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www: heavy metal knitting champs; tapestry interpretation; letterbox print from lego

Finland’s Heavy Metal Knitting Championship was a success with the five-person Giga Body Metal team clinching the title. Mark your calendars, the organizers announced they plan to repeat the event next summer. A Handwoven Tapestry Invites Interpretation Between the Threads Victoria Manganiello and Julian Goldman’s “Computer 1.0” is an installation inspired by the Jacquard loom and computer programming. photo by Katherine Ryals, courtesy ...

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WWW: Kate’s Bakes & the Barcelona Handmade Festival 2019; love sheep; HoTTea solo exhibition; knitting for dogs

Artist Kate Jenkins is known for her knitted and crocheted food. Her newest exhibitions, ‘Kate’s Bakes’ will be opening 3rd-5th May at the Fira de Barcelona as part of the Handmade Festival 2019. The Campaign for Wool (UK) has a fun sheep photo contest, with interesting facts on sheep! Click through to learn and vote for your favourite sheep! [There doesn’t seem to be a limit on the number of images you can vote for at this stage in voting. /penny] Photo: “Cuddles” by Pia. Yarn artist HoTTea takes over Wayzata Gallery (Burnet Fine Art, Wayzata, MN, USA) with a Solo Exhibition that ...

Every Class Needs a Baby

Saturday I taught a Colorplay class for a fantastic group of women at the Kalamazoo Fiber & Dye Studio. We had a fun time and spun a ton of dyed fiber. We had a very special guest in class, Baby H, you can see him between the Matchless and the Lendrum. He’s the best baby and cast quite a spell on the class. He was there smiling and cooing at everyone, and showing off his rolling over skills. He nursed and took a a nap with his bum waving in the air. It was lovely to have him there. It made me think about when spinning was a part of women’s every day, a have to, not a hobby. I like to imagine that ...

www: distinguishing blue; a new knitted suit; goats

There’s Evidence Humans Didn’t Actually See Blue Until Modern Times The Himba tribe struggled to see blue, but can distinguish many more shades of green than many. “This all suggests that, until they had a word from it, it’s likely that our ancestors didn’t actually see blue. Or, more accurately, they probably saw it as we do now, but they never really noticed it. And that’s pretty cool.” Knitting with a repurpose: Woman makes suit of plastic bags Rosa Ferrigno knit a suit from plastic grocery bags. Please enjoy these goats on a slide. (links to a video on Twitter)

Spring+Summer Knittyspin : Color and Combs

The Spring + Summer issue of Knitty is live and that means a new Knittyspin column. This issue I explore how to load combs with fiber. More specifically, and so much closer to my heart, how to load  commercially prepped fiber on combs for blending color. Each way results in a different effect to the finished yarn. The number of combing passes contributes to how much the fibers are blended too. Curious and ready to comb? Click on over and see the difference for your self.     It seems like spring would never come! But now it’s here and there are fleeces to be had everywhere. Are you fleece shopping ...

WWW: knitting robots ; unconventional weaving; periodic table of the elements

Do robots dream of knitting? Knitting machines exist, but there’s something different about knitting with two sticks and string. At the University of Berlin (Germany), research by Dr. Pat Treusch is underway to determine how to teach a robot, PANDA, to knit. You can learn more about PANDA at Do robots dream of knitting? – Träumen Roboter vom Stricken?. Can you weave that? For artist Anne Samat the answer is often yes. She mixes traditional yarns with unconventional materials like rattan sticks or metal. [Photo Anne’s work Freedom 1 … To Be Me (rattan sticks, yarns, washers, rakes, PVC chains, home ...

A Weaver’s Guide to Yarn

I have weaving on my mind these days. I’m ready to fire up my Cricket rigid heddle loom with something gorgeous and easy. The project I’m starting is a combination of handwoven yarn and commercial yarn. Choosing yarn is one of those things that can stop a new weaver from starting weaving. It’s overwhelming, and really we just want to use our stash or showcase our handwoven yarns. A Weaver’s Guide to Yarn by Liz Gipson is a gem. It gives you the basics on how yarns work in weaving, and makes picking yarns a whole lot less stressful. If picking yarn is keeping you from scratching your weaving ...

WWW: ancient sewing needles; math & knitting; Philippine weaving

Sewing Needles Reveal the Roots of Fashion. Not only were they used to sew seams, but also to provide embellishment. (Photo: F. d’Errico/L. Doyon) [via JM] This article explores the research of Elisabetta Matsumoto. She looks into how different stitch types determine the stretch and shape of knitted items. Not only is it useful traditional knitting but also for material science. (Photo: “Topological defects in the square can shape the (a) out-of-plane and (b) in-plane deformations of knitted textiles.” Elisabetta Matsumoto) The Great Women Project Revives The Philippine Weaving Industry. The textile ...

Schacht is 50! Class Openings Coming Up

Schacht Spindle Company turns 50 this year! Schacht has been a huge part of my fiber life ever since the late 80s when I bought my first loom. But my true devotion didn’t start until I bought my Matchless sometime in the early 90s. Soon (about five minutes) after I learned to turn fiber into a lumpy bit of yarn I saw my first Matchless. It was lust at first sight. It was gorgeous, it was smooth. It could do all of these things that other spinners told me were good, but I would have no idea what they meant until years later. I put that wheel on layaway and paid it off a little every month. I think it’s the ...

WWW: Drought & Navajo Shepherds; Handicraft Prize Winners; Ukiyo-e Search

Irene Bennalley walks her herd of Navajo-Churro sheep out to grazing land where extreme drought has gripped the Four Corners region near Two Grey Hills, New Mexico. Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times
This article looks at the impact of drought on Navajo shepherds in the SouthWest. The Navajo Sheep Project set up a drought relief fund to help shepherds and their sheep sustain this latest challenge. via LG. Photo: Irene Bennalley walks her herd of Navajo-Churro sheep out to grazing land where extreme drought has gripped the Four Corners region near Two Grey Hills, New Mexico. Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times Three keen needleworkers, all in their 90s, have come away with first and highly commended prizes for their handicrafts at the Newcastle (Australia) show. Photo: Whiddon Redhead residents Linda Felton, ...

New Spinning Tool: Thumb Flick

This past weekend I taught at Susan’s Fiber Shop Spinning Retreat, it was great fun! At one point in the festivities Susan whipped out this cool little tool – a thumb flick. It’s exactly what it sounds like, a tiny flick that slips over your thumb to use to tease open locks. I used it to flick open locks for blending board batts, and it worked perfectly.       It’s tiny and light and costs about $10, what’s not to love? I haven’t seen them anywhere else, and Susan just got them in. If you want one the quickest way is to call her shop.         ...