Friend of Knitty and yarn dyer to the stars, indigodragonfly, has launched an indiegogo campaign to help them raise the $10,000 needed to build a yarn dying studio. They currently work in the kitchen of their small house, and they need more space to be able to bring us more of their wonderful work.
We love Kim and Ron of indigodragonfly because they use wonderful yarns, produce fantastic colorways, and have the most hilarious color names. It’s not just red; it’s “Don’t wear this on Star Trek”. They have entire series of colorways inspired by pop culture: Buffy, Doctor Who, Firefly, Gilmore Girls… They have a colorway named “Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock”. And needless to say, they do a rather lovely TARDIS, too.
You’ll have seen their work in such Knitty patterns as Aven,
Little Purls of Wisdom (a special Knitty anniversary colorway!)
To learn more, and to contribute, visit the indiegogo site. Contributors receive special benefits and thank-you gifts, including a limited edition “thank you” colorway. If you’re not familiar with the work of indigodragonfly, visit their site here.
More royal baby knitting: the Campaign for Wool last week presented Prince Charles with a hand-knit Shetland lace Christening Robe. The work of master Shetland knitter Sandra Manson, it took six weeks to design, and only two weeks (“flat out”!) to knit. A lovely piece on the Jamieson and Smith blog – worth a visit to see photos of Sandra’s other work.
Dallas theater critic Elaine Liner is launching her one-woman play, The Sweater Curse, at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The play interweaves (pun intended) stories, some funny, some bittersweet, about her loves of knitting, great literature (that mentions knitting, like The Odyssey and Macbeth), old movies (in which Bette Davis knits) and men worth knitting for (or not).
The show runs every day, August 1-26 at Sweet/Grassmarket International 4 at the festival.
A charming profile and video about knitter Olive Dodds, who at the ripe old age of 102 is the oldest serving volunteer at Toronto’s East General Hospital. She’s been participating in the knitting club since 1984, making clothes for newborn babies, and knitting dolls that are sold at the hospital gift shop. She credits her knitting with keeping her young… although she didn’t start knitting until she was 80.
I will never tire of these stories: a new attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most knitters knitting simultaneously, this time at the Big Knit 2013 event in Dundee, Scotland, September 8th. 3,100 knitters are needed to break the current standing record. More info here.