Tips Theme Week: Blogs and other sources of inspiration

First of all, I have to confess I don’t really read any knitting blogs regularly. Oops. Having said that, here are some nuggets of inspiration on the net that Anneli and I like, in no particular order.

  • Yarn Harlot, because her status as a big name within knitting is well deserved.
  • One Sheepish Girl, whose pictures are constantly gorgeous.
  • Wendy Knits – patterns! Cats! Cupcakes!!
  • Ysolda – it’s possible I have a teensy blog crush on Ysolda Teague. Maybe.
  • Knit Purl Gurl, who does video blogs as well!
  • Twisted Knitter, whose aesthetics and style really appeal to me.
  • Knitting to Stay Sane, because a) who can’t relate to THAT feeling and b) being a great place for finding both inspiration and really useful instructions. And socks! Socks galore!
  • Slip Slip Knit, which has a ton of great patterns and really lovely pictures.
  • Pepperknit. Knitting and baking. What’s not to love.
  • Damn, Knit and Blast It! GREAT name, and really funny stories along with some great knitting.

Like I said, I’m not a prolific yarn blog reader, and these are only a few of the great ones out there. A few more of the many, many, MANY can be found on this list – give it a go!

One things I do do an awful lot of, as opposed to regularly reading blogs, is listen to podcasts. During my commute, during work (don’t worry, only when appropriate!), whilst knitting… you name it. (I think it has to do with my inability to do one thing at a time.) I’d actually really love some more tips for good podcasts (I DID hear rumours that there is a podcast run by knitting Doctor Who fans – WHERE CAN I FIND THIS?!), but some of my favourites are:

  • Stickpodden – in Swedish. Really good quality, relaxed and funny hosts, and a good mix between straight-up yarn talk and other things.
  • Stash and Burn is actually quite similar to the abovementioned, but in English.
  • Knitting Pipeline. I haven’t listened that much but I like what I’ve heard.
  • Never Not Knitting – the very first thing I heard from this was about hexipuffs. I could relate. She also has a great blog!
  • 90% Knitting is a video podcast, which makes it less ideally suited for, say, work hours, but has its own merits.
  • Knitting in Circles is another video podcast, with such a rare thing as a male co-host!

I never really understood the charm of Pinterest until I browsed it on my iPad. Boy howdy, did that eat up some time when I did. (Note to self: never use the phrase “boy howdy” again.) Just searching for “knitting” will bring up dozens upon dozens upon dozens of boards full of inspiration, pretty yarn, and funny quotes. (My own knitting board is 99% funny quotes. Well. I think they’re funny.) Here are some good ones to get you started:

DISCLAIMER: Along with Ravelry, Pinterest – especially the iPad app – will eat your life. I take no responsibility for the neglect of your social life, house plants, pets, small children etc which may result from the browsing of these sites. You have been warned.

That’s a few of the places we go to for inspiration – are there any great ones we’re missing out on? Share them in the comments!


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