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5 things we love….

The knits, patterns, people and movements that are currently inspiring us…

1.  The fact that the Sheepshow is only a week away! Are you going? If you haven’t heard about this essential event on Australia’s woolly calender, you’re missing out on meeting fibre-producing animals and the people that turn that fibre into stuff we can work with and wear. Just be sure to take a big bag for all the treasures you’ll find and also to really rug up- it gets pretty chilly up there!

Gratuitous cute sheep shot in case you need motivation to come along!

In case you need coercing to attend, here’s a gratuitous cute sheep shot!

 

2.  The Neural Knitworks travelling exhibition for National Science Week, which celebrates the connection between knitting, crochet and other yarn crafts and maintaining brain health. Made up of a huge number of yarn neurons currently being made by communities of crafters at small Neural Knitworks gatherings around Australia, the exhibit will begin its journey at the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery in August. Get involved (or find out more) here.

 

3. The gorgeous new pattern from small American yarn producer Quince and Co., the Texo Shawl:

Texo Shawl

Texo Shawl

Texo Shawl

Texo Shawl

At this time of year, so many of the northern hemisphere patterns leave us cold but this one is perfect for casting on right now. Knit in 4ply, it would be a perfect pairing with our Shilasdair Luxury 4ply or our literally-just-arrived Skein Topdrawer Sock or Merino Silk Sport… More on our new Skein yarns next week!

 

4.  The latest installment of Our Tools, Ourselves from the Fringe Association, featuring our perennial knit crush, Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed. You really get a sense of the attention to detail and technique that makes his work so successful.

 

5.  The beautiful fibres coming out of Cheryl Crosbie’s Granite Haven property in Euroa, central Victoria. Cheryl raises llamas and Gotland Sheep for spinning and knitting fibre and her commitment to a beautiful-quality, locally-processed product is paying off- her fleece, rovings and yarn are very beautiful. She has an open day coming up later in the year and we are hoping to get up there to visit this great enterprise.


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5 things we love….

The knits, patterns, people and movements that are currently inspiring us…

1. The beautiful fabrics woven on vintage industrial looms by the London Cloth Company, the city’s only weaving mill, made in small lots for designers, fashion houses and private clients.

Traditional Check 2/2 Twill, Shetland Wool

Traditional Check 2/2 Twill, Shetland Wool

London ClothSpace Invader 3/1 Twill, 100% British Wool: Portland & Manx

London ClothSpace Invader 3/1 Twill, 100% British Wool: Portland & Manx

Tiger of Sweden Tartan, 2/2 Twill, Shetland Wool

Tiger of Sweden Tartan,
2/2 Twill, Shetland Wool

2. The Holbrook Yellow Submarine Project, a community arts initiative from Murray Arts in northern Victoria that celebrates International Yarn Bombing Day and Holbrook’s Sheep & Wool Fair this June by covering the Holbrook Oberon Class Submarine in yellow knitting and crochet. You can contribute by making strips of fabric for the yarn bomb or by donating needles and yellow yarn!

3. Wool People 7, the wonderful new collection from Brooklyn Tweed, featuring designs from independent knitwear designers from around the globe.

Some of our favourites…

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/coda

Coda by Olga Buraya-Kefalian

Seacoast by Joji Locatelli

Seacoast by Joji Locatelli

Vector by Tanis Lavallee

Vector by Tanis Lavallee

Halligarth by Gudrun Johnston

Halligarth by Gudrun Johnston

4. The new video podcasts from New South Wales independent dyer, Kristen of Skein Yarn: essential watching if you’ve ever wanted to try dyeing yarn. And it’s wonderful to see some great, locally-grown podcasts!

5. The success of Felicity Ford’s Kickstarter campaign to fund her stranded colourwork source book, a book which will guide the knitter through the process of creating colourwork knitting charts from everyday objects and to create, in Felicity’s words, “stitches which will remind us who we are, where we live and and why we love it”.