Hello everyone! I know that it has been quite a long time since my last post. Most of the time, I post only when I have a project completed, or when I have hit a snag in my current project and want to share the process and/or frustration of the situation. Well, none of that has happened. Hurrah!
I am working on a couple of identical sweaters (except in color) for my twin nieces and it is going quite well, but it will take some time before I have pictures of the finished objects, simply
because I am a slow knitter. Since, I don't have project info or pictures for you I thought I would post some information about something else that has begun to take up a little time in my life.
Knitting Purls is a lot of things. To start, Knitting Purls is the company of a friend of mine, Ida Walker. She is a knitter and so much more, who aspires to become a mogul. I met her on Plurk and learned that she published an e-zine fittingly called "Knitting Purls", so I subscribed to it. It is very well written, with a wealth of information in each issue. She is passionate about supporting the indie fiber artists and it shows in not only her e-zine, but in other endeavors that she has developed, such as Knitting Purls Sock Club, her Knitting Purls podcast which is available for free download on itunes, and by the beginning of 2009 there will be a Knitting Purls line of yarn and fiber available.
Along with the Knitting Purls e-zine, she also has developed 2 other e-zines: Spinning and Dyeing for those whose love of fiber goes much deeper than just buying yarn, and Hooks and String for the crocheters among us. I highly recommend subscribing to all 3 e-zines, since there is no fee to do so and so much to be learned.
Ida also has a charitable non-profit, The Lily M. Foundation. This foundation has a two-fold purpose. First, to assist with veterinary care for pets of seniors and of those in need through Lily's Friends. This program offers Patterns for Paws in a fund raising effort with some wonderful designers, like Wendy Johnson of Wendy Knits fame, donating their patterns to benefit the cause. The second purpose is to help combat illiteracy through the Lily M. Literacy Campaign. Please take the time to go to the blog and read more about both of these important causes and purchase the patterns to help the causes.
For the fans of Knitting Purls who want to interact with other fans or get to know Ida better, she does have a fan group on Ravelry called Knitting Purls. She is there to answer questions and loves to hear ideas from friends and fans, of what we would like to see in the e-zines. She sponsors KALs and design contests too, so stop by the group to check out the fun. You can also find more information about her sock club and how to become a member. Oh, by-the-way, I am a moderator in the group, so you can find me there too.
Now, if I have piqued your interest, you must be wondering where do I find this incredible Knitting Purls. I will attempt to list as many sources that I can.
Knitting Purls Blog
Knitting Purls Ravelry Group
Knitting Purls Etsy Shop
E-zine Subscriptions can be obtained by sending an e-mail to the following addresses with subscribe in the subject line.
Knitting Purls e-zine: email@example.com
Spinning and Dyeing e-zine: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hooks and String e-zine: email@example.com