One of our most popular programs is Yarn & Yap, where folks come into the library to meet other fans of the fibre arts. We all sit together, work on our knitting, crochet, needlepoint, etc. while catching up and talking about new projects and ideas. Due to its popularity we usually offer this program weekly at the majority of our branches. But until we meet again, we wanted to share some of our staff’s favourite places to go for supplies, ideas, and help.
Inspiration & Patterns
- Spruce Crafts which has “how to” for crochet and knitting all the way to kid’s crafts and paper crafts. There are skill levels, techniques, video tutorials, patterns and links.
- Instagram: Look for the hashtags #yarn #knitting #knittersofinstagram #crochet #fibrearts and more.
- Pinterest has links to tutorials, patterns and just about anything you can think of. In your search options be sure to specify “free” or you may not be able to access the instructions.
- Yarnspirations has some free patterns and tutorials.
- Knitty: A free, online Canadian knitting zine with patterns and articles.
Blogs, Podcasts, and Forums
- Ravelry: A database of patterns, yarns, and designers. Membership is free and allows participation in community forums, logging one’s stash and keeping a library of purchased patterns. Patterns are free and paid. This the largest knitting and crochet community online.
- Yarn Harlot: An award-winning Canadian blog featuring patterns, ideas, and experiences.
- Grocery Girls: A Canadian knitting podcast talking about all things yarn
- Wool n Spinning: A spinning and knitting podcast with videos! Includes free and paid content. For more check out her website at welfordpurls.com.
- 100 Mile Wear: A blog focusing on spinning and weaving with lots of unique content like growing your own flax to process into linen.
Tutorials & Classes
- Arne and Carols: Weekly video tutorials. Patterns available at arnecarlos.com.
- Kate Atherley: A Canadian designer and knitter who has written tons of books, offers classes, and has some free online resources.
- Bluprint: Online courses in a variety of topics including knitting, crochet, spinning, baking, sewing and more (some free but mostly paid content).
- School of SweetGeorgia: Online fibre arts classes, tutorials, patterns and more. Paid and free content.