Changes @ The KnittyBlog

Hello, y’all! We have some exciting news for you… a little change to how we do things at Knitty. Jillian, Penny and Kate have been keeping the KnittyBlog updated and current for years. Years and years! This Blog has been home of Jillian’s brilliant spinning posts, Penny’s (and formerly Kate’s) WWW updates every Wednesday about fiber news on the web, and occasional posts about whatever I’m currently obsessed with (not always fiber related). We also used to run contests for all readers here. Well, starting this month (how the HECK did it become September already?), the KnittyBlog is ...

WWW: the science of cut resistance; Designtex + Stölzl & Anni Albers; resin knit ring

The science behind cut resistant gloves. Not only is the content and strength of the yarn important, but the structure of the yarn (a three-ply) is as well. All together these factors combine for a cut-resistant yarn. Please don’t expect this (yet) from the yarns you can find at your LYS. Designtex is making the creations of the Bauhaus weaving workshop commercially available. Works by both Gunta Stölzl and Anni Albers are featured in this Bauhaus Project. This resin ring by Isabell Kiefhaber is amazing.

Popular Posts: How much Fiber Do I Need?

This was the most popular spinning post of 2018. Everybody wants to shop! Originally posted in October 2018. Rhinebeck is this weekend, I can feel the shopping fever mounting! I get asked “how much fiber should I buy?” in most of my spinning classes. The urgency ramps up when I’m teaching at a fiber show or there’s a big show coming up. Do you know what you’re going to buy yet? I usually make a shopping map. Here are my quick and dirty shopping amounts for commercial fiber: 4oz – socks, hats, small cowls 8 oz – infinity scarves, big cowls, small shawls 12oz – big ...

www: tapestry art exhibit; magikarp go!; speech record update

Magdalena Abakanowicz, Abakan rouge, 1969, 4 x 4 x 4 m. Collection Tate, Londres. © Foundation Magdalena Marta Abakanowicz Kosmowska and Jan Kosmowski. Photographer : Stamm & Saxod, Lausanne.
Through October 6th, the Cité internationale de la tapisserie in Aubusson, France is presenting an international exhibition, Le Mur et l’Espace (The Wall and the Space) (website is in French). It is dedicated to the Biennials of Lausanne (Switzerland) of the 1960s. The Biennials were highly significant to 20th century tapestry art. This Magikarp Go! by @wildskitty was recently featured in Amy’s Instagram feed. This Pokémon Go hat is a clever mashup with the legendary Fish Hat designed by Thelma Egberts for our Win08 issue. See more photos at Ravelry. To have your Knitty projects featured on social media, ...

Popular Posts: Is Rigid Heddle Weaving for You?

This was the second most popular post of 2018. I’m curious, how many of you have bought a rigid heddle loom in the past year? Do you use it with your handspun? Originally posted in August 2018. Weaving. I know you’ve thought about it, maybe even looked at classes or looms. It seems like everyone has started weaving. It’s such a good way to use up stash! Rigid heddle weaving seems like a good starting point, but you’re not sure if it’s really for you. Liz Gipson is a genius at teaching rigid heddle weaving and she used to write a great weaving column, Get Warped for Knitty. She has just ...

WWW: women’s work exhibit, AI knitting, and woolen Tulalip traditions

progression of gloves knitted from a MIT CSAIL program
The Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft (East Sussex, UK) has an exhibit on now through 13 October 2019, Women’s Work. It focuses on the work of craftswomen who turned their practice’s into successful businesses between the two World Wars. Learn more at ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (aka MIT CSAIL, Massachusetts, USA) have come up with a new approach to streamline the process: a new system and design tool for automating knitted garments, InverseKnit and CADKnit. Knitty design submissions for Winter are due 15 ...

Popular Posts: Handspun Summer Sachet

I’m still crazy for these little sachets. I’ve made some for gifts, but have this original one on my desk where I can pet it and smell it everyday. Originally posted in August 2018. This summer I challenged myself to make a quick handspun project that I could make while traveling, something portable, something useful. I made a Summer Sachet. It needs two Schacht Zoom Loom squares, a bit of yarn for embroidering and sewing and a little dried lavender. Zoom Loom squares only need 8 yards of yarn, quick to spin on a spindle. The stitching yarn uses even less yardage. I used a braid of Lisa Souza’s ...

WWW: MRI Makers; Double Knit Sleep; Shawl Sizing Considerations

Sueng Lee's first year sleep double knit blanket
Knitting raises thousands for Scottish MR scanner fundraising campaign and there’s still more to raise. You can learn about the group, MRI Makers at mrimaakers.com and the Shetland MRI Scanner Appeal. I’m fascinated by those who choose to turn data into knitting. Seung Lee chose to double knit his son’s first year of sleep patterns. Find out more on this twitter thread and his Ravelry project page. Xandy Peters (Ribbon Candy, Winter 2015) created a very useful visualization on sizing considerations for half-circular shawls.

Popular Posts: What to Do with Fiber Slush

My favorite thing to do with fiber slush now is to wind it into .25 ounce balls, and use them to randomly blend colors at the wheel. I can’t get enough of those little babies. Originally posted in September 2018. Fiber slush is what I call all of the leftovers from spinning, the bits or lengths of unspun fiber that I can’t bring myself to just throw away. Using fiber slush is a great opportunity to just play with fiber. It’s not fiber I’ve bought with anything specific in mind, so what I use it for is to stretch my creative spinning and color muscles. I use it to make batts. Fiber slush is the ...