WWW: More on BBC Documentary, Knitted Swimsuits, Learn to Knit Socks Online with Kate

A day at the beach, with knitting and BBC TV cameras.

On the BBC “Fabric of Britain: Golden Age of Knitting” documentary program from last week: If you’re outside the UK, the iPlayer link I gave doesn’t work. There is a Youtube link for the program, but its legality is uncertain, and therefore I’m not sure how long it will be active.

Designer Susan Crawford has written on her blog about filming her scenes, testing out the age-old theory that handknit swimsuits won’t stay on.  The very brave Miss Fleur McGuerr took to the (very cold) sea in her handknit swimsuit, proving once and for all that a well-constructed swimsuit won’t necessarily fall down.

The brave Ms. Fleur, looking very fetching. It’s actually a very flattering piece for girls both curvy and straight.

On a related note, Susan has just kicked off The Knitted Swimsuit Project, gathering information and stories about handknit swimsuits, and experimenting with vintage knit swimsuit patterns. You can buy patterns that Susan has created inspired by these vintage patterns. Even if you don’t want to knit one yourself, the website is a fascinating trove of information about knitters and knitting projects of yesteryear. I’m going on a knitting cruise early next year… a handknit swimsuit would be very fitting, no?

To give you a taste of Laura’s work…

Speaking of 2014, friend of Knitty, designer Laura Nelkin has just launched her 2014 Mystery Knit-along Club, the M Club. Laura does beautiful bead and lacework, and her patterns are always special. The club has four projects, and subscribers get everything they need to work Laura’s excellent designs.

Getting ready for winter.

84-year-old artist Jim Giles, of Manchester, is knitting a scarf. Not just any scarf, though… he’s aiming to knit 400m (440 yds) of scarf to wrap his home, the Victoria Square Residential Home. Right now, 300 of the 400m are complete, and Jim is seeking other knitters who are willing to help out, to meet the deadline of October 18th.

Ever wanted to learn to knit socks? Come and join me in my online class…

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