WWW: Fishes & Fashions; 92 Years and Counting

Kirk Dunn's marvelous contribution to the event. Image courtesy Textile Museum of Canada.

The Textile Museum of Canada has announced their annual fundraiser, the BMO Financial Shadow Box silent auction. Over 150 textile artists are participating – each has contributed an original work of art, all within the same basic shadow box. The items are available for viewing now online and at the museum between February 23 and March 3rd.  The auction takes place at a gala event March 3rd at the museum. All proceeds go to support the museum’s exhibitions, collections, and education programs.

The Fashion Museum of Antwerp has announced “Unravel“, a new exhibition about Knitwear in Fashion, running from March 16th to August 14th.

The exhibition includes a wide variety of exquisite knitted garments and accessories, with a focus on high fashion pieces. Pieces by international designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Sonia Rykiel and Missoni will be showcased beside historic couture pieces by Schiaparelli, Patou and Chanel, and more avant-garde and cutting edge pieces by established designers and newcomers on the international fashion.

To quote the museum’s press release, “The exhibition will address the important decades of knitwear in fashion, demonstrating knitwear’s popularity both on and off the catwalk, and unravelling the changing status of the relationship between knitwear and fashion. Thematically, it will showcase the various roles knitwear has played in social and fashion (r)evolutions and will address knitwear’s different and fluid association with comfort, wellbeing and chic.”

We at Knitty are officially looking for an excuse to travel to Antwerp to visit!

Jimmy Beans Wool has announced their second annual “Jimmy Beans for Brains” scholarship program. Open to any knitter or crocheter who is attending an accredited post-secondary institution this fall, there are six $3,000 merit-based scholarships available.

Ms. Kenick with her latest FO

The Nashua Telegraph, in Nashua, New Hampshire, profiles a local resident, 101-year-old Polly Kenick, who has been knitting since third grade. That’s 92 years at the needles, and going strong!

Polly is participating in a program to knit helmet liners for soldiers.

A warm and stylish tree in Park Slope.

Laurie Russell of Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York, knits sweaters for trees along her street. These aren’t just quick-knit pullovers, they are very nice cardigans, featuring some excellent textual work, and well-chosen buttons.

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  2. flaky

    I love the tree cardigans! We have two new trees in the front yard this year…I wonder what the neighbors will think if I just wrap them in a nice little knit. Maybe a traveling vines stitch pattern?

  3. Amy

    Hmmm, after a couple of crazy cold spells, my palm tree in my front yard looks rather nekkid*. A sweater might be just the thing!

    *in Texas, “nekkid” = “naked”

  4. Judy H.

    I think knitting might just be the secret to a long life – my 99 yo grandmother still knits, for others, much like Polly. Thanks for sharing–you go Polly!!

  5. Janice D

    Thanks for the info! My husband and I are planning a trip to Belgium and the Netherlands this summer. He’s setting most of the itinerary, but now I’ll insist on adding the Fashion Museum in Antwerp.

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