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: 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 ...

WWW: Hudson Valley Yarn Crawl; Acts of Making; Knit in Public Day

photo of fabric on lap with hands threading a sewing needle
The Hudson Valley Yarn Crawl (New York/Connecticut) begins June 8th. The Hudson Valley Yarn Trail supports local yarn shops, wool farms and fiber artists throughout the Hudson Valley Region. Tomorrow, Thursday, June 6th, Nest, is launching its 25 Acts of Making Project. This project encourages people to unplug from their screens and reconnect with the act of making things by hand. World Wide Knit in Public Day is this Saturday June 8th!

WWW: Repair and Design Futures; Speech Record; Floral Weaving

Repair and Design Futures exhibit
Repair and Design Futures is an exhibit at the RISD Museum (Providence, RI, USA) through June 30, 2019. It investigates mending as material intervention, metaphor, and as a call to action. Perhaps you remember the train delays scarf earlier this year? Sue Montgomery, a city councilor and borough mayor in Montreal (Canada) decided track when men and women speak in city council meetings. As expected, this project has garnered attention. If you’re looking for additional ideas, I recommend Knit the Sky by Lea Redmond (reviewed by Jillian in Knitty, issue 54 Winter 2015). Whitney Crutchfield has a unique way of floral ...

WWW: calming Twitch; programmable yarn; checking in with Jonah

Jonah Larson crocheting while sitting on a couch.
While the site, Twitch, is known primarily for live-streaming video games, there is a creative side too. Gizmodo explored several Twitch streamers who focus on creativity. (Image: Screenshot of Bob Ross on Twitch) As reported in The New York Times, Dr Matsumoto is investigating the mathematics and mechanics of knitting. (We shared Dr Matsumoto’s work earlier in March.). (Photo: Dr Elisabetta Matsumoto, center, with the graduate students Krishma Singal, left, and Danielle Skinner. Credit: Johnathon Kelso for The New York Times) Prodigy crocheter Jonah is a fast rising star and still bringing us together with ...

www: sunshine; woollinn; weaving quarter

Sunshine's new jumper
Perhaps you need some Sunshine. Yes, she did get a new jumper. Woollinn, Ireland’s Festival of Yarn, is coming up on June 14th – 16th 2019, City North Hotel, Gormanstown, Co. Meath, Ireland. Learn more about the epic marketplace and not-to-be missed workshops (our Kate Atherley is teaching) at woollinn.com. The newest quarter in the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarter Series celebrates Lowell National Historical Park (Massachusetts) with an image of a mill girl working at a power loom. [via Jillian]

www: embroidered joy; the knitting pilgrim; knitted robot

Knitting Pilgrim
This animated embroidery by Alexis Sugden is adorable. [via Kate] The Knitting Pilgrim is a multidisciplinary theatrical experience that uses storytelling, image projection and a one-of-a-kind textile installation called Stitched Glass. It opens at the Aga Khan Museum (Toronto) May 11-12, 2019 and tours Ontario until Nov. 2019. Knit 1, purl 2: Assembly instructions for a robot? Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA, USA) have created soft robots with a knitting machine. What do they do? They give hugs when poked in the stomach! ♥

WWW: Heavy Metal Knitting Championship; knit a sports car; LYS Day

World Heavy Metal Knitting Championship to launch in Finland – for more information about this inaugural event, please visit the official website. Did you know you can knit a sports car with carbon fibre? The second annual Local Yarn Store Day is happening this Saturday April 27th. Stop in your local yarn store and celebrate! Many will offer exclusives colourways, special kits, and more. These items will only be available in shops. Learn more and find a store near you at www.localyarnstoreday.com.

WWW: mathematical weaving; Woolfest 2019; socks + science

Weaving Mathematical Principles Into Indian Carpets. A conceptual artist worked with weavers at a village in the Bhadohi district of Uttar Pradeshmade (India) to weave a carpet based on the mathematical concept of on cellular automaton. This year Woolfest (UK) is Friday 28 and Saturday 29 June 2019. It is the fifteenth year of the show. Further details can be found at the website, www.woolfest.co.uk. Engineering the Perfect (Winter) Sock looks into the science of socks. If you’d like to knit your own pair of socks please check out the knitty sock library. [link via Kristine]

WWW: Giving toward the future

Congratulations to The Monforton School in Bozeman, Montana and Hawlemont Regional Public School in Heath, Massachusetts (USA) for being recipients of this year’s Schacht Tools for Schools Grant! You can find out more about this program and other teacher resources at schachtspindle.com. Purl & Loop has a new monthly program, Purl & Loop Weaving Project. Once a month, they will donate up to 25 Wee Weavers (4 sett) to a teacher or organization leader who can demonstrate how they will use these products to expand weaving to a population that might not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in a ...