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.
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The LYS owners here in Los Angeles are working hard to separate us from our money these days. Case in point: KnitCulture is having a Tanglewood Trunk Show this weekend. Trish Anderson visits on May 15th and 16th with her luscious Tanglewood Fiber Creations. These are all hand-dyed and hand-spun. The yarns incorporate top of the line fibers like Mongolian cashmere, silk and other lux goods. Plus they set the yarn with lavender oil. (Sigh.) Every skein is different and unique, even in the same dye lot, making for one-of-a-kind knitted pieces. Anderson blogs about her work and life in St. Helens, Oregon here, at Diary Of A Hand-Spinner. I guess Anderson came to Jennifer Knits in Brentwood (a very swanky LYS here in LA) earlier this month. So here’s another chance to view the pretty stuff and make a purchase. To tempt us further, KnitCulture has a FREE one-skein Luxury Mitts pattern made from Tanglewood Cashmere here (scroll down the page).
I’m not going to lie to you, this post is pure yarn porn. I received notice that Santa Monica LYS, Wildfiber, will be hosting Robin Page of Pagewood Farms on Saturday, May 8th. Details here. She’ll be showing off gorgeous handcrafted yarns (like the one called “Mississippi Mud” above), answering questions about her hand-dye process and demonstrating her “Bling” yarn. The Pagewood Farm site shows off their yarns and needle felting kits. Check out their blog too for a behind the scenes look at the boutique yarn business. Cool insider view at what it takes.
I love when two of my interests intersect to reveal something odd and beautiful. Case in point: knitting + typography. The new issue of Twist Collective has a story by Lela Nargi on Susette Newberry’s “Knitting Letters,” which is an abecedaria (a book that showcases designs of alphabets). That got exploring other knitted letters and I found that The Poetry Society in the UK has been collecting knitted letters for some time. Last year they combined them to form a gigantic Dylan Thomas poem (above). The knitted poem can be seen April 9th to 11th at the Much Wenlock Poetry Festival in Shropshire. They’ll be featuring a new poem at that time also. From August 9th – 14th, you can see these knitted poems at the Ravelry Knit Camp at Stirling University in Scotland— an event being organized by British Yarns. More about it here.
A while back Mo Rocca made disbaraging remarks about handknit sweaters that turned into a rallying cry. Get the whole story in this piece he did for the CBS Sunday Morning television show. Very fun. It also gives you a chance to hear from knitting guru, Debbie Stoller (above), who was interviewed for the show. I have yet to see her new yarn line in my local JoAnn. Have you?
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 Sundance Film Festival always brings out the celebrities. It is so dang cold in Park City, Utah, where the event is held, that everyone has to bundle up in warm things. That, of course, means knits. A few fashion blogs have photos, like FashionRules and MarieClaire, mostly talking about how grungy Twilight‘s Kristen Stewart, or how good Katie Holmes, looked. I’m partial to this shot of HBO series, Entourage, star Adrien Grenier, found in the Chicago Sun-Times, because he’s sporting a scarf his grandma made him (left). So cute. By the way, I worked on the graphics for the Sundance Film Festival for several years with the design firm, AdamsMorioka. It was a fun and challenging project. See a poster from 2006 festival here and more in the online archives at AdamsMorioka’s own website.
A couple of weeks ago I posted about Karen Clements Schmidt’s amazing giveaway that marks the closing of her much loved LYS, Knit 1 Chicago. She’ll be relocating to Los Angeles, and devoting more time to her knit and crochet designs (yeah!). To go out with a bang, she is liquidating her store’s stock in a very cool way. Buy one of her patterns, and you’ll be entered to win one of 60 goodie bags filled with over $550 worth of premium products. (Read more here.) The news this week is that she’s added crochet, like the Magnum Capelet #4 (above), and a few more knit patterns, even some for baby. Buys patterns on Ravelry (Kclem) or via her website.
The rules of this giveaway may be changing based on some new information. Please stay tuned for more details from Karen and check the Knit 1 website for updates.
Now that’s no ordinary teddy bear in a sweater. This is the artwork of Chicago-based Cranbrook-trained Nick Cave (no, not that singer from the 1980s) from a show called, “Meet Me at the Center of the Earth,” currently on exhibit at UCLA’s Fowler Museum. Cave’s mixed media sculptures are a mad and visionary mash up of African ceremonial ensembles and haute couture incorporating beads, bottle caps, sticks, sequins, yarn and more. Cave, a former Alvin Ailey dancer, creates wearable human-based and animal forms, like this bear (above). LA Times art critic Christopher Knight says, “Who knew recycled pot holders could be so glamorous?”
Thanks to Gail for sending me the link to this artist’s exciting thought-provoking work.
Many knitters have been moved to help ease the suffering resulting from last Tuesday’s devastating 7.0 earthquake in Haiti. The loss of life there is estimated to be up to 100,000, and scores of people have been left injured and homeless. You can donate directly to several organizations. Consider the Yarn Harlot’s charity, Knitters Without Borders. Casey & Jess started “Help For Haiti” on Ravelry last night, where designers can sell patterns with proceeds pledged to help Haitians. Vickie Howell is doing this via OpenSky. @KnittingNews reports a “Hugs for Haiti” Group on Rav as well as a Fandom Auction. So many good ways to help out if you are interested. Want to read more about the culture and people of Haiti? I recommend Amy Willentz, especially her fascinating book, “The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalier.” Her piece in HuffPost from yesterday ends: “Bodies. Bodies. Bodies. Bodies…”