The rumors have been flying for a while, and now we can confirm it: acclaimed Canadian author Margaret Atwood is a knitter. And she’s done us proud by contributing a knitted portrait of an Auk, an extinct bird, to an exhibition in London.
Ghosts of Gone Birds is a series of multimedia exhibitions and events designed to breathe artistic life back into extinct birds species. Over 120 artists, writers and musicians have contributed their work to the project, celebrating the diversity of the birds through paintings & sculpture, talks & poetry, installations & live music – and yarn.
The exhibition is based in London, but there will be events all around the UK.
A fab profile of knitwear designer Amy Hall on the Vogue website. The slideshow of her designs is wonderful. What I like most about them is that they’re stylish yet entirely wearable, and very very knittable. Much inspiration!
Speaking of stylish yet knittable, we just had to share this… Knitty designer Natalie Selles blogs about her absolutely amazing Halloween costume… Coraline, complete with fully hand-made outfit for both herself and her knitted companion.
The New York Daily News brings us this profile of Marsha Spencer, a knitter and grandmother who is participating in the Occupy Wall Street protest. She is spending her days knitting hats and mittens to keep her fellow protestors warm.
On that note, the Knitty Gritty Committee, Hartford’s Yarnbombing Crew, has published an open letter to the participants in the Occupy Hartford protest offering to teach the protesters how to knit and to provide them with the materials and skills to keep themselves warm.
It’s getting cold in Montana, so the Montana State University “Spirit the Bobcat” mascot sculpture has been given a sweater to keep him warm.
We at Knitty do enjoy reading about confused muggles encountering knitters in the wild. Actor R. Lee Ermey, best known for his role as a foul-mouthed drill sergeant in “Full Metal Jacket“, was recently photographed knitting on a plane. UPDATE: Full credit to Crazy Aunt Purl who chatted to Mr. Ermey about knitting, and took the photo.
And because the question often crops up, let us refer you to this post which outlines policies and strategies for travelling with your knitting.