WWW: Painting the Town Pink; Madison, WI Knit-In; Sweaters for Elephants

Knitters, crocheters, sewists, all the makers who got busy in in the past few week with: you did it! Saturday, a sea of pink hats was visible all around the world. Kay and Ann over at Mason Dixon Knitting said it best.

Unattributed internet photo, as per Mason Dixon Knitting.

Unattributed internet photo, as per Mason Dixon Knitting.

I must confess to have been very amused at the confusion some apparently felt about how so many hats were made, in a short period of time.


Spinner and teacher Abby Franquemont penned an excellent response to this question, published on BuzzFeed Community.

No matter how you feel about the hat or the name, I think we can all be proud of this demonstration of the power of craft, the power of the work of our own hands.


Love this: a clever maker in Saskatchewan, Canada, has developed his own knitting machine to make socks to donate to shelters across the country. In the seven years he’s been doing this, he estimates he’s made over 10,000 socks.


On a totally different note, just a reminder that registration closes soon for the Madison, WI Knitter’s Guild Annual Knit-In.  The event takes place March 17-19th. I’m teaching there this year, along with Knitty designer Laura Nelkin, and double-knitting genius Lucy Neatby. The event features 35 classes of all sorts, and a number of fun social events. I’ll be teaching a number of sock classes, for different levels of knitters. An excellent way to pass a late-winter weekend.


This week, in the “not knitting but still pretty wonderful category”: Indian women living near the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in the northern city of Mathura are making blankets to keep the resident elephants warm, as the region experiences a highly unusual cold-snap.


Amazing: Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin offers a Mathematics of Knitting class. From the syllabus: “The goal is not only to show the connections between knitting and advanced mathematical concepts, but also to demonstrate the importance of problem solving and critical thinking found in mathematics.”  Where was this class when I was studying mathematics at University?

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