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WWW: Yarnporium Ticket Giveaway; Lotus Silk Weaving; Algae-based Textiles

Yarnporium returns to London 2-3 November 2018 and is offering a pair of markethall tickets to one lucky Knitty Blog reader! This year’s show features even more makers and workshops, along with a yarn lovers lounge and talk series, all within the architectural splendor of Central Hall Westminster in the heart of central London. Teachers include our own Kate Atherley. Who, in addition to teaching is on a panel discussion about getting your independent ...

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WWW: saving lambs with jumpers, learning through knitting, longest crocheted scarf record

knitted brachial plexus
Knitted jumpers are saving lambs lives. Canberra (Australia) craft shop Crafty Frog is a collection and distribution point. Please see the article for details if you are able to provide assistance. I love seeing knitting as a way to learn different complex concepts, such as human anatomy. From the knitty archive, I found Kristin Ledgett’s Heart from the Winter 2008 issue. In celebration of Madiba’s centenary birthday, a team effort broke the Guinness World Record for the longest crocheted scarf. It reached 29.17km and was laid out at the historic Nelson Mandela capture site in Howick‚ in the KwaZulu-Natal ...

Is Rigid Heddle Weaving for You?

Weaving. I know you’ve thought about it, maybe even looked at classes or looms. It seems like everyone has started weaving. It’s such a good way to use up stash! Rigid heddle weaving seems like a good starting point, but you’re not sure if it’s really for you. Liz Gipson is a genius at teaching rigid heddle weaving and she used to write a great weaving column, Get Warped for Knitty. She has just put up a free class called Why This Loom to help folks decide if rigid heddle weaving is for them. I really like using my rigid heddle loom with handspun, but I’m not doing it as much as I want ...

WWW: bold lace; waste paper weaving; weaving exhibit

waste paper weaving
I love finding combinations of techniques and materials that aren’t traditional. Canadian sculptor, Cal Lane‘s welding turns the ordinary into extraordinary lace. (via #womensart). This initiative by weaver Neerja Palisetty in Jaipur, India is a positive spin on a large pollutant, paper. Not only does it help reduce waste, it provides income opportunity. IIt was a surprise to open my local business journal to an article about an upcoming weaving exhibit at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. During the exhibit, “Helena Hernmarck: Weaving In Progress”, the gallery space will also function as a ...

Get Spinning: Jillian’s Fall Teaching Schedule

School supplies have hit the big box stores, that means fall is on the way. I have a busy teaching schedule this fall, I hope to see some of you in my classes! Here’s a quick list of where I’m teaching for the rest of 2018: August 17-19: Shuttles Spindles and Skeins, Boulder, Colorado September 6-8: Wisconsin Sheep and Wool September 22: Kalamazoo Fiber and Dye Studio September 27-29: Vermont Sheep and Wool October 5-7: WEBS Spinning Summit October 12-14: Yarn Underground, Moscow, Idaho October 25-28: SAFF November 8-11: Ross Farms Magical Fiber Fantasy Retreat Retreat, Disney World For 2019 I won’t ...

WWW: Crocheted nature; Museum opportunities; Math(s) and knitting

Zurich Train station tree - Photo by Mark Niedermann/Foundation Beyeler
Many of my knitting news alerts are generic articles about how knitting (and other creative pursuits) can help us manage our mental health. What does that mean in every day life? This beautiful charity garden at Gloucester Cathedral in England on show this August highlights the positive benefits of knitting for mental health. If travel often has you stressed, perhaps you should try to pass through Zurich Central Station. Pause and enjoy the new crocheted tree installation by Brazilian conceptual artist Ernesto Neto. The 20-meter-high sculpture is made entirely of orange and green hand-knotted and finger-crocheted ...

Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat 2019 Is the Last

  Last week Suzanne Pederson, the founder and heart of the Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat, sent out an email that was not surprising, but still sad. 2019 Madrona will the be the last. Suzanne is retiring after 20 years of delighting the fiber world. Madrona stands head and shoulders above other fiber retreats. It started small, but grew into a large and boisterous retreat, educating, raising money for charities, and just being an excellent coming together of fiber minds. It is one of the most inclusive and friendly retreats I’ve attended, no one is a stranger. Madrona was the first big retreat that I knew of ...

WWW: Yarn Crawl, cottage edition; Rhinebeck countdown; Patreon rewards

Amy is up in what is known as cottage country this week and shared a quick LYS stop on instagram. That lead us to learn about the Cottage Country Yarn Crawl in Ontario. This summer you can experience the scenic beauty of Muskoka, Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes and beyond and take part in a yarn crawl from June to September 2018. That led me (Penny) to look at the calendar and realize there are only 87 days (as of today) until Rhinebeck! For the uninitiated, New York Sheep and Wool Festival, October 20 and 21, 2018 with New Hours: Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. 9am-4p. Workshop registration is now open. Have you cast on your ...

What Do You Make with Your Handspun?

I’ve been excited and curious about many crafts lately besides knitting, I want to learn everything about them, and if they have anything to do with fiber or cloth I want to spin for them. The two that are big on my radar are embroidery and weaving. Other crafts that are jumping up and down trying to get my attention are sewing, punch needle, and watercolor. I want to be more methodical about some more than others. With embroidery I’m just jumping in, buying some gorgeous preprinted patterns to stitch, and every once in a while I’ll spin some yarn and stitch with it for part of the pattern. Weaving ...

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, ...