WWW: Rhinebeck video, World Record, Mary Maxim Sweaters

Love love love: Rhinebeck Style” by Gale Zucker. In 2010 and 2012 Gale put up a backdrop at Rhinebeck and asked knitters if they wished to pose in front of it for pictures. Knitters, as they do, obliged, and this fantastic slide show, set to very appropriate music, was born. So much wonderful eye candy. I kept pausing it to see the individual pieces.

This is the best thing I’ve seen all week.

There are so many things I love about this story: David Babcock, a graphic design professor from the University of Missouri, has set a new world record for the longest scarf knitted while running a marathon. I am highly amused that someone tried knitting while running. I think it’s rather amazing that someone kept knitting through an entire marathon. I adore that the article reports on the technical details of the scarf. But best of all: I love that there’s actually a Guinness World Record for this activity.

A classic example.

A tremendous piece in the Toronto Star from last weekend about the history of the “Mary Maxim” sweater – also known as a curling sweater. This garments were the height of fashion in the 1950s and 60s, and their story is part of the fabric (pun intended) of Canadian life. So many Canadians tell stories about these sweaters – the remember their mothers and grandmothers making them, they remember wearing them, they’ve made one themselves. The comments on the article online are all reminiscences about these sweaters. They remain popular, vintage clothing stores continue to sell them, and interesting examples are highly sought after. The patterns are still available in Canada and the US through Mary Maxim, and you can buy kits or a booklet.

I’m lucky enough to have a few of these original patterns – and a 1960s vintage catalog – in my library, acquired from my husband’s elderly relatives. I’ve blogged about this, and I get a request at least once a month from a knitter seeking out the patterns.

Yeah, this is pretty great: a giant squid yarnbomb!

If you’re in the Pacific Northwest, consider a trip to KnitCity in Vancouver this weekend. I’ll be there! Say hello!

And if you’re on the eastern seabord of the US, consider the Blended Threads workshop in Maryland, lead by author Deborah Robson. The focus of the retreat is fiber, and the weekend will be spent preparing, spinning, playing with and working with all sorts of fibers. Sounds most wonderful.

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5 thoughts on “WWW: Rhinebeck video, World Record, Mary Maxim Sweaters

  1. Michelle

    The “Rhinebeck style” video brought tears to my eyes. Part of it was recognizing what a wonderful community I belong to, this fiber community; part of it was recognizing that the best images are from people cutting loose and having fun, something this camera-shy person has trouble doing. Thank-you for sharing; it is truly wonderful!

  2. Kelly

    I made a Mary Maxim sweater a few years ago! Commissioned to match a baby version that has been passed down through 3 generations (they wanted a grown-up sized one for a Grampy/1st Grandson photoshoot). Had to wing the graphic, but imagine a Grandfather wearing a cream cardigan with big bunnies on it!

  3. Maureen

    I agree with Michelle. The Rhinebeck slide show, was amazing, uplifting and totally charming. Knitters are remarkable. Joy.

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