What’s What Wednesdays

WWW: Spin-Off Retreat, Breaking a record, A Knitted Garden

Spinner’s alert: the 29th annual SOAR Spin-Off Autumn Retreat takes place Oct 2-8, in Manchester, New Hampshire. Info and sign-up details here. Excellent bike-rack yarn-bomb at the Berkley, CA public library. A great post on the installation is on the yarnbombers’ blog. US-based artist Sarah Gonzalez is making her directorial debut with a film about yarnbombing, its origins, and its practitioners. Gonzalez’s film will investigate the philosophy of guerilla knitting as well as its history, why it is dominated by women, and how the evolution of the art affects the knitters – for example the act of ...

WWW: Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival; Summer Knitting Events; Forbes

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 ...

WWW: Giveaway, Corgis and Sock Summit

Ladies and gentlemen, we are honored to invite you to participate in a Royal Wedding giveaway. We don’t have the budget to send you to the wedding, but we can send a bit of the wedding to you… <— Our friends at Fyberspates have created a kit for a fabulous shawl, including a hank of a unique Limited Edition lace yarn and shawl pattern to commemorate the Royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The Sparkle Lace yarn, in a stunning sapphire colorway to match the engagement ring, comes in a 1000m/100g hank is a magnificent blend of 65% Extra fine merino, 10% Royal Baby Alpaca, 20% Silk ...

WWW: Art & Theft

Knitterly royal wedding fever continues unabated… a knitter in the UK has knitted a cake with Prince Wills and Kate cake toppers. I’m sure there are at least a few knitters on the invite list for the big event – think anyone will be bold enough to take out their needles during the ceremony? Speaking of labors of love, fiber artist Lauren Porter is seeking a permanent home for her knitted Ferrari. She created it as part of her university degree program, and it’s been touring the world for the past 5 years. And on the topic of transportation, news of a knitted model of the Flying Scotsman train ...

WWW: Knitters Doing Good; Men’s Knitting Retreats

A few weeks ago, Amy retweeted a link to a story on the XRX company blog about a fundraiser.  One of their employees,  Sue Nelson, has been suffering for a few years with a particularly nasty cancer, and XRX had decided to help Sue by raffling off the original sample of the Great American Afghan.  All funds raised were to go to Sue’s medical costs. Last week, Benjamin Levisay, CEO of XRX, announced that $11,000 had been raised, and the winner of the afghan was Angela Tennant, of Florida. Upon being notified of her win, Angela told Benjamin that she didn’t want the prize – she wanted the afghan to ...

WWW: Art, craft and running.

A knitting group from the UK, The Materialistics, known for “extreme knitting” – including a boat cozy – has unveiled their latest project: yarny versions of 50 great masterworks of art. The works are faithfully recreated with knitting, crochet, embroidery and some applique.  They were exhibited at the recent Stitch and Craft show in London, and will be touring around the UK. Absolutely stunning. An article on the Huffington Post, although starting badly (just rush past the bit where the author claims knitting is boring) discusses the National Women’s Hall of Fame, which is housed in ...

WWW: Fundraising updates; attracting a Prince with knitting?

Knitters in Australia are knitting little sweaters for injured penguins. The Coventry Knitathon for Red Nose Day in the UK has raised over £6000 for Comic Relief. Although they failed in their objective to break the Guinness record for most knitters at the same time and the same place, a good time was had by all. A great slide show of the event here. Fundraising Update: Kay of Mason -Dixon Knitting reports that she has raised over $5000 for relief efforts in Japan with her Mitered Crosses blanket pattern. Wendy Johnson has raised over $2500 with her Japanese Garden shawl pattern. Janel Laidman has raised over $3000 ...

WWW: For Japan

Knitting Fever, the US Distributor of Noro Yarns, has announced a donation matching program for funds donated to the American Red Cross for their relief efforts in Japan. Mail checks made out to the American Red Cross to Knitting Fever, and they will match the donation from their own funds (up to $50,000), and take care of delivering it all to the Red Cross. More information here, and a letter from Eisaku Noro here. The Noro company itself was not affected, as they are far away from the epicenter of the damage. Kay Gardiner of Maxon Dixon Knitting has released a new log cabin blanket design using Noro yarns, with all ...

WWW: Yarnbombing; Getting tangled up with the law; More assembly than usual required

Knithacker features a lovely photo-essay on the yarnbombing of the cherry tree at the childhood home of writer Joy Kogawa in Vancouver. The yarnbombing celebrates the declaration of the home as a historic site, and will be removed in time for the tree to blossom naturally in the spring. Our own Mandy was involved in this wonderful work. The New Police Chief of Langley, Whidbey Island, Washington State created quite a fuss in his second week on the job by investigating the activities of local yarnbombers, and removing a couple of street sign cozies. And in more yarn-bombing news, likely to make our police chief friend ...

WWW: Now with added Rachael!

The love started Monday…if you’re wondering what’s going on today, take a peek! The lucky winner of yesterday’s “Name your heroine” contest, chosen by Rachael herself: Jennifer B who wrote “Anjuli – It was in a wonderful novel called The Far Pavilion by M. M. Kaye, and I have always loved it.” Congrats, Jennifer — you’ll be receiving a copy of Rachael’s brand-new book, HOW TO KNIT A HEART BACK HOME! And now, onto day 3 of the week of Looooooove! Knitty: Are you ever tempted to pull stories from the news into your fiction, or do you want the ...