My favorite things ; designers, yarn, yarn stores, blogs
Knitting Designers I admire1. The Norwegian Pickles sisters. The green puff in the photo above is on their website, along with at least a hundred free patterns for babies, kids and adults, as well as home goods. Their patterns are fresh, yet simple to knit. They sell yarn, too: http://www.pickles.no/
2. Laura Chau. Her sweater and shawl designs are all just perfect. I wish I was Laura! http://www.cosmicpluto.com/blog/
3. Martin Storey. One of the Rowan house designers, Martin updates classic patterns with his flair for color and texture. http://www.knitrowan.com/news/martin-storey
4. Danielle Romanetti. She owns Fiber Space in Alexandia, VA, and visited Prague (where I live) a year or so ago. She met with our knitting group and impressed me with her energy! Knit Local features one of her designs, http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/interlocking-rings-cowl.
5. Knit Local, my favorite book since I bought it in January. It inspires me every time I open it. I have already knit the Scandanavian Hat by Kate Gagnon Osborn. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/scandinavian-hat-2
6. Knitty. Their free patterns are always inspirational. http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEss13/index.php
7. DROPS Garnstudio. So many free patterns that it overwhelms me!http://www.garnstudio.com/
8. Ravelry. I go there several times a day, to see how my downloads are progressing for my free patterns and to explore the resources of the website. It is an Alladin's Cave of information! www.raverly.com
9. Petite Purls. I just found this website, and I am charmed. Lots of kids' patterns (free) and ideas. http://petitepurls.com/
10. The Purl Bee, Purl Soho's craft blog. Pretty and lots of freebies. http://www.purlbee.com/
11. Loopy Mango, a NYC shop selling gifts, antiques, furniture and yarn. This store has a distinctive personality! http://www.loopymango.com/
12. Fawn Pea, whose remarkable name I love. More kids' ideas, interesting comments on life and gardening advice. http://fpea.blogspot.cz/
Knitting Stores and Yarns I admire1. Green Mountain Spinnery's Cotton Comfort. "80% Fine Wool/20% Organic Cotton combines the pure softness of organic cotton with the elasticity and delicacy of fine wool. The knitted fabric is elegant but casual, light but warm, wearable year-round." It's on my short list to tour the spinnery, which is a co-op. I love Vermont, I love co-ops, and I love wool! http://www.spinnery.com/shop/products.php?cat=12
2. Knitpicks Wool of the Andes. I am just coming out of a major obsession with this yarn. The colors are fabulous and the price is almost too good to be true. http://www.knitpicks.com/
3. Garnstudio DROPS Alpaca. Soft, fluffy, pretty yarn. Easy to knit with! My BK Refined Slouchy Hat is made from this yarn: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/BasicHats/the-refined-slouchy-hat.
Here's the link to buy the yarn: http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/yarn.php?id=1
4. Filatura di Crosa yarns. These imaginative Italian-made yarns are always intriguing. Find them at WEBS: http://www.yarn.com/
5. Classic Elite Yarns. Go-to yarns for many items. http://www.classiceliteyarns.com/home.php
Blogs, mine and others
http://writingwisdom.blogspot.cz/--my writing career blog, focused on writing well, publishing and reading.
http://jbt-yournextjob.blogspot.cz/-- considerations about steering your career, and news on ILI career programs including Redirect
http://www.marveng-puckett.com/wordpress/--Linda Marveng, Norwegian knitwear designer's cheerful blog.
http://www.cushendale.ie/--weavers and suppliers of yarn in Graig-na-managh, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland.
http://brooklyntweed.net/--cool and urban. Not granny kitting.
http://www.swansislandblankets.com/--Maine-made blankets, sweaters and yarn.