Hello, world

I spend altogether too much effort trying to enjoy media (be they knitting blogs, video game comics, or policy analysis sites) that make no corresponding effort to help me figure out what exactly they are for. Everyone I know will rave about the content provider du jour, and I’ll scuttle over to figure out what all the fuss is about, only to be met by the GIANT WALL OF STUFF with nary an entryway in sight. Or, to turn a phrase, in site.

I figure if you’re friendly enough to mosey over here, it’s like you’ve reached out your sparkly digital hand to a stranger. I also figure the polite thing to do is to start this blog by reaching back.

This post will begin its life aspirationally– to introduce me as a yarncrafter, and to describe why this blog has come into existence. Then, as the blog grows out of my brain and into the internet, I’ll update it to keep providing a yarny portal into the wall of stuff. Let me know how it works 🙂

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This is me, in as summary a format as I could muster. For the less visually inclined:

  • I’m an independent-spirited obsessed yarncrafter (both knitting and crocheting, can’t get enough)
  • I love quirky, swanky bits of wooly fashion
  • I’m neck deep in science, gaming, reading, and nerd culture– and it often shows in my projects
  • I like designs with clever construction, interesting texture, and unexpected color combinations
  • I love a challenge and believe that anything is knittable with enough determination (my partner Jamie would refer to this as Scottish stubbornness, but doesn’t “determination” sound more like a feature and less like a bug?)
  • My crafting influences include: Kelley Petkun of Knit Picks, Knitscene magazine, Kate Davies, Ysolda Teague, Caitlin ffrench, Stephanie Dosen of Tiny Owl Knits, Hannah Fettig of Knitbot, Hilary Smith Callis, Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting, and SpillyJane

Here is a brief catalogue of this blog’s intended features– what I feel I can offer the online yarncraft community:

  • The latest in yarny news and developments gathered from far and wide, across books, blogs, podcasts, and periodicals
  • Tutorials and tips from the above-cited sources, but mainly from my snuggly robot brain
  • Free patterns whenever time allows
  • Yarn and pattern reviews, replete with deliciously specific detail
  • Entertaining (hopefully) musings about the nature of fibercrafts, their place in the world, the meaning of life, the universe, and everything, and whatever else scuttles across the page

Sound up your alley? Excellent! Leave a comment so I can tell what I’ve got right. Not what you’d hoped for? Also potentially excellent: I’m new to this game and have no desire to spend my time creating things no one actually wanted. Tell me what you *did* want and travel forth in the knowledge that you’re helping make the internet better.

Perhaps, based on the title, you were under the impression there would be free ravioli? Friend, you and me both. My apologies that you will most likely depart from this site with a still-hungry belly. As for the other bit? You bring the yarn; I’ll do my best to bring the sunshine.

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3 thoughts on “Hello, world

    • Thanks! Although I suspect I’d look less clever if I’d posted a picture of all the lumpy blue swatches that came before the final result 😀

      There are several TARDIS hat patterns floating around the web for both knitters and crocheters, but because I’m a teensy bit OCD, I felt compelled to tinker. I settled on a tasty little mashup of several ideas and existing patterns– check out the Ravelry link below for more details:

      Not to be coy, but this hat’s a prime candidate for a free pattern giveaway… 😉

      • I am glad I am not the only person who takes several attempts to get something “just right” 🙂
        Both my kids are big Doctor Who fans, so I’m just picturing their faces if they were getting ready for school and I whipped out 2 Tardis hats for them to wear….unfortunately, neither child ever wears anything I have made for them, for some reason! I used to make little hats and scarves for them, only to find them, weeks later, stuffed into a schoolbag or in a ball on the floor of the car. Now I mainly stick to toys for them, as I know they will appreciate them.
        You have inspired me to try a Doctor Who theme, though….that never would have occurred to me otherwise. I am going to google Doctor Who villains, to see who might be easiest to crochet 🙂

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