The Fair-Isle Jumper by Stanley Cursiter, painted in 1923. Image from City of Edinburgh Council, City Art Centre.
A most excellent piece on the Fraser Knitwear company’s website, talking about the evolution of Fair Isle knitting in the 1920s and 1930s. Fascinating reading, and some lovely eye-candy.
Inverness College, a division of the University of Highlands and Islands in Scotland has just announced a new Honours degree program as part of its Business department – Craft Design
The course will focus on ceramics, print and knitted textiles and jewellery design, with a view to helping individuals set up their own business or develop their skills further. The program will kick of this September, and interested candidates must contact the college by July 4th.
Members of Hartley Bay First Nation community, in British Columbia, Canada, are using yarn as a peaceful protest against the use of oil supertankers in the Douglas Channel, as part of the Northern Gateway Pipeline project.
Over 200 community members participated in the project, which saw a 4.6-kilometre (3 mile) long crocheted rope stretched across B.C.’s Douglas Channel in a symbolic blockade of the future path of the ships.
Knit designer and teacher Ash Kearns is hosting a ‘50-minute Knit In‘ at the Hillside Music Festival, being held July 25-27 in Guelph, Ontario.
Ash hopes to encourage existing knitters to bring their work and skills to share with others, to teach the basics and bring some new knitters into the fold, and to make some new friends.
Just makes me smile.
Following up on a story from a few weeks ago: the Holbrook submarine, HMAS Otway, is now officially a Yellow Submarine.
Hundreds of tiny little hand-knitted cycling jerseys. Just wonderful. And perfectly safe.
You might have been following the story about the initiatives to knit cycling-themed bunting to decorate towns in the UK that will be visited on this year’s Tour de France route. In a very silly turn, the council for one of the towns declared that the knitted bunting was “unsafe”, in the fears that if it became wet with rain, it might bend or otherwise damage the lamp-posts it was tied to.
Cooler heads have prevailed in Cambridge, and the bunting has officially been declared safe.
Speaking of sensible, wise words from a knitter about color choices for charity knitting.