Author: Penny Shima Glanz

Penny Shima Glanz spends her days spinning yarn and code into memorable projects. Small businesses rely on her for smart technology decisions. She creates understated elegance in her hand-knit and crochet designs. She loves muddy trail runs, fosters kittens, and lives in Westchester, NY with her husband and cat.

WWW: women’s work exhibit, AI knitting, and woolen Tulalip traditions

progression of gloves knitted from a MIT CSAIL program
The Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft (East Sussex, UK) has an exhibit on now through 13 October 2019, Women’s Work. It focuses on the work of craftswomen who turned their practice’s into successful businesses between the two World Wars. Learn more at ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (aka MIT CSAIL, Massachusetts, USA) have come up with a new approach to streamline the process: a new system and design tool for automating knitted garments, InverseKnit and CADKnit. Knitty design submissions for Winter are due 15 ...

WWW: MRI Makers; Double Knit Sleep; Shawl Sizing Considerations

Sueng Lee's first year sleep double knit blanket
Knitting raises thousands for Scottish MR scanner fundraising campaign and there’s still more to raise. You can learn about the group, MRI Makers at mrimaakers.com and the Shetland MRI Scanner Appeal. I’m fascinated by those who choose to turn data into knitting. Seung Lee chose to double knit his son’s first year of sleep patterns. Find out more on this twitter thread and his Ravelry project page. Xandy Peters (Ribbon Candy, Winter 2015) created a very useful visualization on sizing considerations for half-circular shawls.

WWW: per filo e per segno; usable scraps; crafting a spark or blown away

scraps of tom bihn materials
Per filo e per segno (“By thread and by sign”) is a project to mark the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the first Italian UNESCO site, Valle Camonica, and aims to promote the tradition of knitting and crochet. Please note the webpages are in Italian. Hate waste? Love using scrap materials for your projects? Our friends at Tom Bihn have created a product page that lists currently available materials. Make your requests! Are you Blown Away by the first season of a reality competition for glass blowing artists on Netflix? Or do you prefer other formats to learn about artists such as Spark or Craft in ...

WWW: Hello, Crochet Friends; BT Lives in the Stitch; Antiracism Symbol Design Challenge

book cover for hello, crochet friends!
Crochet prodigy, Jonah Larson‘s new book, Hello, Crochet Friends! is out now. You can find information about the book tour at this facebook page. BT Lives in the Stitch is an entry in the PBS Online Film Festival. Watch to learn about this after school program at North Lawndale College Prep, a high school located on the south side of Chicago (USA). [via Kay & Kate] While not knitting related, there are many creatives in other disciplines who read this space: Antiracism Symbol Design Challenge Protest art always has been instrumental to the struggle for a more socially just future. From the clenched Black ...

www: heavy metal knitting champs; tapestry interpretation; letterbox print from lego

photo of participants of the heavy metal knitting champtionship on stage
Finland’s Heavy Metal Knitting Championship was a success with the five-person Giga Body Metal team clinching the title. Mark your calendars, the organizers announced they plan to repeat the event next summer. A Handwoven Tapestry Invites Interpretation Between the Threads Victoria Manganiello and Julian Goldman’s “Computer 1.0” is an installation inspired by the Jacquard loom and computer programming. photo by Katherine Ryals, courtesy the Museum of Arts and Design. [via Liz] You can browse many interesting patterns via the Present & Correct blog. How might you interpret them into ...

WWW: Woolaid; Great London Yarn Crawl; Jaquard by Google

Woolaid: Merino Wool Bandages. ♥ (via Clara Parkes) This year’s Great London (UK) Yarn Crawl takes place on 1st – 8th September, 2019. It will take a different tactic: the week-long event will allow participants to choose their own routes and shop combinations, and to spread their visits over multiple days, extending the yarn-y celebration! Tickets are on sale now. Oma Space Studio, Chloe Bensahel, and Amor Muñoz have been selected to participate in the the Jacquard by Google and Google Arts & Culture residency program. Note it’s not a Jacquard loom, but Jacquard by Google, a new form of ...

WWW: Maureen Rose of Taylor’s Buttons; Dangerously Close to Weaving exhibit; Super/Natural: Textiles of the Andes Exhibit

Nazca Fragment, Andes
Meet Maureen Rose the woman who runs London’s oldest button shop, Taylor’s Buttons (London, UK). “Every button tells a story and I have no idea how many there are in the shop. Some are more than 100 years old, but most I make to order. You send me the fabric – velvet, leather or whatever – and I’ll make you whatever you want. We used to do only small orders for tailors: two fronts and eight cuff buttons for a suit. Nowadays I do them by the hundred.” Photo of Maureen Rose by Sarah Ainslie Dangerously Close to Weaving Is a Proud Celebration of Textile Art The all-women exhibition is on ...

WWW: some Craftivism links from the archives

The Feminist Power of Embroidery by E. Tammy Kim (Dec 29, 2018) The Politics of Knitting by Shannon Okey (Holiday 2018) Stitch by stitch, a brief history of knitting and activism by Corinne Segal (Apr 23, 2017) The Wartime Spies Who Used Knitting as an Espionage Tool Grandma was just making a sweater. Or was she? by Natalie Zarrelli (Jun 01, 2017) Many books have been written on the subject, here are a few: Women’s Work: The First 20,000 Years – Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times by Elizabeth Wayland Barbert (1995) Knitting for good : a guide to creating personal, social & political change, ...

WWW: where was that sweater knit; evolving tapestry; pattern sale

Woven item: Diedrick Brackens, unicorn kente, 2018.
That Iceland wool sweater may have been knit in China. Photo: Egill Bjarnason / AP (Via Clara Parkes) These Artists Are Changing our Expectations of What Tapestry Can Be Photo: Diedrick Brackens, unicorn kente, 2018. Donna Druchunas (Our Knitting Roots Columnist) is having her semi-annual sale. All her single patterns on Ravelry are only $1 through the end of the month. No coupon needed!

www: saving an ancient craft, micro knitting, good moths

Zamarada Moth (Zamarada scintillans) knit by Max Alexander
Weaver Porfirio Gutierrez, has returned to Mexico to protect his Zapotec weaving heritage. You can learn more about Porfirio at his website, porfiriogutierrez.com Pictured: Porfirio Gutierrez weaves a textile with a traditional Zapotec design using a nine-thread-count-per-inch comb loom. Photo by Javier Lazo Gutierrez. “Saving an Ancient Craft: Porfirio Gutierrez Returns Home” by Justin Mugits. National Museum of the American Indian, Spring 2019 / Vol. 20, No. 1 Many knitters fear moths, artist Max Alexander has embraced them, by knitting their likeness. This article from a few years ago resurfaced and is ...