Is this the funniest knitting TV commercial yet?
Check out this video on YouTube:
As Wool Week kicks off, the Evening Standard pronounced “knitting and wool in general are cooler and,yes, sexier than ever before”….
Spotted yesterday in Knightsbridge Jigsaw shop:
The article then goes on to recommend a knitting kit from the States (!) for those wising to hone up their skills. Gee, they could have at least researched the UK providers of knitting kits such as moi. I clearly need a PR person.
Seriously though, celebrate- There’s tons going on all over the country.
Neil of NKM Wools was greeted by these knitted rats in a coffin upon entering a Chinese restaurant one night after a busy day (sic) exhibiting at the Bristol UEW. For some reason, I found this hysterically funny, probably because I had too much time on my hands. We are presuming it was some kind of early (very ) Halloween thing. Since when did Halloween become so big here- if this is any indication of what’s going on in the burbs, it’s getting out of control.
Usually most say knitting is not the most economical way to get what you want.In this case , I think not. If these appeal,get out the 9-12mm and your chunky yarn and go-
As reported in Daily Candy London this am : ”Made from thick wool sheared from sheep in the remote Alpine valleys of Tyrol and then knitted in Holland, these adorable hanging lamps come in two sizes and colours (off-white and raspberry). The wool is treated to make it fire resistant (phew) and repellent to moths and other insects that have a tendency to munch through knitwear. “
If i put these around the house- it may be the final straw ( or strand ) for my family.
I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I saw this:
Members of a knitting club in somerset are knitting jumpers for rescued battery hens.” The hens usually come out of farms quite bald and can be underweight,” said one member,”while they are waiting for their feathers to grow back they can benefit from our knitted jumpers.”
well, at least they are not knitting shreddies….
5 Ways to Cope with Money Stress -Take Up Knitting According to research at the Harvard-affiliated Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, the repetitive motion and focus of needlework can elicit what’s known as the relaxation response—a calming meditation-like state that slows heart rate and causes blood pressure to drop. In addition, a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society suggests that knitting is associated with a lower risk of dementia for those 65 and older.
well, we knew that already……. what about dementia for the under 65′s?
The latest drama in our family – annabel received a letter from her flat’s mgmt company the other day informing that the building’s water supply contains dangerous letter of the 2/14 legionella bacteria- needless to say she and her 2 roommates were immediately evacuated to chez us (their families live in Geneva) while we figure out where they are going to live next. ( because they are not going back and oh, by the way this is a very respectable building in kensington/hammersmith border). The good news is that this vastly increases my model pool and I’ve managed to get some new items photographed at last. The bad news is that annabel is at the age of 20 well on her way to eclipsing my record of weird, outrageous life dramas.
Sophie photos particularly well and we’ll catch Jen yet-
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My lovely Aunt Meg has been in town visiting gardens and us! Needless to say, a lot of knitting chat as Meg was a prolific knitter before the demands of being a dedicated lawyer got in the way. She is brillant and graduated from Smith in the 60′s where besides being a scholar and avid political activist, she also knit constantly. Kniting was actually seriously popular at Smith and one of her best kniting stories goes something like this( look away now if sexual content offends…)
Knitting was often taken to lectures and this particularly annoyed one Prof ( I mean Mr.) call him X.Well Mr. X one day called on a Ms. Y saying ” You realize Ms. Y that kniting is a form of m………n”
To which Ms. Y replied ” You do it your way,I’ll do it my way”
Meg said this is story was so popular that an alternate ending evolved
Ms.Y replies”When I knit, I knit, When I m-, I M-e”
I am not kidding, She swears it’s true- I think it’s hilarious….
In the vein of family knitting stories, there was the one about my mother’s first knit project ever- an argyle sock for her boyfriend and one about knitting scarfs for lepers( at which point my almost adult kids wanted to know what a leper was, OMG)… but this is another story.
Well to prove what goes around comes around, I taught my Aunt how to knit socks on circular needles- ironic as she was almost certainly instrumental in my early knitting progress.. Here’s her first heel turn- very exciting
One of the many benefits of being a sustainer of the Junior League of London is the opportunity to take part in fun cultural and social events. This morning i went to the nattional portrait gallery for a special breakfast and tour of this gem of an exhibition. This small exhibit illustrates the emergence of a group of intellectual, independent women seeking freedom from the conventions of the day-embroidery sited as a particularly onerous activity of the time! Above is Mde. de Stael- an inspiring woman of the period kicked out of france by Napoleon for her criticism of his regime.
This doesn’t have much to do with knitting unless you are interested in the blue stocking element( vs. classic white silk worn generally by the gentry of the time, but that is a whole different story..). However, it does lead you to consider popular perceptions of hand crafts of various periods as well as our own. Aren’t we glad that our own hand crafted efforts are not viewed as shackling (sp?), don’t we all wish we had more time just to knit or needlepoint? Don’t you just hate the Shreddies ad with grannies knitting cereal pieces ( haven’t seen the staples ad with men’s sweaters yet..) Could go on ,but i won’t. In any case, see this if you’re in the area- the exhibit closes 15th June.
on a lighter note, one of my favorite pix of Abel during our photo session with Derek the other day.
don’t worry- this one won’t make it on a pattern!