What’s What Wednesdays

WWW: Weaving and Crocheting Shopping Bags, Unique Fundraiser, and a Museum Roundup

I love this report of plastic shopping bags being reused and crocheted or woven into mats for the homeless by residents in an independent and assisted-living facility in Gainesville, GA. Some may with they had access to this fundraiser for ‘underappreciated’ knitted items (this particular endeavor is local to Waterloo, Canada). Museum roundup: On the morning of Sunday December 9th, museum members can enjoy Knitting at the MFA (Boston, Massachusetts). Please note that tickets are required. ST Presents Museum Confidential: The World-Famous Crochet Museum an audio podcast about the World Famous Crochet Museum in Joshua ...

WWW: Spider Silk; Espionage and/or Multitasking; New Fiber Art Exhibit

The Tangled History of Weaving with Spider Silk explores some of spider silk weaving’s history. While this article is a few years old, I think The Wartime Spies Who Used Knitting as an Espionage Tool pairs nicely with this new one, Unique multi-tasking combinations. Knitty has featured coded designs, see Morse code mittens (First Fall 2011) and the QR-key scarf (First Fall 2013). Twisted, Twined, and Woven: Contemporary Fiber Art is a new exhibit at the Cahoon Museum of American Art (Cotuit, MA USA) that looks how textile art is evolving. It is on view through December 22.

WWW: creativity, quilts, and collaboration

It turns out creativity is difficult to define. That’s the finding of why it’s a challenge to describe what what an artificial intelligence is doing. If you didn’t see it earlier this year, neural networks have already been used to create knitting designs, skyknit. If you’re confused by AI, this chart and article from the MIT Technology Review may help. The New York Times released a short documentary, While I Yet Live about the quilters of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. The story of these women, their bold voices, their quilting, and their craft is one of love. Fiber artist Kimber Follevaag and ...

WWW: reasons to knit/crochet/spin/weave

Pedro Gonzalez of Dallas knits a sock at Holley's Yarn Shoppe in Dallas. He can knit a sock while he watches a movie. (Carly Geraci)
Every week a new study shares how making things by hand reduces stress and improves mental health. More articles also remind us that it can change lives through empowerment. Today’s WWW post shares some of these stories. Balance, Mindfulness, Mental Health How knitting can instill peace, lower blood pressure and create some pretty things (Texas, USA) Psychiatric rehab helps patients find balance (Ontario, Canada) Santa Rosa exhibit highlights artistry of adults with mental health challenges (California, USA) DR MAX THE MIND DOCTOR: You can really knit your way to happiness and a stress-free life (UK) (this one ...

WWW: pockets; #womensart; Rag Rug weaving; a Big Knit

Pockets in women’s clothing (and lack of functionality thereof) is a topic that is receiving lots of attention. Here are a few recent articles: Women's Pockets are Inferior Pockets: Articles of Interest #3 (podcast with full transcript) When it comes to women’s pockets, size really does matter Social media sites can be brutal. They can also be beautiful and #womensart is one. They are on holiday until 01 November, however there are over 21k tweets you can browse through to learn about remarkable artists. The photograph is of ‘Little Urchin Crochet Covered Sea Stones’ by Margaret Oomen. Each ...

WWW: Bunny ears; flax baskets to reduce plastic; Rhinebeck weekend

Little bunny Mimi was born without ears and her adopter has crocheted ears for her as well as other head coverings, including the flower crown shown in the photo. In Christchurch New Zealand, plastic bags are on their way out and flax woven baskets are being adopted by grocery stores as an alternative. The New York Sheep and Wool Festival (aka “Rhinebeck”) held at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in New York is this weekend (New Hours: Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 9am-4pm). Will you be there? Whether it’s your first time or you’ve attended for years, here are some tips for making the most of your ...

WWW: Knitted map; Weaving Hispanic Heritage; help knit Poppies

Looking to find your way to the Loch Ness Knit Fest? There’s a knitted map displayed in Inverness Airport! Ruben Marroquin taught weaving to fourth-grade students in Cos Cob, Conneticut earlier this month as part of National Hispanic Heritage Month. You don’t need to knit poppies alone. If you are near Newcastle’s Grainger Market (UK), there are knitting sessions on Tuesdays through the end of October.

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 ...