The Weekly Round Up: A New Knitty Issue, Record Setting Fleece and The Beginning of Pumpkin Season

Freshly Plucked Patterns

With the first week of September comes a fresh crop of fall patterns! At the top of my list is the new Knitty – Deep Fall 2015. I’ve loved Knitty with all my knitterly heart since I first started knitting in 2006, and that love has not waned. Some of my very first projects were from Knitty mags, and I’ve always found it to be a really fearless and interesting publication. Screen Shot 2015-09-06 at 12.54.19 PM

Photo credit Knitty 2015. Pattern: Pierrot by Motoko Takahashi 

skeinFINALnotypeWhat’s extra exciting about this issue is that Knitty is now on Patreon! Committed to improving their website and paying designers more for their work, Knitty has reached out to the community and requested donations to achieve their goals. If you love Knitty as I do, consider becoming a donor. I’ve pledged what I can, because I think it’s an amazing publication and it deserving of support. Plus there cute buttons. I love me some cute buttons.

Knitting in the News

One story dominated my knitting news feed this week and with good reason: it made international headlines around the world. A feral merino sheep that hadn’t been shorn in six or seven YEARS was discovered by hikers just outside of Canberra, Australia. Now the coat of a merino sheep will continue to grow uncheck if not shorn, so this poor fella ended up becoming massive. 

SheepPhoto credit: Tammy Ven Dange

It was unknown if the animal – dubbed ‘Chris’ – would even survive the process of shearing, but it was certain that without his fleece being removed he would die. Already the weight was a serious health risk to the animal and an intervention was sought by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Champion shearer Ian Elkins stepped up and happily for everyone involved the wool was removed without incident. Over 40 kgs of material in total. Now that is one for the record books.

Random Things I Did This Week

In addition to my therapy sessions I did some writing this week. I published a short piece on my mental health entitled Post Traumatic Stress Stole My Intuition which you can read on Medium. I welcomed in Pumpkin Spice Season (sorry, autumn. Autumn.) with the first muffin of the season:

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I’ve just given in and embraced our spicy pumpkin overlords. 

I’ve also been knitting away at a deadline project that I can’t show you yet, but it’s keeping my fingers busy (and stained indigo) at all hours of the day. You can see a little teaser shot of it in the background of the above photo.

That’s all for this week. I must dash off to a wedding (!!) so I’ll talk with you later. Happy Knitting!

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