Sunday, November 23, 2008

Oooh - online treatsies!

Just discovered some lovely new ezines.

First off, we have Popknits. It's a site dedicated to vintage knitting - in modern, easy to follow pattern form! Ever tried to knit from a vintage pattern? If you can see the teeny weeny typeface, then you have to unravel the riddle that is vintage pattern writing. And there is never a picture to help you! Not fun. And the yarn specified no longer exists. If you're lucky, they do give you a tension guide, but usually not. So you're pretty much blind on finding a yarn that you can substitute. So thank the knitting goddesses for Popknits! Here's a lovely sweater called Buttercup:

Then, I found the amazing new Twist Collective. Oh. My. Knitting. God. Just chockablock full of scrummy patterns. The Twist Collective is the brainchild of one of my favourite designers, Kate Gilbert (Clopatis notwithstanding). Designers (some very well known ones, like Ysolda Teague and Marnie MacLean) join the collective to spread the joy of knitting - such a noble cause! There is an incredible hat called Dietrich by Marnie (her hats are fantastic) that I'm dying to do - but it must wait until after Christmas. Boo hoo. Yet another thing to add to the queue. The downside to the Twist Collective? No freebies.

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