Welcome to all the new visitors who have found the way to Mason-Dixon Knitting. Thanks for coming! Don’t be a stranger! We’re here every day.
We have a few tips we’d like to share on how our site works.
Every Day, a New Great Thing
It’s true: we publish every single day. We believe there is something interesting to share with you all the damn time, so we pride ourselves on bringing you the world of knitting in all its glory—patterns, yarns, books, how to, even more yarns, and goings on in the knitting world. You will find inspiration, advice, and shopping, too. (If you’re wondering who we are, well, here’s that story.)
We publish early every morning, and we have a lot of readers who tell us we are the first thing they read every day. If you read MDK consistently, you will develop an excellent understanding of what is special in the knitting world. You’ll see the most extraordinary patterns, meet the most interesting designers, and learn about yarns that are unusual, rare, and gorgeous. You can shop for these yarns, too.
The Home Page
The Home Page gives you a view of the latest things happening on MDK.
The Big Thing of the Day is up top, along with the Daily Letter. We show the latest Shop offerings right under that, as well as Latest Articles. Popular This Month shows you the hottest articles, and Now in the Lounge features the latest topics under discussion in our forum, The Lounge. And knitters’ Instagrams round out the Home Page—when you tag #mymdk, you may see your photo there.
We are tremendously proud of this group of designers and writers. Their voices are an integral part of MDK, and we treasure their points of view. These are smart, funny, and inspiring people. We learn from them all the time. (Also: when you go to the Contributors page and hover over their lovely faces, they turn into color!)
The Departments, aka The Rabbit Holes
Across the top of every page are our Departments. See them up there? Letters, How To, Projects, Inspiration, Fun, and Travel. Our favorite thing to do is simply to open up a department and start wandering.
At this point, there is a ton of beautiful stuff to see on MDK—hundreds and hundreds of articles on everything from sheep shearing on Nash Island to how to make a French knot. Inspiration is a huge department. Projects covers knitting projects in process. Righteous Patterns is where you’ll find our roundups of choice pattern ideas. And Yarns to Love is our never-ending reporting on our yarn discoveries.
How To is home to tips and hints as well as A Year of Techniques, the amazing year-long program of free video tutorials. Fun is where you’ll find our picks for podcasts, TV, and movies—all essential parts of the daily knitter’s lifestyle! Travel lets us all go to the faraway places knitters dream of visiting.
Yes, MDK is an online magazine and also a shop.
These two are in symbiotic relationship with each other. If we’re writing about something, it’s because we find it beautiful, intriguing, educational, or inspiring. If you see it in our Shop, it’s because we think you’ll like it as much as we do. Sometimes we’ll discover a beautiful yarn at a fiber festival, write about it, then months later, we manage to snag a batch of it for the Shop. The goal for the Shop? To bring you great surprises, the perfect match of pattern and yarn, those skeins you can’t find anywhere else.
Snippets: A Weekly Newsletter
For many readers, our Saturday morning email newsletter, Snippets, is the best way to get a weekly overview of all that has happened in the previous week. What Snippets readers are beginning to discover is that Snippets is where special yarn offerings are announced.
If you want to be in the know and have first crack at new yarns, just sign up at the bottom of this page.
The Daily Email
If you’d like to get an email from us each time there’s a new post (that’s every day, remember), you can subscribe at the bottom of this page when you subscribe to our Snippets newsletter. Just check the box to start receiving a daily dose of MDK in your email box.
The Lounge is our online community forum. It has already attracted a wonderful group of attractive, well-put-together knitters with excellent taste and above-average IQs. ; ) Please take a look around—topics are all over the place. This is where we host knitalongs and conversations about articles on MDK. Once you register as a member of the Lounge (free, of course), you are welcome to create topics, so if you’re looking for a place where the knitting happens 24/7, the Lounge is a lot of fun.
That’s all for now! In the coming months, as prime knitting season arrives, we will be ready with an overflowing cornucopia of the things we knitters love. Thanks so much for being a part of this.