Here on Knitting Daily, we love YARN!
Which posts did you like best? I took a look at which emails had the highest "open rate"--meaning the emails you opened and read versus those you left unread and unloved in your inbox (or worse, those you deleted!). And here's your Top 5 Most-Read Posts of 2008:
1. The Booties Are Back! The Booties Are Back! (May 30)
2. Come Play On Our New Site -- Including FORUMS! (May 23)
3. Tips for Working Tricky Armholes (May 28)
4. Are You In A Box? (February 25)
5. The Knitting Tools That Lurk In Your Closet (February 11)
So what do those tell me about what you want to see on Knitting Daily? You LOVE it when we make a beloved but long-out-of-print pattern available online, especially one that is as cute as those little felted booties. You were excited about the "grand opening" of our new KD site. You really like tips and techniques, especially anything that helps you knit better fitting sweaters.
And you REALLY hope that there are, in fact, hidden knitting tools lurking in your closet. (I'm not really sure why asking "Are you in a box?" got everyone all excited. I mean. Did you folks just really need vacations?)
But the post that says the most about who we are as a community is the one that generated nearly 1700 comments, the highest number of comments ever on Knitting Daily: the post titled Are You A Yarn Collector? (from April 21, 2008). That one told me the following:
We. Love. Yarn.
Well, it's a good thing you like patterns, techniques, tips, and yarn, because there's a whole lot of all of that coming up in the days ahead on Knitting Daily.
- A video tip for knitting colorwork patterns more easily;
- Information about the wonders of knitting sweaters without seams;
- The new Spring Knits preview;
- Some fun behind-the-scenes shots from the Spring Knits photoshoot;
- Our traditional Knitting Daily Galleries, as well as a new Gallery showing you different ways to rock the new Spring styles!
- All that, plus more video techniques, richer forums, more photos, and more fun.
Oh yes. And more yarn. Because, when you're Knitting Daily, it really is all about the yarn.
Soon to Be a Winter Wardrobe Favorite: Knitted Jackets by Cheryl Oberle
Baby, it's COLD outside! As I am writing this, the temperature is 12 degrees Fahrenheit here in Canada where I live; it is 30 degrees Fahrenheit in Loveland, Colorado, where the main Interweave offices are. My town is buried under a foot of blowing snow (I'm beginning to understand the entire reasoning behind having a snowblower oh-so-much-more-clearly now!). And I'm dreaming of warm things, lovely, lovely knitted warm things...
What could be nicer than a handknit jacket this time of year? A book chock-full of patterns for gorgeous hand-knitted jackets, that's what, which is exactly what we have for you this winter: Cheryl Oberle's Knitted Jackets. I'm already in love with the Northwest Celtic Jacket pictured here; there are twenty patterns in this beautifully photographed book for everything from lace wraps to simple coats to warm you against the chill.
No one designs wraps like Cheryl; I first met her years ago when I fell deeply in love with her book Folk Shawls (also available from we nifty folk at Interweave Press). The shawl I knit from one of the patterns in that book has become a cherished friend on cold days like today.
So. Now all I have to do is figure out if I have the time to knit that beautiful Celtic jacket...Ah, well. It's good for knitters to have patterns that inspire our dreams of yarn and long evenings by the fire with our favorite projects in hand.
Look Inside Knitted Jackets: 20 Designs from Classic to Contemporary
Look for Knitted Jackets at your local yarn shop; or buy it online from us.
Sandi Wiseheart is the editor of Knitting Daily.
What's on Sandi's needles? Did I finish my mom's Leaf and Nupp Shawl from Knitted Lace of Estonia by Nancy Bush? I don't know. I'm writing this ahead of time so I can have Christmas off. All will be revealed sometime early in Janaury 2009, I promise...