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.
Rodarte mohair dress, very punk and yet very modern.
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.
Don’t you want to come along?
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.
Ooh! A Kickstarter for Wooly, a project to develop a mobile app that works with Ravelry.‘
Support cyclists supporting others.
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