So, that being said, the very first place I run to every day, the blog that has its own button on my tool bar would have to be, no doubt, the Yarn Harlot. From the first post I ever read, I have been a faithful follower of the Harlot. If you haven't been, I strongly recommend you visit. Strongly. I also recommend that you read her archived posts, as well. This blog represents to me that a knitter can really find friends, her place in the universe, and a smashing career/life calling if she just keeps knitting. Not to mention that she is a published author of...knitting humor. Seriously. She also invented the word "Kinnear" (as a verb) and Greg Kinnear complimented her right back by calling her the "Michael Jordan of knitting." She is my superhero.
Another place I visit frequently would have to be Mason-Dixon Knitting. I have used the books that Ann Shaye and Kay Gardiner have published (Mason-Dixon Knitting and Mason-Dixon Knitting: Outside the Lines) and let me tell you that I have purchased so much dishcloth cotton yarn because of them!
I also have to mention that, even though it is not a blog, Ravelry is also a phenomenal place to visit. If you haven't been...well, I'd say it's like Facebook for knitters, crocheters, weavers, and crafty folks, but without all that really annoying upgrade junk.
Brooklyn Tweed has patterns that just kill me, they're so beautiful, and so beautifully photographed.
A list of blogs to visit would not be complete without mentioning Wendy Knits.
And now for some local flavor....
My friend Wendy (not the aforementioned Wendy) has her own website: ChickenStitch Creations. She is one seriously talented woman! Let me tell you that she has entered handknits into the State Fair and she WON.
Another recent comment on the blog led me to a new blog I've been exploring: Wool Durham. Sara just finished a gorgeous Acer Cardigan that has me feeling the itch to cable myself one, too. Check it out!
Also I visited the mysterious PfeifferGrad's website: House Of Tater. She's mysterious because I couldn't squeeze her first name out of her blogger profile (d'oh!). At first glance she mentioned a fiber hangover, so you know she's one of us!
And a last one (for now) would have to be Connie Chang Chinchio's website. I always fall hard for her designs, even if I don't always finish them (ahem...cardigan..cough cough).
That being said, I have to tell you that the cardigan appears to be getting very irate at me. It has been two weeks since I've knit a stitch on it, and I think something is going to have to be done, if I want to not be smothered in my sleep. Look at this craziness:
The dang thing's GOT A SHIV. It has its nasty little knitted sleeves wrapped around a frackin' weapon! Send help!
I can't tell if it's aiming for me or the Malabrigo. Help.
PS: In an epic blogger fail, I forgot to mention another very cool, local blogger. Ms. Nik of the comments also has a beautiful blog: Nik's Knits. You must go see it, it's very pretty and lots of great projects!