Three hundred and fifty nine people from the Cowichan Valley on B.C’s Vancouver Island, got together make a 160 foot long scarf. The project was the brain child of Cowichan Intercultural Society’s Francoise Moulin. Her hope was that when the newcomers got together and knit, they would get to know one another and feel welcome into their new community. Click here to read about the project and follow the scarf’s journey around the Cowichan Valley.
Photo courtesy of Ashley Degraff of the Cowichan News Leader
Three Bags Full (a WCKG friendly LYS) owners share their love for all things knitting with the next generation. Co-owner Francesa Pagliotti’s granddaughter Aija Tso has picked up the needles to join her grandmother & mother (and co-owner), Zoe Gee. Aija meets up with her classmates at Lord Strathcona elementary school for knitting club each Tuesday. Read Vancouver Sun reporter Yvonne Zacharias’ article where she writes that “like lemonade and cookies, knitting and friendship go together.”
Photo courtesy of Ric Ernst, Vancouver Sun
While out walking along Hastings St. today I came across this bike stand. I did a double take…it had been yarn bombed! A great, colourful addition to the neighbourhood and just in time for spring… right down to the crocheted flowers. If you’re near Hastings & Nanaimo Sts., check it out!
As of February 28, 2014, Ravelry had 4 million users. Unbelievable! Check out their series of infographics for some interesting statistics about Ravelers.
Denise Salway got tired of knitting the same old thing, so she started knitting famous celebrities (both real and fictional) . Never one to use a pattern, Denise just uses her imagination to create her one of a kind characters. She says many people (NOT the WCKG!) think that only old grannies in rocking chairs knit, but she puts on rock music or solves TV crime dramas while knitting these adorable VIPs. Have a look.
photos courtesy of the South Wales Evening Post
Rita Gallant, 83, from Aurora, Ontario began knitting when her grandson was born prematurely and she spent hours with him in hospital. She needed something to keep her busy so she began by knitting baby hats, and over the years has knit thousands. She donates them to hospitals she & her husband visit on their travels. Watch the CTV news piece about this amazing Canadian knitter.
Andy Noyes, an artist from the U.K. invented a “knit bot” and named her after his Grandmother…Agnes. Andy had to learn to knit before he could teach Agnes, who can complete a scarf in 5 hours. Click here to read more and watch her knit!
A retired teacher from China has spent 11 years knitting a jacket for herself and a cap for her husband from her own hair. To read more about this amazing project click here.
Ever wonder whether you should actually buy that knitting book you’ve glanced through? This avid knitter offers us her opinions. Read her reviews before you buy!
Gerrard Alt was a pack a day smoker for 20 years, when his roommate introduced him to knitting as a way to relieve his stress. While attempting to quit, he found knitting calmed him down. His one time hobby has now become a business. To read more please click here