Brilliant: Yarn shop Shall We Knit is hosting a fantastic fundraiser this December: the “UAFO” sale. We’ve all got them: under-appreciated finished objects. Those things you just had to knit, but aren’t actually wearing. The knitter sets a minimum price – taking the cost of the yarn into considering. The purchaser pays that – or more – and all proceeds are being donated to Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region. More info in their newsletter.
Friend of Knitty Sue Frost came up with the idea, and she approached Karen Crouch, the owner of Shall We Knit team with a request to host the sale. Karen loved the idea, and Knitty designer Janelle Martin volunteered to help coordinate. They report that it’s been a roaring success. (And possibly providing some solutions to holiday gifting dilemmas.) Janelle tells a funny story: “A woman asked how we got all the people to donate items. I mentioned that many of us knit things because we want to knit them, not necessarily because we want to wear them and over the years, things pile up. She looked absolutely stunned and asked why on earth someone would spend all that time making something – but then said that it’s good that people were so generous and left shaking her head, probably wondering about the “crazy knitters.” The sale runs until December 24th.
104-year-old Dody Patterson credits her longevity to knitting. Well, that and a healthy diet and lifestyle, but I’d like to think it’s the knitting that’s the most important factor.
How sewn is now? Knitter Kate Park has a range of hand-knit Morrissey dolls. A self-described super-fan of the singer, Kate was inspired by a “knit your own rockstar” pattern. She has been making the dolls for a number of years, mostly for herself, but since an image went viral recently, she’s been inundated with requests from others who wish to buy them…
Speaking of celebrity dolls: Socialite/celebrity Kim Khardashian attempted to “break the internet” by publishing naked pictures of herself in an online magazine. Knit Designers Arne and Carlos responded by creating a knitted version of the well-known cover image of the photoshoot that was published.
Be aware: linked page has a little bit of nudity, both real and knit.