Magazine Reviews

Vogue Knitting’s Knit Simple Spring/Summer 2006 – finally a Vogue Knitting magazine that’s perfect for a knitter like me. Simple looking styles that aren’t too trendy or hip.

Knitting March 2006 – a publication from the UK that I picked up at the bookstore. This a great magazine! I just love Knitting Workshop section. In this issue there is a workshop it walks your through designing and knitting fingerless gloves. Another workshop is on creating picture knits and shows how to read a chart and joining yarn for picture knits. There are also sections on patterns for Baby & Child, Contemporary patterns, and Classic Patterns. The contemporary section has a several patterns including a hooded jacket by Jean Moss and a Moebius scarf by Heather Cawte. The classic section a vest by Sasha Kagan that includes bobbles and intarsia. And an article in the colour inspiration series by Joelen Treace that shows how to use culturally inspired color combinations when choosing colors for your knitting. At $7.99 in the US it is a pricey magazine but well worth it for the step by step workshops and contemporary and classic patterns. If you are in the UK the price is 3.45 pounds, the April issue came out on March 9th. I’ll be looking for it in my bookstore soon

Upcoming Knitting Events

Upcoming Knitting Events
Mindful Knitting Retreat with Tara Jon Manning, author of Mindful Knitting
March 9 – 12 in Greensboro Vermont

From the author of Mindful Knitting comes the Mindful Knitting Retreat. Enjoy a weekend of relaxation, inspiration, and of course, knitting, as we explore the parallels of knitting and meditation. Together we will look at the ways that one begins to be mindful in everyday life and how our time spent with our handwork contributes to both the experience and expression of mindfulness. Included are daily sessions of instruction and knit time, interspersed with yoga, fantastic meals, outdoor activities (including hikes and cross country skiing and snow-shoeing), and loads of fun.

Ah, doesn’t that sound like a wonderful way to spend a weekend!
Find out more.

Scottsdale Knitting, Crochet, and Fiber Arts Show 2006
Parada EXPO and Convention Center in famous Old Town Scottsdale, 7303 E Earll Drive Scottsdale AZ
Knitting, crocheting, and spinning demonstrations will be held throughout the Show. Stop
by to learn a new craft or refine a technique!

Classes include: Kaleidoscope scarf, a poncho and shrug class, needle felting, cotton spinning, and sock knitting.

Knitting Charity

Thanks to Liza for leaving a comment on the website about a knitting charity she participates in called JBFCS Sanctuary® Stitchers. The Sanctuary® Stitchers Project from the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services in New York.

Volunteers knit or crochet squares which are assembled into beautiful handmade blankets for children living at JBFCS residences. These children have dealt with many tough life experiences. When we give a blanket, we are saying, “We honor you and you are important to us.” Volunteer knitters range in age from 6 to 96. To date we have collected over 2200 squares and 30 blankets.

The site also has useful directions for the 7″x9″ blocks.

Knitting Olympics Wrapping Up

The Knitting Olympics are wrapping up today. This was a 16-day challenge to knitters around the world to start and complete a challenging knitting project to coincide with the winter Olympics in Italy. It was started by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee of yarn Over 3300 knitters signed up with lots of them joining teams such as Team Wales and Team DPN. There is even a Frappr map with over 1800 knitters on it. Some of the participants have their Fos and WIPs there. I’ll have a link in the show notes. And to all of you who participated, way to go!!!

And speaking of Frappr maps, you may have noticed that I have a button to the Knitting News Cast Frappr map. I’ll be talking about how you can win the knitting book I’m reviewing today, Mason-Dixon Knitting by tagging the map.

The next issue of Spun Magazine will be out in March.

The latest issue of the online knitting magazine, MagKnits, is posted. The February issue has a set of knitted sushi designed by Amy Polcyn on the front. Looks yummy enough to eat! Other patterns include a fancy looking child’s cardigan, a swirling looking hat, a lovely skirt knitted in Noro Silk Garden, and a pair of techy socks for a guy with computer related motifs on them. I’m a computer geek too! I’ll have to make me a pair of those socks!

Call For Submissions – Stitch and Bitch

Call For Submissions

Debbie Stoller of Stitch and Bitch fame is looking to collect information about about some of your favorite yarns. Is there something you buy over and over again? Is there a yarn that you recently used on a project and just adored? Is there a yarn that was so luscious you wish you could just bathe in it? Or one you love so much you want to
marry it?

Debbie is hoping to get quite a variety of recommendations, so don’t hesitate to
tell me about some more obscure yarns. If I am able to include your yarn recommendation and write up, you will receive a free copy of the project
once it is completed.

I’ll also be giving away copies of my latest book, “Stitch n Bitch: A Knitter’s Design Journal,” to 15 people selected at random fom those Who have contributed their yarn recommendations. So pop on by and recommend something:

Deadline: January 15, 2006

Knitters Gone Wild

Knitters Gone Wild

Now you can take all those half-finished Christmas projects you meant to give as gifts and go crazy with them on the streets of your hometown. A couple of naughty knitters are doing just that in Houston, TX, with their knitting as graffiti. So far they’ve created antenna cozy’s and tree warmers, leaving them in the middle of night.

The Houston Press reported last week that the graffiti artists that go by AKrylik and PolyCotN have be warming up the town with colorful half finished objects. For a link to the article and pictures of the graffiti check the show notes. Better watch out, you never know what could be next, an afghan hung up on the side of the wall of a school or a billboard covered with an assortment of unfinished scarves! Winter 2005

The latest issue of Knitty, the online knitting magazine is now available at

The winter 2005 issue has some great patterns in it including cute little pocket creatures by Kate Kuckro.

I just love the Tubey pattern, a great sweater made out of two tubes by Cassie Rovitti.

And Brenda Dayne who does the Cast-On podcast has a pattern for beaded gauntlets called Mrs. Beeton wristwarmers. I definitely want to make a pair of theses!