Well, this has been quite a fortnight, hasn’t it? By which I mean, of course, the time when craftivism made it onto the covers of both Time and The New Yorker (and I haven’t managed to get hold of either). Crazy days, my friends … here’s Elsewhere for you—
– Brief history of the brassiere
– How many of us have the same relationship to knitting that Einstein had to music? (Not that any of us is Einstein)
– “Hygge” trending toward “lagom”
– Food for thought: What would an import tax do to fast fashion? (thx, Angela)
– This note from Martha McQuade about “cost per wear”
– How much yarn is too much?
– Beyond brilliant
– Most heartbreaking needlepoint I’ve ever seen
– Most blood-pressure-reducing photograph I’ve ever seen
– And an excellent response to the spurious suggestions that the pussyhats weren’t the handmade, grassroots phenomenon we know them to be: “Mr. Cohen, these hats are crocheted.” (Whatever your feelings about pussyhats — and mine are decidedly mixed — I will fervently honor and defend my fellow knitters’ rights to make and wear them and get the credit they deserve!)
AND SHOP NEWS: There are some spectacularly fantastic new Bookhou pouches at Fringe Supply Co. today, along with reloaded shelves of Bento Bags, both volumes (now Olga and Michele) of Brooklyn Tweed’s Capsule series, and lots more! Go have a look—
And have a wonderful weekend, everyone. Thanks for being here—
It’s not that I want to wish away time — we all know it moves much too quickly as it is — but I am really ready for the swamp heat to move on. Yesterday afternoon I was home battling a wicked headache and longing to be somewhere cool, where the air could actually be described as “fresh,” so I took a little virtual journey to Australian winter by scrolling through the feed of @mysuburbanfarm, i.e. a Melbourne maker named Ainslee. I’m not sure when or how I first ran across her feed, but I know it was to do with the fact that she takes beautiful, dark and moody pics of her handcarved crochet hooks, among other things. After reading back through a little over a year of posts (not terribly frequent, don’t worry), I can tell you she’s a lovely woman with some sort of office job whose passion was tending her beautiful garden and chickens in her rustic backyard, weaving pretty baskets, until she tried her hand at carving wooden spoons and then crochet hooks, which led to her opening Ainslee Made, an online shop for her wares. If it weren’t for the “mysuburbanfarm” moniker, you’d never believe the photos were of life in a suburban backyard — the garden, the chickens, the beautiful reclaimed-wood woodshed and rusty tin shed where she does her carving. It’s an easy world to get lost in, and I only wish I could belly up for a slice of pizza from her woodfired oven and practice my crochet with one of her hooks.
PREVIOUSLY in Maker Crush: Kacie Lynn of Fiber Farm
All photos © Ainslee/@mysuburbanfarm, used with permission
Elsewhere is coming at you a day early this time around, because tomorrow I have something exciting to show you!
– Love the story behind Cestari yarns — how did I not know he milled his own?
– Is anyone surprised I’m excited about Shelter Marls?
– On the rise of luxury basics brands (Cheers to making our own)
– On taking time to finish simple things well
– Major sweater inspiration: front and back
– Ace & Jig founders on how they develop their incredible fabrics
– This scene
– This tiny video
– This blanket
– And this incredible trove of Life mag photos (thx, Anecolie!)
Hopefully these links will carry you through the weekend, but make sure you don’t miss tomorrow morning’s post! ;)
Images: top left, top right, bottom left, bottom right
I keep saying I need to up my crochet game so I can think about making stuff like this and this and this, and instead I only talk about crocheting and have to turn to YouTube all over again every two or three years when I decide to give it a go. One of the first things I ever favorited at Ravelry was Roko’s Borsalino hat, pictured above, knitted from Michiyo’s No.5 hat pattern. (For a similar hat, see the free Novi Hat pattern.) I remember being floored at the notion that one could simply crochet such a hat. My noggin is problematically large (shut up, DG), rendering hats a challenge in general. I’ve developed a fair sense of what I can get away with beanie-wise, but structured hats are pretty much impossible. Which brings me back to that Roko hat. If I had game, I could make one for myself and make it fit properly, right? So if I want to ever do that, I better get serious about those skillz. Two good places to restart would be Dottie Angel’s sweet and useful Imperial Mitt and Hot Pad and same for Mamachee’s Perfect House Slippers.
PREVIOUSLY in Someday vs. Right Away: Outerwear
There was a whole lot of crochet going on around me on my trip last weekend, further stoking my urge to crochet right now. I’m holding steady on my no-shawl-knitting vow, but I wonder if the long rows would bother me as much with crochet, given the difference in how they’re worked? So I keep going back to these two beauties from Quince and Co’s recent crochet collection (all of it extremely lovely):
TOP: Celia by Sara Kay Hartmann is a mesh triangle with zigzag border that reminds me of bunting
BOTTOM: Leilani by Julie Blagojevich has a subtly swooping allover texture
(Note to Cal: One of these days, I’m taking you up on your offer of assistance is getting past granny squares!)
PREVIOUSLY in New Favorites: WATG knitted denim jammies
Summer is hard on anyone in the knitting business — especially, I would think, the magazines. But somehow those girls at Pom Pom Quarterly excel at summertime knitting inspiration, and they’ve done it again this year. Issue 17 just landed at Fringe Supply Co, and it has great patterns for every possible kind of summer sweater — long-sleeved linen, short-sleeved, cap-sleeved, sleeveless. But I personally want all three of these:
TOP: Tannery Falls by Sara Delaney is feeding my summer crochet urge in a big way
BOTTOM LEFT: Red Bud Isle by Courtney Cedarholm is a simple striped tank with shoulder ties and a cute crossover back (See also: Bob Top)
BOTTOM RIGHT: Thornett by Sara Thornett is a V-neck tank with simple lace side panels — cute and breathable!
PREVIOUSLY in New Favorites: Graphic blankets
The Spring issue of PomPom has landed, and it’s a beaut. All 9 patterns are worked up in undyed yarns, which makes my heart go pitty-pat. But the big surprise is that two of my favorites from this batch are crochet patterns, which really makes me want to up my crochet game, quick!
TOP: Imitation by Judith Brand is a lovely pair of fingerless mitts in a mesh stitch
BOTTOM: Unfold by Yuliya Tkacheva is a simple cowl in an awesome geometric textured stitch
It’s baffling to me that these are crochet stitches!
I’m also particularly in love with one of the pullovers, Right Angle, but the whole collection is intriguing. We have copies available at Fringe Supply Co., along with a short stack of the winter issue, in case you missed out on that during the holidays. And while I’m at it: the handmade hand looms are back in stock, as are the sold-out fabrics of the beloved Bookhou tool pouch — the two waxed canvases and the immensely popular Veld print.
PREVIOUSLY in New Favorites: Mad hatting