November 15, 2006
Welcome to Yarnival!, Eve's brainchild. This is Issue 3 and we've got a little bit of everything for everyone! I hope you enjoy the issue. Thanks everyone for your submissions. It was difficult to choose for sure. If you like it, love it, can't live without it, please consider sumbitting to the next issue, which will be edited by Julie. This is a GREAT resource in finding new patterns, new techniques and new ideas and most definitely, new knitting blogs. Even if you don't get into one issue of Yarnival!, try, try again! Everyone is welcome and every issue is different - you might be the perfect fit for the next one! Okey dokey - now on with the SHOW!
Kindness is an intrusion people want – no NEED – in their lives, whether they know it or not. Liz tells her story of an act of kindness in “The Shedir and the Spider” and it’s not just a story about strangers helping strangers, but friends helping friends. If you’ve ever considered knitting something for someone, but were a bit afraid about how they’d react, read this. You’ll never doubt an act of kindness again.
Apparently THE CURSE is alive and well in blogland. Don’t know which curse I’m talking about? Do you knit under a rock? It’s The Boyfriend Curse and even though we’d like to think it does, marriage doesn’t make you immune. Just ask Kim. She and the JackAss sweater are living proof. Kirstin’s come up with one theory as to why the curse exists: knit your boy a sweater and all he sees is Aunt Myrtle and the horrible contraption she knit for him when he was five. And last but not least, Meg thinks that it just might be the pressure we put on our men when knitting for them – she’s got a whole list of pressures – that makes them panic and run. But so far things are working out for her. She knit the sweater and still has her man. Meg, just remember, it’s a helluva lot harder to get out of a mortgage than it is to get out of a marriage. Bottom line: LOVE SUCKS. But knitting rocks.
Blog book tours are all the rage these days! A writer/blogger/knitter writes a book and is then interviewed by various bloggers about said book. It’s a great way to reach your core audience without ever having to get dressed or leave your house. (HUGE plusses in my opinion.) This blog book tour stop is just a little bit more than run of the mill. Deborah Robson presents an interview with Donna Druchanas about her new book, Arctic Lace. What makes this tour stop so special? For one thing, Deborah is Donna’s editor and publisher. And Deborah doesn’t actually interview Donna, Donna interviews Deborah. It’s an insider’s look at knit book publishing. Not to be missed.
Who can forget their first time? The feel of the needles beneath their fingers. The yarn slipping through, gently, gently. The incense, yarn and candles. The Doors singing C’mon Baby Light My Fire in the background. Basement paneling. OOPS! You know what I mean. Who can forget the first time they picked up the sticks? The first project they REALLY made that was REAL, not some day-glo orange Red Heart swatch on bright pink clinky aluminum Susan Bates needles. Oh, that was only me? On the occasion of his one year knitty anniversary, Adam recounts his first time in “A History of Sorts.” You should read this because, honestly, who doesn’t like first time stories, and because Adam’s a guy in a craft that is dominated by women. (If you’d like to debate this, see below.) Go give Adam the pat on the back he deserves: You’ve come a long way BABY!
Knitting has been around forever. Women have been around forever. I’d like to imagine it wasn’t fig leaves they wore in the Garden of Eden, but rather loin cloths Eve knit from palm fronds she spun into silky softness. Why is it then that men, and many women, think that if you knit – and let’s not limit it to knitting – crafting, domesticity in general - you’ve lost the power and strength that “feminism” has been fighting for forever? Hannah has opened up a discussion, Knitting and Feminism. I’m sure we all have thoughts on this subject. I, for one, have never felt as powerful as I have since the day I learned to knit. And I’ve always been a power hungry kind of girl. Go. Fast. Give your opinion!
Claire and Shirani, the girls over at Cultured Purl, have just started their blog and as a way of introducing themselves to you and you to them, they ask this question: What's the wackiest place you've tried to knit?? Go on over and say hello and tell them about your weirdest, wildest, wackiest knitty adventure!
How to double-row mittens by Rhonda. (It's a SLIDESHOW!)
How to braid roving by Loribird.
How to weave in ends while knitting by Aija.
How to knit 2 socks on 2 circulars by Sara.
How to knit a sweater that doesn’t fit then learn from your mistakes so you can help others by Laura.
How to re-cable after a mistake by Jenn.
Ruth presents Gauge is a Cruel Mistress. Not only is she cruel, but she may be working for the younger and smaller and more likely to fit into stuff that doesn’t fit us that live with us. Bitch.
Julie’s finishing stuff all over the place. In one entry, she gives us a crazy day in the life, all the while modeling her fantastic Forecast FO. Funny, fun, fabulous: it’s FORECAST. And in “For Linda and Louise,” Julie also shows off the finished Shedir she knit for her friend Louise, struggling with cancer. She incorporates this into a moving portrait of her mother-in-law, who died of breast cancer before Julie ever got a chance to meet her, or her son. Keep the Kleenex close for this one – you’re gonna need it.
Kelly turns a bathmat into a vest. Seriously. With a little bit of help from a very eager daughter.
Knit Quilts are the new rage. Don’t believe me? Well take a look at the GORGEOUS blanket Lucy put together. Cotton, squares, bright colors. A cat. What’s not to love? RUN! RIGHT NOW!
It’s TWINS over at LizKnits!
Nothing says glamour like a felted cloche, and this one is stunning. Just lovely, Jennifer. Now if only I looked good in hats.
Katy wrote a Rhinebeck post. Like a year ago. But it’s still funny and great and without further ado I present: With Apologies To Billy Joel.
We’ve all been there, but as Ariel finds out, Breaking up is hard to do.
Who knew discloths could say so much? Kelli Ann obviously as she gives us The Dishcloth of Our Discontent.
Kelp! You need help! That’s a hell of lot to go through for a blog header. But it does look great!
Forget Excel and spreadsheets and software and PDAs. Kathryn keeps beautiful, lovely, handwritten lists of her stash. And she’s got bees and flowers on her note pads. We should all do this.
Anyone who’s ever knit while riding the subway knows that the most interesting things can happen. One lucky day, Sharon found out that she could’ve been a brain surgeon.
Knitting can be very, very dangerous. Just ask Kristi. And when it was all over, well, sometimes you have to laugh at yourself ....
Eve started Yarnival! and the whole hunk of the issue thing. I’m raising the bar by nominating Hannah’s husband for hunk of the month. Who wouldn’t want a husband like this? Hannah sings hubby’s praises in, Love, Knitting, and One Skein of Blue Sky Cotton.
There you have it! I hope you enjoyed this issue of Yarnival! And remember, when you visit, it's nice to leave a comment letting folks know you've been there. Some of the blogs listed today have had barely a comment. Let them know how it good it feels! One more thing - don't forget to SUBMIT to next months Yarnival! And if you're interested in editing a future edition of Yarnival!, head over to Eve's and let her know. THANK YOU and HAVE A GREAT DAY!
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Posted by Cara at November 15, 2006 10:38 AM
Nicely done! I'm gonna have to re-read (and visit every link) when I get home from work. Lots to do at your place today ;) Ah, maybe i'll just read through the day. shhh
Posted by: Carol at November 15, 2006 10:54 AM
Good grief...we'll be reading for a solid week! Nice work with editing, grrl!
Posted by: margene at November 15, 2006 11:11 AM
FABULOUS! I spent far more time and had far more fun reading than expected. Thanks for putting this together and posting. Thoroughly enjoyable!
Posted by: Rae at November 15, 2006 11:14 AM
Thanks for putting this together! There so much to read. The best part is that I haven't read most of these blogs, so it's all new to me!
Posted by: Kristy at November 15, 2006 11:26 AM
Cara, your posts are always well done, but today you really raised the bar. Thank you for taking the time to write intros for the entries, not just list them. Great selection! And yes, the S is for Sock entry is excellent, but the link doesn't work.
Posted by: Amy at November 15, 2006 12:03 PM
So many new blogs to look at! Thanks, Cara.
Posted by: Carole at November 15, 2006 12:16 PM
Oh, you did a GREAT JOB!! It can't have been easy, given your work load and everything else on your mind right now. You ROCK!
Posted by: Vicki at November 15, 2006 12:24 PM
Beautiful job, Cara! Thank you for this! Great reads. I was successful at piddling away nearly all the morning. Woo hoo!
Posted by: Skylar at November 15, 2006 12:45 PM
mm-wah to you, Cara: such a gracious and enthusiastic host/editor/cheerleader. excellent job!
Posted by: kelli ann at November 15, 2006 01:09 PM
I can't wait to pour through each and every blog... I love finding new gems.
Thanks for your work on this (and for including my entry too!)!
Posted by: LizKnits at November 15, 2006 01:19 PM
I could waste a whole day at work I'm sure on this - I'll save it 'til I get home if I can - well done. Oh, and BTW, I'm having a hard enough time getting any work done now that "someone" has introduced me to SNOOD - I'm just using the free version for now!
Posted by: Robin at November 15, 2006 01:37 PM
Cara, you did a beautiful job editing Yarnival! And super-duper thanks for including us on Crossroad Knits!
Posted by: Liz K. at November 15, 2006 02:34 PM
So much reading! So much knitting! Yarnival! You did a great job, Cara, I can't wait to read the whole thing!
(And thanks for picking me!)
Posted by: Jenn at November 15, 2006 02:50 PM
Wow! You did such a amazing job putting this together. As a former editor, I know that it's really a challenge to put so many disparate topics together into one cohesive whole. But you did it with panache and charm and wit. Way to go, Cara! And thank you. I thoroughly enjoyed it all.
Posted by: SallyA at November 15, 2006 08:16 PM
I love this!!!
Posted by: carole at November 15, 2006 08:36 PM
Wow, that is fantastic. There's so much to read! I'm not going to get anything done at work today...
Posted by: Tokyo Knitter at November 15, 2006 11:16 PM
Awwww my little Adam's all famous!
Posted by: scout at November 15, 2006 11:29 PM
Wow! This looks like lso much fun, thought I was watching Daybreak on ABC.com today, but I was WRONG!
Posted by: Shelli at November 16, 2006 07:38 AM
Thanks for time/effort/posting - Yarnival! is great. It so odd how one feels connected to a community of knitters you have never met. It is such a great group of creative and unselfish people. Thanks for always sharing.
Posted by: Debbie at November 16, 2006 08:34 AM
Thanks for doing this!
Posted by: Cordelia at November 17, 2006 12:39 PM
A wonderful issue! They just keep getting better. Good thing I can read and knit at the same time. This is gonna take awhile!
Posted by: Louisa at November 17, 2006 03:53 PM
This is awesome - thanks so much!
Posted by: Theresa at November 18, 2006 06:15 PM
I stumbled upon this from a link @ the Liz Knits blog. I love it. If only I could find a way to scroll through pages fingerless so I didn't have to put my yarn down! I read your request for people to leave comment-- you know, that makes a lot of sense. I browse a lot of blogs, rarely leave a comment. And yet I am totally bummed I've never gotten a comment at my blog--so now I will try to leave more comments! Thanks again--
Posted by: Knitting Bandit at November 20, 2006 08:37 PM
Great site and content.......will be back soon!!
Posted by: Jan at November 25, 2006 04:38 PM