| photo: Lise
Things are taking a turn for the up in many
parts of the world, in many aspects
of life. And this upness comes at
a lovely time.
It's a cool summer in Toronto so far. Is
it wrong of me to like cool sunny
days? I don't think so...it means
more time to wear the knitwear! Not
melting in my tiny house [just one
window a/c unit for the whole 730
sq ft] puts me in a good mood. I
Other things, too. And the thing is that I
can't really tell you exactly what's
up. I can tell you that I've been
thinking about these things a lot
the last few months, and especially as I put
this issue together. Jillian and
I have been talking a lot about these
things, too. And we'll be talking
to yarn companies and knitting product
manufacturers and yarn shop owners
and publishers about these things
at our big tradeshow in Columbus,
Ohio, just after this issue goes
These things are all good. They're all up stuff.
And we'll tell you all about it in
What's with all these snowflakes
all over the issue? Is this not summer? Yes,
it certainly is. But it's also our
first Holiday Headstart issue.
Holiday Headstart projects are little things
that you can start knitting now for
gifting later in the year. No big afghans
that you can't even imagine having
on your lap as you work in the heat
of summer. No sweaty mohair sweaters.
Just little tidbits of awesomeness
that you can knit when the thought
of working on a larger project holds
no appeal to you. At the same time, you'll be
getting a jump on your gift knitting.
Holiday Headstart patterns are marked with
a snowflake on the main patterns page.
So many of you have been thrilled with our
new printer-friendly pages and we're
so glad to hear that! A few of you,
however, have had technical problems. So our
technical guru went back to the drawing
board to find a better way to give
printer friendliness to the largest
possible number [dare we hope for ALL]
of our readers. We'd like to thank
our reader-testers who helped us with
The buttons look the same, but what happens
when you click them? You'll see it's
a little different. The end result
is that you should have no trouble
printing the pages with or without
images, whatever you select.
On my side, I also have made an executive
decision to put large charts on their
own page as I code the site. This means
you'll click a link in the Pattern
Notes [it's clearly labelled, of course!]
for each chart and then print the resulting
page. Each should fit tidily on its
own letter-sized page.
What else is up? Well, it's time once again
for the Knitty Calendar Contest --
this time for 2010.
look strange? Anyway, all the information
Don't be shy. Read the rules
and all the how-to-win hints. And then
It costs nothing and you could win some
seriously awesome stuff!
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Amy R Singer
the yarn for one of the projects
in this issue of Knitty!
For summer 2009, Lorna's
generously offered to give
one lucky knitter the yarn
to complete the beautiful Cold
To be eligible, simply join
the Knitty reader mailing list
using the form below! If you're
already on the mailing list,
you're automatically entered! Knitty
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their e-mail addresses are
never shared, given or sold
to anyone, period.
One lucky list member, chosen
by a random number generator,
will win! Winner must answer a skill-testing
question in order to receive
prize. Approximate value of
prize: $56.00. Winner
will be announced in the summer
Spunky Eclectic/Spin Control
having a contest to celebrate
spinning to knit andthe
multifaceted fiber goddess Amy
King, and her new book, Spin
How To Enter
Spin and knit an original project
using Spunky Eclectic fiber.
Photograph and send your
entry to Knittyspin@gmail.com by
August 15, 2009.
What You Could Win
1st prize -
your entry will be published
in the Winter 2009 issue of Knittyspin – to
fame & glory, and with our
usual honorarium to the winning
designer. Also you get a 4 oz
braid of Spunky Eclectic fiber
and an autographed copy of Spin
Control. [approx. prize value
2nd place: will
get a 4oz braid of Spunky
Eclectic fiber and an autographed
copy of Spin Control [approx.
prize value $45.00]
3rd place: will
get an autographed copy of Spin
prize value: $22.95]
The Rule Part
- All patterns submitted must
be your own original work.
- All entries must be made from
Eclectic fiber (come on,
- All entries
must adhere to the Knittyspin
- Winner will be chosen and notified
by e-mail at the time of the fall
- Winner is chosen by a panel of
judges appointed by Knittyspin
and their decision is final.
Amy R Singer
We're having our first Knittyspin contest
[look up...it's just above this editorial]!
Spin and design
a knitted project using Spunky
Entries in by August 15 [full contest
details in the yellow box above];
Amy King, Amy Singer & I will
be judging and the winning pattern
will be published in Knittyspin’s winter
issue. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.
I’ve always been a fan of Amy
King, her fiber, her sense of humor,
her ability to get things done without killing her children.
Her new book
Control: Techniques for Spinning the Yarns You Want (Interweave
[Excerpted here, reviewed here]
really spoke to me and inspired me
to do something entirely radical.
going to start keeping track of my
spinning. This summer, well, really,
right now, I’m
going to start a spinning log book
with samples: fiber, finished and
unfinished yarn; labels from fiber
and project ideas. Amy, in her book,
convinced me that keeping track doesn’t
have to be an anal-retentive thing
of torture, just a spot to keep everything
together. And keeping track saves you
respinning time, trial and error time.
Spinning has always been a relaxing
and organic process for me. Whatever
yarn comes, comes. I do not like
must' school of spinning. But the more I spin
the more I can hear that mad scientist
laugh in the back of my brain and
the thoughts go running off like
would it look like if I cable plied
this?" or "I want
to make more yarn exactly like this"
or "How would this look spun with
a worsted prep?: etc.
am going to take a relaxed , organic,
approach to keeping track -- a few
samples, a few measurements, a few
see if I like it and I’ll
let you know how it goes. If it works,
maybe Amy has an idea of how to organize
my fiber stash.
If you have an idea for a project or article
for Knittyspin write me . If you have fiber, spindles, books,
or other spinny products or tools
that you'd like us to review, write me for
submission information. I love to
talk about it all.
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