WWW: Yarn Movie available for streaming, 1 Year of Stitches, KnitPetiteProject

Changes in attitude to clothing good for wool? Although not strictly knitting, I found this a very interesting and informative piece about where your clothing is made… And although this piece is thick with industry-speak and business terms, the key takeaway is that Woolmark, the industry organization for the promotion of wool  is sensing a global movement towards awareness of the costs of ‘fast fashion’, and as a result consumers are moving towards a different shopping approach, that could be very good for wool.


As a woman of less-than-average height (I was recently asked by an even-less-than-average-height woman to help her get something off a shelf in the supermarket, and we both had a good giggle about the idea that at 5 foot 2 I was the tall one) I’m following the #KnitPetiteProject with great interest. Designer Teresa Gregorio is gathering data to help develop a more accurate sizing model for the “less-than-average” sizes in knitting patterns.


Registration is now open for the TNNA Summer show, this coming June. TNNA is a professional organization for yarn companies, yarn shops and other players in the industry. The June show is the traditional showcase for new products, and a place where everyone gathers to meet and discuss business and strategy and all things yarny. Amy and Jillian always go (ed note: this year, it’s just Amy…Jillian will be traveling with her family before her eldest goes off to college!), and this year I’ll be there, too, teaching my Pattern Writing class.


Yarn the Movie is now available for streaming on Amazon, if you’re in the U.S. Featuring lots of wonderful visuals and interesting stories, it’s about the work of a number of different artists, who use a common medium: yarn.


Again, not knitting, but I absolutely adore this: a year’s worth of embroidery, created and documented by Hannah Claire Somerville in Instagram posts and a one-minute video over 2016. There’s lots to treasure here, include the artist’s approach to learning and dedication to her craft. No matter what, every single day, she stitched something. And she’s doing it again for 2017.

January 1, 2017. First stitches of the new year! I’m thrilled to be starting a new swatch and to have so many people joining in this year! One outcome from last year’s project is that I was able to feel present in my daily life again. This has been extremely important the past 10 days because I have been traveling and spending time with family and friends who live across country from me. I actually can’t remember the last time I have spent so much time with my loved ones, it’s been amazing. With that being said, I am so floored by all the positive feedback I have received and that so many people have started their own projects, it’s beyond what I could have ever imagined. I want to apologize that I have not been engaging as much on IG. I have many high hopes for 2017 and this project, which I will be sharing in the coming days. I hope everyone enjoyed their New Year’s Eve and has a happy and healthy new year! Thank you all for being a part of this project and I’m excited to be stitching with you all in 2017! #1yearofstitches #wip #embroidery #embroideryart #handembroidery #contemporaryembroidery #bordado #broderie #embroideryinstaguild #stitches #backstitch #white #2017 #firststitch #newyearsday #sunday #sundaynight #thread #fiberart #sewing #textiles #textileart #art #needleandthread

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