I don’t think an ad has ever spoken to me as much as that one.
Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! It was such a busy one for me. Hope you all ate your weight in a variety of pies.
First things first, if you’re looking for Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals on your favorite patterns, notions, and yarns, Marly Bird is putting together a fairly comprehensive list of knit and crochet deals. I must add Jill Draper’s First Snowfall pattern is available for FREE with code anythingbutblack on Ravelry.
>> I actually remember buying this knitting book at my LYS when I was in high school. I was in love with Rowan yarns but couldn’t afford any. I loved this denim-inspired book. Who knew Eddie Redmayne was lurking in there?
>> Mocking Jay Part 1 is here! I’m obsessed with the marketing behind the movies (and the books, of course). These “District Voices” videos are awesome. You might recognize the District 8 representatives (my favorite district, obviously) as the hosts of Threadbanger.
>> Therapy alpacas!!!
>> I love this marled Tory Burch short sleeved sweater. Definitely forsee making a knock off for spring!
>> Very excited that Zady is selling a sweater made and sourced entirely in the US! The wool is from Imperial Stock Ranch which makes this extra exciting. The video is gorgeous. Never get tired of that sheep-to-sweater process!
>> This 7Up ad features Magda Sayeg and her gorgeous yarnbombs!
What are you knitting up this holiday weekend?
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I’m always forgetting to take photos with people at Rhinebeck. Forgetting to or too shy to ask? I never have proof of what I was wearing and who I was hanging out with! Well, Erin snapped a great photo of Ashpags, Amander, and me! Thanks, girl! I didn’t have time to make a Rhinebeck sweater (I never have and that bums me out!) so I wore my Hurrication sweater. Nothing starts your morning off better than walking into the kitchen in a house full of knitters and getting those “oohs” and “ahhs!”
>> Someone ought to revoke my nerd card because I only just discovered the Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast. This episode about the invention of the sewing machine was very interesting. I imagine that the 19th century was full of patent frauds, curly mustaches, and tricky con artists/serial killers.
>> I’m loving this commercial with knitting Ashton Kutcher.
>> The (very brief) history of sheep at the White House. They’ve got bees now, maybe they ought to bring these guys back! Let’s start a petition.
>> Threadpanda’s Rhinebeck recap. Those photos. Yum.
>> The Stashbot app is out and already in the top 25 apps in the App Store! Very excited to have this tool on hand!
>> This article’s made the rounds but it’s worth sharing again. The true cost of a knitting pattern.
>> Missing Outlander? Buzzfeed’s got your Outlander wardrobe knitting fix.
>> Looks like this sheep was trying to follow me home from Rhinebeck. Sorry for the delays, everyone! (Imagine Homeward Bound but with a sheep, alpaca, and goat?! Let’s make this movie.)
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I’ve been going on and on about making Exeter my dream Rhinebeck sweater (though I’m positive I won’t have time to finish it). But after seeing the Benton that Jen at Grainline Studio made has really got me craving this beautiful sweater. It’s so simple yet really striking and I love how easy it is to wear. Perfect addition to my uniform of skinny jeans/button down/boots. The full post on Jen’s sweater is here. God, she’s talented!
>> A crocheted bowl of Ramen with video instructions.
>> Jon really wants to get a drone. He’s kind of obsessed with the idea which has me rolling my eyes a lot. I hate to say “boys and their toys” (girls like gizmos, too!) but mine seems to REALLY like the gadgets. This video of a ram vs. a drone feels very close to my heart right now.
>> Tips on how to weave in your ends. I’ve been knitting for 10 years and I’m still not happy with my finishing techniques. These photos are going to be very helpful!
>> Amy’s got a GREAT post about how to choose your first sweater pattern. Choosing to tackle your first sweater is a big leap and it can be very daunting. This is solid advice!
>> The cutest Vince star ever is Winter the lamb.
>>This New York Times article stirred things up on Twitter yesterday. I like Josh’s work a lot and it was great to hear more about his work at Fashion Week. It’s just that tired grandma comparison that really gets knitters upset!
So much knitting to do this week! Sweater season is almost upon us! What do you have on the needles?
The weather is getting mellow here so I’m starting to have those dreams of sweaters and cardigans. It started early this year! I really hate to jinx it since last winter was so rough, like, so very very terrible, but I’m craving pumpkin pie and apple cider and it’s still August! I can almost taste Rhinebeck and it’s making me go crazy for big sweaters. When I saw the Blackberry Stitch and Cable sweater designed by True Brit Knits for Debbie Bliss magazine, I just fell in love. It looks so deliciously comfy yet sophisticated. And that color is just gorgeous. Welcome to the queue, Big Pink Aran!
>> Lion Brand’s blog has some handy instructions on carrying vs. cutting yarn at the end of rows. I had a huge debate about this when I was working on the Hurrication sweater since there were so many colors but also a ton of rows to carry them over. Sometimes, you just have to throw all of the rules out the window and make it work.
>> Stevie Nicks is holding a shawl-design competition. Will you be making a mystical shawl for the legend to use on stage?
>> I’ve written a lot about how I want to do stop motion video with knitting. Miho Yata’s stop motion film is absolutely amazing. Can you imaging knitting all of those frames? Fantastic!
>> Olek might be in some trouble for her latest installation piece. Underwater crochet is pretty cool, though!
>> This beautiful photo of French sheep in 1930 is from the New York Times’ tumblr featuring photos from their basement archive. I love looking at old photographs and it’s really cool that they are sharing these pictures in the digital age. (I’m also a big fan of this photo. #yesallwomen, am I right?) This blog is a very fun place to get lost for an afternoon.
>> Design Sponge is tackling one of my favorite subjects: conscious consumption. Some really beautiful points and good ways to talk about handmade vs. store bought (are they really that different?) to those who are not makers.
What a week it’s been! I came down with a bit of a cold which has really made for a rough few days. Good excuse for a weekend of tea and knitting, though! I’m finishing a pair of mittens I started in November! Are you working on any UFOs this weekend?
It’s already August. Crazy right? Let’s look at some fun stuff.
Polish artist NeSpoon is doing some lace-bombing that you can see above. Her “public jewelry” includes lace imprints and stenciled doilies. I’m really loving that lace-turned-spider web. It looks fantastic! I’ve actually always thought of spiders as little craftspeople since their webs are so beautiful.
>> Jezebel shows us how filmmakers use cardigans to make their leading ladies frumpy. Pretty hilarious. Cardigans are my favorite.
>> Staying on the movie theme, here’s a slideshow of knitwear in our dystopian future. Why is it that knitwear lends itself so well to that grungy cyber warrior look?
>> Here’s a great tutorial for making yarn bras out of old tights! It’s pretty brilliant though mine probably all have holes in the toes.
>> Or maybe you’d prefer your yarn to come from a VHS? Remember the Nickelodeon VHS tapes were orange? That would make an awesome one!
>> Can someone find me a print of this?
I’m hoping to jump-start myself on a few projects this weekend. And there might be spray paint involved. What’re you making?
ps. Don’t forget to enter to win a copy of New American Knits!
This is the first Oud Tank that I’ve seen on Ravelry! This one is by Michelle and it looks absolutely beautiful on her! And it was in the Community Eye Candy on Tuesday. That’s right, she was on the front page of Ravelry! It’s so exciting to see something I designed being made by somebody else. Here is Michelle’s post with the completed Oud!
>> A few Massachusetts sheep escaped and took a nap in the street.
>> A superhero who’s power is knitting.
>> I’ll always throw shade at those penguin sweaters (People are still sending me the articles about it and the story is how old???) but I am going to be very sad when this story about baby birds in hand-knit nests gets old for me.
>> A guide to NYC craft stores. There are definitely a few missing but there were some shops on here I wasn’t familiar with. Good place to start if you’re visiting the city!
>> The Saint Laurent Spring 15 menswear collection includes a granny square cape.
>> Stainless steel yarn is being used in this cool project to control electronics. We’re talking more than gloves that work on your iPhone.
Phew! A lot to share this week! Hope you are all making up a storm this weekend. I’m going to be working on my second Wiksten tank!
I’ve never knit any of Stephen West’s patterns. Honestly, I’m not really into shawls, guys. I’m very open about this. I love his style and his crazy photos. What he’s doing is very exciting in the knitting world and that deserves respect! But I’m loving this new pattern, Dotted Rays, especially since it can be made with lots of different weights and in a few sizes. This has jumped into my queue. I’m totally looking forward to making my first Stephen West shawl!
>> Back on my soap box about why people aren’t concerned about where their clothes come from anymore. Here’s a little analysis from Jezebel about a recent article on the subject. Some good points in there.
>> This music video is so cool. It’s made of stop-motion panels that are embroidered!!!
>> I really hope these gigantic pom pom outfits from Sibling’s SS15 collection become a thing. POM POMS FOR EVERYONE.
>> I’ve been in a bit of a rut recently. I’m having some trouble getting motivated mixed with a lack of inspiration. I don’t know what’s causing it, I’d call it a lack of focus. Anyway, Jon suggested I watch some movies because that usually gets me back in creating mode. Watching the OK Go music video for their new song “The Writing’s on the Wall” a few times has certainly helped. They’ve done it again and it’s got my gears going. Hope it’s just what I needed!
>> Barack Obama proclaimed Wednesday National Day of Making!
I’ve got a lot of stuff on my needles and I think it’s time to sort them all out. I’m hoping to put things in order this weekend. It would be nice to finish one or two of them! What are you working on?
Happy Friday the 13th!
Nintendo announced a new Yoshi game coming out next year. Yoshi’s Wooly World will feature a “crocheted” Yoshi in a yarn world. Think Kirby’s Epic Yarn. I don’t really play video games (doesn’t leave enough time for knitting) but this one looks just adorable.
>> Holy craaaap. Have you been seeing the sneak peeks from Maria Dora’s upcoming collections? Her name might sound familiar because she only designed THIS AMAZING THING (among others). I’m swooning over every piece. Really cool.
>> I sewed my first dart last weekend. Here’s a handy video on how to do it!
>> Some fun pieces of needlework from the Jezebel community. There are some great Ghostbusters pieces. Be careful, a couple pieces are NSFW!
>> Prince Charles, the patron of Campaign for Wool, will be demonstrating the benefits of wool’s natural flame-retardancy by setting cheap, synthetic fibers ablaze. The wool industry has of course been suffering since man-made fibers tend to be so inexpensive to produce but the Campaign for Wool is trying to get people interested in wool garments and housewares once again.
>> Brooklyn Tweed gave a shout out to Sphinx on Twitter last week! I was a little overwhelmed. Thanks to everybody that pointed it out!
What are you making for your dads this weekend? It’s Father’s Day!
Starting off with something fun, there’s the teaser for Shaun the Sheep, the next film from the creators of Wallace and Gromit. Shaun was the star of my favorite Wallace and Gromit film, A Close Shave, so I’m very excited to see what he’s up to in this movie. Guess I’ll have to wait until next year! Some extra links for your holiday weekend are coming up!
>> Two big brands have recently announced projects for handmade/fair trade products. West Elm has committed to giving $35 million to 20 artisan groups that make goods by hand. You can shop for anything from couches to gorgeous drawer pulls that are all handcrafted here. Similarly, Kate Spade, Jack Spade, and Saturday have started a project called On Purpose. They are teaching women in Rwanda to make accessories for their brands in order to help them earn a living wage. While there are similar programs out there (I’m thinking about Ricefield Collective), I think it’s really important to give companies like these a hand for taking on these ventures. Sure, there’s more work to be done, but we should encourage these bigger brands to keep adding fair trade and handmade items to their inventory.
>> I’m really dying to make some of these little fabric bracelets. They look super simple and very cute. I like to make and wear friendship bracelets as soon as the weather turns but I always want to mix it up. Looks like I’m going to the craft store this weekend.
>> Have you ordered your digital edition of Knitscene Accessories? (No pressure.) Here’s a sneak peek behind the scenes at the photo shoot for the issue. I’m always in awe of their hair stylists! And, gosh, do they have fun on these shoots or what?
>> I saw this recipe for tahini cookies in Martha Stewart Living and I immediately started to drool. I love the idea of using sesame paste instead of peanut butter in a cookie. Why didn’t I think of that? Maybe I need to make a batch of these this weekend, too. (Am I being over-ambitious?)
>> Knitty shared this amazing story earlier this week of knitter Eileen Scrivani. She loves to knit beautiful cable work and doesn’t let the fact that she’s visually impaired get in the way. What an amazing woman! Eileen is a New Yorker I’d definitely love to meet!
>> I am freaking obsessed with this handmade Clara Oswald dress! While Amy Pond is my favorite companion (ginger, duh), I’ve always coveted Clara’s style. This dress was absolutely my favorite thing she wore so it was very exciting to see that another fan had made her own.
Will that hold us over until next week? I’m hoping to spend the long weekend working on some upcoming posts. And knitting, of course. I’m still having some pretty bad startitis and general crankiness with everything I’m working on. There’s been a lot of bouncing from my sewing machine to knitting needles to cross stitch. I just don’t know what I want to do and I feel it kind of spilling over into the rest of life, like I don’t know what kind of music I want to hear on the train, or what I want to write about, etc. Am I in a creative funk? Or am I just overwhelmed by how much of everything I want to accomplish simultaneously?
Are you making time during the long weekend for crafts?
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While I’m pimping my own pattern in the upcoming issue of Pom Pom Quarterly (now available for pre-order), I feel that it’s only right I show a little love to its friends. PPQ does a great job of curating a limited amount of patterns that are just gorgeous. You should really take a look at them; they’re all going in my queue! Honestly, I’m just so honored to have a pattern alongside these beautiful pieces by designers I really admire!
>> In case you need a last-minute Mother’s Day gift (I won’t tell), consider making a donation to Action Kivu in your mom’s name. Action Kivu helps train women in Congo to be seamstresses so they can support themselves. They set them up with sewing kits to get started with their own businesses.
>> Speaking of pre-orders, Amy Christoffers’ amazing new book is coming out this summer. I don’t even have the book yet and I’m already having trouble deciding which pattern to start with!
>> I love this comic. It’s so adorable!
>> The super talented Onyee modified a McCalls pattern to sew her own Lupita Golden Globes dress! Her replica of the Ralph Lauren cape dress is pretty spot on. It’s stunning, really.
Very excited to hang out with my mom this weekend. She’s got some great knitting projects that I’m looking forward to seeing. I am dreaming of spending my paycheck on some fabric. Just what I need, more projects! What are you working on this weekend?