October 2010

Knitted Skeleton

Knitted Skeleton

Look at the phenomenal detail in this extraordinary handknit skeleton created by California born artist Ben Cuevas. As an installation artist, Cuevas works with a variety of mixed media including knitting and crochet. He uses fibre as a central element exploring both its social and cultural history as an art and blurring the lines between art and craft. Cuevas says, The time intensive and repetitive nature of knitting allows me to meditate on a piece as it comes into being, further revealing the nature of the work as part of the process. read more

Friday Finds – Alyssa Ettinger

Friday Finds – Alyssa Ettinger

Christmas is coming and I know what I would like to receive! I’ve been coveting this lovely porcelain “knitware” for quite some time. Alyssa Ettinger has translated the essence of handknit stitches into functional vases, coasters and tumblers. I love how Alyssa plays with the contrasts of hard porcelain and soft knitted fabric to great effect. The fine, cable-textured tumblers and demitasse cups are my favourite pieces. It’s like a sweater sleeve is wrapped around them to keep the contents cozy and warm. Alyssa creates her read more

Your Knits

Your Knits

At a recent Guild meeting one of the members showed me her latest creation—a JoJo jacket. She found the self-patterning yarn she used was a little lacking for her tastes so she threw in a reverse stocking stitch ridge every time the stripes changed colours. I just love the effect. She used Regia sock yarn from the Kaffe Fassett collection that she had purchased at Dressew. Last time I was there I think they still had some at a great price. Send me read more

Sheep herding at its most creative

via @deramores These lighthearted Welsh shepherds look like they really enjoy their work. What great imaginations!

Pa Jinglebob and the Grabble Gang – Children’s Book

Pa Jinglebob and the Grabble Gang – Children’s Book

Devan and I were thrilled to find another Pa Jinglebob book at the library. Our favourite knitting sheriff is back. Both books are a delightful introduction to chapter books for any child in a fibre-minded family. Pa Jinglebob is a sheriff in a frontier town who whittles his own knitting needles. Knittin’? … I ain’t ever seen a knittin’ sheriff. Grandma Tendercorns needs his help, but she’s not quite sure he’s the man for the job. I’d never trust a man with knittin’ needles. Big sissy. This time the villain threatening the town of Buckaroo isn’t a bandit. read more

Sunday Find – Shelter

Sunday Find – Shelter

Wholesome is the word I would use to describe a new yarn called Shelter. Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed fame developed Shelter out of a desire for locally produced American yarn for American knitters. The lofty soft yarn is made from Wyoming sheep fleece and it’s spun in an historic woolen mill town in New Hampshire. The down to earth colours are a tweedy, heathery, homey goodness with names like woodsmoke, wool socks and homemade jam. What would a new yarn be without pattern support? read more