What’s What Wednesdays

WWW: poppies; local indigo farm; learning to knit

Poppies are being knit and crocheted to mark and remember the centenary of the end of the First World War. Marloes and St Brides — a community in the Welsh county of Pembrokeshire, UK — is working to make 2,000 poppies. If you would like your initiative included, please let me know. In Cleveland, Ohio, Artist Jessica Pinsky turned a a vacant lot into an indigo farm. Learn more about dyeing with natural dyes such as cochineal, fruity color drink powder, or acid dyes at Knitty! Last week on twitter, Amy shared this hilarious youtube video about learning to knit. Do you remember your first lesson? Creating ...

WWW: Dementia-Friendly knitted handwarmers; NH Wool Arts Tour; knitting while waiting

NH Wool Tour
In Glasgow, Scotland, knitters have stepped up and knitted over 70 handwarmers for people with dementia. Twiddlemuffs help to alleviate stress, anxiety and restlessness for dementia sufferers. The New Hampshire Wool Arts Tour is this upcoming October 6th and 7th. This year is a milestone, it marks the 35th year of the Tour! The free tours surround Hillsboro, in the south central part of New Hampshire. This October, share in the love of fiber and the animals that produce it. In Timaru, New Zealand, knitters are using their wait time before appointments to knit baby blankets. Is there a Knitty pattern you wish was in a ...

WWW: Yarnporium Ticket Giveaway; Lotus Silk Weaving; Algae-based Textiles

Yarnporium returns to London 2-3 November 2018 and is offering a pair of markethall tickets to one lucky Knitty Blog reader! This year’s show features even more makers and workshops, along with a yarn lovers lounge and talk series, all within the architectural splendor of Central Hall Westminster in the heart of central London. Teachers include our own Kate Atherley. Who, in addition to teaching is on a panel discussion about getting your independent pattern published, as part of the Makers Walking the Talk Series. Our usual giveaway rules apply. Leave your comment below before midnight eastern time on Tuesday ...

WWW: accessible tartans, 3D weaving, exhibit on Filipino weaving

Cardigan of textural Tartan designed by Anna Cuinu
Student Anna Cuinu has developed a tartan for the blind using stitch patterns, buttons, and belts to simulate the fabric. Looking to apply your fiber arts skills to other areas, such as weaving a fabric that can replace steel? Advances in the 3D technology for weaving and knitting of composite materials have created that reality. That’s only the start, 4D textiles are also in development, you can learn more at 3D Textiles: Embracing The Depth. If you are traveling to Honolulu, Hawaii in the next two months, visit the Hibla ng Lahing Filipino Traveling Exhibition. This exhibit of Filipino weaving also includes ...

WWW: hacking a knitting machine; shawl library; share Farfield Mill

Australian software engineer Sarah Spencer hacked a knitting machine to create an amazing stellar map. It took over 100 hours to machine knit! The piece (worked over several panels) measures approximately 9 feet (2.8 meters) tall and 15 feet (4.6 m) wide and weighs about 33 pounds (15 kg). Swoon. The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., lends handmade shawls to chilly researchers. (via @jillianmoreno) Which Which Knitty Shawl do you wish your library lent? Farfield Mill is the last working weaving mill in the Yorkshire Dales, in northern England. It is home to about 20 artisan businesses, the main retail ...

WWW: Upcoming Fiber Festivals in Florida & New Mexico; Raising awareness of New Zealand’s wool industry; Knitted Poppies for Remembrance

NZ Wool Industry
The Orlando Public Library is hosting a Fall Fiber Festival in celebration of Central Florida’s fiber arts scene. The daylong festival will take place on Sunday, September 30 from 2-4 p.m. New Mexico’s Fall Fiber Fiesta 2018 is on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday November 16-18. This is the largest show in Santa Fe exclusively dedicated to handmade creations of New Mexico’s Fiber Artists. While New Zealand has a reputation as a sheep-loving nation, the country’s wool industry has been in a steady decline for many years. Locals are stripping off in an effort to revive the country’s national fibre and make wool ...

WWW: Kristin Nicholas at Google; video of Eleanor Roosevelt knitting; a brief history of the tube sock

Eleanor Roosevelt knitting
Earlier this summer, Kristin Nicholas gave a talk at Google about “Crafting a Patterned Home” (see my review of her new book in our Spring+Summer 18 issue). It’s now up on YouTube, enjoy! The FDR Library (Presidential Library of Franklin Deleano Roosevelt) digitized and shared to YouTube 11 home movies including Eleanor Roosevelt knitting (begins at approx 2:25 of the first video). What Knitty pattern do you think she’d knit? A Brief History of the One-Size-Fits-All Tube Sock. To learn how to get your hand-knit socks to fit, please check out Custom Socks: Knit To Fit Your Feet by our Managing ...

WWW: saving lambs with jumpers, learning through knitting, longest crocheted scarf record

knitted brachial plexus
Knitted jumpers are saving lambs lives. Canberra (Australia) craft shop Crafty Frog is a collection and distribution point. Please see the article for details if you are able to provide assistance. I love seeing knitting as a way to learn different complex concepts, such as human anatomy. From the knitty archive, I found Kristin Ledgett’s Heart from the Winter 2008 issue. In celebration of Madiba’s centenary birthday, a team effort broke the Guinness World Record for the longest crocheted scarf. It reached 29.17km and was laid out at the historic Nelson Mandela capture site in Howick‚ in the KwaZulu-Natal ...

WWW: Crocheted nature; Museum opportunities; Math(s) and knitting

Zurich Train station tree - Photo by Mark Niedermann/Foundation Beyeler
Many of my knitting news alerts are generic articles about how knitting (and other creative pursuits) can help us manage our mental health. What does that mean in every day life? This beautiful charity garden at Gloucester Cathedral in England on show this August highlights the positive benefits of knitting for mental health. If travel often has you stressed, perhaps you should try to pass through Zurich Central Station. Pause and enjoy the new crocheted tree installation by Brazilian conceptual artist Ernesto Neto. The 20-meter-high sculpture is made entirely of orange and green hand-knotted and finger-crocheted ...

WWW: Yarn Crawl, cottage edition; Rhinebeck countdown; Patreon rewards

Amy is up in what is known as cottage country this week and shared a quick LYS stop on instagram. That lead us to learn about the Cottage Country Yarn Crawl in Ontario. This summer you can experience the scenic beauty of Muskoka, Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes and beyond and take part in a yarn crawl from June to September 2018. That led me (Penny) to look at the calendar and realize there are only 87 days (as of today) until Rhinebeck! For the uninitiated, New York Sheep and Wool Festival, October 20 and 21, 2018 with New Hours: Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. 9am-4p. Workshop registration is now open. Have you cast on your ...