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When I read a magazine, I always read the editor’s page first. I like to hear what the person in charge has to say about the issue. I can honestly say, though, that I’ve never give much thought as to what it would be like to actually be the editor of a publication. Until I volunteered to edit an edition of Yarnival.

Let me tell you, this turned out to be harder than I thought it would! It was hard to be objective, it was hard to exclude entries, it was hard to organize the entries I chose. But I realized, as I read through all the entry posts (and I did read them all) that, while we all have knitting blogs, we actually post to our blogs for many different reasons. Sometimes we post to provide entertainment, sometimes we post to reflect, sometimes we post to celebrate a success or find commiseration over a failure. So, I organized this edition of Yarnival according to what I perceived to be the purpose of the post. Without further editorial comment, here is my edition of Yarnival!


Hannah of The Purloined Letter posts No Beans!
~In which the concept of vegetables as knitting needles is pondered.

Marcy of Habetrot posts I Think She Needs a Margarita
~In which we truly learn that a picture is worth a thousand words. Or a thousand margaritas.


Chris of Stumbling Over Chaos posts Cha(o)sing the blues
~In which Chris discusses the relevance and importance of blogging in her life.

Christine of Knitting on Trial posts 2nd Annual Heartland Knitting Retreat…………….or, way too much fun!
~In which Christine describes the joy of meeting fellow knitters.

Debi of Fluffy Knitter Deb posts F is for Friendship
~In which Debi talks about a very special friendship.

Teyani of The Intrepid Fiberwizard posts Sunday Thoughts
~In which Teyani brilliantly captures the thoughts that wander through our minds while we knit.


Abigail of 1870 Pearl posts Long Tail Cast on Hints
~In which Abigail shows a remarkably simple method for estimating the yarn you’ll need for a long tail cast on.

gale of She Shoots Sheep Shots posts Sock Clubs
~In which Gale gathers sock club information into one extremely useful post. Unless you’re on that yarn diet thing. Then you should definitely stay away from this one.

Kristi of Designedly Kristi posts FO: Woven Sachets.
~In which Kristi teaches how to make some beautiful sachets.


Lolly of Lolly Knitting Around posts My Cherie Amour
~In which Lolly models a wonderful (and fast) new red sweater.

Jenniferof pieKnits posts The Littlest Stocking
~In which Jennifer knits a very tiny stocking.

Elspeth of Wry Punster posts Monarch Butterfly
~In which Elspeth finishes an epic project.

Rachel of Lickety Knit posts I’ve Been Sorted!
~In which Rachel meets Harry Potter.

Monika of Smoking Hot Needles posts Vertigo
~In which Monika knits a scarf that resembles a chameleon.

Heather of posts Mom’s Shawl
~In which Heather finishes a really big and really beautiful shawl.

Vicki of Knitorious posts A Tale of Two Sweaters
~In which Vicki uses leftovers from her sister to make a fabulous Fibonacci sweater.

Lola & Ava of Two Black Sheep post The One I Love
~In which a perfect sweater is finished.

Maryse of Monster Yarn posts Meatheads, Meatheads, Roly Poly Meatheads
~In which a hat is embellished in a very unique way.

Ruth of Wooly Headed posts The Grand Unveiling
~In which Ruth knits a baby sweater.


Amy of Knit Think posts Deconstructing Einstein
~In which Amy finds a way to end her boredom.

Mary of Virgin Wool posts Torture, thy name is Linen
~In which Mary resents a dishcloth.

Mandy of Zigzag Stitch posts The Control Hat
~In which Mandy knits a very tall hat.

Nishanna of Nishanna likes to knit posts I was distracted by something shiny
~In which Nishanna realizes that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.


Kathryn of Kmkat and her Kneedles posts Saturday Sky and Stuff
>In which we see photographic proof of the change of seasons.

Julie of Frick Knits posts 31-40
~In which the hunk of the month is revealed.

Phew, that’s a lot of links. I hope you have fun perusing all these great blogs. Are you interested in editing Yarnival? Go here. Are you interested in submitting to Yarnival? Go here! Thanks for reading.

This Post Has 40 Comments

  1. Love the way you have set up the catagories. Now I have a post to come back to when Blogland is slow. I hope to read all the posts, too. Job well done!!

  2. I completely believe it took forever to sort through everything, but it was time well spent … nice job! Like Margene, I’m looking forward to working my way through the entire issue once the kids go back to school and I have more time on the computer.

    (and thanks for including my post!)

  3. Wow! Fantastic job – I can only imagine how much work went into this, but the results are wonderful. Great issue!

  4. Great issue, Carole! This will keep me busy today, on a day when bloglines doesn’t seem to be working the greatest (it didn’t show that you’d published, but I figured you probably had and I was right).

  5. Not only did you pick some terrific posts to showcase, but you wrote your editor page in a format that evokes those big ol’ eighteenth-century English novels I love so well. Beautiful job, Carole. Really beautiful.

    (Yes, I *have* been living under a rock, but the time for that nonsense is over. I do need to catch up with you properly.)

  6. Wow! That’s gonna be a lot of reading. I know you put a lot of time and thought into your selections, so the reading will be well worth it. Thanks!

  7. I think you did a fantastic job, Carole–congratulations! I’m bookmarking this page so I can come back to it when I have time to read more.

  8. Great post…Fantastic job as editor! I’m finding more and more blogs to read–I’ll never have time for my knitting…yeah, right–I’ll always find some time to knit! Thanks for all the great links..

  9. What a smart way to organize the issue! And I’m flattered to have been included among such an excellent collection of bloggers. I look forward to reading the wonderful offerings. Thank you for your hard work, Carole!

  10. Wow! Thanks for mentioning little old me:D You did an excellent job in writing, pity yet humorous reviews. I’m so glad I found you:D

    However my blog name is Abigail not Aija. Aija is Sock Pr0n.

  11. I’m looking forward to reading this issue. So many names and blogs that are new to me, as well as a few that I read regularly.
    It must have been a daunting task. Well done!

  12. yay! I’m always so excited when i see a new Yarnival. You’ve done a great job editing, very insightful orgainzation. I am also very greatful to be in this issue. <3

    Thank you

  13. What an amazing editing job you’ve done Carole! Thank you for all your hard work and effort!

    And thanks for including all things Fluffy 🙂

  14. What a wonderful issue – such diversity, and so well catalogued. (hmm, can’t spell that word right tonight, but you know what I mean) You fabulous talents were put to great use in this post.
    Me thinks you could do this for a living ! (smile)
    thanks for the kind mention – love you too.

  15. ohmygosh I get it now (I’m late to the party again). What a great idea for a “publication!” And the editor moves around? That’s genius.

    Nice work editing – there is a lot of variety here! I love variety.

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