Posted by Kate on October 1, 2012 / Leave a Comment
Have you all looked at the newest issue of Knitty?
I couldn’t believe that it was their 10th anniversary issue! I remember Knitty being the newest thing, and suddenly, a decade has passed! Tin Roof stood out to me, because I love innovative ways to use Habu yarns, and then I saw that many of my friends at Knitting in La Jolla (the yarn shop where I worked while in college, and the place that really taught me to be a good knitter) were involved in designing, knitting, and modeling that pattern!
I love all of the online resources available to knitters now. Other online knitting magazines have also become available. I especially like fall issues, because as soon as the weather changes, I start thinking about sweaters!
Twist Collective is a wonderful resource of patterns. I find that online patterns don’t have the same length restrictions as printed patterns, so the directions are more thorough.
I’m thinking of knitting the Fortune Bay sweater. The diagonal stripe is created with short rows, and I love patterns with an interesting construction!
If you’re a sock knitter, check out the Sock Report. There are sock patterns, as well as other garments and accessories that can use up your sock yarn stash.
Suki looks like a fun shawl, made with two coordinating skeins of fingering weight yarn.
And more and more designers are publishing their patterns online, or creating collections. I always find lots of patterns I want to knit whenever a new issue of the Brooklyn Tweed look book is released. Many simple and classic patterns with gorgeous photography! And if you’re prefer a paper copy, we carry many patterns from Brooklyn Tweed as well as other independent designers here at Happy Knits!
Over the past decade, knitting has really become integrated with technology. Whether you want to chat with other knitters on Ravelry forums, cast on a mobius cowl with a YouTube tutorial, or find your next pattern online, the internet is a great way to spread knowledge and enthusiasm about our craft. But of course, if you want to fondle some yarn in person, we’re here for you too!