Welcome to Issue 1 of Yarnival! There were 500 billion people who sent me an entry, and I managed to whittle it down to approximately 50 billion. There’s some spinning and some dyeing, some works in progress and a surprising number of finished objects. You’ll find a few techniques in here you can use for all kinds of neat projects. And of course, there’s a little T&A mixed in for good measure.
I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did, and I hope you discover at least one more blog that you can now obsess over for the rest of your days. Once you’re done, I’d love to hear your feedback! Send me an email or leave a comment at the end of this entry about which posts you liked best, what you’d like to see in the following issues, etc. etc. This is my first time, so please be gentle.
Cara represents for all the math geeks.
Everyone loves Cara, and I’m no different. But recently, she took the cake with the whole being awesome thing. If you’ve read her blog at all recently, you’ll know that she’s recently developed a fondness for log cabining. I never thought that I’d ever be interested because I’m never good at knitting things that require patience. But this woman let loose an idea that a) is never the same and b) involves random numbers, which despite their geeky boringness have always fascinated me. I know maybe 20 people in the whole world share my fascination with the concept of generating a COMPLETELY random number. And I know that philosophising about whether you could ever really generate one is so not the point of the project. The point is to knit a log cabin with each square determined by a random number generator, to shut your brain off and let it knit itself. And that’s quite enough to keep me entertained.
Erika asks: how does he know?
There are many cats in the knitting blogosphere. Cats are the pet of choice for knitters, which does not surprise me given that there are so many oh my goodness isn’t that the cutest picture pictures out there of cats playing with balls of yarn that they have obviously affected our pet choices. But what we don’t know yet is that they have evolved past the desire to play with our yarn. They now desire to play with our blogs. Could Erika’s cat have affected the ultimate result of her shirt surgery?
Jae asks: are you a knitter?
What makes someone a knitter, rather than someone who knits? Is it payment for garments made? Is it an understanding that goes further than “make a loop with these two sticks?” Or is it more than that?
Anne wonders why we’re all a little fad-crazy.
Maybe it’s because we’re all “in fashion” that we like fads so much. Maybe it’s because the popular bloggers uncover a hot new item and we all gobble it up, and the result is 300 Jaywalkers in Grumperina’s gallery. What makes a pattern become the dernier cri? The recent craft craze could be described as a fad, but that isn’t at all a bad thing.
Needle & Yarn Reviews
We’ve got only one in this issue, but it’s a doozy. Aija opens up a can of whoopass with her ebony double pointed needle smackdown. Holz & Stein vs. Susanne’s vs. Lantern Moon! Bring a smock, because there’s gonna be blood!
Teach Me Knitting
The pedagogues were out in full force this issue. Follow these links and they’ll show you how to do stuff!
- Kaisakaisa shows us a brilliant felting technique called Vapaalankahuovutusta. That translates to free yarn fulling or felting, for those of us who’s only contact with Finland is their Nokia cellphone.
- Geek out with Pixie as she teaches us how to put knitting patterns on our iPods.
- And in the largest list I’ve ever seen on a blog, Auntie esq. imparts upon us 51 separate pieces of knowledge about dyeing.
WhIP it Good
- There’s plenty of spinning, swatching and knitting over at Katherine’s.
- Lots of pretty embroidery at Kate’s!
- And a minor tragedy at Mandy’s? Oh NO!
- There is also Kathy and her Cute sheepsters!
- Rhonda and her deliciously wonderful socks!
It’s mentioned all over the blogosphere every summer: that mid-June malaise, the lack of motivation to finish things over the summer because you won’t be able to wear them for another five *$(!%$#^& months. Some of us have been able to pull ourselves out of it, though:
- In a world where things aren’t made to last… In a world where cars fall apart after seven years and clothes are thrown away at the end of the season… There is one woman who stands against the sands of time. When her son’s blanket is demolished in a thrilling car bomb attempt that leaves The President and Kiefer Sutherland in the hospital, she knits and purls it back to health in a fury of stitches that will leave you breathless.
- …And between you and me? My model was kind of a bitch.
- Illanna shows us that 7 slippers are worth a thousand words.
- Laurie exposes her Socks in the Wild.
- Does Liz know my soft spot is cute bears?
- Carole has noticed some very odd vegetables growing in her garden.
- Lynn wrote in, saying: “I’ve been knitting for over 45 years and blogging for a little less than two weeks.” She describes a few finished objects made with high PITA factor yarn; that is, the extent to which a person, place, thing, or situation is a Pain In The Ahem.
- Chawne has finished her Cafe Bastille Cables sweater with little ramifications, save for a sweater-shaped stain on her mattress. Visit her blog and lend her some baking soda! Or is it soda water?
- Nichole has knit a pretty, frilly, girly, nerdy dice bag for playing dungeons and dragons. Plus 9 charisma points for Nichole!
There’s been an increase in interest in spinning this year, and one of my favourite spinners is Theresa, The Keyboard Biologist. Here, she experiments with 2- vs. 3-ply sock yarn. Follow the link to find out which she chooses.
- Peggy and Rebecca describe their dyeing exercises at a seminar by Judith McKenzie. The results are fantastic and the exercises are fascinating!
- Laura was dyeing to knit with the gorgeous red yarn she created using Knit Picks Color Your Own. She documented the process in two posts.
Ruth digs deep to answer, “who is that woman?”
A knittopf is a word I just made up that refers to knitting miscellania. These are posts that didn’t fit into the above topics or I was in a haze when I read them and forgot to put them in there. The word comes from Rumtopf, which is a delicious rum treat.
- Kate offers a great way to look at Mason-Dixon Knitting, the controversial new knitting book that many people love but just as many people hate.
- Kristin: Your post is funny and about coffee, which I like. But it is not really about knitting. You are on notice!
- I have had it with these muthaf***in’ socks on this muthaf***in’ plane!
- In the beginning, there was Jaberknitty and it was good. (I’m paraphrasing.)
- Susan is Obsessing.
- Wendy is zoning out at parties.
- Sara is making cute things! (This is meant to be said with a musical voice.)
- Kelp! is fixing a lace hole. There’s a whole lot of fixing going on!
- Stacey is feeding corn… to dogs! (And knitting a sock.)
- Amanda (Clothesknit) is knitting a sock while Mr. Clothesknit trespasses! How dastardly!
Every magazine issue has to end with some punch. This yarnival is no different! And so I give you the Page 24 Studmuffin, care of Emma!
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