I had a little chat with myself the other day — after seeing a photo of my friend Kathy wearing a gorgeous crocheted scarf (in Iceland) — about just how long it’s been since I’ve picked up a crochet hook, despite how often my right hand sends me a “let’s do this (loopity loop gesture)” hand signal. Then I got a look at Rove Handmade’s new Grannies collection: four not very dissimilar cardigan/shrugs. Invoking “granny” always gets eyes rolling, but here it’s clearly a reference to the good ol’ Granny Square, which here has taken on these simple but beautifully executed garment shapes. My favorites are the super simple kimono shape, Hexa (top), and the Duo Two-Way Shrug (bottom), which somehow seems to lay nicely both directions — unlike all the knitted versions of the same concept which generally seem to me like they don’t quite fit right either direction. And the silhouettes are so clean it’s easy to see that they’d be just as wonderful in traditional granny multi-colors as they are in the beautiful neutrals of the samples, or anything in between. Maybe this is the excuse I’ve been looking for to take home some hooks.
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Every single summer I say I want to do two things: crochet something, and make some socks or slippers. For some reason, both seem like perfect little summer projects, and yet I never do either. So I lit up when I saw that Churchmouse and Tolt had both released crocheted slipper patterns for their area LYS tour! AND I recently had to say goodbye to my most beloved slippers and am thus quickly wearing holes in my Simple House Slippers, so it’s a genuine need. It’s fate, I tell you.
TOP: Churchmouse’s Moroccan Babouche Slippers are the crocheted version of their Turkish Bed Socks (the first sock/slipper pattern I ever downloaded)
BOTTOM: Tolt’s Harvold slippers by Karen Crittenden have a 1970s+moccasin vibe I love, and bulky gauge no less!
PREVIOUSLY in New Favorites: Banded ribs
Thanks for all the great feedback on the Sloper posts this week — I’m glad some of you found it worthwhile! I’m enjoying seeing the swatches and cast-ons starting to appear on the #sloperKAL feed. And holy wow, there’s already a finished sweater! (I told you it’s fast!) I cast on in the car on Wednesday and am hoping to get in a bunch of rows this weekend.
Meanwhile, here’s Elsewhere for you—
– A movie I’ll be seeing for the sweaters (thx, DG)
– So happy to see TN’s Stony Creek Colors in Fast Company’s fantastic feature, The United States of Innovation
– What do knitting and heart surgery have to do with each other? (Thx, Jess)
– I love Jess Daniels’ Me Made May concept and her little hand-drawn infographic (image above, bottom)
– A brief history of denim
– “The transitioning of half a million farmers across southern India to sustainable, organic methods has enabled [Project Pico] to bring their product back to the UK with a supply chain that is entirely traceable to the very seeds that grow the cotton.”
– 28 home sewers on why they do it
– Crochet tank inspiration
– … and as if I weren’t already obsessed with knitting Dalur (top)
SHOP NEWS: The fabulous Helga Isager book The Artisan is back in stock. And a heads-up for you: We’ve got a new neutral coming to the Field Bag lineup in a couple of weeks, and in conjunction with that we’re putting Toffee on hiatus. We’ve got enough in stock to last a little bit, but I wanted to give you fair warning in case you’ve had your heart set on it.
Have an amazing weekend!
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.
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