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The Scoop: October 9, 2018

KNIT FOR KNIT’S SAKE

In a new opinion piece for the New York Times, writer Tim Wu makes a case for simply striving for mediocrity when it comes to your hobby. He argues that gone are the days that people have hobbies for the sake of having a hobby. Instead, people strive for expert level mastery. But there’s something soul-soothing about enjoying the little successes and joys that a hobby offers. As a knitter, we agree. There’s excitement in every yarn purchased (even if it’s not the best), every project finished (even if it’s just a silly Halloween costume accessory), and every skill learned (even if you do have to Google the instructions every time you tackle it). So knit happy as you spend time with your hobby and encourage a friend to pick up one, too.

Read the full article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/29/opinion/sunday/in-praise-of-mediocrity.html


SOCK IT TO ME

 

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The team at Sweet Georgia is easing into cooler weather with a Sock-Along. From October 12 through November 1, knit a pair of socks using Sweet Georgia Yarn (may we suggest Tough Love Sock) for a chance to win fun yarny prizes, including Sweet Georgia Yarn, patterns, and notions. To earn entries, post pics of your finished sock in the SAL Ravelry thread, use a Sweet Georgia Yarn, use one of their new, Fall colorways. So dust off those size 1’s, pick your pattern, and get ready to cast on!

Join the SAL: https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/sweet-sweetgeorgia/topics/3838366


START PLANNING

 

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It’s never too early to start planning your 2019 knitting goals, especially since the new year will be here before we know it. Making Magazine’s has released it’s 2019 Wall Calendar, which features stunning watercolor drawings of fiber animals and natural dye plants. Let each month inspire you to pick up a new fiber or a new, natural colorway. Or at the very least, keep your knitting queue organized with a well-planned schedule (yeah, right!). Calendars start shipping in November.

Pre-order the calendar now: https://makingzine.com/collections/accessories/products/2019-fiber-plant-wall-calendar


CAST ON: THITHER

 

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Hunter Hammersen’s newest hat design, Thither, offers a subtle welcome to Fall with its delicate leaf-like lacework column. The simple, yet strong design gives this hat a wear anywhere and with anything vibe. Written in 3 sizes and knit with sport weight yarn, this hat is one that you can knit in time to wear for those perfect, leaf changing selfies.

Get the pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/thither