Knitting is not just for Grannies

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Browsing through second hand magazines in my local Melbourne Bayside op shop this morning, and what do I find? These little beauties - vintage baby and toddler knit patterns circa 1940's.

Should I be taking these knitting patterns to Grandma? Not so, because knitting just got so cool that everyone is at it. So cool in fact, there are a team of Grafitti Knitters that are interwining their woll all over London and beyond:

Knit The City are a crack team of woolly warriors turning the city Knitwise since February 2009. Knit the City are part of an ongoing campaign to guerrilla knit the city of London, and beyond that, the world.

Tate Modern, London


Iconic London Telephone Box

More photos on Knit The City's Flickr

The following Canadian Living article by Tara Nolan talks of eco-friendly knitting:

Incorporate eco-friendly materials into your projects
With a heightened awareness of the environment, more and more companies are coming out with eco-friendly practices when it comes to creating their materials. "I am working with yarns now that use non-toxic dyes in recyclable water," says popular British pattern and yarn designer, Debbie Bliss, who just launched Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine.

And according to Campbell, people are now steering clear of acrylics and choosing more sustainable fibres. Her store stocks materials made from seaweed, bamboo and corn. "It's not just wool and cotton anymore," she says.

If you're looking for eco-friendly knitting materials, try:

• Moda Dea Bamboo Wool Yarn
• Hand Maiden Silk and Sea Cell Yarn
No Sheep for You: Knit Happy with Cotton, Silk, Linen, Hemp, Bamboo & Other Delights by Amy Singer


And lastly, what do you knit for someone that has everything? Perhaps a knitted cotton APPLE COSY such as this one for sale on Etsy?!:

Now I've seen it all!

1 comment:

Susan L (lily40au) said...

Tha must be one of the few Melbourne bayside oppies I've missed in my constant search for vintage patterns. I try to share one each Friday (see http://itsthethingsthatmakeyougommmm.blogspot.com/2010/06/friday-knitting-pattern_18.html) and since I was the child of a 1960s knitter add photos where I can. Thanks for sharing this one ... it's one I don't have but the cover pattern is one I know. I bought this dress in a oppie around Preston for my eldest daughter during the 1980s so Patons was obviously still using the pattern 40 years later.

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