WWW: On Creativity, *Very* Deep Stash, Tink

Very excited about this. Ravelry has added a new attribute for yarn information: source.

They’ve actually added a whole load of new attributes, but in particular we’re happy to see a place to add information about the source of fiber — where it was scoured, milled and dyed — and on its sustainability — whether it’s fair-trade, organic or recycled. Many thanks to the team of Ravelry who are always listening and always improving!

Photos taken by and copyright Kevin Horan, from the Washington Post.

Speaking of sources of fibers, enjoy these magnificent portraits of sheep and goats, taken by photographer Kevin Horan.

Designer Karie Westermann writes on her blog about creativity. In particular she addresses a question that I think many of us ask: I am really creative but things never look like they are supposed to. What am I doing wrong?

Deep stash. Very deep.

You think you’ve got old stuff at the bottom of your stash? This 3,000-year old ball of yarn, found at an archaeological dig in the U.K., is older than anything you’ve got, I promise.

(To call it ‘yarn’ isn’t entirely correct – this post on the Must Farm website describes it in more detail, using more accurate term ‘thread’.)

To quote from the Oxford English Dictionary blog: newly enshrined word tink is “an example of the linguistic inventiveness of knitting”. See, we’re not just creative with sticks and string, we’re creative with words, too!

Not strictly knitting, but I love this: textiles printed directly from sewer (yes, for once, I do mean sewer, not a person that sews :-)) covers.

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2 thoughts on “WWW: On Creativity, *Very* Deep Stash, Tink

  1. KathyH

    I remember back before the Web was commonly accessible, there was an email Knit List (or was it on UseNet?), and in about 1994 or so, some gal on there first used the word “tink.” Several people queried it, and she explained, to all readers’ delight. It immediately went into general circulation among knitters. Wish I knew that knitter’s name. Anyone remember?

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