The Cast On Podcast, hosted by Brenda Dayne (long-time friend of Knitty and designer of the now-classicÂ Mrs Beeton pattern) is back, big time! Having reached the milestone of 100 podcasts, Brenda has recently rejigged her format to shorter-but-more-frequent ‘casts, full of her trademark charm and warmth, wrapped in a velvet voice. And of course…lots of knitting. Listeners are glad to have her back.
Brenda is celebrating the relaunch with a brand-new page on FacebookÂ and listeners can expect a contest soon, too, we hear.
This past week, Rachel Maines, a historian at Cornell University presented a paper on the Technology of SocksÂ and their importance during the two world wars early in the 20th century. Her presentation, “Socks at War: Trenchfoot Casualties in the American Forces in World War II,” spoke about the challenges of treating and preventing trenchfoot, a debilitating condition that was due to the moist conditions in the trenches, and the role of good socks – often handknit. During World War I, 150 million pairs of socks were needed, and home knitters were pressed into service.
Dr. Maines has also authored a study on how fiber arts went from industry to hobby. “Hedonizing Technologies” is a a course at Cornell and is available as a book.
With the demand for local wool growing (you’re welcome 🙂 ), the American Sheep Industry Association and the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association have madean urgent call for more Ohioans to get into the sheep-herding business, and for existing producers to expand their flocks.
Watch the video – lovely sheep, lovely dogs, lovely scenery. It’s a good and realistic look at the work of shepherding.
Two excellent stories about artisans working to revive traditional textile industries…
And Philadelphia-based industrial designer Andrew Dahlgren is working to resurrect the knitting industry in the once textile-dominant city of Philadelphia. ADMK, his project management and â€œindustry designâ€ company, is re-envisioning textile manufacturing and labor, revolutionizing the classic cottage industry model for the 21st century.
The band Seventeen Evergreen has released a rather fabulously fun“yarnbombed” music video. Don’t try to understand, just enjoy the sight of a mysterious yarn-covered arm stretching out from under a heap of clothes, a yarn-covered telephone, yarny Luchador masks, and a fully yarn-enrobed band dancing in a fully yarn-covered room. It seems to be equal parts crochet and knitting, but all fun!