WWW: Getting ready for fall in the Northern Hemisphere; An Important Birthday

Although we’re having a hard time imagining it right now, we know that fall is coming.  And with that in mind, we offer some things to get you in the mood for cooler weather knitting…


The oldest woolen mill in Canada, and manufacturer of truly great yarn, Briggs & Little is offering a free download of the pattern for the 2010 Canadian Olympic sweater.  Styled in the tradition of the “Mary Maxim” or Cowichan sweaters, this sweater had a modern twist, and would make an excellent jacket for those crisp and cool days.  Adult version, youth version (PDF links).


Entirely sheep-free!

The yarn companies are rolling out their fall products, and Knitty’s editor, Amy, is particularly excited about Berroco’s Remix. It’s a gorgeous, tweedy yarn that’s machine washable, and made entirely of recycled fibers. It’s a blend of cotton, silk, acrylic, nylon and linen that looks remarkably like a tweedy wool. It’s also, says she, light as air.

It’s made with a new low-impact manufacturing process patented in France, from leftover knitted fabric from the garment industry.

Best of all, it’s wool-free!


A face only a knitter could love?

On a less Amy-friendly but equally important note, Rowan is hosting a Knit Along event August 21st in the Lake District in the UK to raise funds for Wool Week 2010, to be held in October. Rowan designers and experts will be on hand August 21st to provide knitting lessons and help, and Rowan will be showcasing some of its great wooly products.  There will also be wool-related poetry readings, contests and demonstrations of dry-stone walling.

Wool Week is an event scheduled as part of  The Wool Project, sponsored in part by HRH Prince Charles.  The project is designed to promote use of and educate consumers about  wool and wool products.  The ultimate objective of the initiative is to help sustain the sheep farming industry by increasing demand.


Image courtesy Rodale Publishers

Julie Turjoman’s new book, Brave New Knits, to be published August 31st, celebrates the convergence of knitting and modern technology, with profiles and designs from knit bloggers and designers, both established and up-and-coming.  Many Knitty friends are featured, including Norah Gaughan, Shannon Okey, and Melissa Wehrle.

Photography is by Jared Flood, so you know that it’s going to be gorgeous to look at!


Harlequin Medallion Quilt, Courtesy American Folk Art Museum

Knitters often look to quilts for inspiration, as shown by the popularity of the Log Cabin design, and you’ll find no better source of inspiration than at the American Folk Art Museum’s Masterworks exhibition from its quilt collection.  Running October 5, 2010 to October 16, 2011, it’s a must-see if you’re in the NYC area.


Excellent yarnbombing in Johannesburg, South Africa.


The Birthday Girl

And last, but definitely not least, this week marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of another of knitting’s great heroes – Elizabeth Zimmermann. Ms. Zimmermann can be credited with popularizing circular knitting in an era of straight knitting; and through her writings, TV shows and books, she taught knitters to think for themselves.  Her objective was to free knitters from the tyranny of the pattern, to empower knitters to make their own designs to suit their own needs and tastes.  She leaves a legacy of fabulous books, innovative designs like the Baby Surprise Sweater, and a secret wish in all knitters to be able to duplicate her feat of knitting while on the back of her husband’s motorcycle.

Her books, patterns, newsletters and DVDs are available at Schoolhouse Press, the publishing company run by her daughter, Meg Swansen, who is a knitting hero and celebrity in her own right.  To quote the goddess herself, “knit on with confidence and hope, through all crises”.  Ms. Zimmermann, we salute you.

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3 thoughts on “WWW: Getting ready for fall in the Northern Hemisphere; An Important Birthday

  1. Cynthia Decker

    Fall is my favorite time of year. The colors of Fall inspire my knitting, what color yarn I use and color of rovings that I spin. The weather is perfect for walks in the country, bicycling, and knitting.

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