Since I started knitting 13 years ago I have enjoyed good knitting blogs. There is a wonderful online knitting community and both blogging and keeping up with other blogs makes me feel like I’m not alone with this knitting thing. I love reading about other people’s projects and designs, and I find inspiration in a beautiful photo or a funny story. One of my very favorite blogs is the Yarn Harlot.
I have been reading the Yarn Harlot blog for years and Stephanie Pearl-McPhee always has me laughing out loud. Her hilarious knitting antics (and excellent knitting projects) have always put a smile on my face, even on the greyest of days. So you can imagine my delight when she cast on for an Antler Cardigan a few weeks ago!
I had a moment of very serious nerdy-ness in which I ran through the house to tell my hubby (who didn’t REALLY care but tried to be enthusiastic for me), texted or called most of my knitting friends, then emailed Emily to tell her. Could this really be happening? Was my knitting hero really knitting one of MY designs?! Yep. I pinched myself. It really happened. You can read all about it on her blog (check out January). She is knitting Antler for her nephew Lou in a lovely natural hand spun yarn.
This brings me to another thought… who else is knitting Tin Can Knits? Well first up we have the Knitmore Girls, a mother-daughter team who have a weekly Podcast. They recently reviewed Pacific Knits and we were thrilled to hear their kind words.
“Anything I see in here I could knit for everybody in our family!”
“It is a real collection – the same themes are echoed throughout…….everyone wearing the sweaters looks happy wearing them….I like everything in this book! It makes me want to knit RIGHT NOW”
I love that they said it made them want to knit – that is what we hope for when we publish a book. I have sometimes found publishing to be a tough process for a sensitive girl such as myself. I put a little piece of myself out into the world and hope that people like it and better yet: want to knit it! Check out the enthusiastic and down-to-earth Knitmore Girls Podcast – they review Pacific Knits in Episode 211. And Gigi is has a Hipster Hat on the needles too!
Last but not least, one of our favorite dyers ALWAYS seems to have a Gramps cardigan on the go. Tanis of Tanis Fiber Arts has taken to knitting Gramps again and again in her beautiful hand dyed yarns and always chooses fantastic color combinations. She really rarely knits anything I don’t immediately want to cast on for! You can check out her most recent post about Gramps here, and shop her exquisite range of hand-dyed yarns (made in Montreal, Canada) on her website here.
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