What’s What Wednesdays

WWW: The Longbottom Fair Isle, Potter Craft, 3500 Sq Ft of Sock Yarn

There’s been much excited discussion in the knitting community about the rather wonderful Fair Isle cardigan worn by the character of Neville Longbottom in the latest and last Harry Potter movie. It’ll be interesting to see who comes out with the first pattern adaptation… On the topic of Harry Potter, a few sites have posted some Potter knitting patterns, to help (ahem) keep the magic alive. FreshIsle Fibers from Manitoulin Island, Canada – some excellent shadow-knitted socks and mitts! Lion Brand Yarns – the obligatory scarves, and a rather cute wand craft project. The Leaky Cauldron ...

WWW: The industry, technology and fashion.

The Guardian paper in the UK has a great article about the state of knitting in 2011 – about the industry, trends and the influence of knitting on the broader culture. Farhad Manjoo, the well-respected tech columnist for Slate magazine, wrote a rather wonderful and not-at-all patronizing profile of Ravelry last week. We all know Ravelry is that cool, but it’s nice to see that the muggles appreciate it, too. Italian fashion house Prada showed purses hand-knit out of strips of leather for the Fall 2010 season. Pop culture blog Jezebel features a tutorial on how to knit your own Prada-inspired purse. ...

WWW: Knitting for animals; another great knitting Kickstarter

The Guardian newspaper has published a pattern for a most excellent catnip-stuffed cat toy. The pattern was developed especially for The Battersea Cats & Dogs Home, and they are hoping that knitters around the UK will make a mouse or two and send them in to help entertain the 200+ feline residents of the home, as they await adoption. More details on the donation program, including additional patterns, and the address to send them to can be found at the Battersea Home website. At Knitty we’re big supporters of animal shelters and rescue organizations. Even if you’re not in the UK, consider knitting a ...

WWW: Eye candy

A seriously great slideshow and feature about the evolution of yarnbombing from an anonymous quick-hit guerilla activity, to becoming more organized, larger, and more creative public art installations the contributors are happy to have their names attached to. The article has an excellent interview with artist Arzu Arda Kosar, who was part of a group of fibre artists, knitters and artists who recently came together to “bomb” the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, California. The other change taking place is that yarnbombing is no longer just about knit and crochet; this stunning piece, “Man ...

WWW: Beautiful baby; challenges!

A big Mazel Tov to Jess and Casey of Ravelry on the arrival of baby Eloise! Babies are the best reason in the world to knit. The geniuses behind Sock Summit, the lovely Steph and Tina, have announced the latest addition to the Sock Summit event list: the Fleece to Foot Challenge. Two charming sheep, Heel Flap and Gusset, are being brought to the convention center (yes! I know! I can’t wait to meet them!), to be sheared onsite by Amy Wolf.  Teams of spinners and knitters will compete to be the fastest to complete a pair of socks right off the sheep. More details and adorable pictures of our two wool providers ...

WWW: International Yarnbombing Day Round-up; TTC Knit-along; Barbara Walker interview

A lovely interview with knitting goddess and one of Knitty’s heroes, Barbara Walker. The interview appeared in a Columbus, Ohio, newspaper, ahead of Ms. Walker’s appearance at last weekend’s TNNA needlearts tradeshow. A new DVD featuring some of Ms. Walker’s knitting work has just been launched. Residents of the Toronto area should mark Saturday, July 9th, on their calendars: it’s the annual TTC Knitalong.  Torontonians can regularly be found knitting on the buses, streetcars and subways of the TTC (Kate included!), but this day is extra-special.  The TTC Knitalong comprises a yarn ...

WWW: Contest Winner, Superheroes & Interesting Places to Knit

The winner of our LoopDLoop book and yarn giveaway is Sue from Chicago. Congrats, Sue, & happy knitting! Another excellent knitting-related Kickstarter campaign is underway… the Yarn Monster is the cutest, coolest, must amusing ball-winder you have ever seen, I can guarantee you. Not just adorable, the Yarn Monster is a fully functional electric ball winder, with remote control, variable speeds and direction reverse. Even if you’re not a looking to invest, go watch the video. It was invented, as you might expect, when an imaginative developer was pressed into helping his girlfriend wind yarn.  One ...

WWW: WWKIP Day Special; Contest!

World-wide Knit in Public day is promoted as the largest knitter-organized event in the world. It’s actually thousands of individual events, taking place over the week of June 11th to 19th. Just a sampling of the events being held… Artists Nell Berger and Jean Hilkens are hosting an event starting at noon, June 11th, in Bryant Park, New York City. In Kassari, Estonia, a group will meet at the Grill Lest & Lammas. In the UK, a number of John Lewis locations will be hosting events in the Haberdashery departments, including their Oxford Street location in London. In South Dakota, US, an event is being ...

WWW: Art & Science

Update on a story we told you about a while ago… Mary Scott Huff reports that two of her stolen sweaters were found at a Goodwill store in Portland, Oregon. They were totally unharmed, and a team of searchers is now combing other stores in the region. Alberta fiber artist Linda Cunningham is knitting a fiber labyrinth during month long stay at Epcor Centre’s Ledge Gallery in Calgary.The piece is intended to be one of the visual arts attractions of the Calgary International Children’s Festival, with visitors encouraged to walk through the labyrinth. It will be on display until May 28th. Anti-consumerist ...

WWW: Crochet Coral Reef Project, Knitting in the Movies, More Fiber Festival Goodness

The organizers of the Hawai’i Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project are seeking contributions. They’re looking for sealife, both knitted and crochet. Perhaps a Flounder or two? Contact Michelle at HookTheReef at gmail dot com. Photos of the contributions so far can be found on Flickr, and more info is available on Ravelry and in the Facebook group “Hook The Reef: Hawai’i Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project”. Toronto’s Textile Museum announces their latest show, Magic Squares: The Patterned Imagination of Muslim Africa in Contemporary Culture. The exhibition features a selection of ...