Thursday, November 26, 2009

Susan Crawford interviewed on Skiff Vintage

Skiff Vintage Knitting Club logo © Skiff Vintage Knitting Patterns 2009

knitonthenet editor Susan Crawford was recently interviewed by Geraldine Warner from the marvellous Skiff Vintage craft blog.

In an insightful interview, Susan talks about how she learned to knit, her love of vintage patterns, and gives some top tips for vintage knitting.

Go and have a read of the interview, and while you are there be sure to take a good look around the site: there are some splendid patterns, interesting essays and lots and lots of inspiration to be had.

If you find yourself encouraged to do some vintage knitting of your own, please do visit the knitonthenet shop to purchase a copy of Susan Crawford and Jane Waller's book, A Stitch in Time which has many, many beautiful vintage patterns to knit, or hop over to Ravelry and take part in the A Stitch in Time group there.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Christmas Ideas: 1

Lady's Gauntlet Pattern by Just call me Ruby

Are you looking for a present for a new-ish knitter? Or for something fun to knit up yourself?

The knitonthenet shop has some lovely knitting kits which you can purchase, such as these Lady's Gauntlets, above. All yarns are included, plus a unique set of vintage buttons for a completely individual look. The kits come in a range of eight colour combinations with something to suit everyone. It is a pattern which would suit the advanced beginner upwards, and would be good for learning short row and grafting techniques. There are two sizes to knit - S/M and M/L.

But if gauntlets aren't your thing, then what about a hat?

Retro Cloche Hat by Just call me Ruby

The Retro Cloche Hat is a clever design, knitted both flat and in the round. It again is suitable for an advanced beginner, upwards. This pretty hat has eyelets knitted in to allow a ribbon to be added to adjust the hat for the perfect fit. It is quick to knit so would be great for last minute gift knitting for Christmas too.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

New Places to Find knitonthenet on the Web

As well as the main knitonthenet site, you can now find us in a number of other places on the internet.

Discuss your knits-in-progress, show your finished objects and talk about knitonthenet on the Ravelry group forum.

Become a fan of knitonthenet on Facebook and get all the latest announcements there.

Knitonthenet is now a member of Subversive Yarn, so say hello if you are too!

Add photographs of your projects to the Flickr group pool, and last but not least follow us on Twitter too.

Hope to see you out there!

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

One Last Poppy

Many thanks to Brenda C for sending in a picture of her lovely poppy brooch, below. I like the way she has used a button for the centre, as a few people have.

The Knit a Poppy campaign for 2009 is officially closed.
Knitonthenet would like to thank everyone for their kind donations which ultimately totalled £2684.00.

See you same time, same place next year.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Knit a Poppy Campaign - Many Thanks

The Knit a Poppy Campaign is drawing to a close at midnight tonight GMT.
As editor Susan says, 'Donations have surpassed our wildest dreams standing at present at £2632.00. It's quite astonishing, thank you all so much...' adding that there is still time however if you would still like to get your poppy pattern by making your £2 donation here.

I'd like to echo Susan's thanks to everyone who downloaded the pattern and donated to the very worthy Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal in doing so.

There have been some interesting adaptations of the original pattern with great results.
Here are just a few of the poppies you have all made.

by Gavin Crawford

by Skein Queen's 12 year old son

by Skiff Vintage

by Ingrid and Grace Murnane

by Chrissy Fletcher
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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Knitonthenet on the Airwaves

Airline Tele-Dial Radio by The Rocketeer on Flickr. Used under Creative Commons Licence.

Knitonthenet has had some great coverage on radio and podcasts recently.

BBC Radio 2's Sarah Kennedy talked about the Knit a Poppy campaign on 3rd November which led to flood of downloads of the pattern! A big thank you to her for that. If you are in the UK, you can listen-again to her radio show on BBC iPlayer here for the rest of the week. If it makes it to a podcast I will link to that too for everybody else.

Since the announcement we have raised £1690 for the British Legion. Many thanks to all who have donated by downloading the pattern.

Hoxton Handmade also gave us a review on her excellent podcast, the Electric Sheep. It starts at about 23 minutes into Episode 15.

In reviewing both Issues 8 and 9 of knitonthenet, she made special mention of the Glamour issue's Miss Moneypenny cardigan, Quadrato headscarf, Miss De Havilland top and Joan Crawford jacket. Also of the two scarf/belt Bravado patterns and Mia sunhat in the current Wanderlust issue. Check it out!

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Sunday, November 01, 2009

Announcing: In the Loop 2

After the success of last year's In the Loop knitting conference, held at Winchester School of Art, there is to be another, this time held in Shetland.

Knitonthenet editor Susan Crawford will be one of the keynote speakers there and there is also a general call for papers, below.

Keep checking the In the Loop website for more details of the conference.

Knitting: origins and evolution

A four day international conference

Lerwick, Shetland
1-4 September 2010

Deirdre Nelson
Annemor Sundbø

In response to the success of In the Loop held at Winchester School of Art in July 2008, and the continuing interest in knitting, this second interdisciplinary conference proposes an exploration of knitting from a broad range of practical and theoretical perspectives within the theme of tradition and renewal. Proposed papers that cross geographical or chronological boundaries in the following areas are of particular interest:

Knitting - traditions and their renewal in the 21st century
Knitting narratives - film, literature, music, poetry and the internet
Knitting - fashion knitwear including the industry
Knitting cultures from across the world
Knitting - artists and designers crossing boundaries

We welcome new and recent research in the form of short abstracts up to 300 words from practitioners, knitters, historians, conservators, theorists, educators, curators, technologists and the industry. Abstracts will be considered for formal 20 minute papers.

Deadline for abstracts: January 11, 2010
Notification of decision: March 1, 2010

All enquires and abstracts to the Conference Administrator: J.A. Horgan[at]

Please forward to any interested parties.

Selected papers or visual essays will be considered for publication by Shetland Museum and Archives

This is a collaborative event between Shetland Museum and Archives and the University of Southampton Library. The joint organisers are Dr. Carol Christiansen and Linda Newington.

Ingrid, editorial assistant