Many things happen on the journey through “search.” And often the serendipity of what you don’t expact to find is an unsung value of the online experience.
Take this morning’s detour on a road of unintended travel: knitting blogs. Let’s not talk about how I ended up there, but let me share with you a few quick highlights.
This vast community of creative souls share more than a passion for this particular craft, many are also closely linked in less than seven degrees of separation.
… and for a punster such as myself, titles for things that give soo much pleasure.
Try Black Sheep Bags on for size. How about ‘Fuzzy Galore’ (see below). Or take Kneedles on Fire, a.k.a. Kate Gilbert, a woman who a number of other knitting blogsters evoke to help them cope with the day.
Why? Primarily, she’s a Brooklyn transplant living in Paris and doing a ton of wonderfully creative knitting designs for kids products. But it really is the Paris element that get people going!
And hang a right mouse button click onto Knitty, an e-zine/blog morph that many knitting bloggers inevitably link to.
You’ll eventually arrive at the one item that will put paid to all knitting stereotypes. If you thought the knit one purl one world was about awful items old aunts and grannies would thrust upon you, think again. The best item yet devised has to be the ‘Vegan fox.”
Think about how would you take the idea of hunting and taxiderming and turn that concept into an artful, provoking, ironic, err fashion statement. Voila, the vegan fox. (You can find the free pattern online and Fuzzy Galore
And make one final stop — in case you ever wondered what kind of knitter you are, settle the query once and for all.
FYI and mine, I appear to be a “Knitting Apprentice. You’ve got the basics down pat and you might just be falling in love with this hobby. Big needles, funky yarns and simple shapes are the name of the game, but it doesn’t mean you don’t experiment a bit, here and there. As an apprentice, you probably fall back on other people to get you through those rough spots, and if you don’t know anyone who knits, you probably have a few books or online sources to tap.”
(And this good service and more brought to you care of another knitting blogger, Marnie Maclean.)