Twist Collective Blog
It's August first, and pinch me, but we're one year old today! Thank you so much for being here, for supporting the work of independent designers with your purchases, and spreading the Twist Collective word. Want to celebrate with us? Go buy a pattern (you know you want at least one), and keep us all going for another year!
Lovely cupcake notecards from creativeapples.
Twist report from Tigard Knitting Guild
Marnie MacLean graciously hosted a Twist Collective fashion show last week at the Tigard Knitting Guild in Portland, Oregon. She also posted about the evening on her blog, so if you are interested in how it went, and want to see some lovely pictures of happy knitters wearing beautiful sweaters, you should go there now. Her friend Erica took pictures. Just so you know.
Where in the World Have the Buzz Bags Gone?
Barbara sent us a photo of her Buzz Bag all coloured in. Isn't it darling?
If you haven't done this to yours yet, Allison Green Will, designer of Bernhardt and Jaali, told me she had great success doing hers with just regular felt tip markers. I can't account for how wash fast it would be that way, but if the colour all comes out, you can just do it again! Think you might want one to colour in for yourself? We have about 15 of them left in the shop, so act fast.
Kate and I thought you might get a little kick out of a map, just a graphic representation of where we've sent the Buzz Bags. Just click on this link.View Where in the World are the Buzz Bags? map here.
An Introduction, and a Contest
When I first met Kate, we sat and talked about how we both started knitting and our subsequent forays into the knitting world. I told her the story of the first thing I had made for anyone, a horribly ugly scarf for my dad. Here is the story: (reposted from my blog, www.knitternaut.com):
I’ve been knitting since I was a kid, but like many people I got back into it as an adult. My mom taught me once upon a time, and I laboriously worked at it. When I saw other people knitting I thought I was doing it all strange and backwards, but it turned out that I was just knitting English style in a sea of Continental knitters. After learning that my style was indeed legitimate, I felt a lot better about it and now embrace my yarn throwing technique.
Seen Around London
Guerilla knitting, London style. This one the result of a rollicking escapade of Knitstorming. Read all about it here.
And an installation at the Jerwood Gallery near the Tate Modern in London, of a collection of one of knitting's greatest unsung projects, the UFO. Curator Rachel Matthews, explains on the Project blog:
UFO Project Administration Service was the answer to a proposal I was asked to give for the Jerwood Contemporary Makers 2009 Exhibition. The exhibition will run from 10th June -19th July at the Jerwood Space in London and will then tour.
You are invited to take part in helping us complete Planet Earth's UFOs. All the UFOs are posted opposite. Some are 'WAITING' for YOU, and some have been 'TAKEN' by SOMEBODY!
Take chances, make choices, tell stories, imagine the possibilities, and connect to the bottom draw of other knitters across the globe.
Happy knitting and love,
The blog is worth reading through for all of the creativity, heartache, and peripateticisms we knitters share. Not every object ends up where its knitter originally imagined, and that's half the fun. Start from the beginning, and you have a great summer read. However, if you have limited time and want to get back to the knitting, read this entry about a shawl that survived its creator.