Author: @kateatherley

WWW: Winner of movie tickets; The Great Swatch Experiment

The two winners of our giveaway for tickets to see YARN THE MOVIE when it screens in Toronto are Marina and Claudia! We hope you enjoy it! And I’m posting one article here this week because of how important I think it is. This week, instead of reading me, you should go read this blog post: Kelbourne Woolens is running The Great Swatch Experiment, and they’ve posted the data from the first swatch. If you’ve never really understood (or believed) that different knitters can get different results with the same yarn and the same needles – well, prepare to be blown away. This post provides ...

WWW: Rhinebeck Week!

Remember, if you’re near Toronto, enter to win a double-pass to see YARN THE MOVIE! This week it’s THE WEEK. It’s the week of Rhinebeck, properly known as the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival, held in Rhinebeck, NY. If you’re wondering what the deal is: Really, Rhinebeck is like San Diego ComicCon for fibre folk. There’s cosplay, celebs, people who are passionate about the same things… — Karen (@PeopleOfCraft) October 10, 2016 On the newly relaunched Mason Dixon Knitting website, a primer on How To Rhinebeck. And yes, part of the fun is in knitting yourself a sweater to wear ...

YARN the Movie comes to Toronto; Giveaway!

I’ve written about YARN the Movie before, and I was very pleased to hear that it’s coming to Toronto. It’s playing at the Carlton Cinema October 21st-27th. AND we have two double-passes to give away! The movie aims to introduce to the broader world the artists who are redefining the tradition of knit and crochet. Reinventing our relationship with this colorful tradition, YARN weaves together wool graffiti artists, circus performers, and structural designers into a visually-striking look at the women who are making a creative stance while building one of modern art’s hottest trends. Featuring ...

WWW: When yarn and science collide; our very own “Knitting Humourist”

Love love love these: knitterly illustrations from this week’s New Yorker. Even if you are not mathematically inclined, these projects are absolutely beautiful. And if you ARE, they are also jaw-droppingly clever. Mathematicians Pat Ashforth and Steve Plummer create yarny designs to illustrate mathematical concepts. The blanket pattern on the left is derived from an image of a grid of superimposed sudokus puzzles, where each of the digits represents a different colour Sudoku grid… Serves him right: a burglar broke into the home of a woman and managed to get away with only a briefcase full of knitting ...

Deep Fall WIPs and FOs

We’ve been project-peeping on Ravelry again! Sellakka‘s Wings for Nightbird shawl is simply beautiful.   EternalKnitter’s Uberib slippers are fab! And such a quick knit, clearly!   Knitbritches‘ Viatori vest is looking great… an excellent color choice. Dublin16’s Rain Rain Go Away hat, made for a baby in rainy Seattle, is just perfect. Artohline‘s Crystalline scarf looks very promising indeed. And we love it when Knitty designers knit other patterns from the issue… Julia Farwell Clay, the designer of Viatori, is making her own ...

WWW: Terrible knitting pun of the week; on knitting with dog hair; illustrators attempt to depict knitting

Thinking ahead: our own Kate (yes, that’s me!) is teaching next October 20-22nd (yes, 2017) at beautiful St. Andrew by the Sea, New Brunswick, Canada.  Knit East features a great list of instructors and classes, in a fabulous setting. Famous Illustrators’ Depictions of Knitting, Ranked in Order of Competence. Comedian and writer John Hodgman, in his ‘Judge John Hodgman’ Advice column for the New York Times weighs in on a debate about knitting with dog hair. I was recently reminded of this lovely work: the award-winning short film The Last Knit, directed by animator Laura Neuvonen. Take a few ...

WWW: Mathematics, Love Monsters, #FairFiberWage response

Very satisfying: 6 mathematical concepts explained in yarn, on Mental Floss website. Not Strictly Knitting, but still wonderful: a short film about a project to recreate embroidery and needlework patterns of Jane Austen’s time, as part of celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Austen’s novel Emma. Also Not Strictly Knitting, but a different spin (see what I did there?!) on yarn-bombing: cross-stitch street art. Following up on a discussion from last week, John Bolton, the General Manager of Interweave has responded to criticisms of changes to the YarnFest teaching contract, and has ...

In Gord We Trust: The costumes, the hat and the color inspiration

I hope by now you’ve read the story about the In Gord We Trust Sock Scarf. I wanted to share some background on Gord’s stage costumes, the clothes that inspired our color choice, and the precious hat that we were able to borrow for the photoshoot from designer Karyn Gingras of Lilliput Hats. The suits, in bright metallic leather, were created by Izzy Camilleri, who has designed for other performers and musicians over the years. A slideshow of all the outfits, on the Fashion Magazine website. (In most of these shots, you can see his sock scarves. He clearly has a whole wardrobe of them, which may or may ...

WWW: “Hey, will you make me a hat”; Project Maple; Onions

This has been making the rounds again on Twitter, and it’s so great it’s worth mentioning again: all about the online knitting reference library at Southampton University. Snort. I don’t know the origin of this, but I just love it. Tastefully Offensive offers up an answer to the “hey, will you make *me* a hat?” question. Clearly a photograph taken in-flight, this is an excellent answer to a fellow passenger making an all-too common request. Another look at an another important topic: copyright. The Craft Industry Alliance debunks some common copyright myths. Not strictly knitting, but: ...

WWW: Time and how it passes – history, tradition and the clock

There are knitting circles, and knitting circles. This is a Knitting Circle. In that it’s a giant circle of 80 people, all knitting, together, at the same time, on the same piece. This past weekend, a group gathered in Quebec to participate in the latest iteration of artist Kerstin Lindstrom’s work “Own Our Own Time”. Initially performed in 2011 with 83 knitters in the Faroe Islands, the work aims to explore our individual and group relationships to time… “In this activity the one who knits the slowest controls the pace of the whole work.” Fascinating, if not strictly ...