Yarn shop owner Lydia Pears in the UK made her own wedding dress. ‘The dress is the hardest, and most important, garment I have ever made but I’m so glad I did it.’ It’s stunningly beautiful, out of what looks like a fab laceweight mohair. It took 4 months of knitting, and was clearly worth the effort.
While we’re on the topic of woolly wedding dresses, have you seen this one? In 2009, sheepbreeder Louise Fairburn was married in a dress made from the locks of her favorite Lincoln Longwool sheep in her herd.
The city of Guelph in southwestern Ontario, Canada, has announced that it is organizing a yarn bomb art installation in St. Georgeâ€™s Square for September. The city is seeking knitters to participate, and donations of yarn and needles for those knitters.
I Knit the News Today: Artist Ivano Vitali recycles newspaper by working strips into long thick strands which he then rolls into massive balls of ‘yarn’. Created without glue or scissors, these are themselves fabulous scupltures. But then he takes the yarn and knits and crochets with it! The artist’s website, in Italian. Thanks to paper blog Scissors and Paper Rock for bringing this to our attention.
Still looking for a project to knit while watching the upcoming sporting events on television? Radio Times magazine publishes a pattern for a doll version of runner Usain Bolt, an excerpt from the book ‘Knitlympics: Knit Your Favourite Sports Star‘.
A drama in two letters: a letter to the editor from a resident of North Vancouver who is not enjoying the yarnbombing. And a reply from a knitter.
Quick hits: I adore the sweater dress in the picture on this article about the Benetton 2012 fall line. An audio interview with an Australian knitter, who proclaims the benefits of knitting as a stress-reducer. If you’re in the UK, watch this BBC program from 1976 on knitted fashions.