Posts Tagged ‘further reading’
While I’m pimping my own pattern in the upcoming issue of Pom Pom Quarterly (now available for pre-order), I feel that it’s only right I show a little love to its friends. PPQ does a great job of curating a limited amount of patterns that are just gorgeous. You should really take a look at them; they’re all going in my queue! Honestly, I’m just so honored to have a pattern alongside these beautiful pieces by designers I really admire!
>> In case you need a last-minute Mother’s Day gift (I won’t tell), consider making a donation to Action Kivu in your mom’s name. Action Kivu helps train women in Congo to be seamstresses so they can support themselves. They set them up with sewing kits to get started with their own businesses.
>> Speaking of pre-orders, Amy Christoffers’ amazing new book is coming out this summer. I don’t even have the book yet and I’m already having trouble deciding which pattern to start with!
>> I love this comic. It’s so adorable!
>> The super talented Onyee modified a McCalls pattern to sew her own Lupita Golden Globes dress! Her replica of the Ralph Lauren cape dress is pretty spot on. It’s stunning, really.
Very excited to hang out with my mom this weekend. She’s got some great knitting projects that I’m looking forward to seeing. I am dreaming of spending my paycheck on some fabric. Just what I need, more projects! What are you working on this weekend?
Have you seen this knit stop motion animation of Muybridge’s iconic Horse in Motion? If the last four years of my life could be distilled into a single, simple thing, I would present you with this and you would understand. Knitting and filmmaking as one! (Although last night someone told me about knitting on screwdrivers. I’d say that’s a close second.) I’ll be spending the rest of the weekend exploring Sam Meech’s projects!
>> What would a description of my life be without hambrugers!? You can buy a crocheted hamburger-shaped turtle cozy here. BECAUSE WHY NOT. I’ll take a turtle cozy over a penguin sweater every day. Sorry, penguins. I just don’t want to hear about your sweaters anymore.
>> The L train was yarnbombed by artist London Kaye last month. I’ve always dreamed about yarnbombing a train but I’ve always been afraid to try it out. It’s a daunting amount of work!
>> I may be biased but I really love this Brooklyn Cloth sweatshirt with its knitted details! It’s for men but I’ve been known to wear boys’ Brooklyn Cloth tops before.
>> I know one particular knitter that loves Legos. Why not bring the love of crafting and knitting together with a Nanoblock sheep!
What are you knitting on this weekend?
I like to start off my Friday posts with a pattern that I’m really crushing on. This week I’ve been thinking about the Brioche Hat by Linda Lencovic (of Kettle Yarn Co). I’m a little late to the party in recommending this pattern to you since Linda was donating proceeds from the purchase to an LGBT rights group during the Olympics and, well, the Olympics are over. But you should buy this pattern. And you should buy some of Linda’s yarns because they are YUMMY.
Before we move on to the link stuff, there is some congratulations in order. First, Ravelry reached 4 million members! (Very cool stats under that link!) Can you believe that? It feels like there were just 2 million yesterday. It’s so amazing! Next, CRAZY BIG congratulations to Amy Christoffers in her new position as Design Director at Berroco. I can’t imagine anyone else that could take over for Norah and I’m just so pleased that Amy is being recognized like this. Obviously, I have a lot of other knitters to fight for title of Amy’s number one fan but you KNOW I’m a proper Christoffile.
>> Some interesting facts about knitting from the British game show QI. A few pieces of trivia you probably knew before but the codes and islands are fascinating and new to me!
>> I’ve been looking for this gif set for forever. Thanks, tumblr! Sherlock is one of us.
>> This post by the Yarn Harlot really speaks to me! After a long work week, I always want to spend a day with a Netflix marathon and my needles but I, too, have that nagging feeling that I should be doing something else. It’s so tough to find balance between indulgence and responsibilities!
>> The television gods have listened! Tomorrow National Geographic will be premiering Shear Madness, a show about California shepherd Natalie Redding. I’m SO EXCITED for this. Say it again: I WANT MY KNIT TV.
What are you knitting on this weekend?
Have you seen the new issue of Pom Pom? As usual, I’ve added every piece to my queue. I’m really loving Sólja by Anna Maltz. I love the lace detail. Anna’s designs are such a great mixture of whimsy and vintage style. I am a really big fan of hers. Which pattern is your favorite?
>> I absolutely need a dress made of Soviet-era propaganda fabric. I don’t even mean it in an obnoxious, ironic way. I would wear the shit out of a tractor-print sundress. I’ve always loved how stylistic the propaganda of the USSR was.
>> This article about the 7 reasons that knitting will keep you healthy has been making the rounds. Can’t have too much of a good thing, right?
>> Have you heard that one of the Finnish coaches has been knitting at the Sochi games? Looks like the whole team is getting in on the stitching! I mean, you need some good knitwear when you’re doing winter sports.
>> I’m obsessed with Bob’s Burgers. How amazing is that show? I’m totally in love with this little crocheted Gene doll that got a retweet from Eugene Mirman!
>> This cable print Baggu iPad case is on sale at West Elm!
It’s been a very tough week but happy Valentine’s Day! Today is my four year anniversary with Jon. It feels like we’ve been together forever so I can’t really believe it’s only been this long.
What are you knitting for your Valentine? Remember chocolate yarns?
I’m still feeling all dreamy over the Oud tank. I just love how it’s styled! Seriously, pick up a copy of Knitscene. I’ve been so crazy trying to get Faro off the needles (it’s such a quick knit!) to wear to Vogue Knitting Live this weekend, I haven’t had time for much of anything else. (Also, I may have gotten sucked into reading Gone Girl. The book has completely taken over my life this week. I haven’t finished yet but I’m pretty close so save your spoilers!)
>> CBS lists the five best knitting stores in NYC. I have a hard time choosing my favorite LYS in the city. I get asked that a lot. My answer: whichever one is closest! (Purl Soho, which I consider to be the most well known, got snubbed. Interesting!)
>> If you aren’t spending all of you money at VKL this weekend, don’t forget that Mochimochi Land is offering 20% off PDF patterns! Anna’s patterns are so crazy cute. If you haven’t knit one yet, you should!
>> Saw The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug two weeks ago. More on that soon, actually. But, hello! Look at these knitted Hobbit characters! I would totally knit a Gandalf.
>> What do we think about this hand-knit merino (shorts!) onesie from Sibling? I’m surprisingly ok with it but really that model could pull anything off.
>> This is a video about a party for sheep. You’re welcome.
So, who am I going to be seeing at VKL this weekend? I’m already there. Who knows what I’m wearing since Faro is still not finished. Come say hey, though! Like I always say, I’m really shy so, really, come say hi. Happy knitting!