WWW: London Fashion Week, Mathematical Knitting, Good Causes

The winner of the Soutache bead knitting kit from Laura Nelkin is Jennifer in Delaware. Thanks to Laura for the prize, and we wish Jennifer happy knitting!

Not just a donut.

boingboing brings our attention to Sarah-Marie Belcastro’s fabulous article in American Scientist magazine, “Adventures in Mathematical Knitting“.

Ms. Belcastro gives a brief history and overview of the uses of knitting to express and explore mathematical concepts, and she discusses and demonstrates the mathematical properties of knitted fabrics. Most interestingly, she talks about the challenges of designing mathematically.

I wish I’d had access to Sarah-Marie’s work when I was studying topology at University – seeing a torus rendered in yarn makes it much easier to understand.

Item #47,589 in an ongoing series: now it’s the Indepdent’s turn to tell us that knitting is “not just for grannies”. The headline is wearing, but the article is actually great, talking about the use of knit, crochet, embroidery and other crafts in collections shown at London’s recent Fashion Week.

More “granny” references, but the BBC tells us about how the resurgence of knitting is helping revive the British wool industry.

Absolutely not grannies: two young sisters in Tulsa, OK, have kicked off a project to give a little warmth and love to their local police force. Issued with a challenge to spend $1 to make an impact on someone’s life, sisters Savannah and Madeline bought garage sale yarn and are knitting scarves for members of the police. They’ve got schoolfriends, members of their church and staff and customers from a local yarn shop to contribute, too, and they hope to have 100 scarves by the end of the month.

Love it!

I enjoyed this story about a school counselor teaching fourth grade (9 and 10 years old) students to knit as part of an initiative to support a program in Romania to help move institutionalized children into homes. Each student made a square the was sewn into a blanket, which will be taken to Romania and given to one of the children in the program.

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7 thoughts on “WWW: London Fashion Week, Mathematical Knitting, Good Causes

  1. LauraSue

    Kate, thank you for the public eye-roll at the “knitting is not just for grannies” garbage. I’m really, really sick of this. It is not only ageist, it is also sexist. The clear implication is that society doesn’t care much what women think and have to say; but if it’s old women, then it really doesn’t care at all.

    1. Jenn

      Well said. Stories about people–of any stripe–using knitting to bring good into the world are far more inspiring.

  2. Peggy

    Surprising to see someone quoted in the BBC article saying that knitting was almost extinct 5 years ago!

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  5. Karen

    I would like to know what exactly is wrong with grannies knitting? Some huge assumptions made all round it seems!

  6. Kate

    It’s not that there’s anything wrong with Grannies knitting. We love our Grannies, and it’s my Granny who taught me to knit. I’m just getting a bit tired of the assumption that it’s ONLY Grannies who knit.

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