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WWW: Studying Stretch; Art in Puerto Rico; Beaded Knitting

What do earthquakes, robotics and jumpers have in common? Samuel Poincloux completed his PhD by studying how the stretch a knitted fabric is rooted in mechanics. The Topologies of Excess: A Survey of Contemporary Practices from Puerto Rico is on display at Cuesta College’s Harold J. Miossi Gallery (San Luis Obispo, CA) through Feb. 24. If you are into beaded knitting, this jumper from instagram user @laerkebagger is inspiring! I agree with our Editor, ...

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WWW: Studying Stretch; Art in Puerto Rico; Beaded Knitting

What do earthquakes, robotics and jumpers have in common? Samuel Poincloux completed his PhD by studying how the stretch a knitted fabric is rooted in mechanics. The Topologies of Excess: A Survey of Contemporary Practices from Puerto Rico is on display at Cuesta College’s Harold J. Miossi Gallery (San Luis Obispo, CA) through Feb. 24. If you are into beaded knitting, this jumper from instagram user @laerkebagger is inspiring! I agree with our Editor, It’s almost like looking at a universe of stars and planets from very far away. Such a labor of love. Loading…

Spinning Classes Aren’t Just for Big Fiber Shows

If you are looking for in-person spinning classes and there are no big fiber festivals near you, do not despair! I get questions about where to find classes from newer spinners especially. Every spinner I’ve met has a dream about going to Rhinebeck or Maryland Sheep and Wool, but there are A LOT of middle sized and small fiber shows across the country. Knitter’s Review still has the best list that I’ve found for all types of fiber shows. Look for local and not quite local guilds. Spinning guilds bring in teachers on the regular, a lot of these don’t advertise much outside of their guild, so ...

WWW: Life-size Crochet; Textile Art; Planning and Fast Fashion

Two takes on life size knit and crochet projects, first the inside — an anatomically correct skeleton by artist shanell papp. The second is by yarn artist Liisa Hietanen, of villagers in her Hämeenkyrö, Finland town. Her ability to capture the likeness is inspiring. At vogue.com, they explore the work of a few fascinating textile artists, including Vanessa Barragão. Her tapestries are oceanic and naturalistic-inspired works that reflect themes of climate change, the perils of conspicuous consumption, and a celebration of the natural world. Fashion’s trash problem is partly a planning problem. This ...

Spinner-Worthy Yarn: Liverpool Yarns

Just because I spin yarn doesn’t mean I have stopped buying commercially spun yarn. No way! I love using all types of yarn, handspun is my favorite, but carefully sourced and spun smaller batch yarns are a close second. Some folks call these farm to needle yarn, I call them spinner-worthy. To me a spinner-worthy yarn has a few specific things that make it a yarn worth looking at. It’s really the main things that I think about when I spin a yarn: the fiber and where it comes from, the spinning process – is it woolen or worsted spun (and I love to know about the mill), and intention in the ply to ...

WWW: digitized archives for hats & chromatics; meet purl

Want to view an archive of vintage hats without going outside? Now you can because the Minnesota Historical Society has unveiled a vast digital archive. Stephanie Olson, a Minnesota Historical Society collections associate has digitized 717 women’s hats from their massive collections, making images of their brims and grand embellishments available to the public. Continuing in the digitized archive theme, “Chromatics” (1817) describes an early color system stressing harmony & analogy, including the relationship between color and music! (h/t Jillian!) Meet Purl… the star of a new pixar ...

Working on a Knitting Kit

I am still happy with the  Everyday Spin Kit I put together two years ago, with all of my spinning essentials, plus a few things that I might need. I’ve decided that as a spinning knitter I’m now in need of an updated knitting kit. I don’t want it to be as big as my spin kit, but I want more than will fit in my old (and broken down) 4″x4″ notions bag. I started with the bag. I’ve been looking for a use for this Jane Austen bag from the Unemployed Philosophers Guild since I got it. She now has a purpose. It’s a ziptop bag, 5″x9″, with a 2″ gusset at the ...

WWW: a second life for public art projects; crochet prodigy; Tla’amin baskets + maths

Remember the twiddle-mitts sensory aid for dementia patients I posted a few weeks ago? A knitting group recycled yarn bomb projects into 187 cuffs! 11 year old Jonah loves to crochet. He learned at age 5. Jonah gives me hope for the future! The Callysto Salish Basket project at Simon Fraser University in Canada is a collaborative project that explores the functional mathematical beauty of the Tla’amin Nation baskets in a digital learning resource.

A Tip to Save a Bit of Fiber

The easiest answers to spinning troubles are my favorite. When I spin a dyed braid I like to save a narrow strip of unspun fiber to have a record of the fiber’s colors before I spin it. What usually happens is I find that strip sometime during the spinning and spin it into my yarn. I’ve never found a good way to differentiate the piece of fiber. Scrolling through Instagram one morning I saw that Alanna Wilcox (spinnybuns) has the perfect simple solution. Chain that strip of fiber fiber. So smart and  so easy. The chained fiber lets me know this is something other than fiber to spin, and hopefully I ...

WWW: knitted games; weaving tradition to regain purpose; sustainability in fashion

Weavers at textile cooperative in northern Vietnam's Quan Ba district.
Last week we learned about an 8-bit gold embroidered computer and the yarn recorder. This week I invite you to knit monopoly. Or if you prefer mystery knits, this year’s MIT Mystery Hunt included a knitting clue. [thank you for the link A!] In this article, One stitch at a time: Weaving rehab for Vietnam trafficking victims, we visit a textile cooperative in northern Vietnam’s Quan Ba district. It provides hope, income, and purpose to women of the Vietnamese Hmong hill tribes many of whose lives have been blighted by people trafficking while also preserving the local tradition of weaving. A jeans factory ...

What if Fiber Labels Were More Like Yarn Labels?

Lately I’ve been thinking about what information is helpful to know before I start to spin a commercial braid of fiber. That led me to thinking, “What if Fiber Labels Were More Like Yarn Labels Yarn labels have lots of useful information for knitters. Granted, knitters are mostly trying to do one thing, hit that mighty gauge number, but the information on the the label helps then know what their fabric will be like. Spinners are working with a more open road, as far as the yarn we’ll make. Looking at a recent fiber purchase and comparing the label to a yarn label, I pondered what other information ...