August 15, 2015


and in the realm of ‘real books’ – To Read Over Coffee #8

A collection of links from the past few weeks that I think are interesting/amusing/educational/insightful enough to read/watch/listen & think about over a cup of coffee.

sweater knitting with coffee

“Making it work as a designer: Releasing Free Patterns”
The topic of free patterns & content is pretty damn divisive among knitwear designers (and “content creators” in general). Kat Goldin at Slugs on the Refrigerator (awesome blog name) wrote an excellent piece about how free content (when done well) can provide tremendous amounts of value to readers and (when used smartly) can in fact be beneficial for creators. Yay smart win-wins!!

“Reading for pleasure builds empathy and improves wellbeing, research from The Reading Agency finds”
More excuses to read? Yes please.

“Why the end of trends is great for ethical fashion and terrible for fast fashion”
Not the best written article, but yay for ethical fashion.

On Mashable “Black Armor: some black American men are dressing up to deflect negative attention, as a conscious means of survival.”

“‘The way you dress has never completely protected African Americans,’ echoes Warren. ‘But that doesn’t mean that black men still don’t effectively use fashion in a strategic manner. I personally have realized that your fashion could determine your life chances.'”


And in the realm of “real books”…
I listened to Tina Fey’s Bossypants, Felicia Day’s You’re Never Weird On The Internet (Almost), and got halfway through Amy Pohler’s Yes Please – all of which are wonderful. (I ran away to Maine for a couple days, which meant there was a lot of travel time, perfect for funny books by smart women).

I’m also partway through The Color of Nature by Pat Murphy and Paul Doherty, which is a beautiful book about the physics behind color in nature.