Yarn Bomb Yukon, a group in the far north of Canada, famed for their transportation-themed yarnbombs, has announced plans for their most ambitious effort yet: knitting a cozy for a DC-3 plane! Â When complete, it’s likely to be the largest yarnbomb ever created in Canada. Â The plane is on display outside the Yukon Transportation Museum. It’s an important piece of the history of Canada and the Yukon, as such aircraft were critical in settling and supplying the remote northernmost regions of the country.
The project is being supported by the Yukon Transportation Museum and the Yukon Arts Centre, andÂ Â conservators, an aircraft engineer and an architect have been engaged to ensure that the care and safety of the plane is a top priority for the project. Yarn Bomb Yukon is looking for volunteers willing to contribute supplies or pieces to contribute to the cozy.
Crafters in the Ottawa area: this coming weekend the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte, Ontario is hosting an intensive 2-day felting workshop. Internationally known, UK-based felt maker and artist Sue Pearl is hosting and will share her felt-making techniques and innovations.
An obituary for Maurice Newble, a businessman in the North East of England who ran a chain of 19 haberdashery shops. The shops were successful enough to have their own line of yarn – they were buying the wool and having it processed and labelled with their own name.
It’s a fascinating peek into another time and another way of life, in post-war Britain, when knitting wasn’t just a hobby but the way to clothe your family.
For many years the selvedges from the looms of Harris Tweed weavers were just cut off and dumped, but these strips of fabric are now being saved and knitted on giant needles to create rugs, bags and dog beds.