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Last Week on the Web

Crazy busy Monday and a weekend full of cleaning and knitting means this is going live really late! But there were some cool things that happened, so enjoy this week’s Last Week on the Web!

Knits in the News
I confess I’ve never watched Twin Peaks—should I? let me know!—but I think it’s awesome that someone uncovered and then ranked all 117 sweaters seen on the show.

All I can think is Snuggie. A 3-D knitted onesie becomes air purifier (hat tip to knittyblog)

This is an excellent blog post from Karie Westermann about language evolution as it pertains to knitting. Or at least a small part of that evolution, but it’s still fascinating!

Ten facts about wool—which leads me to a question: do you refer to “wool” as any animal fiber or as specific to sheep?

Exciting news from the University of Glasgow about an on-going effort to preserve Scotland’s textile heritage. This sounds like my kind of exhibit.

Patterns
Vogue Knitting has released the preview for their annual holiday issue and I don’t hate it! I don’t love everything in it, but there are some cute pieces.

Creators
PomPom blog has started a new feature, called Knitter’s City, and they started with the awesome Portland, Maine, and the always lovely Bristol Ivy.

Techniques
Alphabet soup time! The Stitch Sprouts blog dissects the ssp and p2togtbl decreases.

Yarns
Rowan’s Kidsilk Haze is celebrating it’s 13th anniversary, and you can create a new shade in this contest!

Okay this is big. You probably heard some buzz around Woolfolk, a new yarn line that launched recently with a collection of patterns from Olga Buraya-Kefalian. The yarn is 100% merino, bred to be incredibly soft—the same micron count as cashmere (if you’re not sure what the micron count is, just trust me when I say it’s really soft.) Clara Parkes at Knitter’s Review wrote up a witty and informative review of the yarn and now I’m itching to get my hands on a skein or twenty.


Får, the chainette worsted yarn from Woolfolk

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Amy

3 replies

  1. I kinda go both ways on the wool/yarn nomenclature. It’s really common here to refer to all yarn, regardless of fibre type, as “wool” in the… how shall I put this… more experienced generation of knitters. But I think those of us in the Ravelry generation tend to use traditional “wool” , the more common/accurate “yarn”, or just fibre type (“I got this great MCN today!”) depending on the conversation. It’s the same kind of pseudo-dichotomy that happens with yarn weights: it’s very common here to call all fingering weight yarn “4-ply” regardless of how many actual plies there are, because “4-ply” is traditionally that weight. And “2-ply” is lace weight, “8-ply” is DK, “10-ply” is worsted, and so on. I’ve actually heard people refer to a two ply fingering weight cashmere as “a two ply 4-ply wool” before.

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