Archive for the ‘Web of Yarn Wednesday’ Category

Web of Yarn Wednesday: NaughtyKnitterz.com

November 18, 2009

Before I go into this, I want to apologize for missing a couple of days. You never realize how far down a bad cold can bring you until it happens. Now that I have some of my energy back though, I return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

www.NaughyKnitterz.com is a site I came across only recently. It has beginner and advanced knitting tips, a “Happy Hookers” section with crochet tips, and even articles on different yarns, and everyone’s favorite: free patterns!

The patterns and articles can be submitted by anyone, so please, share your pearls of wisdom with the world. (I spend way too much time knitting – I almost spelled it ‘purls.’)

 

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Web of Yarn Wednesday: Pepperberry Crochet

November 11, 2009

Okay, so after Planet Purl this morning, I wanted to showcase a more crochet-oriented blog, and this site is certainly that!

Pepperberry Crochet is a blog written by a great crochet designer and enthusiast. She is also creating her own list of Crochet blogs at the moment, and this one is there! Yay!

So, if you care to, go help her out and suggest some other lovely crochet blogs for her to list. While you’re there remember to check out her adorable amigurumi projects.

Web of Yarn Wednesday: PlanetPurl.com

November 11, 2009

Okay, so I have to admit, I stumbled across PlanetPurl.com on Facebook.

Regardless of where I came across this site however, you have to say that it’s pretty cool to have one site organize live chats with authors of some of the most popular knitting and crochet books out there. On Nov 14th they have a video chat with Barbara Walker! 

I would check it out, who knows, you might get to video chat with your own personal fiber hero!

Besides, though I definitely consider the meet-and-greet the best part of the site, it has many little goodies to dig up, like travel guides and a searchable yarn store directory.

Web of Yarn (the late edition): FreePatterns.com

November 4, 2009

Okay, so the reason that I chose www.freepatterns.com should be self-evident. I mean, really, who doesn’t like free patterns. This site has free patterns for knitting, crochet, sewing, cross-stitch, quilting and more!

Sooo…. who else is up to storming this site like a castle and raiding anything wonderful, weird and… I can’t think of another w.

Okay, have fun storming the castle!

Web of Yarn: Scribd.com

November 4, 2009

So in honor of the first week of NaNoWriMo – in which I am terribly behind by the way, I wanted to talk about scribd.com

Scribd.com is a “social publishing company” which means that you can publish just about anything you want and share it with the world.

This makes it a great resource for all sorts of different information. In relation to knitting and crochet in particular, if you search either term, you’ll see that there are more than 1000 entries for each. Everything from patterns to tutorials to sample pages of published books come up. Some e-books are also available, but for a price.

Scribd also has a community element, and you can subscribe to different groups and find people who share like interests.

I have only begun to scratch the surface of scribd.com and I think the same is true for many people.

So go on, check it out! I promise you’ll find something you like. Besides, books are the next best thing to yarn!

Web of Yarn Wednesday: CraftGossip.com

August 12, 2009

On the theme of general craft sites, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention CraftGossip.com. This site is exactly what it claims to be, the mecca of all types of craft-type-gossip.

The main site is updated constantly and they have a newsletter as well, if you prefer the gossip to come directly to your inbox. The site is filled with sub-blogs written by people who understand and know the craft they are talking about.

Want to keep up with the online craft community? CraftGossip.com has got what you’re looking for!

Web of Yarn Wednesday: DudeCraft.com

August 12, 2009

I’ve mentioned Paul Overton and his wonderful website DudeCraft.com before, but I think now is the time to go into it more deeply, especially when the crating community is needed to help.

Paul has wonderful crafts showing wonderful craftsmanship everyday on his blog, but a few posts back he wrote about his friend Killian who is battling a rare form of cancer. Killians family want’s to collect thousands of cranes to throw a party for Killian. Here’s the post with the address and all of the information.

Killian also cut an album, the proceeds of which will be going to Killian’s foundation which supports integrated therapies for kids with cancer. The kid is 16 years old, and I am frankly blown away. Here’s the CD post, if you’re interested.

I really think that this is one of the big factors of the crafting community, big-hearted crafters from around the globe can make a difference if they put their minds to it!

Web of Yarn Wednesday: Yarndex.com

August 5, 2009

Oh, Yarndex.com, how I love thee, let me count the ways…

Sorry, I think the heat is beginning to melt my brain. 😯

Anyways… Yarndex.com is a great resource when you know exactly what yarn you need; but need to find out if someone actually produces it the way you want it.  (I really hope I’m not the only one who does that!)

The site is basically a huge database of yarns that you can search by: Brand, Yarn Weight, Fiber Content, Texture, Color Family, Color Number, Color Name or Yarn Name.

So, remember that cotton greeny-blue yarn that you loved so much at that yard sale, but it didn’t have a label and there was only one skein? Here’s your best chance of finding it.

I hope you’ll excuse me for saying – HOW COOL IS THAT???

Ahem, please enjoy, and as always…

Happy Stitching!!

Web of Yarn Wednesday: YarnStandards.com

August 5, 2009

Okay, so today I’d like to bring up a couple of excellent reference site. The first one was one I was referred to continuously when I started crocheting, and though at the time I found it helpful, I really do believe that this site becomes more helpful the more experienced you are.

http://www.yarnstandards.com

Seriously, as a beginner the ‘yarn weights’ section was the only one i truly found helpful, but it has everything, crochet and knitting symbols, standard sizing/body measurements, tips for reading patterns (with charts of all the abbreviations) and my favorite, designer info.

I do like their ‘skill level’ definition, but I think that as I go through my classes I’ll have to create my own, you know (classes 1-5: yarn apprentice, classes 6-12; yarn student, classes 12-22: yarn scholar, classes 22 and on: Master of Yarn)

I like it. Might have to switch yarn student and yarn apprentice though. 😉

Happy Stitching Everyone!

Wednesday Web of Yarn: Knitters Review

July 29, 2009

Knitter’s Review is a great website with tons of information and a great community. The main point of the website is summarized easily in the name – lots of reviews!

There are reviews on: Books ,  Tools , and, of course;   YARNS!  

Ther are also  How tos (and not just knitting!),  Events<!–  –  Boutique–> -though there are none near me :(,  Polls  I love to add my 2 cents in! 

Don’t forget the Knitter’s Review Forums. A whole chatty community to participate in!

Happy Stitching!<!–Shops–>