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WWW: creativity, quilts, and collaboration

It turns out creativity is difficult to define. That’s the finding of why it’s a challenge to describe what what an artificial intelligence is doing. If you didn’t see it earlier this year, neural networks have already been used to create knitting designs, skyknit. If you’re confused by AI, this chart and article from the MIT Technology Review may help. The New York Times released a short documentary, While I Yet Live about the quilters ...

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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, ...

Tips for Teaching Spinning

There is something about the summer, maybe it’s because I spin out of my house more, or because of the abundance of fiber shows, but I get more brand new people asking me to teach them to spin in the summer than any other time. I bet it happens to you too. Here are some of my tips for teaching a newbie.   Give them the ability to start and stop easily. Use the park and draft method on a spindle, and if you use a wheel make sure it’s one that is very responsive to stopping and going with just the treadles, and will spin smoothly with the drive wheel going slowly. New spinners should feel comfortable ...

A few minutes with Lisa Evans of Knitting & Yoga Adventures

Lisa Evans (left), a long-time Knitty advertiser, is the creative force behind Knitting & Yoga Adventures, a small business that offers Knitting Retreats in a variety of locations in the US. We asked Lisa to tell us more about her Retreats and the thought behind them. Q:  What made you decide to offer fiber and yoga adventures as a business? How long have you been doing these retreats? A: The idea of knitting retreats began many years ago when my own knitting group tried to join a local knit shop’s annual retreat to Monhegan Island, Maine, and there wasn’t room for us. Not to be thwarted, we organized ourselves ...

WWW: Alpaca Yoga Class; linen production; FIT/MIT workshop

alpaca yoga class
The inaugural 2018 Alpaca Owners Association (AOA) Natural Fiber Extravaganza sponsored by Long Hollow Suri Alpacas/ New Era Fiber takes place July 13-15 at the Wilson County Exposition Center in Lebanon, TN and will feature the Alpaca Owners Association National Fleece Competition. In addition there will be a FREE hour-long yoga class with a group of friendly and beautiful alpacas at the Natural Fiber Extravaganza Sponsored by Long Hollow Suri Alpacas/ New Era Fiber. The classes will take place in the backyard area of the Wilson County Exposition Center on Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14 at 8 a.m. and be led ...

Tour de Fleece Update, Sheepspot Breed Club, TdF Tip

The Tour de Fleece is underway and people are spinning up a storm! Take a peek at the Instagram hashtag #tourdefleece2018 there are already close to 2,000 posts. I t’s all so inspiring. If f I’m honest it inspires me to shop as much as it makes me want to spin, there is so much beautiful fiber. What fiber are you spinning?         Looking for a breed study or fiber club? How about both? The Sheepspot Fiber Club is now open! Working with commercially prepped fiber, you can learnabout a different breed every month and spin some beautifully dyed fiber as you learn.       ...

WWW: Why is Apple so freaking dumb; 10,000 new knitters!; time to get the tits out

I’ve got some wonderful photos from the very recent TNNA trade show to share with you. Of course, Apple keeps moving where they let us store our photos every time they do an operating system update (grrr) and I’m having a heck of a time consolidating them all. As soon as I get this octopus handled, I’ll post a link on the blog! Meanwhile, Skacel is very NOT dumb. They are clever. They’ve launched the 10,000 New Knitters drive, providing free kits of needles and yarn to LYSs (and those of us who can do) so we can teach others how to. Go forth and make new knitters! (And when you do, tell your ...