What’s What Wednesdays

WWW: Yarn Movie available for streaming, 1 Year of Stitches, KnitPetiteProject

Changes in attitude to clothing good for wool? Although not strictly knitting, I found this a very interesting and informative piece about where your clothing is made… And although this piece is thick with industry-speak and business terms, the key takeaway is that Woolmark, the industry organization for the promotion of wool  is sensing a global movement towards awareness of the costs of ‘fast fashion’, and as a result consumers are moving towards a different shopping approach, that could be very good for wool. As a woman of less-than-average height (I was recently asked by an ...

WWW: The Knit Show; Knitter’s Yoga Warm-up; March Madness

Love this! Knit designer and teacher Vickie Howell has just launched a kickstarter campaign for “The Knit Show,” the first community funded and internationally accessible episodic how-to knitting web series. Vickie’s “Knitty Gritty” TV series was enormously popular, and many were disappointed when it ended in 2009. Inspired by the messages she receives every day from viewers saying how they miss having a television show that speaks directly to the knitting & crochet community, Vickie has decided to launch a series online. “The Knit Show with Vickie Howell,” will be a web-based series, and Vickie tells us ...

WWW: Knitting Leads to STEM, Spider Silk, Crochet for Preemies and Knit Ithaca

An article making the rounds this week talks about how knitting can foster the love of math and science in girls (and boys) and get them excited about STEM careers. This editorial talks about looking and knitting ahead, and finding unexpected common ground at at yarn shop. I love this story of how a crocheted octopus can help a premature babies thrive in the NICU. The Danish Octo Project has being crocheting octopi for babies since 2013. Here’s a pattern they recommend. In science is amazing news, Bolt Threads has figured out how to create spider silk in a laboratory. Cool, no? The bad news, right now, a tie ...

WWW: Mathematics, Pink Hats, Edinburgh Yarn Festival, WEBS Spinning Retreat

LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS: A BBC Radio 4 segment on how knitting and mathematical principals relate. Featuring bonus sock chat. Well, this is exciting! Our own Jillian is very happy to announce she’ll be teaching at WEBS’ first Spinning Retreat. The event, scheduled for September 29- October 1 also features beloved teachers Beth Smith, Amy King and Abby Franquemont. More info here. Fab interview with Pussyhat project co-founder Krista Suh, in Paste Magazine. What’s wonderful about this is to see coverage beyond the usual craft-focused outlets. A knitter in Brighton, UK, is seeking assistance from local ...

WWW: A Sweater of Historical Significance; Algorithms; Pussy(c)hat

The history of an iconic Canadian sweater – the Cowichan, cribbed by Mary Maxim for their curling (or tractor or hockey or other icons of the time) sweaters. In 2011, the Cowichan sweater was designated by the Government of Canada as being of “national and historical significance”. Fascinating and clever: In Finland, young children are taught the basics of working with a computer – without a computer. Knitting needles are pressed into service, as part of an overall approach to teaching algorithmic thinking and processing. One could equally say that you’re teaching knitting when teaching ...

WWW: Long Voyages, Celebrity Knitters, 13th Century Mitten

Amazing: a study of a 13th-century fabric fragment, believed to be part of a knit mitten – colourwork, no less! It is rare for fabrics of this age to survive, and so this is particularly notable. As seen in a 1938 issue of Photoplay magazine, Joan Crawford hosted regular knitting parties! (Staged knitting photoshoots remain the same, 80 years later…) We knew that actor Krysten Ritter (of Jessica Jones fame) is a knitter, but we didn’t know she was a designer as well! She’s launched a kit for a gorgeous chunky cowl. Historians are planning a rather remarkable sea voyage for 2019, and are ...

WWW: On the Value of Making, Designing and Persisting

Although the focus on this article is getting children to be creative, the message about the value of making applies to all ages! It feels so fundamentally good and right to use our hands to manipulate materials – to use tools to extend our ability; to put stuff out into the world. The Craft Industry Alliance reports that both the size and scope of the craft industry have grown significantly since 2011. We can conclude, I think, that many are coming to understand the value and pleasure of craft. Loving the cover of last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine. I really enjoyed reading this report from Clara ...

WWW: Sizing Chart Update, Pats Hats for Newborns, Instagram Challenge

Very pleased to see that designer and student-of-garment-fit Ysolda has updated and republished her sizing chart. A boon for designers and knitters! Two nurses at Newton Wellesley Hospital in the Boston area recently spent a Sunday afternoon knitting timely hat for new arrivals… on Superbowl Sunday, they made hats in the colors of the New England Patriots, the team that won the sporting event. There is so much to love in this: news of competitive sheep-shearing and wool-handling, and a group of bare-chested New Zealand shearers performing the traditional Haka dance. If you’re not a member of Instagram, ...

Knitting as a Political Act; Clones in a Pink Hat; A Lace Dress

Craft as resistance: Have you downloaded Donna Druchunas’s free ‘Knitting as a Political Act’ e-book yet? Related: this talk about the role of knitting in the era of World War One sounds fascinating. February 9th, at the Rockport Public Library in Rockport, Maine. If I lived closer, I’d definitely attend. Just a little reminder: Jillian and I are both reaching at the upcoming Interweave Yarn Fest, in Loveland, Colorado. The weekend of March 30-April 2, the event features a broad variety of classes on all topics yarny: knitting, crochet, spinning and weaving. If you’re in the area, ...

WWW: Painting the Town Pink; Madison, WI Knit-In; Sweaters for Elephants

Knitters, crocheters, sewists, all the makers who got busy in in the past few week with: you did it! Saturday, a sea of pink hats was visible all around the world. Kay and Ann over at Mason Dixon Knitting said it best. I must confess to have been very amused at the confusion some apparently felt about how so many hats were made, in a short period of time. Impressed by the number of supporters for the women’s movement yesterday. Question: Were the pink hats made in the USA? pic.twitter.com/DlCnruHeAf — Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) January 22, 2017 Spinner and teacher Abby Franquemont penned an excellent ...