Traditional and utterly timeless. Photo by Eric Walsh.

In 1972, Newfoundland knitter and designer Anna Templeton published a book of knitting patterns called “Operation Homespun.” The goal was to inspire and enlighten knitters across Canada with written patterns for traditional maritime items like trigger mitts and gansey-style sweaters.

The book was updated and reprinted in 1980, and the original was printed again by the Anna Templeton Centre for Craft Art and Design in 2010, as a way of honouring its namesake and inspiring a new crop of knitters.
The centre, in collaboration with the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, is presenting “Operation Homespun: The Next Generation,” an exhibit of contemporary knitting based on the patterns in the original “Operation Homespun” book.


New Jersey area residents: clear your calendar for the weekend of April 20-22. The Garden State Yarn Crawl (formerly known as the Northern NJ Yarn Crawl), is a free three-day event that encourages local support and investigation of the area’s popular yarn and craft emporia. In this second year of the crawl, 15 independent yarn retailers in towns in Northern NJ, from Westfield to Wyckoff – and many points in between – will participate.

The stores will be offering visitors special events, discounts and promotions along with a chance to win one of 15 incredible raffle baskets filled with yarn and other goodies. More info here.


All the cool kids will be there.

Toronto-area knitters will be gathering the weekend of April 27 & 28th for the 14th annual Downtown Knit Collective’s Annual Knitter’s Frolic. Our own Franklin is the keynote instructor. Even without Franklin, this is one of the highlights of the Toronto knitters’ calendar – add Franklin, and it promises to be the event of the year!


Photo courtesy Good Housekeeping/All About You

A great profile of knit designer, author and yarn bomber Lauren O’Farrell who learned to knit when she was going through treatment for cancer in her 20s.


A fun feature and slideshow about a colorful yarnbomb outside the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library at The University of Michigan. The work was created as an assignment for a class held at the University’s Arts & Design school, and the goal was to transform a public space. I love the yarnbomb, but I love even more that this was assigned schoolwork!


Clever suggestion for brides to be: consider knit and felted flowers instead of a traditional bouquet.

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5 Responses to WWW: Traditional and not-so-traditional; spring knitting events in the northeast

  1. Brandi says:

    I love that giant squid!

  2. Carol says:

    Kate, what does DM me mean? I should mention, I am not on twitter, just read your side notes on this blog.

    I am desperately seeking something to knit. Not in bulky, [just finished an Einstien Jacket in 80 degree weather] not one of the 3 baby sweaters I need for the next 3 baby showers…. maybe your test knit of lace?

    • rachael says:

      Carol: DM is “direct message” and is a feature of twitter to send a message to just 1 person. Basically “contact me directly please”.

      That squid is epic, I’m in love :)

  3. Becca says:

    I’ve been walking by the Hatcher yarnbomb every day and admiring it. It’s so cool that it was for a class!

  4. Seanna Lea says:

    I want to knit a giant squid for our house. It would be awesome for the dining room!

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