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Posts Tagged ‘Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’

Move Over Dara Torres: We’re Waiting for the Knitting Olympics

medal-web-small1.jpg This is Mary Beth Klatt, once again filling in for the intrepid Steve Delahoyde for the rest of the week. While he’s busy doing a Funny Ha Ha reading among other things, this writer is focused on more important things, let getting ready for the 2008 Knitting Olympics. Instead of flexing muscles in the gym, thousands of knitters everywhere are sharpening their knitting needles and replenishing the yarn stash for this challenge of skill, stamina, the thrill of standing on the winner’s stand and saying, “I did it. I won.” This Olympiad of the crafty variety, alas, does not take place in smoggy Beijing, but rather on the Internet. In 2006, it was led by the fearless Yarn Harlot otherwise known as Stephanie Pearl McPhee. We can’t find this year’s rules just yet, but here’s what we found for 2006. And the results. Let this all inspire you to greatness and the gold. Yes, it’s quite within the rules to start swatching now, that’s considered “training.”

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Enough About Knitting Already Or Not?

1580176585.01._SS500_SCLZZZZZZZ_V43255538_.jpg There have loads of stories about how sewing is the new knitting. The way pundits talk, you’d think that women (and men) have abandoned their knitting needles in droves for sewing machines. But that hasn’t been the case if anecdotal evidence is any evidence. Take Chicago’s Stitching Salon, where this writer took refuge from he high winds last weeks to get help on blasted knitted skirt’s she making. Low and behold, there had to be at least 20 women in there working there working their DPNs, crochet hooks, and knitting needles in the middle of the workday. Can you imagine? This is only how many years after Martha Stewart‘s poncho captured the world’s attention? Amazing. Still more fascinating is how many readers crave more books by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, aka the Yarn Harlot. Last time this writer looked, she had like a zillion responses to one post on her blog (ok, it was really the tally was in the 800+ ballpark, but still…). We’re thinking there’s clearly not an end to the number of knitting books hitting the shelves in sight. Now if you’re a guy and you like to knit, there’s even a list of men’s knitting blogs. Isn’t that cute?