If you have found this blog then you are well on your way to having loads of resources for knitting, not just from this blog, but from the many other knitting blogs on the internet.
When I became a knitter it was only by chance that I was able to find resources to help me on my journey, most of which have come from the other knitters I have met along the way.
Knitting isn’t just about knowing how to knit, it also has to do with knowing where to find information as you need it. Knowing where to find information on technquies, where to buy a particular yarn and finding new patterns will take you a long way on your own knitting journey.
For me, finding my Local Yarn Store (LYS) was the start to my obsession with knitting and yarn. I highly recommend you find the yarn store in your area and tap into that resource. If you live in the Detroit area there is a fabulous store in Royal Oak.
When I was knitting many years ago I only shopped at the big box stores, mostly because at the time the yarn at the LYS was out of my budget and everything there seemed to be so scratchy. But now the variety of yarn is unbelievable, and even at the big box stores the variety has gotten much better. So don’t limit your purchases to just one store check out all the stores in your area that carry yarn. Many stores will carry different brands, differnt yarns and even different colors. And don’t forget about all the online retailers as well.
Amasing a group of knitting friends is also top on the priority list when learning to knit. Local area knitters make for fantasic resource. Not only for information about where to shop for yarn, but also for a helping hand when you run into a problem. In many cities around the country knitters meet up to knit in public. So check out your local coffee shop to find out if they have a group that meets there.
In addition to local knitters, there are also online knitters and knitting communities. For starters, there are many Yahoo Groups that join knitters from around the country. For instance, in the Detroit are there is a Yahoo Group that brings together knitters from around the Metro Area. In the Detroit area we have meet-ups nearly every day of the week at different points around the area.
Ravelry is another great knitting community. Ravelry provides acces to tons and tons of patterns, and projects from lots of knitters, not to mention connection to loads of knitters. My ID on Ravelry is Bloomingknitter. Please feel free to add me as as a friend when you gain access to the site.
Online resources are another great avenue to explore. All you have to do is Google what you are looking for and you are likely to find exactly what you want.
Here are a few websites that provide tutorials and helpful information to get you started. These are just a few sites with loads of information.
You can also find plenty of online videos at youtube.com.
In addition to the online resources, there are some great books that provide tons of information. I recommend these books for both the beginner and advanced knitter, they are fantastic resources to have in your knitting library.
If you are someone who is allergic to wool and animal fibers then you just have to add the book “No Sheep for You” to your library. This book gives you lots of options for woll alternatives.
Elizabeth Zimmerman’s books are also great to have as well.
Knitting magazines are another resource. My favorites are as follows:
There is even an online knitting magazine at www.knitty.com.
Podcasts are not only fun to listen to while you are knitting, but many of them provide information on new products, yarns, and popular projects. Some of my favorites are as follows. I try to limit my podcasts because they can be very addictive and you can fall behind on episodes rather easily. You can access all of these Podcasts from iTunes, and you don’t have to own an iPod to use iTunes on your computer.
High Fiber Diet
Stash and Burn
Sticks and Strings
Knit Picks Podcast
If you couldn’t find enough patterns at Ravelry and the other resources then you can also check out Knitting Pattern Central.
If you are serously interested in learning to knit and becoming good at it then all you need to do is ask and explore. Have fun and let me know if you run into any trouble.