Yesterday was a day full of interesting conversations. Book Club discussed how Nabokov could use language to draw us into his nasty little story about a thoroughly repellant man. The Poster Queen had insights on dog life. Customers had educational gossip. Joys and Concerns time after choir practice started out with grandchildren and housebuildings in the usual way, but quickly became a forum on both local and international politics, not to mention microphones, which excited as much emotion as the Sudan.

It all made me think that the knitting blogs I enjoy are like good conversations, too.

Oh, there are certainly practical reasons for reading knitting blogs. Since I do not know many knitters in daily life, I rely on the blogs for ideas, for the opportunity to learn from someone else’s mistakes or discoveries, for first-hand knowledge of yarns or books or patterns or designers or techniques I might not otherwise learn about. 

But the blogs I enjoy most — including favorites like the Yarn Harlot and Crazy Aunt Purl as well as the new discoveries I am recommending here — are the ones with good conversation. Here are a few for your delectation:

Lanam Facio has good literary references. Good taste in music, too.

Life de Luxe has intriguing project ideas (had you ever thought of making a notebook cover from a multi-directional scarf pattern?) and thorough product reviews.

Dolly Dimples is a chatty, breezy sort of blog, with nice knitting and a sense of humor.

Knitlet has a lot of pictures of knitting, really a lot of pictures. And knits lots of different stuff, too, including toys.

Shortly after I began blogging, I read a discussion (I think it was over at LJ) on what makes a good knitting blog. People there were in agreement that pictures of knitting were key. So here is the left front of Brooklyn, scarcely begun. Someone also said, “Only write about knitting. I don’t want to hear about your visit to your aunt.” I disagreed at the time, because, my dear Yarn Ho!s, I do want to hear about your visits to your aunts.

But I am concluding that it’s like any sort of conversation. I also want to hear about the weather and health of the people whom I virtually know from reading them regularly, but I am finding that I care scarcely at all about the weather and health (and children, dogs, cats, boyfriends, and yarn collections) of strangers whose blogs I am zooming through. I only want to hear about it if they are being particularly entertaining on the subject. Otherwise — well, show me your knitting.

This may say more about the value of zooming through blogs than it does about what makes a good knitting blog.