The wonderful people at Jimmy Beans Wool have come up with a terrific idea for Mother’s Day – a bouquet of yarn! The bouquets include limited-edition hand-dyed yarns, accompanied by patterns, needles and beads. There are two different size bouquets, and there are a limited number available.
I plan to drop big hints to the dog – I’ll let you know if he delivers…
A brilliant, brilliant piece of work from Knitty Designer Bristol Ivy – the Stockinette Market. She has done a detailed analysis of the patterns that appear on Hot Right Now in Ravelry, with a view to understanding and tracking the trends in popular knitting patterns and projects. Every day – twice a day where possible – she looks at the 48 patterns that appear in the Hot Right Now list. She produces these amazing detailec charts showing various types of information about the patterns – garment type (e.g. hat, cardigan, shawl), the fabric type (lace, cable, stockinette), the yarn type (e.g. solid, tweed, self-striping), the color, and how the pattern is shown in the photos – on a model or not.
Read the introductory post here, and then visit the blog to see her regular updates.
A fabulous insight for designers into what knitters are excited about. A fun way for knitters to see what their friends are up to. And overall, an amazing way to quantify what we’re all doing. Even if you don’t spend time with the graphs, it’s worth reading Bristol’s analysis of the data she’s seeing – tracking project popularity to promotions and industry activity.
The movie studio FOX kicked up a fuss last week by trying to claim ownership of the copyright of the “Jayne” hat, worn by the character Jayne Cobb in the short-lived, much-beloved and long-ago-cancelled TV show Firefly. The distinctive hat is often worn by fans of the show to show their love, and there have been various patterns, both knit and crochet, available for it almost since the hat first appeared on screen. FOX contacted Etsy sellers who were making and selling the hats. The story continues, and it will be interesting to see where this goes…
The third annual Garden State Yarn Crawl takes place this weekend, around the yarny spots of New Jersey. There will be discounts, promotions, contests – and of course, yarn!
This just makes me happy: the Aiken, South Carolina newspaper proudly announces that a local knitter, Mary Anne Todd, has received her “Master Knitter” certification from the Knitting Guild of America.
News of a spy who knitted himself a ladder to escape from prison (Daily Mail link).