Viva Subversive Knitting!
are pleased and lucky to have an intern in the Berroco design studio this
semester. A jack of all trades around the office, Becky Snow helps us with
everything from swatching pattern stitches to sorting e-mail. For more
about the toils of an intern see my blog
great to have someone newly enthusiastic about knitting to help keep us
on the cutting edge. With that in mind, I asked Becky to write this KnitBits
highlighting an exciting new book about knitting's new wave.
Becky writes, In Sabrina Gschwandtner's new book KnitKnit*,
she takes the idea that "knitting
isn't just for grandmas anymore" and runs with it. Showcasing the work
of a new generation of knitters, this book goes beyond your usual ideas
of knitting. KnitKnit profiles 27 sometimes subversive artist-crafters
who, in the author's words, “use fiber in unexpected and unorthodox
reformers in the world of knitting who have overthrown the status quo from
the inside out.” The book explores the traditional craft of knitting
and how these artists have created nontraditional pieces, such as tree
cozies or an entirely knit room, using nontraditional materials such as
fiberglass insulation or electrical wire. The artist Dave Cole used nontraditional
tools, John Deere** excavators, to knit his sculptural piece The Knitting
Machine, shown above.
of the craft-artists profiled in KnitKnit is Berroco's
own Norah Gaughan. With Norah's background in both science and art she
was a logical choice for this book. Norah takes patterns and elements found
in nature and science and incorporates them into ingeniously designed
knit pieces. She has the ability to see forms found in the natural world
and translate them into wearable knitwear designs as seen in her book Knitting
Nature. Norah is often fascinated with knitting polygons in her
pieces, for instance, the Missing Piece Hobo Bag in Suede™, which is featured in KnitKnit.
Marrin is another craft-artist profiled in KnitKnit. An accountant
by day and artist by training (she has a MFA from the California Institute
of Arts), Tina's knitting story is an example of how the renegade and self
taught knitter can successfully set their creativity free. She has generously
offered today's free pattern, Tina's Skirt knit
She is shown wearing it in the book and below.
Knit in Touché™
Skill level: Intermediate
FREE pattern instructions
Thank you, Becky and Sabrina for a peek into knitting's new wave. You can
find KnitKnit in your local yarnshop or bookstore. To visit the KnitKnit online
zine go to www.knitknit.net.
Happy knitting and reading!
*KnitNit published by Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 2007
**John Deere is a trademark of Deere & Company