WWW: Upcoming Events, Knerdy Knitting and Floating Yarn Shop

Dream vacation?

HolidayVacations has announced the details for the upcoming Craft Lit “Road to Rhinebeck” tour, scheduled October 8-16, 2011.

This autumn adventure for book and fiber lovers starts with a tour of the literary haunts of Alcott, Thoreau, Dickinson, Hawthorne and more, includes a sprinkling of yarn shops, a visit to Kristin Nicholas’ fiber farm and ends at the fabulous New York Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck. Amy Detjen of Knit Circus and Schoolhouse Press and Heather Ordover of CraftLit will be your hosts.

More info here.

Speaking of wooly events, this weekend is Toronto’s Downtown Knit Collective’s Winter Workshop.

Stitches West takes place in Santa Clara California February 17-20th.

Looking further ahead, Interweave Knits has announced their Interweave Knitting Lab for November 3-6 2011 in San Mateo, California, and Vogue Knitting Live tweeted news of their fall event, to be held in Los Angeles, September 23-25, 2011.

Have yarn, will travel.

And if you’re on the other side of the Atlantic, consider tracking down Colin and Carole’s Creations, in the UK, the only yarn store we know of on a canal boat.  They also sell completed garments, including their own design Boatman’s Gansey, and photo art.

Yay for science!

The world’s first three-dimensional model of a chemical structure made out of knitting needles and balls of yarn, made in 1883 by knitting enthusiast and chemistry professor Crum Brown, has gone on display at Edinburgh University’s School of Chemistry to mark the UNESCO International Year of Chemistry.


The nerd’s favourite blog, BoingBoing, featured Sanguine Gryphon‘s really rather wonderful Beowulf socks last week.

Here’s a follow-up post from Mary Scott Huff about the response she’s had to the news of the awful theft of her samples.

And the internets were abuzz last week with the news that Jennifer Aniston has taken up knitting. We can always use another one of us, Jen. Welcome aboard.

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