Stitch & ride
Toronto’s annual TTC Knitalong is scheduled for Saturday July 20th. Pack a portable project and jump on a bus, streetcar or subway car with a group of knitting friends, touring around the city. Yarn stores on the routes will have special discounts, prizes, giveaways and other goodies. At the end of the day, all teams will meet for snacks and a drink, and there will be lots of show and tell.
Visitors to Toronto note: even if you’re not participating in the event, the website has an excellent overview of the great yarn shops in our fair city.
Do other cities have such events? Let us know!
Vintage knit, modern adorableness.
More than 30 years later, a New Zealand knitter decides she’s finally ready to tackle a pattern published in the May 25, 1970 issue of New Zealand Woman’s Weekly… Cuteness ensues.
After posting about the recently found vintage sock knitting machine, a reader alerted me to the New Zealand Sock Knitting Machine Museum, in Hokitika, New Zealand. Love it!
A needlework chatelaine. Image courtesy The Collectors Weekly
Fascinating: an article about the Chatelaine, the Victorian woman’s toolkit. In the days before giant bags, women would carry key tools with them in this jewellery-like case. Chatelaines were specific to situation and activity – a needlework chatelaine was designed to hold needles, scissors, thimbles and the like. Others would hold notebooks, perfume bottles, handkerchiefs.
These were both practical but also fashion accessories, and like purses, sometimes style trumped practicality… does it matter if it’s too small to hold everything you need if it’s really really cute?
Being, ultimately, practical and domestic items, they aren’t well known, and good examples are hard to find. This Collectors Weekly article gives you amazing insight into the item and the women who wore them, along with some tremendous photographs.
How fab is this?
Another fantastic yarnbomb at the seaside, in Saltburn, UK. This is clearly the work of the team that created an epic Olympic-themed yarnbomb last year. Click through to see all the photos!
A knitting city councillor causes a fuss at a meeting of the Liskeard Town Council, in Cornwall.
Some of us wish that the disputes on our own city councils were so pleasant…