WWW: World’s Largest Sweater?, Parrot Sweaters, Lego Swift
A group in Turkey has created what they hope will be crowned the “world’s largest sweater” by the Guinness World Records organization. The garment, designed to highlight what officials proclaim to be the bad habit of turning up the heating in the winter, rather than putting on a sweater, thereby wasting energy. The article, a little bit snarky in tone, if you ask me, mentions the National Sweater Day we mark in Canada, reminding us to put a sweater on and turn down the heat. The sweater took 90 people a month to complete, and required over 500kg (about 1100lbs) of yarn.
Knitters in the Philippines are seeing their work being valued, as a way to help themselves out of a difficult situation. Meredith Ramirez, a student at Cornell University has launched a Kickstarter to help the Ifugao indigenous people, who are seeing their way of life being threatened. The Ifugao people have traditionally farmed rice terraces, and their income is dropping. The families are being forced to move, away from their homeland. On a visit last year, Meredith taught many of the women to knit with a view to enabling them to generate income by knitting items to sell – but she wants to take it bigger, and to make it self-sustaining. The objective is to kick-start a business selling these hats locally to tourists, and worldwide, online. The program looks to honour and protect local traditions while bringing 21st century innovation to solve a problem: to enable the Ifugao people to continue to support themselves and live in the manner they chose.
Knitter Samantha has created a most excellent Pi blanket, for Pi day. I love the clever way that the value of Pi is encoded into the design. The blanket is being donated to Project Linus, an organization that donates blankets to children in need, for comfort.
Celebrity Knitter Alert, Handsome Young Man Edition: Nicholas Hoult, the actor who appeared with Hugh Grant, in ‘About a Boy’ as a child, and has recently appeared in Warm Bodies and Jack the Giant the Slayer.