Excellent stitchwork

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.


Stylish and warm!

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.


Getting ready for winter.

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.

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11 Responses to WWW: Extinct birds, Bobcats and Drill Sergeants

  1. Wendy says:

    I think that actor was actually sitting next to the yarn harlot and she had him hold her sock so she could take a pic. Thats my story and I’m sticking with it!!!!

  2. Ellen says:

    That picture of Actor R. Lee Ermey was originally on Crazy Aunt Purl’s blog on October 17th. It would have been nice if the VH1 website would have given her credit.

    http://www.crazyauntpurl.com/

  3. Seanna Lea says:

    The Coraline costume is awesome. Very cute and wonderfully recognizable.

    While I cannot join the protestors during the day, I have to admit that I have been tempted to bring knitted hats and scarves and mittens by to keep warm. It is definitely getting to the uncomfortable time of year for camping.

  4. Marianna says:

    OOPS! The Bobcat belongs to Montana State University in Bozeman. The University of Montana is in Missoula and they are the Grizzlies

    • Kristin H says:

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who caught that ;) University of Montana and Montana State University are actually long-running rivals!

  5. Kate says:

    Sorry about the mix up re: the Universities! Will fix now.

  6. RichelleCK says:

    The fact that it was Crazy Aunt Purl who met and photographed Gunny knitting on plane just adds to its awesomeness!

  7. Amy says:

    Thanks for the mention! Glad you liked the Vogue piece and the collection.

    Amy

  8. [...] Margaret Atwood’s a knitter, and her knitted great auk is going to be part of an exhibit on lost avian species. (via KnittyBlog) [...]

  9. Maureen says:

    One more notch of admiration for the amazing Margaret Atwood, could anyone be cooler than she?

  10. Michelle says:

    I love seeing men knit, it’s particularly good when salty men. Love!

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