When looking for new patterns, techniques, or just general inspiration, there are quite a few sources we like to consult. A variety of blogs, books, and magazines make up many of the sources, but overall, Ravelry.com is the ultimate source of knitting information. If you’re not familiar with the site, Ravelry is an extensive yarn and pattern database, that simultaneously functions as a fiber-based social network. Patterns, yarns, and more—you name it, it’s in there. Millions of knitters use the site as their main knitting resource, and it’s very easy to get lost in the myriad project pages full of inspiration. In addition to using Ravelry, we also like to turn to our favorite blogs, books, and magazines for extra bits of curated knitting information.
Here is how our staff members like to get their knitting information:
BEKAH: “Ravelry.com. You can find pretty much anything and everything. And get lost for hours.”
ELA: “Fashion shows, web search, purlonpearl.tumblr.com.”
SARAH C: “Interweave Knits magazine, Knit Purl newsletters, Ravelry”
SHEILA: “One of my favorite books is a reference book, ‘The Knitting Answer Book’ by Margaret Radcliffe. This is my go-to book if I’ve forgotten how to do a stitch. It is also the book I recommend the most. My three favorite websites, Ravelry, http://techknitting.blogspot.com and Knittinghelp.com, all have fun, interesting information for every knitter whether beginner or advanced.”
CAIT: “Pom Pom Magazine.”
OLEYA: “I primarily visit the Fringe Association blog (updated on a daily basis!), but I also like Clara Parkes’ Knitter’s Review, and the Woolful podcast. I also have a very deep respect for ‘The Principles of Knitting’ book by June Hemmons Hiatt.”
KELI: “I find Ravelry endlessly inspiring. It’s hard to pick anything else, since Ravelry includes it all!”
Whether they’re digital or analog, these are the sources we turn to when we need advice, inspiration or to find out what’s new in the knitting world.
Please join us next week for the last post of the series, which highlights our favorite finished objects.