Cast On, Bind Off: The Blogspedition Knits up a Storm

There’s knitting. There’s bicycling. Then there’s knitting a bicycle. They seem to be a popular subject for yarn-bombing.

As I’ve gone exploring for women’s biking blogs to put on the big list of women’s biking blogs, I’ve run into some fun patterns. Knitting patterns, that is! Something about biking and knitting must go together, given the number of blogs I’ve found that include both topics.

Whether it’s the calming repetition to be found in both pedaling and knitting or the idea that you can start something, enjoy doing it along the way, and have a sense of accomplishment when you finish–whether it’s a scarf or a bike ride–I don’t know. At any rate, I’ve been finding more time to knit recently myself and a cozy round-up of bike blogs that also cover knitting and other yarn work seemed like just the thing for autumn reading.

  • Bobbin and Sprocket: Not only knitting but also handspinning, weaving, and crochet in Johnson City, TN
  • Knitting Lemonade: Knitting and sewing in Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Lynne’s Mostly Cycling Blog: From Portland, OR, she’s tried making some handspun too, and has a beautiful lace shawl project in one of her posts.
  • Pedal ‘n Purl: In her last update in August this Washington, DC blogger notes that writing blog posts interferes with biking and knitting so she’ll probably be writing less. Can hardly blame her!
  • Jersey Knitter: She just hunkered down with her knitting to ride out Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey after a “summer of socks” batch of knitting projects. We wish her well!
  • Purling Sprite: *Bike. Run. Knit. Repeat from *.
  • Stumbling Over Chaos: More e-books and giveaways than knitting and biking, but she touches on those too.
I also have quite a few on the list that appear to be defunct (no posts in at least 6 months, sometimes a couple of years) but that still have links to projects, patterns, and other blogs so I figured they were worth capturing. I also know that I have extended gaps in my posting at my personal blog (over at Bike to Work Barb) but that I haven’t stopped, so I give them credit for the possibility that they are once and future bloggers.
This list doesn’t even touch on the vast possibilities if I were to search for bike-related knitting projects but I thought I’d close with this photo of a crocheted bike saddle cover. One of these would do a very pretty job of solving the bike butt problem I blogged about a while back.
Your Turn
  • Do you blog, bike, and knit? Post a link to your blog so it’s captured here!
  • Have any awesome bike-related knitting patterns we should all check out?

 

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6 Comments to "Cast On, Bind Off: The Blogspedition Knits up a Storm"

  1. Check out the cute patterns and ideas at Bicitoro (a bike blog that covers various crafts that I’ll have to add to the list above!): http://www.bicitoro.com/guest-post-on-knitting-winter-activewear

  2. Jessie Kwak says:

    Awesome roundup! I’ve been finding more time to knit lately, too (my knitting definitely goes in waves). I would add Amanda from Portland’s blog “The Knit Cycle”: http://www.theknitcycle.com

  3. Thanks for this list! There are definitely a couple in there that I’ll be reading regularly.

  4. Barb, this is fantastic! I have been meaning to post more bike-craft stuff on my blog, and this has inspired me to do so. Thanks for the round up! I did a bicycle baby blanket awhile back- http://pedal-petal.blogspot.com/2011/10/bicycle-baby-blanket.html . (there’s a link to the color work chart somewhere in there, one of these days I’ll post the entire pattern).

  5. Found another one–and that will keep happening for sure. The nature of blogspeditions, as with bikespeditions, is that the more you look, the more you see! Accidento Bizarro has some knitting posts: http://accidentobizarro.wordpress.com/

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