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WWW: creativity, quilts, and collaboration

It turns out creativity is difficult to define. That’s the finding of why it’s a challenge to describe what what an artificial intelligence is doing. If you didn’t see it earlier this year, neural networks have already been used to create knitting designs, skyknit. If you’re confused by AI, this chart and article from the MIT Technology Review may help. The New York Times released a short documentary, While I Yet Live about the quilters ...

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WWW: creativity, quilts, and collaboration

It turns out creativity is difficult to define. That’s the finding of why it’s a challenge to describe what what an artificial intelligence is doing. If you didn’t see it earlier this year, neural networks have already been used to create knitting designs, skyknit. If you’re confused by AI, this chart and article from the MIT Technology Review may help. The New York Times released a short documentary, While I Yet Live about the quilters of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. The story of these women, their bold voices, their quilting, and their craft is one of love. Fiber artist Kimber Follevaag and ...

Combo Spin vs. Combo Draft

I’ve had a bunch of emails lately asking about Combo Draft and Comb Spin. The word Combo has become like the word Worsted, one word many meanings and applications, and it can be confusing! A Combo Spin is a way to select, divide and ply enough braids to make a sweater. It typically uses braids that are in the same color family, divides them into smallish sections (16 per braid). The sections are spun randomly, and then plied. The first time I heard about it was through this episode of the PassioKnit Spinner’s podcast. It really caught on with spinners and there have been several  Combo SAL/ KALs using ...

WWW: reasons to knit/crochet/spin/weave

Pedro Gonzalez of Dallas knits a sock at Holley's Yarn Shoppe in Dallas. He can knit a sock while he watches a movie. (Carly Geraci)
Every week a new study shares how making things by hand reduces stress and improves mental health. More articles also remind us that it can change lives through empowerment. Today’s WWW post shares some of these stories. Balance, Mindfulness, Mental Health How knitting can instill peace, lower blood pressure and create some pretty things (Texas, USA) Psychiatric rehab helps patients find balance (Ontario, Canada) Santa Rosa exhibit highlights artistry of adults with mental health challenges (California, USA) DR MAX THE MIND DOCTOR: You can really knit your way to happiness and a stress-free life (UK) (this one ...

Labeling Handspun; PLY Away 4 Registration is Open

One of the things I do to get ready for winter spinning, knitting and weaving is label my miscellaneous skeins of handspun. I’m pretty good at labeling my yarn, but a few still get through.  I’m not always thorough at labeling either. I tag my just-to-spin skeins with a tyvek wristband and the basics of the yarn – fiber, company, yardage (before finishing), and that’s pretty much it. I like to go back and add a little detail to these skeins.       I do this so when I want to knit or weave with my handspun that’s wasn’t specifically spun for the project I know what ...

WWW: pockets; #womensart; Rag Rug weaving; a Big Knit

Pockets in women’s clothing (and lack of functionality thereof) is a topic that is receiving lots of attention. Here are a few recent articles: Women's Pockets are Inferior Pockets: Articles of Interest #3 (podcast with full transcript) When it comes to women’s pockets, size really does matter Social media sites can be brutal. They can also be beautiful and #womensart is one. They are on holiday until 01 November, however there are over 21k tweets you can browse through to learn about remarkable artists. The photograph is of ‘Little Urchin Crochet Covered Sea Stones’ by Margaret Oomen. Each ...

Deep Fall Knittyspin European Dream Shawl

Are you looking for a cozy project for yourself or a gift as the weather slides to chilly, might I suggest the European Dreams shawl from this issue of Knitty? This shawl, designed by Benjamin Krudwig, is thick and quick. It uses Spunky Eclectic Targhee top and is spun long draw, thick and thin, then plied on itself. The WPI is 5-7, thick with extra Targhee squish.   The knitting is straight forward, just knits and purls, nothing tricky. It’s a great weekend project Benjamin made his shawl out of naturally color fiber, but it would be lovely spun in a dyed fiber, especially semi solid or a splatter dyed ...

WWW: Bunny ears; flax baskets to reduce plastic; Rhinebeck weekend

Little bunny Mimi was born without ears and her adopter has crocheted ears for her as well as other head coverings, including the flower crown shown in the photo. In Christchurch New Zealand, plastic bags are on their way out and flax woven baskets are being adopted by grocery stores as an alternative. The New York Sheep and Wool Festival (aka “Rhinebeck”) held at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in New York is this weekend (New Hours: Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 9am-4pm). Will you be there? Whether it’s your first time or you’ve attended for years, here are some tips for making the most of your ...

How Much Fiber Do I Need? Rhinebeck Edition

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 shawls, vests 16oz-32oz+ – sweaters. I make an x-large sweater; I always buy 2 pounds. Here are some of the ...