Posts Tagged ‘knitting’

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What am I knitting?

June 1, 2016

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Etsy designer Schuyler Ellers creates fashion from those afghans that your granny left you.

If this look speaks to you, there are details here at Etsy.

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P.S. I know this is crochet, not knitting.

 

 

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What am I knitting?

May 24, 2016

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Socks!

With the cuff, heel flap and turn, gusset, foot and toe defined by different colors – harmonizing, but not matching. I had to snatch them off his feet to get a picture.

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What am I knitting?

January 7, 2016

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What am I knitting?

December 1, 2015

And sappy cat blogging . . .

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Anna Mo knits with chunky spools of wool, utilizing giant needles to produces the three-inch stitches that comprise her blankets, wraps, and now tiny pet beds. The animal-focused textiles mimic the appearance of her human accessories, crafted in bright blue, pink, and orange encasements that are perfect for the upcoming winter. Due to the round shape of the beds they even begin to look like spools of yarn themselves, hollowed out to perfectly snuggle your pooch or kitty.

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This is tattoo Tuesday . . .

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What am I knitting?

November 11, 2015

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Vermont-based knitter Emily Stoneking runs an anatomical knitting brand called aKNITomy where she transforms fluffy skeins of yarn into the anatomical details of rats, frogs, people, and other creatures. Stoneking—who is admittedly not a scientist—likes to approximate the form and style seen in most anatomical illustrations with clear colors and distinct forms that may not be 100% accurate but are fun to look at nonetheless.

The specimens are available as both completed pieces and downloadable patterns, so you can ditch the formaldehyde and get a PDF knitting guide.

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See more at Colossal

 

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What am I knitting for Halloween?

October 19, 2015

medusaPretty creepy.  You can buy the pattern on Etsy (no connection; I just got a kick out of it.)

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What am I knitting?

September 23, 2015

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I am amazed by these knitted glass objects by Carol Milne.

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When first contemplating these glass sculptures by Seattle-based artist Carol Milne, your imagination runs wild trying to figure out how she does it. Glass has a melting point of around 1,500°F (815°C), so how could it possibly manipulated into neatly organized yarn-like strands that are looped around knitting needles. The answer lies in a technique invented by Milne in 2006 that involves aspects of knitting, lost-wax casting, mold-making, and kiln-casting.

First, a model of the sculpture is made from wax which is then encased by a refractory mold material that can withstand extremely high temperatures. Next, hot steam is used to melt the wax, leaving behind an empty cavity in the shape of the artwork. Pieces of room temperature glass are then placed inside the mold which is then heated to 1,400-1,600 degrees Fahrenheit depending on the type of glass. Afterward, the piece is slowly cooled over a period of several weeks, followed by a careful excavation process, where Milne delicately chips away like an archaeologist to reveal the final piece.

The story is by Christopher Jobson at Colossal.

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What am I reading?

July 27, 2015

manly art of knittingThe stereotypical knitter is a granny with a cat at her feet who sits by the fire knitting mittens for her grandchildren.  Throughout history, however, men dominated the craft and it is only recently that knitting has been thought of as the province of women.

Here is a (totally factual) story from Huffington Post that talks about the history of men and knitting:

“About 200 A.D., Arabian men were fishing for food but they had no way to catch several fish at once. They caught one fish. Then a second fish. And it was like, Geeze, this is slow as a camel. Then one day, perhaps down by the dock, one of the guys was messing with yarn, forming loops in it, and bam! Fishing net. (Other cultures likely invented knitting elsewhere around the world.)

They stuck the net it in the water and caught a boatload of fish. And someone said, “We just invented the fishing net.” And someone else said, “Let’s invent sweaters.”

Then the Middle Ages came and knitting spread like the plague. There were knitting guilds, which were labor unions–and again this is men we’re talking about. The guild’s head honcho would say, “Join us. We’ll protect your income. We’ll give you insurance. We’ll give you benefits. If your wife dies, we’ll help you with the funeral ceremony.” Nice stuff like that.”

CLICK HERE for more of the story.

Fast forward to 1972 when Dave Fougner thought it was time to bring men back to knitting and The Manly Art of Knitting was published.  This book has been revived by Ginko Press.  You too can follow along with the book’s directions for knitting saddle blankets and dog beds. Good stuff.

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What am I knitting?

July 20, 2015

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In a different interpretation of Cristo’s wrapped landscapes, Portuguese artist Joanna Vasconcelos covers animal sculptures in fine, crocheted lace.  The pictures below show her recent work in which she covers the sculptures of Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro.

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The artist states:

Each of the pieces “are ambiguously imprisoned/protected by a second-skin in crochet-work,” says Vasconcelos. At once both beautiful and strange, the work stands as a testament to the extraordinary craftsmanship of the artist but also as a one-upmanship of maternal femininity and domesticity. The use of crochet to mummify the ceramic animals “opens up a vast and rich field of interpretation” that challenges our preconceptions of femininity, as well as our notions of tradition and modernity.

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Yeah, well . . . I’m not a fan of the whole wrapping movement, but I like the little crab – and the frog – and maybe the snake.

From Colossal

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What am I knitting?

May 11, 2015

 

Okay – it is not knitting, it is crocheting.  And it is in Japanese, but you get the idea.

From Spoon and Tomago

Youtuber betibettin recently created a tutorial on how to make ramen. The final product looks so yummy that you can’t help but feel hunger pains. The only thing is, he’s not a chef and his ramen isn’t edible. Try and you’ll end up with a mouth full of yarn. Betibettin is a power crocheter and his latest creation is a bowl of ramen created entirely from yarn. The only thing that’s not yarn is a thin piece of cellophane place over the noodles for added soup-effect.

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knit-ramen-ingredientsRoast pork, egg, scallions, bamboo shoots