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Knitting From the Center Out

In this issue's segment of Tab's Fiber Faves, the focus is on the quickly growing fiber media realm. It is easier than ever to surround yourself with knitting as amazing books, podcasts, blogs and TV shows are regularly introduced. Here are some of my top picks for the month.

Knitting From the Center Out

Daniel Yuhas' new book, Knitting From the Center Out, is quite unique in a concept that he calls "revolutionary knitting." And it certainly seems revolutionary with a wonderful variety of designs that are worked from the center in a circular manner.

He draws on the building blocks of five different foundations (the tube, the cone, the circle, the dome and ruffles) to establish fantastic designs that are begun in unusual and unexpected ways. We are all pretty familiar with top-down hats, where you start with a few stitches and shape with increases, but Yuhas goes much further than that to really engage the knitter into new possibilities. My jaw literally dropped when I saw his "Heel-Up Socks," which are started at the ball of the heel and worked outward. And they are SEAMLESS!

Yuhas starts you off gently, with basic I-cord jewelry, hats and slippers, before gradually working up to blankets, shawls and sweaters (I LOVE the Geometric Shrug).The stitch patterns he utilizes are gently subtle, allowing the yarn and shaping techniques to be the star of the piece. His photo tutorials at the end of the book are very clear and helpful as well.

If you are itching for something new and different, be sure to check this one out!

For Listening While You Knit

I love listening to podcasts while I work. It's the best hands-free work entertainment around, all while enabling you to keep up to date on trends, gossip, products, tools and designers. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Ready, Set, Knit -- Owners of WEBS Yarn store chat about yarn and life in general. In fact, you need to go listen to Creative Knitting's editor, Kara Gott Warner, on their March 2 episode!
  • Knit 1, Geek 2 -- Geeky and cheeky, these gals are a positive riot.
  • Yarn Thing -- Designer and podcaster, Marly Bird, has some of the best guests!
  • The Knitmore Girls -- This mother-daughter team is wonderful to listen to; they are so high-energy and share so much information on designs and products.
Knit and Crochet Now!

Fiber-Loving Television

It's here, it's here! The new season is airing now, and it has been wonderful! With experts such as Brett Bara, Kristin Nicholas, Robyn Chachula, Maggie Pace and Ellen Gormley, you just know that your knit and crochet desires will be fulfilled. I love the tutorials and the fun projects. Click this link to see the schedule for your area, but if it isn't showing up, be sure to call your local public television station and demand it!

Knitting Blogosphere

Blogs certainly aren't new, but here are the ones that I frequent on a weekly basis for great reading. TECHknitting if you need to know it, this is where you go to learn ALL about it. The TECHknitter is well known for her in-depth illustrations, tutorials and information

Picnic Knits, I just LOVE seeing Corrina's beautiful new shawl designs and colorful, yarnie pictures. She writes such charming content.

Knitting to Stay Sane, I don't know how she designs as much as she does, but Glenna C is a fantastic writer, with awesome pictures, travel details and funny anecdotes. She lives such a fascinating knitterly life!

Splendid Sticks, I think we are all familiar with The Editor's Blog by Kara Gott Warner, naturally, because she fills it with amazing content! I LOVE Kara's posts with her video tutorials, great designer features and designer tutorials.

Purl Bee, I could literally sit and stare at the beautiful fiber images by the Purl Bee for hours. And hours. Her designs, her funny blog posts, her images -- it is all just too awesome!

Yarn Harlot, I don't know anyone who hasn't heard of the Yarn Harlot (aka Stephanie Pearl McPhee), but if you are one of the few who haven't, you are missing one of the funniest, yet most generous knitting bloggers out there. Her charity work is inspiring.

Of course, you can always visit my blog, too. Wink. Feel free to share your favorite books, podcasts, and blogs with me!

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