Sunday, June 8, 2008

Visit these Websites!

Noble Pig

I am now a Stumbler (check StumbleUpon for more info on how you too can become part of the mind suck that is Stumbling). Anyhow, I just came upon this sinfully decadant cooking site, Noble Pig with more waistband straining recipes than you can shake a stick at. Want Carmelized Chocolate, Banana, and Marshmallow Sandwiches? You can find the recipe and the mouthwatering recipes in an article aptly entitled "Get your fat pants out." Cathy describes herself by saying that gluttony is her sin of choice. You may have to join her after reading these recipes.

Knitting Cybrarian

This is a great blog by knitting librarian Laura Gayle. Insight on life, nature, and of course knitting and librarianship make this blog a joy to read. There's a lot to absorb here, with postings on books of all genres, music, pretty much everything you can think of. Check it out.

School Products

I was paging through an issue of Vogue Knitting from 2004 when I found the ad for School Products, the oldest yarn store in Manhatten. According to the website, "[for] almost 60 years School Products Company has been serving fiber artists with the best equipment, accessories and widest selection of yarns." You've got to see the selection and prices to believe it. They carry highest quality yarns (cashmere, kid alpaca, etc), mill ends, and stock a huge selection of European yarn. As of this posting, I found a cashmere/merino blend yarn for $8.50 a skein and baby camel at $4.50 and ounce. They also carry a huge selection of books and other tools and accessories.

DROPS Designs

Amazing database from GARNSTUDIO/DROPS Designs, the Norwegian yarn producer. Thousands (2769 in English) of free, downloadable patterns featuring every skill level. The patterns are written a bit differently than the American patterns that I am used to (amounts of yarn needed are in ounces, no yardage is given, and you will find instructions telling you to cast on a certain yardage of yarn with no number of stitches given). Nonetheless, you'll find many patterns incorporating Norwegian colorwork, an incredible amount of stylish sweaters, hats, sock, etc, etc. There is also a link to suppliers of the yarn, both on the web and local yarn stores.

Yarndex Knitting and Crochet Directory

Sister site to Yarn Market, this site is a reference site for all of us yarnies. Information has been catalogued on over 4,000 types of yarn to help the crafter pick out the perfect yarn for their chosen project. Each entry includes MSRP (with a link to Yarnmarket if that yarn is currently available), current available colors, and patterns using the yarn, if available. You'll also find all of the standard yarn specs (distributor, yardage, weight, needle sizes, etc).

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