WWW: Yarnover Truck, Knitting-inspired Music, Celebrity Knitter Alert

Composer Hafdís Bjarnadóttir.

Fascinating story about an Icelandic composer bringing together music and knitting

Both knitting and music have a mathematical component, and the languages used to express instructions have interesting parallels. Bjarnadóttir noticed a remarkable similarity between a lace shawl pattern she was knitting, and a score she was learning. Inspired by this, she started work on a composition, ‘Thordis’ Fichu, row 1-12’, which turned into her Master’s degree project.  The score – ‘an ethereal soundworld with pauses where the knitting pattern has holes’ – is making excellent progress, while the shawl project languishes…

More on the artist’s website.

We’re loving following the adventures of the Yarnover truck, through all the great press it is generating. The truck, a brilliant knitting-store-on-wheels, travels around southern California, is the brainchild of knitting friends Maridee and Barbra. They both wanted to open yarn shops, but were never able to raise the funds required to open a bricks and mortar shop. Inspired by the success of food trucks, they decided to band together and go mobile. The truck offers yarn and classes at farmer’s markets, street fairs, craft fairs, art and music festivals, and other events.

Maridee is interviewed about the truck on a Los Angeles TV station.

Follow the Truck on Twitter to find out where it will be!

A new reality TV series has just been launched in the UK – The Great British Sewing Bee. Competitors – all home sewers – must participate in various sewing challenges to avoid elimination, and the winner will be crowned “Britain’s Greatest Home Sewer”. I love that there’s participation across all age groups, and both genders. If you’re in the UK, watch it here.

We’re hoping that the success of this might drive other crafting shows… Am I the only one who fondly remembers Craft Corner Death Match, hosted by Canada’s own Jason Jones?

Celebrity knitter alert: Mia Wasikowska.

The Guardian paper in the UK continues its (revived) tradition of publishing knitting patterns: this time, for an adorable pair of baby shoes. Newspapers and magazines in the UK, Canada and US used to print knitting patterns (even the New York Times used to do it!), just as they do still with recipes, but this fell out of favor in the 1980s and 90s, as the number of knitters declined. It’s great to see it coming back.

And even the Daily Mail is getting into it, too: they’ve been giving away patterns and knitting guides.

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3 thoughts on “WWW: Yarnover Truck, Knitting-inspired Music, Celebrity Knitter Alert

  1. Cathy

    Way cool. I just love how knitting has continued to grow since it’s revival. I started knitting I guess around 2001 or 2002 when it was comming back in vouge and the ball just keeps rolling. Great articles, maybe I can talk my little local newspaper to publish a free pattern every now and again!

  2. Kathy

    I like the worsted in either 2 or 3 ply. Both are great! It depends on the stitch pattern you plan to use. The 2 ply has more texture. Great spinning job.

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