What’s What Wednesdays

WWW: The TCM Knitting club does Gable; missing Roger and his sweaters; an ode to our Kate

O the things I learn, writing the WWW blog post! Seems there’s an unofficial TCM knitting club which celebrates knitting + classic movies, and this month, their chosen patterns are inspired by “Gable’s casual yet snappy style.” They’ve picked out”a few patterns to suit a sharp-dressed man with outdoorsy tendencies.”

Oh, ROGER! <3

Sounds yummy. Read lots more here — I’m signing up for this newsletter. It’s full of good juicy stuff!


We lost Sir Roger Moore this week (he was my first Bond). Did you know he was also a sweater model back in the day?  —>


I got to speak at the Toronto Knitters Guild’s April meeting. Such a nice bunch of people, plus it’s very special to me, that guild, because I first announced the birth of Knitty at a meeting there in 2002.

There’s a bit of a wrapup of the April meeting in their latest Newsletter, but most importantly, an ode to our own Kate Atherley at the end.

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WWW: Productive daydreaming; sewer pipe turned knitting machine; Pens’ Knitting Lady quoted; the circle of life as it applies to yarn shops

This is something I’ve always felt: Your brain can only take so much focus. (This is why I’m a happy acres-of-stockinette knitter.) Interesting reading!


Bob Rutherford with his handmade sock-knitting machine. (thanks to Julianne Hazlewood/CBC News)

After building a knitting machine with tubing meant for sewers (the waste-transporting type, not tiny pointy needles and thread type), this lovely man has gone on to knit up thousands of pairs of socks for people in shelters in Saskatoon. You have to see what he came up with, the clever man.


We’ve all heard about the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Knitting Lady, right? Here’s some rather intelligent commentary on knitting as a behavior modification tool as it applies to rowdy sportsball crowds.


It’s the way of the world. One yarn shop closes; another opens. Running a yarn shop is hard work, folks. Support your local LYS!

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WWW: Sweet Georgia goes Patreon; Knitty Patrons like Ninjas; Revolutionary Knitting Machine

sweet georgia rainbow of yarns

Sweet Georgia sure knows color!

As you likely know by now, Knitty loves Patreon. It allows our readers to support us, and they are doing just that! So we were thrilled to hear that our friends at Sweet Georgia Yarns have started up a Patreon themselves! Says owner Felicia Lo,  “I’m building an online school for craft and colour where I’m making video-based craft workshops on fibre arts topics like dyeing wool yarns and fibres, dyeing cellulose yarns, natural dyeing, hand-painting warps for weaving, spinning intentional yarns for socks or shawls, and working with colour in knitting, and so much more.”

That sounds way cool, Felicia. And right up our alley!


Speaking of Knitty’s Patreon, I announced a new feature yesterday: Knitty Ninja Surprise Packages! And our Patrons are pretty excited about it! Read more here.


This is a little crazypants: a cross between a knitting machine and a 3d printer? That’s what it seems to be! Meet Kniterate. You could have grabbed one of these babies for $4500 during their Kickstarter, but it ended in March. The regular price is is $7500. Delivery is a year from now…it’ll be interesting to see if this product takes off.

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WWW: Instagram is where it’s at; The Knit Show funded; Scarves for survivors; Flying sea urchins; Knitting+health; more Dingles!

Follow @knittymag on Instagram!

Knitty finally has its own Instagram account. 100% fiber-craft related stuff! Follow us, would you? To get all matchy, our Twitter account is now also @knittymag.


Our friend, designer Mercedes Tarasovich, spotted a worthwhile charity on Instagram. Through Unending Hugs@rape_response provides scarves for survivors. 


@knithacker always finds great stuff. Take a look at this incredible, huge, crocheted sea urchin, floating in the air!


We’re thrilled to report that Vickie Howell’s The Knit Show project was funded on Kickstarter. Vickie and her experienced team are already lining up guests for the show!


Another article on knitting and how it affects your health that is actually worth reading.


See our Spring+Summer 2017 cover pattern, Dingle, in a couple of new colorways!


Happy 10th Anniversary to Ravelry! We love you guys.

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WWW: Knitting as coping mechanism; Cape Town charity knitting; Icelandic and Danish knitting festivals; Liberty buys Sirdar (sorta)

Washington, DC:  Way-back Knitty contributor Suzyn Gonzalez writes about how knitting got her through a scary period in her life. Hint: it involves knitted representations of internal organs.


Cape Town, Africa: Winter is setting in in South Africa, so the 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day initiative has returned. Crochet, knitting and loom knitting are all welcome.


I wanna go.

Blönduós, Iceland: While Kate and I will be at TNNA in Columbus, OH, lucky knitters will be at the 2nd annual Prjónagleði Knitting Festival 2017. 20 cool lectures and workshops will be offered over the weekend.

This festival is modeled after the one in Fanø, Denmark. This year, Strikkefestival will be held Sept 15-19, if you want to plan ahead.


DMC embroidery threads

London, UK: The company that owns Liberty has scooped up Sirdar yarns, adding them to their other recent needlework company purchases: DMC embroidery threads and Wool and the Gang. Will be interesting to see what this will bring to each of the individual companies.

Will Liberty’s iconic prints be involved in any way?


As you might have noticed, the format of WWW looks a smidge different today. That’s because our beloved Kate, who has been writing these blog posts for many years, has passed the torch on to me (Amy). Kate will continue in all her other roles at Knitty. (Yay!)

I cannot thank Kate enough for keeping our readers apprised of trends, events, happenings and other cool news in such an entertaining way over the years. I salute you, Kate!

–Amy

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WWW: Politics in Quilting, Brain Hat for Science, London Craft Week Film Festival

Fascinating…. a story about politics in needlecraft – quilting, specifically. A discussion not just about political arguments amongst the quilting community, it illuminates the long-standing use of quilts for communicating political messages, and about the essential tension between an item of tradition and “comfort”, and the power of expressing your voice the only way you are able. I wasn’t aware of historical ‘quilt activism’, and was very happy to learn about it.


Reel to Reel: London Craft Week, held the first week of May, offers a film programme: 44 shorts, screened over 3 nights. Subjects are broad: there is a music video from Lorna HB – the knitting MC, there’s a documentary about the people who paint lines and markers on roads, and a 1960s-style sci-fi short about a crystal planet that was commissioned by Swarovski.


Very pleased to hear that Vicki Howell’s kickstarter campaign for her Knit Show project has been fully funded.


Image (c) Kristen McDonnell

There’s still time to make a brain hat for the Science March this weekend.


What are you doing the weekend of October 13th-15th this year? Signature Needle Arts is holding a retreat. Teachers include our own Kate (that’s me!), Susan Anderson, Romi Hill and Ann Budd. More info here.

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WWW: Handknits on Doctor Who; Woolfest; ‘Verbose Mode’

Well, this is just wonderful. Handknits on Doctor Who! 


The Quiet Joy of Watching Other People Knit: another excerpt from the book People Knitting: A Century of Photographs. I’ve linked to these before, but I agree that there is a lot of joy in there.


That’s some excellent bunting, on display at last year’s Woolfest.

There will be plenty of opportunity to watch people knit at Woolfest, an upcoming fibre festival in Cumbria, U.K., taking place June 23rd and 24th this year.


“Verbose mode”: A fascinating, clever and funny talk about the relationship between programming languages and craft instructions, from technology guru Heidi Waterhouse. Even if you’re not in the technology industry, it’s worth a watch. (And I’m not just saying this because Knitty is mentioned.)


Sheep onstage? Imagine the mess…

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WWW: Next-gen knitting machine; 10th-century textile recreated; wool under the microscope

A couple of interesting knitting-related doo-dads on Kickstarter:

A next-generation knitting machine, describing itself as a 3-D printer. It’s closer to a commercial knitting machine than one of the semi-manual domestic machines, and offers interesting possibilities for small-scale production, and faster results for the home-maker.

TINK, from Kickstarter page.

And then there’s TINK, the Fiber Artist’s Wearable Notions Bracelet. I am rather intrigued by this knitting toolbelt-like contraption, and will be following the project with interest.


Fascinating story about the reconstruction of a textile from a fragment found at an archaeological dig in Iceland.


Hmmmmm… Love the idea – hoping that the hourly rate is fair! New fashion line Wooln is employing retirees to make accessories for sale.


Some facts about Knitting, from the Boffins of QI. I will never tire of reading about knitting as code – and I love the idea of the Belgian resistance knitters recording train movements in their work.


Wool Facts:

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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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WWW: The Knit Show; Knitter’s Yoga Warm-up; March Madness

Love this! Knit designer and teacher Vickie Howell has just launched a kickstarter campaign for “The Knit Show,” the first community funded and internationally accessible episodic how-to knitting web series.

Vickie’s “Knitty Gritty” TV series was enormously popular, and many were disappointed when it ended in 2009. Inspired by the messages she receives every day from viewers saying how they miss having a television show that speaks directly to the knitting & crochet community, Vickie has decided to launch a series online.

“The Knit Show with Vickie Howell,” will be a web-based series, and Vickie tells us that she aims to combining all the popular segments from her previous shows: industry experts and superstar guests; knitting & crochet tips and techniques, and modern, accessible high-quality projects in a range of levels.

For more info, visit the Kickstarter  page.


A yoga warm-up, ‘tailor-made’ (very very loose pun intended) for knitters.


Some wisdom on Garment Fit, on the Interweave blog.


In which we own up to knowing absolutely nothing about sports… Love that Mason Dixon has launched their own version of a March Madness Bracket. But this one is something I understand: knitting patterns. Brilliant!


Donna Druchunas and her friend, designer Annie Wenstrup, have partnered up to raise funds for International Rescue Committee, an organization that supports refugees from Syria. If you donate to the organization, you can enter to win a beautiful Qiviut cowl.


In which a crafter muses on the change in craft and craft-based relationships brought about by our current challenging political climate. Even this article is the subject of debate, as not all agree with the closing point… Worth a read, either way!

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