WWW: Winners; 10,000 Hats!

The lucky winners of our Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet giveaways:
Melissa from California wins the big prize a paper + ebook plus a skein of Barking Dog yarn for socks. Lauren in Colorado wins a copy of the paper + ebook to knit from with abandon.

Thanks to Hunter Hammersen for donating her books and to Suzanne at Barking Dog Yarns for donating the yarn.

Martha Stewart and the editors of Martha Stewart Living magazine are searching for rising stars in a new generation of small-business owners. They have selected a group of American makers whose work shares the values of quality, beauty, inspiration, possibility, and creativity that Martha Stewart promotes. We love that a large organization like Martha Stewart is promoting the work of small craftspeople to her broad audience. And we love even more that two of these makers are indie yarn producers.

There’s dyer Jill Draper, and Nanne Kennedy of SeaColors yarns.

One of these makers will be chosen by readers for the Audience Choice Award. The winner will be honored at the American Made event in New York City, will appear in Martha Stewart Living magazine, and will receive $10,000 to further his or her business. If you’re moved to vote, do!

Because knitting is an important part of a well-rounded post-secondary educational experience.

A nice profile of Cathy Newman, one of the fiber-crafting winners of the Jimmy Beans’ “Beans for Brains” scholarship.  The five winners, whose names were announced over the summer, each receive $2,250 towards post-secondary study in the US. The funds are provided by Jimmy Beans and other generous sponsors.

Some of the lucky recipients of Tina’s work.

We’ve mentioned knitter Tina Selby before, back when she had only (only?!) knitted 5,000 hats for British soldiers stationed in Afghanistan. She’s been knitting away, and recently hit the milestone of 10,000 hats knitted and donated.

Speaking of knitting for a good cause: a group of knitters in Oxford UK is seeking donations of wool to make coats for retired racing Greyhounds. More info here.

North Carolina’s Duke University Professional Development Program is offering a continuing education course, “Knitting the Fabric of Your Life, One Stitch at a Time. Quoting from the marketing materials: “The four-session workshop will use the knitting process as a metaphor to examine how we cope with four recurrent themes in life: starting something new, repeating a pattern, changing things, and making an ending.” Intriguing!

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