Grandest of Mondays to you, fellow Hackers!
I hope that all of you enjoyed a restful and enjoyable weekend and that most importantly, you fit in a little crafting time. This week, I wanted to share with the knitters out there some of my favorite places to learn more about knitting. Most are YouTube channels and I highly recommend subscribing so that you can get alerted to when there are new videos up. But there are also a couple websites that I check out occasionally to learn new stitches or find out the latest about new yarns on the market.
One of my favorite YouTube channels to follow is Joanne’s Web. There is something really lovely about Joanne’s tutorials. She is very good about going slowly through each step so as not to confuse newer/beginning knitters. She is also the adorable older lady and from the very first of her videos that I watched, I just loved her. It felt like sitting down and learning to knit with one’s grandma (who is ironically who originally taught me how to knit when I was just a preteen). She not only teaches things like how to actually do different types of stitches, but she also has specific patterns she teaches you. I use her fingerless glove pattern all the time because they are quick and easy to make. Another benefit is that a number of her videos are in Spanish as well.
Wool And The Gang is another fun channel to subscribe to. They also offer easy-to-follow tutorials so it is great for beginning knitters and novices. They also have a number of free patterns that they offer. Wool And The Gang is an actual company so in addition to their YouTube channel with wonderful tutorials, they have a website and blog. You know what else they have? A mascot… Meet Al The Alpaca.
Those are my main go-to YouTube channels when I’m either looking at learning a new stitch or trying to find a new pattern to try out. Some others that I subscribe to are RJ Knits and Sheep & Stitch.
Most of us are not only aware of Craftsy, we practically LIVE on their site. This is fabulous place to find patterns (they offer free and priced, but I have yet to see a bad pattern on that site). I also am a fan of LoveKnitting because they also sell yarn (like Craftsy and Wool and the Gang) and offer coupons and special pricing almost daily. (I recommend signing up for their email list to see what’s new and what specials they’re offering that day).
I hope that, for any beginners or skilled knitters out there, these resources not only help to continue your ever-expanding knitting knowledge but also provide you with a bevy of new projects for your horizons.
Happy Sunday, all!
I promised some yarn bowls this week and I plan on delivering in a big way! I mean, if you read any of our posts you know we are big group of craft nerds, right? I can proudly say that I would gladly accept any and all of these amazing yarn bowls as a gift. Some are just purely gorgeous art like this hyper realistic octopus yarn bowl from Earth Wool Fire:
Isn’t it amazing?! Just look at all the detail and beautiful shading. More arms to help with all your yarn! I also very much enjoy this quotable yarn bowl from Lenny Mud:
Where’s the lie???
The next yarn bowls, I have admired for a very long time and not necessarily because they are beautiful but more so because they aren’t. These very goblin-esque bowls by Something Lucky 13 just crack me up in all the right ways:
And these are only 3 possible designs, there are many more!
And finally, one for the Doctor fan in all of us, I give you the Extermin-knit yarn bowl by Earnest Land:
Also available in a wide array of colors.
I am just blown away by the creativity and artistry in these but they are only a small handful of the awesome yarn bowls I’ve found. I assure you that more will make their way into a Sunday post in the future. Next week we will make our way to the wonderful world of stitch markers!
Happy Wednesday! Across many parts of the United States, we are being hit by bad weather towards the end of our winter. Trees had begun blooming, grass growing, and in rolls the storm. Suddenly you are stuck at home, with or without power, wondering what to do with your day off…
As long as I am warm and there is power, I try not to worry too much. Relaxing on my favorite chair with a book or movie and drinking some coffee or cocoa is a great day for me. Some people like to keep busy, though. This may be the perfect time to bring out some crafts or games you’ve been waiting to try.
- If you like to crochet, this fun PDF pattern of an Octopus Scarf looks great!
- If you like knitting, maybe some fingerless gloves!
- If it look like there might be power issues, a candlemaking project might be a good one. Check here for a recipe!
- Some people love to cook, especially a one pot stew or recipe. I’ve found some great ones on Epicurious, or you might open up one of your cookbooks- I have several from family members.
Whether it’s a project or a lazy day, stay warm and safe this week!
Back when I was but a child, I was actually horrible at crocheting, but was able to pick up knitting. While I don’t find the medium as versatile since I’ve become proficient at crocheting, it’s still a great skill to learn if you’re looking to make clothing. I’ve always stood by that knitting is superior for several clothing items, most notably: socks, sweaters, gloves, and dresses. Crochet does alright in these areas, but man, the tubular nature of the weaving really lends it’s self to superior socks. Crochet is just way too thick.
With all that in mind, I’d like to point you in the direction of Instructables user Carleyy. She has free online guides on teaching yourself to crochet, as she also learned entirely from online sources and adds increased awareness of how to translate some terms/actions better others. There are currently 4 Beginner level, and 1 Intermediate level guides/classes available, but you can follow her on Instructables to get updates on her next lesson/guide. 🙂
I’ll confess. While I love working in yarn and how versatile it is, I’ve become spoiled by Toni’s quilt designs and appearance and I just don’t prefer crochet blankets as often any more. A true shame as I can whip them out crazy fast, lol. It more so has to do with the clean finish that fabric provides for pixel designs more than anything. But this week….this week I found someone who actually makes knitted blankets that have that same clean look I like! 😀
Black Mage Blanket by DarkLyghtning
DarkLyghtning is a very skilled Canadian knitter and really, her work just speaks for its self. As you can see in the above image, she makes her blankets in a consistent solid garter stitch that she seams together. Based on my examination of her work, I’d hazard a guess that she makes them in 3 ‘pixels wide’ strips from bottom to top that she then sews into one large final piece. It’s such a great idea that I personaly like the effect of more than make pixel ‘squares’ and then sewing those into one large piece. (Makes note for future projects…)
Ahem, anyway, she doesn’t have much in the way of a gallery yet but I’d say she’s certain one to watch as even her clothing pieces are very innovative and adorable. 😀 Like these super cute sushi mittens.
I can’t wait to see what she makes in the future. ^_^