Contest Winner! The winner of the Zen Yarn Garden yarn is Jenn from Winnipeg. Congrats Jenn, and thanks again to Roxanne of Zen Yarn Garden.
Socks for Soldiers:Â Anne Kennedy, Reference Librarian at Licking County Library, Newark, OH gives us a glimpse into history. She writes about the initiatives to knit socks for soldiers during the US Civil War. Â Bonus: she includes a pattern for socks as printed in Scientific American magazine in 1861. Really!
Designer, knitter and all-around good guy.
Knitty contributor and all-around fabulous knitter Stephen West has announced a day of events in New York City, October 19th: there will be book signings, a trunk show, and a full day of workshops. Details here.
Things we love part one: Nicky Epstein has launched a club… a year’s worth of exclusive patterns and other goodies from this excellent designer.
Brilliant and silly in equal measure.
At the recent Maker Faire in Queens, New York, artist Andrew Salomone demonstrated his latest project: a knitting machine programmed to knit images uploaded via computer. His biggest creation so far is the “Infinite Recursion Bill Cosby sweater” – a sweater with an image of actorÂ Bill Cosby wearing a sweater that features an image of Bill Cosby wearing the same sweater…
A retired Reverend and her sister are knitting little “church mouse” toys to sell to raise funds for much-needed improvements to their local church facilities in King’s Fee village in Wales. So far they have knitted and sold over 600 of the creatures. They are also hosting a photo contest, seeking photographs of their mice in exotic or unusual locations all around the world.
Charming non-knitter photo-op alert: Niall Ã“ Donnghaile, Lord Mayor of Belfast, is photographed with knitting needles and yarn as he meets a group of very lucky knitters travelling around Ireland as part of a knitting retreat hosted by designer Maggie Jackson.
Just plain awesome!
Things we love part 2: our friends at Soak have just launched a new line of knitting-themed temporary tattoos. They were rolled out at the recent Vogue Knitting Live show in LA, with great success.