A great piece about the work of Alaskans Jules Joy and Sarah Browngoetz, yarn dyers and owners of the store ‘Knitty Stash’. The colors of their own line of yarn, called the Alaskan Yarn Co., are inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds them. There are colors to match native flowers – particularly the vivid lavender of the lupine – colors inspired by the water of nearby Kachemak Bay, and colors to captures the leaves of the trees as they change through the fall.
What’s most inspiring, however, are their efforts to buy local fleeces and fibers to spin and dye for sale in their store.
Very interesting… Police in the UK are supporting an effort to yarnbomb a particularly crime-stricken area of the city of Leicester. The hope is that the presence of the decorations will make the area “seem safer” and more friendly. The comments of the local residents quoted in the article are interesting – some are in support, some are not. I find this a fascinating offshoot of the “broken windows theory” – the idea that urban areas that are well-maintained and attractive are less likely to suffer vandalism and other crime. I’ll be following this story with interest.
I like this a lot: a photograph of a poll worker in Kansas, knitting by lantern light as she waits for voters, during a power outage due to a winter storm. Taken February 26, 2013, from a slideshow on the ABC website (it’s the third photo).
We’ve written before about efforts to teach prison inmates to knit. This interview on the BBC reveals the role of knitting (and other arts) at Robben Island, the prison where former South African President Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison.
Blogger and knitter Jo Van Every writes about her experiences knitting in meetings. A brief but insightful piece, she talks about the reactions and responses of her colleagues, and the concious and unconscious biases driving those reactions. In my years in the technology industry, I never had the guts to take knitting to meetings, for my fear of these sorts of reactions – but I would have been happier, and more attentive, if I had. Do you knit in meetings? What kinds of responses have you had?