My Favorite Links

Help with Designing

The Magic Formula Calculator:  Helps you calculate sleeve shaping!

Generate graph paper based on YOUR gauge: This is a Japanese website, but there is enough English on it to find your way.  Knit, block, and measure your swatch, enter your stitch and row gauge over 10 cm on this page, and the size you want the graph to be.  “1/1″ is full-size, perfect for charting a mitten on an 8 1/2″ x 11” paper. You can even adjust the thickness of the lines making up the grid.

The All-Thumbs  Provisional Cast-on by Ann Turley Dreith (2talltx on Ravelry) (with photos and explanations)!


In the US

Nordic Heritage Museum, Ballard,WA

Vesterheim, Decorah, IA


In Europe

Setesdal Museet, Rysstad, Norway

Norsk Folkemuseum, Oslo, Norway

Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum in Scotland

Dumfries and Galloway Museums in Scotland



Knit British– Support wool grown, spun, or dyed in the UK

Kate Davies– Designer of Fair Isle garments

Murphy of Ireland– Online retailers of Donegal Tweed.  Check out the charming videos on their website.

Upton Yarns– Sarah Lake blogs about vegetal dyeing her delicious locally sourced wool yarns (when she’s home), as well as documenting her life and times as a sailor at sea.

Crochet in The Car– Here is a wonderful resource for crocheters-links to information categorized and relevant to crochet basics, beginning, intermediate, and advanced crocheters.  Many thanks to Jill Matthews and her granddaughter Nicole for bringing this to my attention!


Yarn Companies– Retail sales of many types of yarn, including traditional gansey yarns.