The latter makes me want to leap in and help, but not for the reason that the writer intends, I think… he makes the items too big “to allow for shrinkage”? The knitter in question needs a helping hand to wrap his head around gauge and fabric and yarn.
The advice columnist brings up a good point about the etiquette of gift-giving… There’s a lesson in there for all of us – only knit for those you know will truly appreciate the gift.
Interesting discussion alert: The Huffington Post “blows open a secret” we all know… that this whole knitting thing, although in the last century has come to be considered to be a feminine craft, it actually used to be a men’s activity. I’ve got mixed feelings about this, I must say… I love to see discussion of knitting in the mainstream press, and this is a change from the usual “it’s not just grandmas” piece. But the gender issue is a thorny one: I know lots of male knitters who are happy to knit because they love it, gender perceptions aside. By reminding us that men were at the forefront of the development of knitting, is the message (intended or not) that it’s actually ok for men to knit now because they used to do it? And if so, why does that matter, still? Or perhaps we should be asking about why it’s believed that men were at the forefront of the development of knitting…? Is it, like many historical situations, something where women’s participation and roles weren’t documented? Maybe men didn’t develop knitting at all… ?
Speaking of Olympics… Canadian department store Hudson’s Bay Corporation has unveiled the latest “Olympic mitten” design. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the mittens goes to the Canadian Olympic Foundation, and this new design has been launched ahead of the 2014 Sochi games. These limited edition mittens have become quite the thing: the first design was launched in 2009, to celebrate the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and was a runaway success, with with more 3.5 million pairs sold. Wouldn’t it be cool if they also released a knitting pattern, with proceeds of that going to the foundation? Does anyone know anyone who works for HBC? Perhaps we can talk them into it!
The Campaign for Wool in the UK is planning a yarnbombing as part of the upcoming Wool Week activities, this October. The plan is to take over a window of the John Lewis shop on Oxford Street, in London. If you’d like to participate or contribute, please contact Allison Thistlewood at allison at champagneandqiviut dot com. More info about Wool Week here.