Like many knitters, I've looked forward to each issue of Yarnival with great anticipation. What's the newest in patterns? Techniques? Finished Objects? Will there be some hunky boys in hunky knitwear?
Friends, the answer is an unequivocal YES.
All the great submissions made choosing the links difficult, but there's definitely a theme to this issue. Feet!
Leading the great articles in this edition, may I present an incredibly useful tutorial on short rows, magic loop, (Mag Knits Rainbow) socks and making your own butter. Okay, I made that part up, but Fruity Chick Megan's Fantastic Tutorial is totally worth a read! Stuffed with great pictures and explanations, this tutorial will limit your colorful language while knitting Rainbow Socks!
Molecular Knitting turns her scientist's eye to socks in the wild, analyzing "sock genetics" to determine parentage. Check out her Hysterical Post, chock'a'block full of pictures with a charming explanation of how one's favorite patterns just keep popping up! In addition to dissecting a sock to its basic parts, Molecular Knitting offers a side-by-side comparison of heels, toes and ribs!
Scribbit Michelle takes toe curling patterns to a new level, offering up a sweetly scary Spider Pattern and a great compendium of other Halloween pattern links. Her Winter Bazaar series, each packed with links, invites the blogging community to create patterns for many Holidays, including the common Christmas and Hannukah, but also Easter, Valentine's Day and the New Year! It's like a Yarnival!
Poor NovaMade wades right into the River of Denial, offering a Cautionary Tale of "loser" knitting, detailing a derailed finished object. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll cuddle your stash! Check out her great photographs and use her trials as a checklist to avoid "loser" knitting of your own! Poor Nova!
After you flee the sadness of a effed f.o., check out Twisted Knitter's absolutely fabulous Cobblestone Pullover. Replete with cute boys, cuter knitwear and even a little (bare feet) football, this post epitomizes all that's wonderful about knitting for those we love. She even offers a few tips to downsize the sweater. That's a lucky boy!
And if you haven't gotten your adorable fix for the day, gush over Musings On A Windy Ridge charming post, Real Boys Do Knit and Spin. The sweet adventures of two boys, one passing the craft to another includes a finished object, spinning two ways, finger knitting and crocheting. What more can you ask for?