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2. Sponsor’s Spot: Printer Low on Ink?
3. Weekly Topic: Knitting
4. What Did We Miss? Submit Site or Link To Us
5. Note from a Reader
6. Related Video
7. Quote of the Week
8. Classified Ads
9. Subscription Management
#1. October 25, 2006
I’m often asked where I get my topic ideas from, and my answer is usually, “I don’t know. They just come to me.” This week, however, I got my topic from my son, who’s a college freshman. He told me one of the girls in one of his classes was knitting, and he thought knitting would be a good topic for me.
The thought of some bright eighteen-year old knitting during first-year Physics or Chemistry makes me smile. How about you? Actually, I don’t think he mentioned which class it was, but that’s the image that stuck in my mind.
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"
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Once considered a hobby for the retired and elderly, knitting has seen a resurgence of popularity in the last three years, particularly among teens and young adults. Knitting is a creative activity that rewards you with homemade gifts for self, friends and family (and a sense of accomplishment.) If you’ve not tried knitting yet, or simply need a refresher, here’s a stash of sites that will show you how.
Although experts say the Continental knitting method (holding the yarn in your left hand) is faster, holding the yarn in your right hand (called English) is the most popular method in the States. English is also the easiest style for kids to learn. Knitting Help showcases both schools with their how-to-knit videos, found in Getting Started, Basic Techniques and Advanced Techniques. They also host a very active discussion forum, a few pages of free patterns, and a glossary of knitting abbreviations.
Knitting Pattern Central
Although I usually shy away from link directories, Knitting Pattern Central is a terrific example of the kind of directory I do like: one that specializes. Knitting Pattern Central “is an online directory featuring thousands of links to free knitting patterns, currently with over fifty categories from which to choose, including hats, sweaters, afghans, ponchos, mittens and gloves, kitchen items, toys, and much more.” Another fun section is Tips â€˜n Tricks with over eight pages of reader-submitted knitting tips.
Knitty (“little purls of wisdom”) is an online knitting magazine with a fun, hip attitude. Instead of the usual difficulty ratings that range from easy to hard, knitting patterns at Knitty are rated mellow, tangy, piquant or extra spicy. Is this food or knitting? Although there are no beginner tutorials at Knitty.com, there are regular columnists and featured articles that address all aspects of knitting. I was intrigued by an article about making bags from old sweaters. “Bags are really fun to make, because you can hardly go wrong. They are a great place to experiment, they don’t have to fit, it’s okay to have lots of them and they make great gifts.”
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#7. Quote of the Week
“Small minds are much distressed by little things. Great minds see them all but are not upset by them.” ~~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld (1613 – 1680) French author and moralist
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