The Weekly Round Up: Loop 10, Champagne Shawls and Awesome Charity Knitters

What a quick week! I blinked and it flew by!

Freshly Plucked Patterns

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Brand new this week is Loop 10. This book of twelve patterns celebrating ten years of Loop, London and features many of the designers they worked with over the years. It’s available for pre-order now.

Also new this week is the Golden Square Shawl by Jennifer Batt. I had the pleasure of seeing this beauty in person and it sort of reminds me of chainmail. If chainmail were champagne coloured, 100% silk, and squishy…

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Photo (c) Jennifer Batt

It’s available for free on Ravelry so if you’re looking for a simple and lovely shawl pattern, check it out.

Knitting in the News

After the devastating news out of Virginia this week, I had a lot of trouble looking at news articles about knitting circles and projects. Instead of seeing the stories they were telling, I was seeing the young reporters behind them. Instead of being able to focus on what they were talking about, I was hit by grief. This week’s section of Knitting in the News is dedicated to the memory of Alison Parker and Adam Ward. The vast majority of news stories about knitters isn’t hard hitting journalism, but necessary fluff-pieces done by young journalist that reminds us humanity isn’t always horrific, but mostly full of kind and generous people. So in the interest of highlighting the kind and generous stories these journalist tell I dove into the headlines of knitterly goodwill the world over. Here are some of my favourites:

Knitters in Germany spent last weekend covering old diesel locomotives with knitted objects to turn them into symbols of peace in a movement called Knitting For Peace. In the US twelve seniors have made over one hundred knit and crochet items since January to donate to women and children in need through organizations such as WomenRising and Hope House. In England one mother’s vision has turned into an organization of over 2500 people knitting baby clothing for premature babies (who are often too small for conventional clothing) and distributing the packages containing miniature cardigans, hats, gloves, and socks to care units in over 150 hospitals across the UK.  Male prisoners in New Zealand are knitting blankets for abandoned pets, providing both a rewarding activity for the inmates as well as vital supplies to the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals who say they are very grateful for the help.

The world over knitters are reaching out in their communities to help others. Do you do any charity knitting in your community? As winter approaches, I’m looking at increasing my efforts on that front. Hopefully I’ll have some projects to show you soon.

Random Things I Did This Week

My birthday was this week so I decided to treat myself to some birthday yarn! I’d been eyeing Riverside Studio’s Merino Cashmere Sock for some time, and finally bought myself some. I do have an idea of what I’d like to make with it down the road, (coughBLAMshawlcough), but for right now it’s just decorating my apartment shelf and looking all purdy…

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Colourway: “Morning” If I were to have a crush on yarn, this would be it.

That’s all for this week. Happy Knitting everyone!

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2 Comments

  1. Happy belated birthday! Your yarn is gorgeous an I am stealing your idea and doing birthday yarn from now on 🙂
    I’m also really digging your knitting news updates, they totally brighten up my weekend 🙂

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