what are you reading these days?

There was a time when my blog reader included 129 subscriptions to knitting blogs alone. In the meantime, as many blogs died off, as I started knitting less, and as the very nature of blogging changed (less frequent posts, less commenting), my blogroll gradually shrank to tiny proportions. But now that I’m blogging again, I’m eager to (re)connect with more like-minded people again.

So here’s who I’m reading these days:

Tanis Fiber Arts – an independent Canadian producer of hand-dyed yarn. I’ve been following her for ages, and have recently finally ordered some of her yarn. The most scrumptious yarn porn you’ll find online.

Ysolda – a favourite from the beginning of my knitting journey, she needs no introduction. I’m thrilled that she’s still blogging. Often showcases interesting FOs made from her patterns.

Fuoriborgo – an Italian who was not knitting when I started following her (she is now!), but always has something interesting to say on wool, cooking and country life.

Knit The Hell Out – one of my favourite independent designers, when my hand heals I will knit aaaaall of her men’s sweater patterns. Her blogging style is informal and easily approachable, which I love.

Needled – a Scottish designer and, since recently, yarn producer. Often writes interesting, thoroughly researched pieces about the history of knitting.

Sazmakes – the most beautiful FOs. In between posts, I stalk her ravelry projects page for inspiration.

Sweet Sunday Stitches – a warm and calming thought on crafting every Sunday.

Yarn Harlot – the empress of the knitting world, I’ve recently read her books and my heart jumps with joy whenever a new post pops up in my reader. Take her advice on knitting and life in general, and thank me later.

And what are you reading these days? Any new must-read blogs you’d like to recommend? Do tell!

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About fridica

I started knitting completely by accident, when I was visiting my parents for a holiday in 2008. On a boring Sunday afternoon, I decided to dig through their stash of books to see if there was anything interesting to take back to my apartment. A knitting manual happened to be one of the books I found. I got curious, my mom immediately dug out her old needles and yarn stash (which she hadn’t used in a decade at least), and in a few minutes we were both casting on - she by memory, I by following the instructions from the book… :) Since I normally prefer learning from books, this was ideal.. I took the book home with me, and very very soon - I was an addict.

10 thoughts on “what are you reading these days?

  1. Another Canadian blogger I’ve recently discovered is Melissa’s http://www.misocraftyknits.com/ blog. I really enjoy it – If you are a weak yarn hoarder like me, be forewarned, she posts a lot of cool sock yarns.

    I love Tanis’ blog and yarn too! Her colourways are amazing and she uses great quality yarn.

  2. Thanks for including me, Ivana! I only read the yarn harlot in your list, and will check out the other blogs you mention (mostly unknown to me!) — hardly any knitting blogs in my reader, probably because when I started blogging I wasn’t knitting, and so I never connected with them.

    • For me it’s the opposite, it was only knitting blogs in the beginning and now it’s more varied. I might do another post on some other (non-knitting) blogs I follow…

  3. I read most of those blogs, they are excellent!
    Here are some others that I read:
    http://techknitting.blogspot.ca/ – really excellent technical resource. Awesome posts with diagrams.
    http://www.kariebookish.net – UK designer, uses traditional elements in her design.
    http://www.knitbritish.net – British wool. I’ve recently fallen down a bit of single-breed-yarn rabbit hole. Also great information on traditional British knitting.
    https://kiwiyarns.wordpress.com – Regular, lovely posts.

  4. I’ve read most of the blogs you mentioned….I’m just getting back to blogging….haven’t really blogged since August…except for the Wednesday Stitch Along….so spending time catching up on blogs….also follow many of those on instagram too..

  5. I have to admit I’ve been reading less and less blogs and started watching more and more video podcasts – have you discovered them yet, Ivana? A few of my faves on YouTube are Little Bobbins, Fluffy Fibres, Knitting Expat, Tiny Paper Foxes, Stitched in Sweden, Junkyarn, Spicy Homemaker and Hue Loco, but there are many, MANY more!

    I do however need to get back into the habit of reading blogs – I have always tried to keep up with Alicia Paulson’s blog (Posy Gets Cozy) I will have to go and check through my blog list and see how many are still actually blogging. I’m glad to see you back at it!

    I also follow heaps and heaps of knitting/yarn related Instagram accounts! I love just flicking through all the pictures.

    So much has changed now with social media – I feel like I have so many friends all over the world now, drawn together by a love of knitting. And that’s how friendships are formed, bonding over common interests. I don’t have any friends in real life that are into knitting, so God bless the Internet!

    Cheers,
    Fiona

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