The winners of our Lucy Neatby class giveaway are Jodi, Patti, Susan, Deb and Carolyn. They each get one free class download from Lucy’s site.
Knitters and Spinners in the UK, mark your calendars for Wonderwool Wales, being held April 27 & 27 in Builth Wells, Wales. This is the 7th annual event, and promises a huge range of activities for the entire family: classes and workshops on a wide range of topics and woolly goodies for sale, of course, but also demonstrations and a Hat fashion show and competition.
If you’re in other parts of the world, that weekend is also the Toronto Downtown Knit Collective Frolic – not as many live sheep, but otherwise nearly as good! And it’s also the Fabric of Life Creative Fibre Festival in Porirua City, NZ. Remember, you can always check the events list on Clara Parke’s wonderful Knitter’s Review website to see what’s going on near you.
I love this: students of a local high school and residents of an assisted living center team up to yarnbomb the building and grounds of the residence. Both the inside and the outsides at The Point at Rockridge, in Oakland, CA were decorated – flowers for every resident’s door, and decorations for the railings and even scarves for the statues in the fountain on the grounds.
Skacel Yarns has announced their very own reality competition – The Fiber Factor. It’s a knitting design competition with the goal of finding the next great knitwear design superstar.
Skacel is looking for 12 contestants to participant in 6 challenges to run between April and October 2013. The winner of each challenge will receive a cash prize, and in January 2014 a grand prize winner will be chose, and will be awarded a five-day, all-expense paid trip to Germany to tour yarn production facilities and the addi needle factory.
The Campaign for Wool in the UK is also running a contest – this one open to everyone! They are trying to break a world record for the largest collection of pom-pom sheep. Details here. If you’re contributing, they need your sheep by March 1st. Even if you don’t plan to send any in, you can download a template and instructions to make your own sheepy adorableness. The project is the brainchild of the Eden Arts group, who are aiming to create an installation of thousands of pom-pom sheep – and hoping to break a world record at the same time. Last year‘s was a resounding success, with over 5300 sheepy participants, and we’re excited to see this year’s results.
Speaking of wool and things that make us happy: this story about the prevalence of wool in equipment and clothing being shown at the The Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, a tradeshow for sports and outdoor gear stores, recently held in Salt Lake City. Wool is starting to regain popularity over man-made fleece fabrics: “Natural fibers is where it’s at,” said Matt Skousen, of Everest Designs, one of the exhibitors at the event. “It’s the real deal. Wool has had millions of years to figure itself out.”
And in other uses for wool – and household items beautiful enough to be art objects: this wool dry mop from a fourth generation family business in Vermont. Jillian says: “Almost pretty enough to make me want to clean…”