30 January 2007

Me Me ME in Knitty!!!!

The Knitty surprises are up! And I'm in there! Look for me in features. I'm so totally psyched to be a part of knitty, and Amy did such an awesome job of formatting all the pictures, captions and article bits...I was really wondering how that could possibly come together in a coherent way, but of course Amy did it. And of course there are new surprise patterns, too. I love, love, love the neckline on dragonfly, and am excited to see the reversible cable scarf...of course, my non-reversible cable scarf is almost done now, dammit, but next one!! Thermal's a great idea, too. And no one can go wrong with felted mittens. Lots of good stuff.

That sure was effective in zapping the doldrums out of me! Here's hoping I'll coast along on this mood right through finishing a chapter today....!

P.S. Lovely comments from readers of the article are already hitting my inbox. Aw, shucks, people, you're so sweet!

28 comments:

Marlena said...

I just finished your article, and loved it! I just had to sya though, after reading the bit about the display case, that the best place I ever had for yarn storage was in my old apartment. It was in an old house, and had a built in china cabinet with glass doors in the dining room. I, of course, immediately thought of my yarn, but was shocked to find that my boyfriend had the same idea! My stash truly became decor!

hyunjee said...

I was just coming over to say how great your article was. I especially like the yarn of shame. Oh god, do I understand that. It's like the ex-boyfriend that sends you into spasmodic cringeing, beyong merely a headshaking "wtf was I thinking!?" Except that the yarn of shame lives in your house and forces you to confront your spendy, frivolous ways from time to time. But in a good way. Unlike the cringe-inducing ex.

Good job on the article! Now you just have to channel that awesomeness into the diss! (Easy, right?) :)

betty2dogs said...

Wonderful article! How shall I honor the 20 plus skeins of pepto-bismol pink wool I have until now hidden away? Hmm.

hege said...

Congratulations! Excellent article! And so timely! I have had this thought lately that a lot of knitters seem to feel a lot of guilt about their stash. Including myself. Thanks for writing this :) I love all the categories, too, sometimes you just have to buy some of those one-skein wonders. Your label self-promotion is sooo funny.

Veronique said...

All hail the stash! You're right, we should not be ashamed of our stashes. Great article Kate!

Marianne said...

Congratulations Kate! How exciting! Love the article and agree with hege on all counts except for the guilt.

I never, ever feel guilt or shame about any of my stash, and yes, that includes that big bag of Lion Homespun buried away! I love every bit of it.

Sarah U said...

What a great article! My collection (see my use of the word here :D ) of yarn hasn't quite yet reached the lifetime size, as in I would never use up all of this in my entire life, but your article still applied to me. You did a great job of explaining my comfort yarns, yarn which is only there so I can pet it, as well as the odd balls of yarn I'll never use because I picked them up in Austria.

Congrats on the article!

K8 said...

Your article was great - I can definitely relate to many of those categories :)

Wendy Dorrel said...

Hello my lovely friend!! The article was such a great read! Loved it, loved it, loved it. :)

robin said...

Loved your article - I almost feel the need to label some bins so the yarns can co-habitate with like-minds.

Margaret said...

Absolutely loved your Knitty article! My collection prominently features the category "Sock Yarn"

Dee Knitting and Tearing out .. Again said...

I had to comment because you are in the same boat with me.. My husband builds models.. he just moved into another room to accomidate HIS Stash LOL.. I have tolerated it for going on 20 years now.. and he is tolerating the yarn obsession .. I had to show him your pic of how you included him in there.. He says thats what all good yarn ho's do LOL>. lord help me.. Love those mitts.. cool..
Dee

Pixelle said...

I LOVED your article. I printed it out and posted on the husband's desk (he is otherwise known as "why do you have so much *(*#) yarn?". When we moved, my yarn moved first..even before him! It's not a stash, it's my collection!

Code Purl said...

Hi,
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Take care!
Jen

Bells said...

I just read your article. Loved it! I now have a whole new understanding of my "collection". Thank you for the new eyes!

Louisa said...

Great article, Kate! I feel sorry for those who just knit though. My collections include yarn for knitting, crochet and weaving, beads, threads, fabrics, fibres for spinning, dyes, books, magazines and much much more. And I haven't even mentioned the looms, wheels and other equipment. Four attic spaces, 2 big closets, and two and a half large rooms can't hold it all. I think I'm quite past any hope of using it all up in my lifetime but that doesn't stop me from obtaining more. I have a daughter and daughter-in-law who'd both be happy to inherit it all when I'm gone! And yes, my DH has his collections too. He does lampwork beads and woodturning so there's plenty of competition for space around here! And no complaints...

Specs said...

Hooray! Great article!

And I keep thinking of a Yarn Harlot quote I read somewhere. She said that you couldn't criticise a painter for having too much paint, so why make fun of knitters with lots of yarn? It's all about having tools at your disposal (and, of course, the emotional attachment that everyone -- regardless of hobbies -- develops to things).

Lizzy said...

I loved this article - it's so liberating! Thank you so much.

Viv said...

I loved your article and boy does it hit home! It's not all about the products, is it? The yarn itself is a joy and a comfort.

Whimsical Knitting said...

Thanks for the article! I do not now and never have been ashamed of my stash...I'm very proud of it! I have a wonderful husband who buys yarn and knitty things as surprises! I've never, ever understood the shame of having a stash...a stash is to be celebrated and it should grow, grow like the lone weed that pops up between the bricks on your walkway and always comes back, each time bigger and bigger!!
Long Live the Stash!
Cool, very cool article!

Monika said...

Just read your article in Knitty. Never did I laugh so hard! You have put words to what I felt when I sorted my stash last weekend. When my husband looked at the fruit of many hours of labor (carrying boxes out of the closet, sorting, bagging,re-boxing, re-bagging, carring boxes back into the closet) he asked, wrinkling his brow: "What is different?" He must have expected a reduction in stash. Never would I give up my stash, any of the carefully hoarded balls of yarn you have so aptly described. I replied: " I visited old friends, re-aquainted myself with them and now I know where they all are."

Thank you for a wonderful article!

Monika

hesira said...

Congratulations on your article. I really enjoyed reading it. I was laughing as you categorized the different types of acquisition. Right on the nose!

crafty chica said...

hey there.. i read your article and delighted to see a yarn from Turkey :)) . it is an unknown brand, the label says "Fantazi Ay (might be the company Name) Iplik" It can be translated as Novelty Yarn not that it is eyelash or something but it is an expression to say it is not your ordinary good behaving dull yarn. These unknown brands are everywhere because they mainly produce yarns to export and sell the leftovers to domestic market. I even saw Lion Brand Wool Ease last week and my eyes popped out.. You couldn't believe its price it was only 1 lira (0,70 $)...

Tammy said...

Let me add my "hoorays" for your Knitty article. I didn't see it until this morning because I've been so hung up on Thermal and whether or not I should order the yarn. But you have been a great encourager because I don't have anything like Gloss even in my stash, I mean collection right now!

Good luck with your Thesis! Very impressive stuff there.

Claire said...

Hey I read the article in Knitty and found your blog. The article was really great, and now I have founded another blog to read. HOW AWSOME! Good luck on the Thesis.
Claire

Liz said...

Thanks so much for a wonderful article. I didn't know how I could ever explain why I spent $27 on 75 yards of the most beautifully colored three-strand novelty yarn...until now, that is. :-)

Good luck with all your endeavors!

Kirsten said...

I have been meaning to comment and congratulate you on your article in Knitty for days! Sorry it's taken so long. I read the article last week and loved it!

hnyberg said...

A big thank you for the Knitty article! That made my day! I was just coming out of an agonizing fit over all the "unnecessary" yarn in my stash, but now that I can call it a collection instead, what a difference! It's almost like a work of art when I put matching colors next to each other. And I even feel a sense of pride! Now I don't have to desperately look for things to knit with that last skein of "throw-up green". Perfect!

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