Saturday, July 15, 2006

Some Cool Things to Check Out

It's been a few days since I've blogged and I feel that I owe you something in return for hanging in there and waiting for a new post! And so today, I'm going to share a few cool links with you that you may not have seen yet. Here goes:

Sock calculator: This is a very cool tool where you can enter the gauge for the yarn you plan to use for sock knitting and enter the dimensions of the foot and the sock leg, and the calculator will tell you how many stitches should be cast on and also the approximate yardage you will need. There are also a number of other handy knitting calculators at this site.

Lace Knitting Exhibition: If you need an excuse to visit NY (as if anyone needs an excuse to visit THE city!), this is certainly one! It's still one year away - beginning in July 2007 - but oh my, what fun! It's a Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting Exhibition at the Museum of Arts & Design. Start planning your trip now!!

Wikipedia Knitting: Many of you have probably explored Wikipedia, but have you ever thought to look at the Knitting section? It's suprisingly useful, with clear yet detailed explanations of variations knitting terminology and techniques.

Incredible needles: OK, these knitting needles are ridiculously expensive when viewed purely in terms of a functional object. But that's because they are about much more than function. The link is to the DPN page of needles. There are other needles there as well, but if you scroll down the DPN page, you will eventually come to a section that says "Notice." There you will find info on a swap opportunity - a pair of hand knit socks for a set of these DPNs. Not the best deal for the sock knitter, but if you love to knit socks anyway and have already given everyone you know 19 pair, well then this might be for you.

That's it from me today. I need to get down into my workshop. Remember the new Fearless Fibers Superwash Merino Sock Yarn I told you about? Well, it's been selling like crazy, so much so that I'm almost out already. I had ordered a larger quantity almost immediately when I saw how popular it was. That order arrived a couple of days ago and so I've been knee-deep in dyeing ever since!

Have a fab day!


Kirsten said...

Thanks for the links!

Lisaki said...

Hey Deb, I just found your blog through a link over at Aija's sock pr0n blog. That Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting show looks awesome, I can't wait! ALso, I want to say I LOVE your hand-dyed yarns. I had a wonderful time in your ebay shop and will order some as soon as my fiance isn't looking (he thinks I spend too much on yarn :))

I also went through a midlife crisis - left the job I had for 20 years, moved to Europe, and got engaged to a charming Englishman 20 years younger than me. Everyone should have one!

Stacey said...

thanks for the sock calculator link! I also cruised over from the link on Aija's blog, and am patiently waiting for you to post some more on Ebay!