RSS stands for Rich Site Summary, and is also often called Really Simple Syndication. It’s basically a way to keep up to date on the latest news from your favorite websites. We offer RSS feeds on every category of the website — all you have to do is add “/rss” to any URL you want to subscribe to. RSS is best accessed through a news reader/aggregator, and we suggest several options for reading RSS feeds at the end of this post.
How to subscribe to Knitting Daily’s RSS feeds
The feed you choose to subscribe to depends on the news you want, from knitting techniques, to free patterns, to online education, to yarn information, resources, and tools.
Here are some of the most popular sections of the website:
Knitting Daily Patterns—Whatever you want to knit, we’ve got a pattern for you.
Free Knitting Daily Patterns—Here’s where you’ll find all of the patterns that have appeared on Knitting Daily TV, as well as free patterns that have been featured on Knitting Daily over the years.
How to Knit—From casting on to binding off, we’ve got all all kinds of how-to-knit info for you here.
Knitting Tools and Resources—Download our free eBooks, look something up in our Knitting Glossary, get yarn info and tips, use our Waist Shaping Calculator, and read about the business of knitting.
Knitting Daily Blog—Learn what Kathleen’s been up to, and see what contests are going on.
Magazines—See previews of our upcoming magazines, in-depth pattern details and photos, behind the scenes blogs, and editor’s favorites.
To access RSS feeds, you’ll first want a news reader or aggregator such as MyYahoo! The next step is to add feeds – simply add “/rss” to any site category. For example, to get all of our free patterns, subscribe to http://www.knittingdaily.com/online-extras/free-knitting-patterns-and-stuff-extras/rss.
How do I use the Knitting Daily RSS News Feed?
Of the many tools that are available, here are some of Knitting Daily’s favorites:
Web-based News Readers
Feedly is the quintessential news aggregator app that works on most web browsers, as well as iOS and Android devices.
AmphetaDesk is a hybrid news aggregator. While there’s a small application you run on your desktop (works with PCs and Macs), feeds are actually read on a customized Web page. AmphetaDesk’s easy “Add a Channel” feature makes it one of the more flexible Web news readers.
NewsIsFree collects headlines from almost 7,000 sources and allows users to browse and organize feeds online.
Syndic8 is a a clearing house for RSS feeds, as well as for efforts to get sites to use RSS.
MyYahoo—a customizable webpage that can include weather, stock quotes, and the like, as well as RSS feeds from any site.
Apps and Plug-Ins
FeedDemon pledges to “make RSS as easy to access as your e-mail.” The reader is free and runs on Windows computers.
Feedly is one of the most popular RSS readers in 2013, with synchronized browser and mobile versions available.
NetNewsWire was designed for use in Mac OS X. Similar in layout to Apple Mail or Microsoft Outlook, the application is an easy-to-use news reader that’s extremely flexible.
NewzCrawler lists a directory of RSS feeds, and bills itself as an aggregator, reader, browser, and blog client. Compatible with most PCs, the $24.95 program features a Microsoft Outlook-like user interface and allows users to access feeds in various formats, including a news ticker.