. There are definitely a few missing but there were some shops on here I wasn’t familiar with. Good place to start if you’re visiting the city!
>> The Saint Laurent Spring 15 menswear collection includes a granny square cape.
>> Stainless steel yarn is being used in this cool project to control electronics. We’re talking more than gloves that work on your iPhone.
Phew! A lot to share this week! Hope you are all making up a storm this weekend. I’m going to be working on my second Wiksten tank!