Posts Tagged ‘Campaign for Wool’

13
Jun

Further Reading 6/12/14

Written by Sarah. Posted in further reading

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!

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10
Oct

Steal This Knit: Madewell Sheep Sweaters

Written by Sarah. Posted in knits, Steal This Knit, style

While owls, deer, and foxes have often been considered the animal darlings of the Urban Outfitters hipster set, I think that sheep are getting some spotlight this season. These adorable lamb sweaters over at Madewell have predictably caught my eye. They seem like the perfect addition to my fall wardrobe.

While the left sweater is $88, it seems a little disingenuous of me to buy a machine-made tribute to my favorite furry friends. And, as the Campaign for Wool has taught us, it really bothers me that both of these are blends of cotton, nylon, viscose, and, oh yeah, there’s a little wool in there, too. (I won’t pretend I’m as much of a snob for natural fibers as I’d like to be. But is it too much to ask for a sweater that costs over $100 to be made of something yummy? I mean, it has a sheep on it!)

How do I get a sheep sweater of my own? You may be asking, checking the calendar out of the corner of your eye, wondering if you could pull off a whole sweater before Rhinebeck.

Sangmi Lee has a free pattern on Ravelry that is exactly what you’re looking for. I love the similar look. Perfectly on trend. Awesome. The test pattern that’s up now is a 36″ bust test but the charts are there so adjustments could be worked pretty easily. It’s knit on size 2s so it’s definitely not something that will happen before Rhinebeck!

I also love that the pattern is based on a cardigan that’s based on a steal! It’s from a Chloe cardigan that was in stores a few years ago. maybe it’s time for me to whip up a true Madewell steal!

Seeing lots of sheep this season? Want to see more? Plan to cast on some sheep-inspired sweaters?

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08
Oct

Campaign for Wool in Bryant Park

Written by Sarah. Posted in instagram, knits, life, new york city, photos, travel, tv, yarn

The Campaign for Wool came to New York to promote everything great about our favorite fiber, wool! And they brought sheep!

That’s right! I got to see sheepies on the way home from work! And to honor the woolly wonders, the fountain was filled with multi colored hanks of wool. Knitty City was there stitching away and there were tons of spinners explaining the process to curious New Yorkers. It was pretty magical, as if my brain had exploded onto Bryant Park!

The Campaign was passing out fliers highlighting the benefits of wool in everything from household goods to sweaters. Wool is natural and sustainable. It’s a great insulator but is also breathable. And, of course, choosing wool helps to support the small (sometimes local!) farmers rather than oil companies that make cheap synthetic fabrics.

Not that you needed any convincing. In fact, I’m quite sure I am single-handedly keeping the wool industry afloat!  Anyway, I don’t need to tell you how great a cause it is. I wish I could get a big 80s t-shirt that says CHOOSE WOOL.

Also, not to start a tangent but, the whole thing reminded me of this show. Does anybody remember Sheep in the Big City!? So many puns!

Big thanks to my mom for telling me about the event! Keep fighting the good fight! Wool to the People!

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