This weekend marks the 38th annual Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. The event, held at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, MD, is one of the highlights of the knitting year in the eastern seaboard.
The event boast over 250 vendors selling yarn, fiber and related goodies, a fabulous list of classes, and a long list of special events like sheep shearing demonstrations, sheep dog trials, and on Sunday, there will be a book signing event showcasing the latest and greatest in knitting, spinning and fiber books.
Festival admission is, as it always has been, free, but costs are increasing and they are taking donations at the door to help cover the expenses of the event.
Amy will be there – say hello if you see her! She has new Knitty buttons to give away…
Forbes Magazine published a list of “names you need to know” in the Yarnbombing world on its blog. Yes, that’s right. Forbes. It’s a nice summary of groups and activities in the yarnbombing world, and the piece reminds us that June 11th is International Yarnbombing Day.
Many cities and towns around the world will also be celebrating World Wide Knit in Public Day that weekend, June 11-12. Find a full list of events near you on the site.
And since the baseball season is well underway, so begin the annual Stitch & Pitch events. Check the site for listings for your area and team. The first major league event takes place May 13, at the Washington Nationals. And it’s not just major league… there are minor league Stitch & Pitch activities, too!
A group in the UK is working on a knitted blanket to raise funds for the charity group Bliss, which supports premature babies. The blanket, to be the size of a football pitch (that is, 75m by 110m/83yds by 122yds) has been in the works for three years, and it is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2012 Olympics.
Spotted at the Railroad Revival Tour music event in Marfa, Texas over the Easter weekend, a rather lovely yarnbombed trailer.…
Design for Knitty! We are now soliciting designs for our Deep Fall Issue, which goes live in September. Deep Fall is traditional knitter-heaven time: warm sweaters and outerwear that takes you from what used to be summer into what will soon be winter. It’s the warmest fibers and coziest garments you can think of. It’s stylish knitwear that you show off at places like Rhinebeck [fiber festivals], and the first thing you want to grab and put on because it’s finally cool enough outside to wear it!
Submission guidelines are here.