Posts Tagged ‘olympics’
Have you seen the new issue of Pom Pom? As usual, I’ve added every piece to my queue. I’m really loving Sólja by Anna Maltz. I love the lace detail. Anna’s designs are such a great mixture of whimsy and vintage style. I am a really big fan of hers. Which pattern is your favorite?
>> I absolutely need a dress made of Soviet-era propaganda fabric. I don’t even mean it in an obnoxious, ironic way. I would wear the shit out of a tractor-print sundress. I’ve always loved how stylistic the propaganda of the USSR was.
>> This article about the 7 reasons that knitting will keep you healthy has been making the rounds. Can’t have too much of a good thing, right?
>> Have you heard that one of the Finnish coaches has been knitting at the Sochi games? Looks like the whole team is getting in on the stitching! I mean, you need some good knitwear when you’re doing winter sports.
>> I’m obsessed with Bob’s Burgers. How amazing is that show? I’m totally in love with this little crocheted Gene doll that got a retweet from Eugene Mirman!
>> This cable print Baggu iPad case is on sale at West Elm!
It’s been a very tough week but happy Valentine’s Day! Today is my four year anniversary with Jon. It feels like we’ve been together forever so I can’t really believe it’s only been this long.
What are you knitting for your Valentine? Remember chocolate yarns?
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!
Today kicks off NaKniSweMo. Will you be participating? I’m not really in the right frame of mind right now to take on such a big project but if I were ready to cast on a sweater, I’d choose this one!
photo via Savory Knitting
I’m a Christoffile for life so I’ve GOT to talk about Amy’s latest pattern. Faro absolutely gorgeous and I can’t WAIT to get it on my needles. It looks like such a fun knit, too. If you’ve decided to give yourself the NaKniSweMo challenge, I’d definitely suggest this sweater. (Besides, the half sleeves might save you some time!)
>> My friend Katie who is a cycling instructor and work out fanatic sent me this article about the knitter who made a 12 ft scarf while running a marathon with the note “Maybe next year?” It’s cool that running can get people knitting! It will not be working the opposite way for me.
>> This is a video of a lamb frolicking around a skate park. I was worried he’d get squished but he looks like he’s actually having a really fun time. That being said, Knit York City does not condone putting lambies into dangerous situations.
>> The US Olympic team will finally be outfitted in Ralph Lauren clothing made in America. This includes knitwear made from sheep raised in Oregon. The sweaters and hats are pretty rad (though it can certainly be debated that the color work motifs are not American in origin, I won’t split hairs). It seems like newer yarn companies and a lot of my favorite indie spinner/dyers are already hip to this trend of using local fleeces. Wouldn’t it be cool if companies like RL kept this direction when it comes to the rest of their manufacturing?
>> On a more personal note, I finally caught up on the end of series 7 of Doctor Who. I am ready for the Christmas special but NOT ready to say goodbye to Matt Smith. On a knitting-related note, Eat. Sleep. Knit. launched a pre-order for a Fourth Doctor scarf kit in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Bulky for any 50th Anniversary needs. Or if you’ll be missing 11 as much as I will, you need a skein of Roman Hills in I’m a Sagittarius…Probably.
What are you knitting on this weekend? I’ve got so many things on the needles, I’m not really sure what to focus on anymore!
Hmmm. Now that I’ve titled this post I feel a bit dangerous! Two things in the knitting world I want to touch on here. And they are both things that feel near and dear to me.
First off, I’ve been holding onto this for a while and I feel like now is the time to feature it! I’m obsessed with Shauna Richardson’s giant lions that were commissioned for the London 2012 games. When I saw them, I thought three things: 1. These are amazing. 2. I love that fiber art is getting an international spotlight here. 3. I’m so jealous, why didn’t I get to do that!?
image via Crochet Today
Now that we’ve heard all about that, item number two. The US Olympic Committee. Have we all heard about the whole “Ravelympics”-gate that’s going on with them? Three words: cease and desist. These guys are a real bummer. And while I understand (well, I’ll get to my extent of not understanding soon) that Olympic logos and even the name are in the grey area of things-that-should-be-public-domain-but-isn’t, the letter was kind of shitty and rude (as cease and desist letters tend to be). The idea that something as global (and ancient) as the Olympic games can be owned (in part) privately is a little crazy. And the fact that a logo that, in my opinion, should be considered as universal as the Union Jack, can be licensed out to corporations feels a little bit opposite of all of that world peace they are so quick to shout about.
We were forced to sit through class upon class dedicated to copyright law in film school. (Abridged version: hire a lawyer and cross your fingers. The rules don’t apply to everything ever.) Everything’s always up for debate so we were always instructed to steer clear of anything that was not entirely original. Public domain has therefore become an issue that I find interesting and mind boggling, especially as a person that creates and especially now where we have access to everything and the technology to mash it up and regurgitate it through the magic of the internet!
In fact, I think the best description of my feelings towards the mixed up world of intellectual property can be summed up here pretty awesomely. Further reading:
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