Here are links to some of my favorite people and places. If you would like to recommend a link that you especially enjoy, do send me a note about it in the email form on the Contacts page and I will add it.
Andrea Wong Knits
Andrea designs hand knitted garments and sells her patterns individually and as a collection in her book, Portuguese Style of Knitting – History, Traditions and Techniques.
This is the first book in the USA that explains step by step how to knit Portuguese Style, a very ergonomic and easy way of hand knitting. It also includes a brief history of Portugal, its crafts and some facts on spinning. My travel pictures will open a window on the colorful world of Portugal. Detailed images and explanations offer knitters an opportunity to practice this style that, once mastered is easy on the hands and relaxing. You will learn all the basics: cast on, knit and purl stitches, and bind off. Once you practice and obtain a smooth tension you can approach how to knit lace, cables, double knitting and two color knitting, much easier on this style because the ball of yarn do not tangle. As a plus, I talk about advantages and disadvantages of using knitting needles with hooks, typically used in Portugal and countries of Mediterranean culture to this day. The book also offers ten garment patterns that I designed specifically to practice different aspects of Portuguese-style knitting. They are inspired by traditional garments as well as the richly patterned environment of Portugal.
In addition to her book, she offers videos and notions. Visit her Website at this LINK.
Atkinson Farm Yarns
Drive up a country road past a winery in a corner of Southern Indiana and you can you can lose yourself in yarn heaven. A group of knitters meet annually at the Barn Abby in New Harmony, Indiana. One of the highlights of our weekend retreat is a trip to Atkinson Farm Yarns.
Located in the scenic rolling hills of southern Indiana, Atkinson Farm Yarns is an oasis for the fiber enthusiast. Whether you are seeking yarn, needles or just a comfortable location to hang out with friendly folks, we would like to welcome you to join us and be inspired.
Visit her Website at this LINK.
Dayton Knitting Guild
The Dayton Knitting Guild and its many members are dear to my heart. Although I live about 120 miles from Dayton, I drive over several times a year to attend guild events and to visit. Since I am the web manager for the Guild, I designed their logo to include an image of the Wright Flyer which is an identifiably Dayton airplane.
Here is what they say about the guild:
The Dayton Knitting Guild, established in 1986, promotes interest and skill in the art of knitting, encourages high standards of quality and workmanship, and encourages the use of those skills for the benefit of others. Membership is open to all skill levels and geographic locations.
Visit their Website at this LINK.
Years ago, Mama asked me to drive her to Marshfield WI to attend a knitting camp. My first sock book, and many friendships grew out of that weekend.
Meg Swansen writes:
Schoolhouse Press is a publisher of knitting books, patterns, and instructional videos, the home of Knitting Camp, and a knitting supply business founded in the mid-1950s by British-born master knitter Elizabeth Zimmermann. Today, we are a typical small business located in Wisconsin, USA, run by Elizabeth’s family and a few staff members wearing a number of hats. Our focus is on customer service (yes, it’s still possible to reach us by phone: 800-968-5648) and supplying knitters with books, patterns, wool, and tools we use and endorse.
Visit their Website at this LINK
Simply Socks Yarn Company
Question: Of what does a dedicated sock knitter dream?
Answer: A sock yarn company within a twenty-minute drive from home! I especially enjoy their own line of yarns because the colors are solid.
Here’s what she says about her shop:
Want to visit our 3500 square foot shop and browse 6 tons of sock yarn in person? While we ship worldwide six days a week, we are open to the public just one day each week, which typically alternates Tuesdays and Saturdays. We are located in a restored 1940’s post office at 1315 E. State Blvd, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 46805. There’s plenty of off-street parking next to the shop, or free on-street parking as well.
Visit their Website at this LINK.
Okay. So I do have a bias about this website. Ellen Roberts is my daughter and she spins, weaves and knits. She inherited the gene from her grandma like I did. I know her site is in need of revision, but the link to her Facebook page will take you on an interesting journey. Visit her website at this LINK.