Tag Archives: knitting

Are you knitting ironically?

I have written before about the news media’s (and the general public’s)  fascination with knitting being *gasp!* popular, and *gasp squared!* popular among the non-grandkids-having group. Then I ran into this article from a Canadian weekly, which proposes that knitting isn’t just a fun hobby made even more fun by new contemporary yarns and specialized […]

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Winter is here

The cold weather has arrived,  fireplaces are radiating warmth, and warm hats and scarves and mittens need to be made before the holidays. This is why we brought you our especially-made-for-cold-weather yarn, Woolly Comfort. This is s warm and fluffy single-ply  bulky yarn, with 85% wool and 15 % alpaca fibers. But that’s not all […]

Works in Progress: The Chill, the Challenging, and the Almost-Finished

Every time I’m sitting down after a long day, mind empty but not yet ready to sleep, I take the knitting in my hand and I get reminded that there’s more to yarn than dyeing it! I’ve been working on several projects at once: something easy-peasy that can just keep my hands busy while I […]

This Rocking Chair Knits a Wool Cap While You Kick Back and Relax

So, today seems to be the Day For Furniture and Housewares That Knit. After I posted yesterday about Siren Elise Wilhelmsen’s “365” knitting clock,  Gizmodo published a post about another imaginative use of knitting in a design thesis project: Damien Ludi and  Colin Peillex’s “Rocking Knit,”  a hat-knitting machine powered by human muscle, that is, […]

Knitting Clock Update: Artist explains her work in video

Knitting Clock Designer Siren Elise Wilhelmsen talks about her thesis project, “365” a.k.a. the Knitting Clock. She explains that the clock, which knits in the round, is actually a functional clock that tells the time: it has a 24-hour face, knits one stitch each half hour and one row each day. It shows not only […]

Knitting Time: A clock that knits

I’ve always known that knitting passes the  time, but never thought it measures it. Norwegian designer Siren Elise Wilhelmsen designed “365”, a clock that knits a 2-meter long scarf in one year. Each stitch marks the passage of time, and the yarn still unknitted is the future, full of possibilities. Wilhelmsen says of her project: […]

On storms, playgrounds, and designs

So Hurricane Sandy came and went. We got lucky: no flooded basement, no trees falling on our car, didn’t even lose power. We invited some friends who live closer to the sea and were evacuated, but in the end biggest problems the storm meant to us was a closed daycare, a restless toddler, and some […]

Originally posted on Exchanging Fire:
I love this image (it’s a perennial favorite on social media sites) and since scarf weather is starting, I thought that I would share it with all of you. I’d add to the list below, of course, and say that a knitter like me always needs something linen stitched on…

(Bam-) Boo!

Okay, this will be a rant-y post. Because after years of knitting and even more years of working with textiles, I still screw up. And badly at that. So, a few months ago, I started this sweater for my husband. He loves the British racing green color, and I love doing cables, so it seemed […]

BBC wonders why knitting is popular

“Knitting is no longer the pastime of an older generation, it is increasingly appealing to a younger demographic who are engaging with the idea of expressing themselves through knitting as a creative art. The advance of the internet and social media has also been key to the emergence of new close-knit communities.” via BBC News […]

New colorway: There and Back Again

  We’ve added a new colorway for our Alpaca Silk Yarns: There and Back Again. The color goes in a smooth gradient from creamy white all the way to dark blue over a 63-inch loop, and then back. Hand-dyed with natural indigo.     Lofty AND drapey – the best of both worlds in this […]

New Yarn: Tussah Silk

Pure silk with a twist! 100% tussah silk knitting and crochet yarn, with a pearly shine and shimmering color. It has all the grace of silk, but with a fuzzier texture and a natural tan base tone.   These hanks are hand-dyed with natural indigo into a self-striping yarn with natural tan and deep blue […]

For the love of garter stitch

Quick little project for Lala:   It’s so quick, partly because it is knit in one piece, and requires hardly any attention to construction, and partly because it’s all garter stitch: easy to do while watching TV, or chatting with someone, or watching over a  toddler splashing in the kiddie pool. One thing I learned […]

Reduce, Reuse, sure, sure….

But recycle! There’s a challenge I love! To me, reusing and recycling has  always  had a fun side to it: it is a creative challenge to find a new use, or a different useful form for something that is poor enough stuff to be labelled “trash.” My love affair with recycling probably has many roots. […]