Author: @kateatherley

WWW: On the Value of Making, Designing and Persisting

Although the focus on this article is getting children to be creative, the message about the value of making applies to all ages! It feels so fundamentally good and right to use our hands to manipulate materials – to use tools to extend our ability; to put stuff out into the world. The Craft Industry Alliance reports that both the size and scope of the craft industry have grown significantly since 2011. We can conclude, I think, that many are coming to understand the value and pleasure of craft. Loving the cover of last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine. I really enjoyed reading this report from Clara ...

WWW: Sizing Chart Update, Pats Hats for Newborns, Instagram Challenge

Very pleased to see that designer and student-of-garment-fit Ysolda has updated and republished her sizing chart. A boon for designers and knitters! Two nurses at Newton Wellesley Hospital in the Boston area recently spent a Sunday afternoon knitting timely hat for new arrivals… on Superbowl Sunday, they made hats in the colors of the New England Patriots, the team that won the sporting event. There is so much to love in this: news of competitive sheep-shearing and wool-handling, and a group of bare-chested New Zealand shearers performing the traditional Haka dance. If you’re not a member of Instagram, ...

Knitting as a Political Act; Clones in a Pink Hat; A Lace Dress

Craft as resistance: Have you downloaded Donna Druchunas’s free ‘Knitting as a Political Act’ e-book yet? Related: this talk about the role of knitting in the era of World War One sounds fascinating. February 9th, at the Rockport Public Library in Rockport, Maine. If I lived closer, I’d definitely attend. Just a little reminder: Jillian and I are both reaching at the upcoming Interweave Yarn Fest, in Loveland, Colorado. The weekend of March 30-April 2, the event features a broad variety of classes on all topics yarny: knitting, crochet, spinning and weaving. If you’re in the area, ...

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. 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. Impressed by the number of supporters for the women’s movement yesterday. Question: Were the pink hats made in the USA? pic.twitter.com/DlCnruHeAf — Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) January 22, 2017 Spinner and teacher Abby Franquemont penned an excellent ...

WWW: On the Pink Hats

Everybody is talking about the Pussy Hat initiative. As I’ve mentioned before, the objective is that every attendee of the women’s march in DC this coming Saturday be outfitted in a pink hat. The point is for a visible symbol of unity, a symbol that absolutely cannot be missed. The color and the design – and the name and its connotations — were very deliberate choices. The name and shape nod to a particular comment made by a particular politician, and of course the color is the one shade always and only associated with women. (Those who aren’t keen on that particular design have been ...

WWW: On difficulty, k200tog, a different pink hat

Miriam writes on her blog about difficulty ratings in patterns: I agree wholeheartedly! Style writer Nathalie Atkinson writes about the origins of the Cowichan (a.k.a. curling) sweater. The garment is considered a Canadian icon, popularized by Mary Maxim in the 1950s and 60s. Many knitters aren’t aware of their origins in the indigenous community of coastal B.C. I like this very much: the Knit2o0Together project. Driven by educator Maura Pfeifer, Knit 200 Together is intended to bring together people of different backgrounds and communities, united in fiber craft, to share and learn a little about each other. A ...

WWW: Advice, sensible and otherwise; Pink Hats; This is Your Brain on Knitting

Some people are making pink hats to wear later this month.  Sensible: an advice columnist – a knitter herself – provides advice to the non-knitters who might wish to ask a friend to make a sweater for them: “Don’t risk friendship over a sweater.” I’m in two minds about pieces like this: “How to Wear Chunky Knits“, courtesy of an online style magazine. I mean, the first thought that leaps to mind when I see a headline like that is “heck, it’s January – just slip it on over a tshirt and be warm.” But then after the snark, I will always click ...

Looking forward to 2017: Kate and Jillian on the road

Kate’s Teaching Schedule for the first part of 2017 January 25-27 – InTown Quilters, Decatur, Georgia Introduction to Design, Continental Knitting, Best Methods/Expert Tips, Yarn Shopping Bootcamp, Soxpertise, Altering Patterns Feb 26 & 27th – Sheep Shop, Cambridge UK Introduction to Gloves, Two Socks at Once: The War & Peace Method, Introduction to Design March 1 – Knit With Attitude, Stoke Newington, UK Class TBA March 4 & 5 – Purlescence, Leckhampstead, UK Intro to Brioche, Advanced Brioche; -You do the maths” – a study in numbers and knitting patterns March 9 – 12 – Edinburgh Yarn ...

WWW: Bristol’s Colours, Village-sized Yarn-bomb, Use Your Noodle

The winner of our Obliqua kit giveaway is Candi from Pennsylvania. We wish you happy knitting! Ooh! Very exciting! The Yarn Collective has just announced a new line of yarns: Pembroke Worsted, in colourways designed by Knitty designer Bristol Ivy.  There are ten colors, described in Bristol’s own words: “My whole collection is based on the rich, pure tones of gems and minerals. I’ve always loved these colors and their depth, complexity, and saturation. I think since they’re all based on naturally occurring colors, they all speak well to each other and come together into a coherent palette. I’m so excited to ...

Early Winter Issue WIPs: The Frantic Gift Knitting Edition

It’s always fun to check in on an issue’s patterns, particularly so soon after launch. It tells me which patterns are catching on – and indeed, at this time of year, which ones are gifting-appropriate. Love this Werewolf of Westport Hat, by EmmaE. And ChaoticK’s is equally amazing, in a totally different way! This would be ideal for the dreariest days of winter! PelicanGoddess’s Snowberry scarf is a winner. A statement in coziness! HilaryO’s Obliqua cowl is coming along very nicely. And Zsazsazsu is making excellent progress on her Duvet mittens. Are you doing any gift knitting ...