Friday, May 30, 2008

World Wide Knit in Public Day is Saturday, 14 June 2008

Hello all you readers out their in Knitland. Today's post is just a public service announcement reminding you that World Wide Knit in Public Day is quickly closing in on us.

Pack a picknit - e.g. picnic plus knitting gear - and join fellow knitsters of all ages as we show the world the power of our community and represent our peeps.

For more information on WWKiP Day events or 'kips' near you, check out Can't find a local kip? Then organize one yourself. The site provides information on hosting and tools for promoting your kip.

A little background information on WWKiP Day: The unique event has taken place on the second Saturday of June and is an entirely volunteer, locally run event. Since its inception by Danielle Landes in 2005, the number of organized public kips has more than doubled  
each year.

This is not a granny-bashing event; no, no. This is our outing as a com-munity, a chance to get closeted, solitary knitters among our public ranks and an opportunity to demonstrate the diversity, enthusiasm, and array of talent in our community to the rest of the world.

My knitting crew, Absolute Knitters, will be descending upon Exchange Square in the heart of Manchester in two weeks time. I will be reporting back in a few weeks. Be there or be square!
Knit well and knit often (in public).

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

BrittKnit's KnitPicks: Best Online Knitting Resources

The World Wide Web is a virtual cornucopia of information for the knitter about town. In fact, seldom have I met a knitter who is not electronically connected to the global community (albeit I don’t have much contact to those who still live in the world of typewriters and telegrams- no offence Oma Bauer). So, for this post, dear Reader, I have assembled what I deem as the ten best online resources for knitters, whether rookie or veteran, including online publications, reference pages, and blogs. And there is one very attractive common denominator: every site offers free resources. Who doesn’t love that? So surf to your heart’s content, but be warned: clicking the following links may result in hours and hours gratuitous and pleasurable surfing. Knit well and knit often.


1. Praise be to the creators, Jessica and Casey, for consolidating the labyrinth that is the online knitting world and giving us yarn junkies an online presence of our own. Still in its BETA version with a waiting list for membership (not too long at several weeks in spring ’08), it is well worth the wait and the tech wrinkles! This is Facebook of yarn craft, but goes far beyond the usual applications one expects of social networking sites. Whereas such sites feature apps allowing you to send gifts and play games, Ravelry allows members to catalogue and showcase their projects, stash and needles. Members can check out how other members’ projects have turned out, which modifications work, etc before embarking on the same pattern.  Groups connect members to others who share specialized interests, geographical location or similar life situations. Designers, spinners and dyers are able to feature their work. There are yarn reviews and forums on a multitude of subjects. I think I best like the fact that it provides a connection to our global community 24/7. Ravelry rocks. Check it out.


2. is an online knitting publication out of Toronto, Canada. Since the fall of 2002, Knitty has been dishing up a free quarterly serving of feature articles and independent designs with a dollop of quirky humor and fresh perspective.  Feature articles include everything from technique tutorials to personal accounts. Patterns are unique, beautiful and like your favorite curry restaurant menu, categorized according to spiciness: mellow, piquant, tangy and extra spicy. Yum! The Knitty shop also has some pretty cool knitster gear if you happen to be in the market for a t-shirt to represent our clan. Word.


3. As the online incarnation of Interweave Press, editor Sandi Wiseheart and the team bring you fabulous, sophisticated and free knitting patterns (available upon registering for a gratis membership and newsletter) from their array of fiber arts publications. The site also features live forums, galleries (in which staff model featured patterns – you guys rock!), a blog and some raging how-tos beyond the basics. My recent how-to favorite: Frogging and reusing yarn. Brilliant.


4. Who can’t dig well-done knitting how-to videos and more free patterns? This labor-of-love site is now many a knitter’s oasis in the internet desert of decent tutorials. Additionally, there is a fantastic glossary of all those crazy abbreviations most of us have not yet committed to memory, as well as a forum, and a photowall.


5. Not to bail on my Ravelry sisters and brothers, but is a must-mention in this list. A self-proclaimed repository for all things craft, this site is perfect for all you crossover crafters. places a little less emphasis on the social networking aspect and concentrates on showcasing the endless amount of craftiness, talent, and experience in all genres. The site has lots of bustling forums, so you are sure to find any project or DIY tip you seek. Membership is free.

6. A relative newcomer to the arena of online pattern collections, Mr. Ben Rosenbaum has created an assemblage of 2,671 (and counting) links to online knitting and crochet patterns with photos. Rock on, Ben.


7.          Brooklyntweed is one of the two knitblogs I am featuring in this list. Brooklyntweed is currently my personal knitblog fav because the author Jared

a)  is an Elizabeth Zimmerman devotee,

b)  posts about spining his own and repurposing found yarn,

c)  writes incredibly well and doesn’t get too personal, and

d)  includes killer photos and presents a wonderfully formatted blog. May Jared be a lesson to us all.


8. is another site listing links to free patterns on the web. There are patterns for nearly every category imaginable. KPC also features a pattern of the week along with some down home tips and tricks, testimonials and words of encouragement for the virtual knitter.


9.   Bless her heart, Nellie the Knittin’ Nut has put together a page devoted to the topic of philanthropic charity. She posts about different charity knitting projects, gives practical advice on charitable knitting, and covers other (albeit sometimes random) topics.  If you are looking to start or join a project, consult Nellie.


10. is the last of the two knitblogs named on the list and my final pick. This truly the ultimate in technique tutorial sites. Lucky us there are so many knitting techniques trying to escape from TECHknitter’s mind. Check out TECHknitter’s two years of archives for virtually any how-to imaginable. The latest post is a how-to on pom-poms. Three cheers for TECHknitter!


Friday, May 23, 2008

Mock Rib Stitch

Mock Rib Stitch
Originally uploaded by brittunia

So a little background on my title photograph. The upper set of stitches is mock rib stitch and is the predominant stitch in my first major project for myself - a sweater. My first couple years as a knitter, I suffered from the chronic condition that plagues most newbies and their friends and family: knitting everyone you know a scarf, hat or potholder. No one wants to admit they are new knitters or that they did suffer from such unspeakable maladies, but honeys, I did! So, the above swatch is my first stitch child, done in beautiful Twilleys Freedom Spirit wool in colorway Air. The colorway reminds me about all the things I miss about my native Washington state and Seattle: the sometimes blue and often stormy skies, lush tree lines and abundant foliage like ferns and moss, ceder, mist, fresh marine air, Pike Place Market and mountain-dominated urban skylines. 

I have finished up the back and the sleeves. Unfortunately my sleeves are not resembling what any person would deem a sleeve. I am assuming this normal for all new sweater knitters. So, I have thrown all caution to the wind by knitting on and will assume that I correctly followed the pattern (Cap Sleeve Vest, KnitSimple Winter 06/07) correctly until I get to shaping the neck. To my dismay, there were very few Ravelers who had undertaken and finished the same project. In fact, most attempts at this jumper had either been frogged, in hibernation or radically modified beyond my tender knitting skills. Yes, I may be a relative greenhorn, but I am nonetheless a Taurus. I am bullishly charging on and knitting the front of the sweater now. It is hard not to when my wool smells of  the wonderful Lush soap hiding in my stash drawer. Yum....Honey I Washed the Kids. I splurged and bought some bomb beechwood needles from Brittany to replace the wrecked plastic needles I inherited from Grandma Margaret. Yes, yes, I must have sensory stimulus while knitting (Taureans always do whatever the activity). Do you? Please leave your comments!

Mock Rib is texturally interesting while oh so easy to make. Try it out sometime:

Mock Rib Stitch - Started on an uneven number of stitches:

Row 1 (RS) P1, *wyib, sl 1 purlwise, yarn to front, p1; rep from * to end. Row 2 Purl.

So, off to do some more swell sweater stitching.

Enjoy. Visit again. Knit well and knit often.

Welcome to BrittKnit

Welcome! I am so glad you have decided to visit BrittKnit, my foray into the knitblogosphere. My intentions for this, my second blog, is to cover my endeavors as knitstress,  as well as explorations and reviews of all the wonderful facets of the on- and offline knitting world. 

I want BrittKnit readers to chuckle in amusement, nod in a 'I feel your pain' sorta way, discover and relish new sites, blogs, publications, products, patterns, techniques, accessories and other curiosities offered by the realm our yarny craft; become with other knitsters, and finally to experience the knitting world in a more global, comprehensive way.

I welcome your comments, input, and suggestions for entries. Feel free to email me or look me up on Ravelry (Username brittunia). Enjoy. Come again. Knit well and knit often.