Wednesday, November 19, 2008

WWW for November 19, 2008

This week, we're WWWW -- What's What WORLDWIDE Wednesday! Take a look...

Have you seen the new Debbie Bliss magazine? Perhaps my LYS, the copies were gone in a matter of days! The Autumn/Winter issue is full of Debbie's signature cables and simple, elegant British style.

Elsebeth Lavold has some new yarns coming out. Bambool is 80% Bamboo Viscose and 20% Merino Wool. Calm Wool 40% Wool, 30% Camel, 30% Alpaca. To go with, two new pattern books: The Out of the Blue Collection and The Touch of Romance Collection.

More Lavold! knitting exhibit "Knitting Along the Viking Trail" will make an appearance at Seattle's Nordic Heritage Museum, just in time for the second Nordic Knitting Conference, March 13-15, 2009.

New yarns from O-Wool! Legacy DK and Legacy Bulky are made from 100% certified organic merino wool. It is processed in accordance with the Global Organic Textile Standard. No chemical softeners are used during processing, so a rinse soak is recommended as the best way to highlight the natural softness of the merino fiber.

Congratulations to Seasalt, a retailer in the UK, on their successful Go Knit campaign!

Go Knit! is their charity knitting window project. Volunteers hand knit scarves to go into Seasalt shop windows in October. The scarves were sold from the windows to raise money for the Cinnamon Trust, a charity that helps old people and their pets. This year, over 400 homemade scarves were donated by Go Knitters, and in one shop, 52 scarves were sold on the first day!

Brand new from our friends at Interweave -- Stitch Magazine! The premiere issue features 25 clever projects by independent designers — including a patchwork pillow pattern from Lisa Congdon and an assymetrical folds wrap skirt by Martha McQuade of UNIFORM studio, plus articles profiling Natalie Chanin from Alabama Chanin and Katherine Hable Sweeney and Susan Hable Smith, the sister duo from Hable Construction. Projects range from stylish and sophisticated to charming and modern, and always design-conscious. Each project offers clear step-by-step sewing instructions, and included in the magazine are several full size clothing patterns on a pull-out insert. For a preview of Stitch, visit the website, which offers readers two free full-size skirt pattern PDFs from projects featured in the magazine, plus a bonus pattern for a table runner and a tutorial on sewing basics.

We'll have more fiber news next Wednesday!