Wool Week!

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:

A customer knitting a square of blankets for the HIV charity KasCare benefiting  Aids affected children in South Africa.

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.

london fashion week and ganseys

The centrepiece of Meadham and Kirchoff’s collection at London Fashion Week was 40 pieces of gansey inspired knitwear created by a group of mainly Moray knitters under the guidance of Di Gilpin. Here is one picture, but is worth checking out more:

The new Scotsman reported today- “At one point, Ms Gilpin called in the services of Miriam Tegels, a Dutchwoman who is the fastest knitter in the world.

“We got on the train at Waverley Station and we knitted all the way down to London,” said Ms Gilpin, who with another Scots knitter enjoyed a few glasses of champagne ahead of yesterday’s runway show and declared the finished event: “absolutely fabulous”. Ms Gilpin, who runs her own knitwear design company, said: “The designers have taken a huge risk in using traditional gansey knit stitchwork on the catwalk, believing in the importance to fashion in making things that are enduring, creative and inspirational.”

On a personal note, I’ve spent the past 6 weeks travelling and exhibiting at regional stitch and craft shows which has been great fun but exhausting. I am really looking forward to my first show at Unravel in Farnham Maltings this weekend!

Giant Cardiff Cardi

Cardiff cardigan knit

This giant cardi (5mx2.5 m) was created by 200 knitters to commemorate Cardiff’s 900th anniversary and unveiled last week.

Cable stitch was used throughout and “many threads twisted together become strong representing  our community”. It was created by both  beginner and experienced knitters working together every Sunday since March 2010.

Amazing….

 

Debonnaire Events- Off to Ally Pally

September- busy month. Exhibited in Manchester, Esher, IKnit weekender, 2 charity shows and set up a show in Bristol. Loved Manchester, great show and city- a remarkable urban renewal. Iknit  started off somewhat “echoey “, but the crowds picked up on Saturday. Bristol show was in first few days of October- a new show for the crafts market and markedly echoey.

The Knitting and Stitching  Show at Alexandra Palace starts tomorrow!

A new use for 80’s ski sweaters

Spotted in the Joseph window on the Fulham Road today- it took us a second to figure out .

My first thought was short knitted leggings- even worse than knitted lampshades. But then I realized they were sweaters turned upside down with the arms on the legs and presumably hemmed through the neck. I seriously hope this a trend my daughters do not pick up on, although I do have lots of old heavy ski sweaters that could now be put to  better use.

Stressed so Knit -part 2

On 2 occasions this week, knitting has kept me from going utterly insane .1- had a completely flat tyre on the M40 last weekend and due to road shutting down completely about the second after it happened ( they found a dead body or something by the side of the road…) had to wait 2 1/2 hours for the RAC to show up. So… I sat on the hillside and knit calmly ( while savannah went insane ). Not sure it’s the chicest knitting in public . Don’t even ask why we didn’t try to change it ourselves…
2. Completely nuked my blackberry operating system the other night. Most forums suggested I get a new one unless I had a spare 6 hours or so.I perservered and after 5 hours and 49 mins had it up and running ( sorta- a few things are still missing, like my BBM). In any case, what kept me sane during about 17 de and re installations was my current project.Scott was quite impessed as I frequently just have a fit and demand someone else ( ie my kids) fix  technical difficulties.( He would not be so impessed if he kew how I killed the phone…)

knit flat tire doc

scott looks really unhappy and it’s because HE DOESN’T KNIT!

Race for Life 2009 free Chemo Cap Pattern

mouse-with-baby-007 -For this year’s race for life ,designed this cap which hopefully you can download free from Ravelry here-http://www.ravelry.com/dl/ehdknits/20646?filename=race_for_life_2009_cap.pdf. Am trying to figure out how to get the proper button. But if this doesn’t work, email me and I’ll send you a copy

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