My favorite things ; designers, yarn, yarn stores, blogs

Knitting Designers I admire

1. 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:

2. Laura Chau. Her sweater and shawl designs are all just perfect. I wish I was Laura!

3. Martin Storey. One of the Rowan house designers, Martin updates classic patterns with his flair for color and texture.

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,

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.

6. Knitty. Their free patterns are always inspirational.

7. DROPS Garnstudio. So many free patterns that it overwhelms me!

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!

9. Petite Purls. I just found this website, and I am charmed. Lots of kids' patterns (free) and ideas. 

10. The Purl Bee,  Purl Soho's craft blog. Pretty and lots of freebies.

11. Loopy Mango, a NYC shop selling gifts, antiques, furniture and yarn. This store has a distinctive personality!

12. Fawn Pea, whose remarkable name I love. More kids' ideas, interesting comments on life and gardening advice.

Knitting Stores and Yarns I admire

1. 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!

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.

3. Garnstudio DROPS Alpaca. Soft, fluffy, pretty yarn. Easy to knit with! My BK Refined Slouchy Hat is made from this yarn:
Here's the link to buy the yarn:

4. Filatura di Crosa yarns. These imaginative Italian-made yarns are always intriguing. Find them at WEBS: 

5. Classic Elite Yarns. Go-to yarns for many items. 

Blogs, mine and others writing career blog, focused on writing well, publishing and reading. considerations about steering your career, and news on ILI career programs including Redirect Marveng, Norwegian knitwear designer's cheerful blog. and suppliers of yarn in Graig-na-managh, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland. and urban. Not granny kitting. blankets, sweaters and yarn.


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