What’s What Wednesdays

WWW: finding shared interests; reaffirming faith in the internet; more than knitted toilet roll covers

tweet from @mellowbeing looking for knitting/crafters who code
Earlier this week, @mellowbeing asked on Twitter if she could find more knitters/crafters who code. After her success, she posted some advice if you’re looking to find those who share your interests. While focusing on the pottery community, this article confirms what know already: How Online Hobbyists Can Reaffirm Your Faith in the Internet. This isn’t one of those “it’s not your grandma’s knitting stories”. Not really. More than knitted toilet roll covers — hospital auxiliaries donate millions and help build a new emergency room. If you want to knit a Toilet Roll Cozy of your own, ...

WWW: Alpaca Yoga Class; linen production; FIT/MIT workshop

alpaca yoga class
The inaugural 2018 Alpaca Owners Association (AOA) Natural Fiber Extravaganza sponsored by Long Hollow Suri Alpacas/ New Era Fiber takes place July 13-15 at the Wilson County Exposition Center in Lebanon, TN and will feature the Alpaca Owners Association National Fleece Competition. In addition there will be a FREE hour-long yoga class with a group of friendly and beautiful alpacas at the Natural Fiber Extravaganza Sponsored by Long Hollow Suri Alpacas/ New Era Fiber. The classes will take place in the backyard area of the Wilson County Exposition Center on Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14 at 8 a.m. and be led ...

WWW: Why is Apple so freaking dumb; 10,000 new knitters!; time to get the tits out

I’ve got some wonderful photos from the very recent TNNA trade show to share with you. Of course, Apple keeps moving where they let us store our photos every time they do an operating system update (grrr) and I’m having a heck of a time consolidating them all. As soon as I get this octopus handled, I’ll post a link on the blog! Meanwhile, Skacel is very NOT dumb. They are clever. They’ve launched the 10,000 New Knitters drive, providing free kits of needles and yarn to LYSs (and those of us who can do) so we can teach others how to. Go forth and make new knitters! (And when you do, tell your ...

WWW: Politics impacts a small knitting business; WWKIP 2018; TNNA weekend!

A Canadian yarn shop whose owner did everything possible to abide by US law was rejected entry at the border for what appears to be an error. This has resulted in a huge financial hit and concerns that those who accompanied her will have trouble entering the US in the future. There seems to be no doubt that this is a result of the US government’s new trade legislation regarding Canadian imports. If you want to see (and maybe support) the yarn shop in question online, they’re here. I’m heading up to the Kawarthas later in the summer and will be sure to visit and see what I can do to help offset their ...

WWW: Crafting in space; knitting reduces stress (yes, we know); make a new friend in Philly

NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg explains how to quilt in space. pic.twitter.com/IGslXU4CRY — Seeker (@Seeker) May 29, 2018 Another potentially predictable piece about how knitting might (might? duh!) help reduce stress for students during exam time. Fun to see “knitflixing” in an article, though. And it goes on to cite specific examples that you can use to explain why you need to knit during meetings at work. Are you in Philly? Want a new friend? This woman wants to meet you.

WWW: Beautiful knitted wedding; knitting crochet stitches; stockings for a huge spider

This gorgeous wedding is full of knitted and yarny touches. Both the bride and groom can wear their special knitted pieces again and again! The lovely and talented Vickie Howell shows us how to knit crochet stitches. Wot? Well, we’re all about multicraftualism at Knitty…this is taking it up a level! An awesome and huge statue of a spider (not scary, though) has been intensely yarnbombed in Roppongi, Japan. It’s an especially fine example of yarnbombing, with the knitted pieces fitting the sculpture like custom-made striped stockings. Which, of course, they are.

WWW: Mystery Twit-along starts TODAY!; Vintage Shetland book launch in London; whatup with those crazy vintage needle sizes anyway?

From Kathleen Sperling, aka @wipinsanity (and designer for Knitty), comes this new fun project: A Mystery Twit-Along. “I’ll tweet out a bit of the pattern instructions every two days, and you can follow along with your #knitting and see what takes shape. Sound good? It’ll start May 9…” That’s today! Click here to see the pattern requirements and basic instructions. I wonder what it will be… From Susan Crawford: if you’re in London (the UK one), you’re in luck! This Saturday, you can join Susan at the launch party for her new book: The Vintage Shetland Project.  ...

WWW: Flat sock patent; Sam on ABC; one-piece machine knitted sweaters; auction to pay Tully’s vet bills

Via our own Ethnic Knitting columnist, Donna Druchunas, this very cool patent for knitting socks on only two needles. With the most groan-worthy headline ever, here’s more press on the ABC News site (!) for Sam Barsky, the clever knitter who designs sweaters featuring famous landmarks, then visits them and takes pictures with them, wearing the sweaters. (I haven’t had enough coffee to make that sentence more compact.) You go, Sam! We’re proud of you. Video of that cool one-piece sweater knitting machine: it knits a sweater in about 40 minutes, with no waste. This improves on the usual process of ...

WWW: New Knitty Surprise patterns, glitches in knitting on purpose

The Spring+Summer Knitty Surprise went live at the end of last week. Didja see? Butterbloom is a lovely lace-bottomed short-sleeved sweater with a v-neck, designed by Cosmicpluto, aka Laura Chau. It’s designed in Mrs Crosby’s Train Case, which comes in the wonderful variety of colors Lorna’s Laces is famous for. Which color will you choose? And for your tootsies, a beautiful pair of rainbow lace socks knit in Dragon Strings Phoenix Wing Gradient Shimmer. Carolyn Macpherson has created a beautiful bit of prose to go with the pattern too. Don’t miss the introduction. Our Wiseknit™ video ...

WWW: No Frolic workshops; Kaffe Fassett, MBE (yay!); Knit Stars 3.0 earlybird registration, Freaking-huge mitten

The Toronto Knitters Frolic is April 28th (next weekend), and interestingly, they’ve chosen not to offer workshops this year. Here’s why: “Many of the workshop proposals we received were similar to what is currently offered at our GTA yarn stores (some of whom are vendors at the Frolic). After careful consideration, the Frolic Committee decided not to offer workshops this year. Instead, and as part of the TKG’s mission to promote fibre-related crafts in the Greater Toronto Area, we are promoting the workshops available at the LYS.” I think that’s an interesting approach. Not all events ...