K1P2 At SXSW

Knitting will be an official activity at this year’s South by Southwest Conference happening in Austin, Texas March 8-17. The 10-day festival celebrates the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries with techy keynotes, concerts, movies, and, this year, knitting. The meetup, happening March 9th from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm will be hosted by knitting and crochet expert Vicki Howell and all are invited, even those picking up needles for the first time.

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Boost Your Knitting

From designer Jen Arnall-Culliford comes Boost Your Knitting, a year-long program to help build your knitting skills and confidence. Learn 12 new techniques through 12 patterns from 12 designers, including Carol Feller, Nancy Marchant, Thea Colman, and Anna Maltz. Patterns will be released each month with the first one being emailed on March 1st. Each month, a knitalong will be hosted in the official Ravelry group, complete with video tutorials to help you master the highlighted skill. Purchase a package of the patterns (which comes with a printed book copy) or you can choose to purchase the patterns with seasonal kits, which include the yarn you will need for the three patterns of that season.

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Pre-order Pom Pom Quarterly

Haven’t landed on the perfect Spring knits for your queue? Then get your hands on Pom Pom Quarterly‘s Spring Issue (it’s #28 if you’re keeping track), which is now accepting pre-sale orders. Pre-order the magazine now to be among the first to receive it on February 21st, a full week before it lands in stores. But, if you’re an “I have to see it first” type of knitter, then mark your calendars for the February 14th Ravelry preview to see the designs that will be included in the issue.

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CAST ON: Somber

A very, very odd shape (the designer’s words, not ours), Somber combines two colors of fingering weight yarn to create a shawl that is uneven parts rectangle and triangle. But, according to the designer, Sylvia McFadden, the shawl drapes perfectly around the neck offering a lightweight accessory that can be thrown on and look great with almost any outfit. While the stripes and the lacework increases are the first glance heroes, it’s the very, very odd shape (again, her words, not ours) that makes this an interesting piece to knit and wear.

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