Hi there, as you all know there are a number of magazines that are issued on the topic of knitting, crochet, spinning etc and maybe you even subscribe to some of those like I have. I used to subscribe to The Knitter, Simply Knitting, Interweave Knits, Designer Knits, Vogue Knitting to mention a few. The problem, for me, with regards to “physical” magazines is SPACE or lack there of to store my gazillion knitting magazines. So recently I have been diving more and more into digital subscriptions and just buying single issues of magazines that interest me. For me the plus is that they take no physical space and I have them with me at all times – that is as long as I have my ipad/phone/laptop with me.
Today I’d like to talk about 2 publications that I recently encountered and that maybe you are unaware of but might enjoy discovering.
First of there is Knitsy. Knitsy is a digital magazine and you can get the app on iTunes or Android market and then purchase editions or subscribe via the app. I discovered this publication when the editor contacted me and said they’d like to feature some of my handspun yarns in their issue. I was of course super happy and more than willing for them to show off my work. I immediately went online and set up the app and subscribed.
What is different about this magazine, I feel, is that it is truly interactive. You will have videos and as you read or check out an ad you can actually click through to that particular vendor for example. Each edition will have a large selection of patterns as well as technique features such as how to sew up your knits, how to do a particular stitch, how to convert needle sizes or yarn weights. You will also enjoy seeing and learning about new yarns and accessories and reading interviews with designers and other inspirational people in the industry. In the March issue of Knitsy there is a wonderful interview with Althea Crome on miniature knitting. Althea Crome is maybe best known for her work in the animated film Coraline (I think the name is the same in English as it is in French). Althea is an incredible artist and her miniature knits are amazing works of art.
Knitsy is a very varied publication so you are sure to find something to your liking. The publication also has its own website with lots of info and links to download the app just click here for all the info.
And then there is the Addicted to Sock Knitting ezine or the ASK ezine. Addicted to Sock Knitting is a group on Facebook and they also have a group on Ravelry. The group on Facebook is closed but you can apply for membership here
As the name indicates this is a group for sock knitting aficionados and boy there are many! This group actually has over 10,000 members and be warned, it is highly addictive! The group is run by Debra Garner and she also has a website with the same name www.addictedtosockknitting.com There you will find her blog, her podcast as well as her ezine. She also has a small shop selling patterns, project bags and knitting kits for example.
The ezine is a digital/downloadable publication and Debra being the generous knitter she is, she has made this publication available for us European knitters by offering the ezine as a pdf download that she manually sends out. Her spring issue is just out and it is 160 pages of knitting pleasure. This huge ezine has a large number of sock patterns and some are even given both for top down and toe up knitting so you will definitely find a pattern or 10 to add to your to knit list. There are also knitting technique articles such as the “Gauge” article by Andi Smith of “Big Foot Knits”. You will also find interviews with designers and indie dyers and enjoy the galleries of pictures sent in by members of the group. You will see hand knit socks and socks spun using handspun yarn (I even have a pair there). This is a participative publication written by knitters for knitters and you will read all 160 pages in one setting if you possibly can – I did in 2 settings and loved every page! As a knitter I appreciate the number of sock knitting patterns that are all varied (colour work, lace, cables), as a spinner I enjoyed the article about spinning your sock yarn and the gallery of photos of handspun, handknit socks, as a dyer I enjoyed reading the interviews with dyers AlohaBlu and Stray Cat Socks.
I highly recommend both publications as enjoyable and informative reads for all knitters. Also both publications are looking for submissions so if you have something you would like to share – a review of a LYS, a technique that you master and would like to teach us, a pattern you have designed, a review of some of the tools of the trade and so forth, you should definitely submit an article and who knows, you just might be published in their next edition!
That’s all for now so until next time, enjoy your reading 🙂