Karen Clements the brilliant designer behind Knit 1 LA is up to something interesting on her blog. She has a tutorial going on with step-by-step instructions, along with photos and videos, on how to knit two socks at one time. She doesn’t use the same method that Melissa Morgan-Oakes does in her book 2-at-a-time Socks (i.e. a long circular needle). Karen knits one inside the other with traditional DPNs. I know. Pretty darn clever. Like anything in knitting, it takes a bit of practice, but this handy method can have some serious benefits in terms of speeding up the process. Just imagine how much easier the holiday gift rush can be!
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KFI (Knitting Fever Inc.), the American distributor of the gorgeous Japanese hand-dyed yarns, Noro, has set up a matching funds contribution offer to aid disaster victims. Sion Elalouf, founder of KFI, posted to Ravelry today that their company and affiliates would match dollar for dollar made to The American Red Cross (up to $50,000). Checks should be made out to The American Red Cross and earmarked for the Japanese earthquake relief fund, then mailed to KFI: 315 Bayview Avenue, Amityville, NY 11701. All contributions will be made in the name of the knitting community. By the way, yarn manufacturer Noro is located in the central/south of Japan, far from the northeastern area devastated by the tsunami.
I’m currently still in a hat obsession phase. I’ve made a bunch of slouch hats. They are amusing to knit and fun to wear. However, it’s turning warmer here in Los Angeles (after a hail storm last weekend!) and I’m starting to think Spring. I should be thinking of finishing my pink cotton Amelia cardi, but of course, I’m thinking “NEW.” What’s got me all worked up? The Vogue Knitting Spring Preview. That’s a few of their “Postcards from Rio” patterns (left). However, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: do not knit your dang bathing suit. (Come on VK!)
Here’s an interesting book: In The Loop: Knitting Now by Jessica Hemmings, the Associate Director of Visual and Cultural Studies at Edinburgh College of Art. Published earlier this year, the book examines knitting’s journey from retro hobby to cultural phenom— humble utilitarianism to current craftivism. There are lots of examples of artists working with knitting as their medium, including Mark Newport, Sabrina Gschwandtner and Annie Shaw. That is Shaw’s amazing “Gansey, deep-fried“ above. Yes, that is a deep friend wool sweater wrapped in fish and chips paper! Read a book review here. See more images from In The Loop at the Guardian UK.
I know, I know, I haven’t even broken out the cotton yarn yet either! However, VogueKnitting has an Early Fall Preview up online. The issues goes on sale June 8th. The online preview has a cool new feature— click on the red circled star and it opens up a back view of the garment, like you see (above) for this pullover which is part of the “Make Me Blush” series. Very cool. Looks like some very lovely stuff, but honestly, all I’m thinking about is which tank top I’m going to make.
I’m back from my travels just in time to catch a preview of the new Summer Interweave Knits. They certainly don’t have knitting magazines in the airport stores. I did find a cool thing: TravelMart convenience stores let you buy their books at full retail, but return them for 50% of your money back. Buy a book in Dallas and return it in Hartford if you like. Cool. Green. Cheap. Anyways, back to knitting. Here’s the IK gallery. Nice, quiet, fairly classic looking patterns— OK, overall. I like the Lacy Leaf Satchel designed by Pamela Powers (above). Good for your travels?
You’ve got to love a knitting magazine issue that is dubbed, “Easy.” The new KnitScene is packed with small simple projects that are perfect for knit beginners or slackers looking for low-impact projects. I’m digging Lisa Shroyer’s Easy Peasy Slippers, the Loop Vest by Sara Fama, and Wendy Bernard’s Frontier Blues Jacket. There are two charmers from Cecily Glowik MacDonald, here and here. My favorite design is the Bowtie Girl (above) designed by Ruthie Nussbaum in Colinette Wigwam and Mohair. So cute. Warm weather is coming, get ready to pack up all that heavy wool.
I don’t know how this lovely little book slipped past me, but I finally discovered Kristen Rengren’s book, Vintage Baby Knits, at my local public library. This book is so so cute. Completely adorable stuff. Rengren presents some really classic knitwear, but updates it as well. The book is published under Melanie Falick’s imprint, and as with her other books, it has gorgeous photography and beautiful graphic design. You can get the Pixie Hat pattern for FREE here. Read Ellen Bloom’s review here.
The San Francisco Bay Area is playing host to Stitches West convention tomorrow through Sunday. See new yarns, gear and even take a class in spinning, beading, felting or crochet—all sorts of needle arts are represented. Stitch Diva Studios will be exhibiting there and featuring one of their designers, LA’s own Myra Wood signing her new book, Crazy Lace (left) in their booth. You can get a preview at her website. She calls her book “a radical departure from pre-designed patterns.” Knitgrrl (Shannon Okey) reviews Crazy Lace here. Wood’s freeform embroidery art is very interesting as well. Check out Myra’s earlier book here on CraftStylish. Very cool.
The MasonDixon Knitting duo’s music video has been up on YouTube for a couple of months, but I just found it this weekend. Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne perform, “Pardon Me (I Didn’t Knit That for You)” (a still from the video, above) which is full of fun knitting-insider references that might tickle you as much as it did me. Love the wigs and styling as well! Who new these talented funny ladies, referring to themselves as The Yarnery Family Singers, could also sing so well? But listen to this chickens: Gardiner and Shayne’s brand new spoof of the famous Maysels Brothers‘ documentary on Big & Little Edie Bouvier Beale, “Grey Garments,” was posted today on their blog.