An article in the Guardian this week about craft hobbies caused lots of discussion on Ravelry and twitter, even getting its own hashtag – #ANDknitting. If you have a look at the hashtag search its so interesting to see the variety of careers that knitters around the world have. The Ravelry thread discussing the article is here. Knitting also made the news in the Globe and Mail and caused controversy when it called knitting fusty! But did also say that knitting had its groove back…
As if it couldn’t get any better for Sarah after the lambs on instagram last week, a geep was born in Ireland. It’s a super-rare cross between a goat and a sheep, and is just as cute as you’d expect! The farmer was interviewed here, seems like its sheep mother is looking after it well.
3 May is Yarn Shop Day — Ysolda will be at Kathy’s Knits in the afternoon doing Book signing and helping you take proper measurements so you can make your own Perfect Sweater
The Events page is still a work in progress but you can see some of the upcoming events Ysolda will be attending.
Iceland! It seems like the knitwear design world has moved there at the moment. Well, not really, but Stephen West, Cirilia Rose and Kate Davies have all paid a visit. It looks like a whole lot of fun is being had, and there are some beautiful (and hilarious) images from their trips on Kate’s blog and Stephen and Cirilia’s instagram.
The Makerie Spring retreat is this weekend and I’m kinda jealous, maybe Sarah and I should do some embroidery or crochet this weekend as both Cal Patch and Rebecca Ringquist are teaching. Last year Sarah and I both worked on the drop-cloth monthly embroidery and Rebecca released her new monthly collection Color Burst which looks amazing.
What are you planning on working on this weekend?
An alternating cable cast on is a useful, stretchy cast on for ribbing that’s less fussy to work than a tubular cast on. It’s worked like a regular cable cast on, but instead of casting on each stitch knitwise stitches are alternately cast on knitwise and purlwise.
This tutorial includes both step by step photos and videos so you can use whichever suits you better.
This post was originally in our newsletter last week and since then several subscribers have reached out with incredible kindness to say that they'll miss the club but want to keep supporting us. We appreciate that so much, and, although we obviously need purchases to keep the business going there are lots of other ways that you can support us. I've added a few notes at the end on ways that you can support our business and my design work without spending money. All of them apply to other small yarn businesses, and many of them to small businesses of all kinds.