I enjoyed this short documentary on the role of the sock knitting machine in the First World War. In two parts, on Youtube. Part one. Part two. A bit of history of socks, and a fun demo of a century-old sock knitting machine in action.
You can still find these machines for sale, at speciality dealers. Brenna, a teacher at Lettuce Knit, has one, and her holiday gift knitting is taken care of very very quickly…
Debbie Bliss has launched a new range of knitterly products, including the best tea towels and mugs in the entire world. I am not joking.
I follow the activities of The Campaign for Wool education program in the UK and elsewhere with interest; I was very pleased to hear that its Patron, Prince Charles, has just launched it in Canada. The objective of the campaign is to educate as many people as possible about the incredible benefits and versatility of wool in fashion, furnishings and everyday life. Visit the website for more info, or follow them on Twitter for all sorts of woolly goodness.
Ok, so let’s add the Faroe Islands to the itinerary for the Grand Knitting Tour. Sounds absolutely wonderful.
The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte, Ontario, has announced details of its summer camp programs. The Museum has teamed up with the Almonte Potters’ Guild to offer two “mixed media” camps, with sessions on pottery and textile crafts. In the first sessions, July 21 to July 25, participants will enjoy mask making, wheel throwing, building fairy houses, and a tallest pot contest at the Potters’ Guild, followed by weaving, tie dyeing and other textile crafts at the Museum. The second camp runs from August 11 to August 15, and will feature animal making, wheel throwing and making your own set of dishes in the morning and tie dyeing, felting, and other crafts in the afternoon. The program is open to children ages 6 to 12. Call the Textile Museum at 613 256-3754 or the Potters’ Guild at 613 256-5556 for more info. I wish I could go – it sounds absolutely fantastic.