I recently had the chance to visit the Metropolitan Museum of New York’s current exhibit “Punk: From Chaos to Couture“. It’s a fantastic show, tracing the origins of punk fashion, and its subsequent influence on high fashion and couture. I loved the juxtaposition of the original punk outfits from the late 1970s with the ‘modern’ couture outfits they inspired.
Of particular note was the knitwear – there was lots of it shown in the exhibition.
Boxy mohair sweaters were common in the punk era – usually in black, white or red, often ripped or at the least by design poorly constructed or deconstructed. Designer Rodarte took this idea and developed a series of pieces using both knit and crochet techniques. Cameron Diaz is photographed wearing a dress from this collection. A mix of fibers, yarns and techniques creates a powerfully sophisticated and feminine piece, showing the fascinating circuitous paths that fashions take from inspiration to design to inspiration to design again.
Designer Lee of Leethal Knits is hosting a “Choose Your Own Adventure”-style Mystery Knit Along. So much fun!
There are four choices of path – each leading to a different type of items: something for your head, a neck accessory, something to keep your hands warm, or a gift item. Each item has many different choices, and any weight or color yarn can be used. Create your own fully custom, fully unique mystery knit!
A lovely piece about KnitCamp, the annual summer knitting retreat founded by Elizabeth Zimmermann, and continued by her daughter Meg Swansen, in a Wisconsin paper.
Exciting news for font fans: the release of a new book, “Knitted Letters,” by Catherine Hirst and Erssie Major. The book has colorwork charts for 10 key font families, and a number of wonderful typography inspired patterns.
Just as she did last year, our friend Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, the Yarnharlot, is doing a 650km (over 400 mile) bike ride to raise funds to support Canadians living with HIV and AIDS. She and her teammates – including awesome knitter and all around good egg Jen H. – can be sponsored. Links on this page.