by Mindy Weisberger
In the fall of 2011, a New Zealand oil spill sparked a chain reaction of frenzied knitting activity. A local yarn store posted an urgent call for penguin sweaters to warm the affected birds and prevent them from nibbling the oil off their feathers. In less than a week, knitters from around the world had crafted and delivered far more sweaters than there were penguins. While there's nothing new about activist knitting, over the last decade the Internet has become an important factor in connecting urgent causes and eager activists, allowing today's fiber warriors to quickly find each other and respond more creatively and enthusiastically than ever. By applying their flying fingers to unlikely patterns, and constructing sometimes-unusual objects, they address challenges that are social and environmental.
Swatch It! Fall 2012
by Clara Parkes
I'm always intrigued by the juncture of dissimilar materials. Take water and oil, for example. Initially they refuse any contact, but if you put both in a jar and shake vigorously, they'll quickly amalgamate into a far more friendly blended material.
by Fiona Ellis
For centuries, paisley patterns have wound their way in and out of fashion favor. The swirling, stylized teardrop shape borrows its English name from a small town just outside of Glasgow, Scotland, but its origins are a wee bit more exotic. Taking root in ancient Babylonia (where it decorated everything from plates to palaces) and moving west with the East India Company in the form of luxury shawls that became a status symbol for the stylish women of the Napoleonic era.
by Sandi Rosner
Swatch It! Spring/Summer 2012
by Clara Parkes
When you think about socks, which do you think about first, the design or the yarn? Chances are, the design. Most people do.
But I hope you give a little thought to the yarn, too. This is the entire premise of my book, The Knitter’s Book of Socks, or as I like to think of it, Socks from the Yarn Up—that yarn makes a huge difference in your socks.
by Leslie Petrovski
With wool prices skyrocketing and the economy sputtering, why bother with organic wool? If you’re not eating it, and there’s no data supporting the health benefits of wearing it, why pay the uplift? And what does it mean for wool to be organic anyway?