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I love winter wools

Cajsa Lilliehook discovers another lovely piece of knitting on the Grid. Only part of this outfit is available (as you’ll discover by reading the piece above), but it’s a lovely part.

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Monica Outlander of MiaMai has produced a gorgeous pantsuit with a gorgeous wool serge. I love its rich texture and jewel tone colors. But guess what, it’s cold outside, so…

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I tossed on a snug warm sweater and scarf. The sweater is from Novocaine – a store that has sadly left the grid. The scarf, though, is a new release from Baiastice. It comes in several colors and also includes a additional piece that can cover up your lower face for those bitterly cold days.

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Posted November 23, 2011 by Harper Ganesvoort in Fashion

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More Knitting (via A Passion for Virtual Fashion)

Those of you who’ve read a previous article or two, or who look down my sidebar, will know that I’m a knitter in RL. This isn’t unusual; there’s an active group on Ravelry of knitters and crocheters who are also avatars, and at least two in-world groups exist (though not exactly active in chat or meetings).

A recent convert to the craft is my friend Harper Beresford; here’s her latest exploits in the Land of Fiber:

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More Knitting I know you’re all dying to know about my forays into knitting. Well, it’s been… dangerous. No, I didn’t poke myself in the eye. I went to the knitting store down the block and the other one a few miles from my house and was caught rubbing the skeins against my face. And then I was forced (*forced* I tell ya) to purchase a skein of angora wool that came in variegated shades with a deep blue base (called, appropriately, “Neruda”). So I have started … Read More

via A Passion for Virtual Fashion

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Posted October 15, 2010 by Harper Ganesvoort in Fashion, Reblog

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Mo is Served His Roccas by Ravelry Knitters

Did anybody watch CBS News Sunday Morning today?  Specifically, did they watch Mo Rocca’s segment?

As Mo says above, and in case the video disappears, it all started last year, when he made one of his periodic appearances on the NPR comedy-quiz show, Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, hosted by Peter Sagal.  If you’ve never listened to this show, do so!  Download the podcasts, or listen to your local NPR station.  It is one of the funniest things on radio!  But, any road, there was a question up before the panel whose answer involved hand-knitted sweaters for plucked chickens.  (I did say this was a comedy-quiz show, I believe….)  Mo, offhandedly, dropped a remark that “hand-made sweaters are always itchy.”  Little did Mr. Rocca know what he had started….

Approximately two weeks later, Peter took a moment between rounds to introduce Mo on the phone, after giving a few words of background about what had happened, to wit:  the nationally respected comedian had raised the ire of the worldwide knitting community, particularly on Ravelry, one of the best sites for knitters and crocheters on the Web.  (You’ll see their sticker in my sidebar, as I’m a knitter myself.)  Peter asked Mo, “Do you have anything to say in response to this?” and was answered, “Yes, Peter, I have prepared a statement….”  He proceeded to give a speech that would have done the best Washington flack proud, explaining that as an exchange student in Peru during his school years, he had been forced to bed down with an alpaca in its pen.

This, of course, was the purest spin, as we all know just how soft an alpaca fleece can be; and the yarn from it is completely divine!  Therefore, a dedicated group of Ravelers resolved to make Mo eat his words, with Rocca salt for the seasoning.  A matter of a few months later, they did just that, by presenting him a gift — on stage at another taping of Wait, Wait, with a handmade, 100% Merino wool sweater.  And it fit perfectly.

Well, apparently, my fellow Ravelers wrought their “revenge” far better than they knew, for it appears we’ve made a knitter out of Mo.  Watch the film and see!

Haiti Earthquake

The news is pretty well spread around by now of the disastrous earthquake in Haiti.  A country already in a constant state of teetering on the edge has been given another shove by a magnitude 7.0 quake and the associated aftershocks.

Contributions are welcomed at the site of the American Red Cross, as well as other reputable charities.  I myself would recommend Episcopal Relief and Development, whose banner I keep in my sidebar constantly.  I know that all administrative expenses for ER & D are taken care of by a fully-funded endowment, so 100% of contributions are put to the goal designated.  They have set up a Haiti fund that you can contribute to from this page.

If you wish to do something in a more practical mode, you can knit or crochet, and you’re a member of Ravelry, the online home of fiber crafters, start going through your old, undedicated yarn and knitting afghan squares.  A group has sprung up on Ravelry to take all squares sent in and sew them into blankets for forwarding to Haiti.  A few people have put up patterns, but it doesn’t have to be fancy; I have some yarn I’m destashing this way, and I’m just whipping out a square in garter stitch (simple knit).  If you don’t belong to Ravelry, it’s easy to join and free.

Yarnation

Relaxing before the fire at Yarnation

Another great hangout for knitters:  Yarnation.  Home to the knitters’ group from Ravelry, the well-known fiber-arts site, Yarnation invites people to come in, pull out their needles and start stitchin’ and bitchin’.

Dropped Stitch Cafe, Caledon II

The Dropped Stitch Cafe is a coffeehouse in the Caledons, and is a lovely place for knitters and crocheters.  Basket chairs and couches all about a blazing fireplace, a nice espresso machine (remember, Victorian-styled Caledon is steampunk, so this is quite acceptable), and look at the two yarn racks behind me!  There’s at least one more to my right (your left) that’s out of shot.  There’s even free knitting needles on the mantel.

(By the way, did you know that Queen Victoria crocheted?  It’s very much certain that she did; a British Army regiment, the Queen’s Royal Surrey Regiment, received several scarves crocheted by Her Majesty and presented to various people, four of them to servicemen.  More details, and pictures, can be found at the regimental site.)

If you’re interested in visiting, I would urge Victorian dress; but, as I recall, most folk in Caledon aren’t sticky about visitors observing the dress code.  Just be polite if there’s a Caledonian in house with you, and dig something out of Inventory if they do request.

RL Knitting/Crochet Project for WWII Veterans

We pause our regularly scheduled ramblings about Second Life to bring up a project you might be interested in doing in the Real World, if you knit or crochet.

The National World War II Museum in New Orleans has served as the base of operations for a knitting and crochet project.  “Knit Your Bit” (a slogan borrowed from wartime morale/propaganda posters) supplies scarves to veterans of the war, patterned on colors and themes of the period.  There are three different patterns currently available; I’m hoping a fourth will come out sometime this summer or early fall.  If you are interested in getting some fiber into your non-SL time, check out the page at the Museum and pick up the patterns.  (You’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader or a similar compatible program to read the files.) When you complete your work, send the scarf to the Museum; they will donate it to a Veterans Center somewhere in the country for passing on to one of the men who would like or could use it.

I’m doing the 2007/Year Two pattern, the “V for Victory,” myself, as it’s most within my skill level.  (I haven’t tried multiple colors yet, though these scarves might be a good way to get going on that slightly more advanced method.)  The V for Victory is very simple, and doesn’t require any knowledge of cabling — the knitting technique for creating “raised” patterns in knitwork; this is simply knit-and-purl all the way through, and is quite attractive.

While on the Museum’s page, read on down and find out some of the history of knitting and fiber arts during the wartime period.  There’s quite a bit of interest in researching this among historians, fiber crafters, and re-enactors of the WWII period, and you can also find exhibits/artifacts at such places as the sites of the Imperial War Museum and the Canadian War Museum.  (Our WWII Museum doesn’t have a list of artifacts available online at this time that I can find.)

This would be a nice thing to begin, especially with Memorial Day and the 65th anniversary of D-Day coming up.  Why not get involved and Knit Your Bit?

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