Posts Tagged ‘knitwear’
The Olympics are happening! Hooray!(?) I’m really not interested in sports at all especially ones that involve ice and/or snow so winter Olympics are kind of a drag for me. I also never have my shit together to participate in any Ravelry games so I’m just kind of no fun when it comes to these things. Sorry, everyone. But you have to watch the opening ceremonies, right? I mean, I hate sports, but I do love interpretive dance, Soviet imagery, and these guys. So it’s a win.
Everybody’s been complaining about the American Ralph Lauren ugly Christmas sweaters slash cardigan that my kindergarden teacher definitely wore in 1992 that are the uniforms. Haters to the left. It’s time the world sees America for the tacky-ass patchwork quilt that we really are. I loved them. I would not be surprised if I bumped into someone on Bedford Ave wearing one of these under their 500 layers and gigantic mustache. (It’s still cold here in New York. It’s like we’re actually AT the Olympics, right?)
That being said, the French probably had my favorite uniforms. I’ve heard people hating on that too but I want a grandpa cardigan parka! I’m coveting that Canadian Hudson Bay coat more than anything (feel free to donate $300 to my Olympic coat kickstarter). The Mexican team looked like a winter Mariachi band.
But you’re not here for my fashion advice. Let’s talk about knits, people.
First off, those sign-holding mini-skirted snowflake ladies (or many many Snegurochkas) were actually wearing really pretty (from what I could tell) cabled slouchy hats under their giant crowns. I always feel really awkward for the sign-holders but good for them! You were in the Olympics.
The team from Belarus sported these great hats and scarves that matched their flag. I had no idea that their flag had that cool faire isle-y bit to it (God, the opening ceremonies always remind me how ignorant I am to the rest of the world, so embarrassing!) but I really love it. They get the gold for best flag.
But holy crap. Slovakia’s matching hats, mitts, and scarves really knocked my socks off. I love the colors and hearts. So simple but just really cool. Good job, guys. Everybody go home, they won.
There were so many other countries with great knitwear. The women on the Iranian team had beautiful jewel-toned, sparkly hats. The Russians were wearing great turtlenecks I wish I could’ve seen more of. And I’m 99% sure that Tajikstan had three hand knit scarves. At least, they looked hand knit to me.
Which country had your favorite uniform? What are you knitting for the games? Yay sports!
I know I promised Jon a Timberline (about, what, four months ago? Six months ago?!) but this sweater is so handsome and simple. I want to make one now! My dad’s been asking for a sweater (to replace a moth-eaten one that I had noting to do with in the first place but he sees an opportunity and he runs with it). Perhaps this will one day be the one. He would look great in it. Who am I kidding? I’ve got way too much other stuff to knit! One day! I love you! I’ll never let go!
>> Basically ever since I met the lovely lady behind Mokuyobi Threads, I’ve been coveting this tee. I need to buy it, right?
>> Photographer Christopher Payne gives us a look at the US textile industry, a memory of what it used to be. The photographs are absolutely gorgeous and I think the concept is fascinating. It’s such a shame that so much of our textiles are made overseas. Really just baffling when you think about how just a generation ago the American garment industry was thriving.
>> Speaking of America’s textile industry, check out this fundraiser for Ohio Knitting Mills. They are raising money through indiegogo to make this mill fully operational. Really cool!
>> Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall 2014 collection has a lot of knitted faux-chain mail (for lack of a better explanation) going on. It looks super warm but I hope this does not become a trend. Either way, they’re pretty cool pieces, especially the ones with the beading. You know what, I change my mind. New York has been so goddamn cold, I think I would like to wear one of those.
I’m so sick of this cold weather. I love sweaters like crazy but I’ve had enough. I’ve forgotten what summer feels like! Can’t take a break from my needles or I will surely freeze to death this weekend.
What are you knitting on this weekend?
Phew! How were your holidays? I’m still in a food coma! I can hardly believe I’m typing. Anyway, let’s start the week out with some eye candy, shall we?
One of my favorite things about her work is the adorable knits that her characters wear. The textures and details in the knitwear are fabulous. It seems like she takes any opportunity to add a piece of knitwear to her work. That is something I can definitely get behind!
Who are your favorite knitting artists?
Last week I stopped by the awesome Benetton Pop-Up Shop in SoHo. It felt a little bit like a knitted Wonka Factory! The shop is only selling knits and it’s full of wooly goodness and some pretty awesome knitted decorations. (Caution, somewhat NSFW…I guess. I never thought I’d be saying that on this blog.)
Hanging on the walls are yarn bombs of everything from telephones to wrenches. And some literal yarn porn. (Sorry, Mom!) Little knitted buntings hang under instructional ‘how-to-knit’ decals and drawings of sheep wearing faire isle sweaters.
While some of the exhibit is raunchy, it’s really a tribute to all things fiber. I spent probably an hour just admiring the details of what could have otherwise just been a sweater shop.
Although I didn’t pick up any sweaters (I may have touched every single item of clothing in the store, though, yelling OH THIS ONE IS SOFT TOO!), I might be heading back there to grab something warm or discover new details. The shop will be up through the end of the year and if you’re a fiberphile (literally here, I suppose!) in New York during the holidays, I suggest you take a look for yourself. Bring your pearls so you have something to clutch!
What do you think? Does this nasty knitted art make you blush or laugh!?
The time has finally come! I’ve had a hard time keeping up but the second short is finished! A lot of really wonderful knitters were involved in the finished short and I wanted to say here a huge thank you to all of you. It is so awesome to talk to people that love to knit and I find it so amazing that are willing to lend a hand on that basis alone.
My goal in this series is to really get knitters to meet, in a sense, the people behind their yarns, patterns, shops, etc. But I admit, my ulterior motive was to meet the people who’s work I’ve always admired and this was certainly true in this case. I’ve been a big fan of Ysolda’s since I started knitting and finally having a chat with her was just great. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Of course, big thanks to Jon for physically being there to make this short happen and to Andrew for the fab theme. Also to Ysolda’s assistant Sarah for setting us up! Enjoy!