What’s new in knitting? A better question is what’s making knitting news? Here are a few knitting current events. Not surprising, is the number of articles about charity knitting. Let’s look at what fellow knitters are up to around the world.
Wind-powered knitting machine
The Wind Knitting Factory is a machine created by Merel Karhof that constantly knits a scarf, which can then measure the amount of urban wind it uses in the process. Inspiration struck Karhof while walking in a cul-de-sac. He noticed the wind blows in one direction there. The Wind Knitting Factory uses this factor and yarn to produce a never-ending tube scarf. While I’m not entirely sure why measuring the amount of urban wind it takes to produce a tube scarf is valuable knowledge, harnessing the elements to knit is awesome.
This next knitting news item is a bit older, but I liked it so much I want to share it with you. There’s a new kind of knitter… truckers, thus, proving once again, that knitting is not just for grandmothers. Now, you are probably wondering the same thing I was when I first read the headline, which was, “You mean truck drivers have discovered a way to drive and knit at the same time? That’s amazing!” Upon closer review, I learned that there’s a lot of waiting in truck driving. During the idle time they spend waiting for their loads to be ready, a few drivers decided to fill that time with knitting. Knitting, after all, makes any wait infinitely more bearable. So to all the knitting truckers out there, keep on knitting.
KNIT camBridge Project
In Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, Sue Sturdy the resident artist for Cambridge Center for the Arts, the community knitting circles, and other fiber artists, are knitting pieces to cover their bridge. The Main Street Bridge is to be covered in knitted sections to create “… a collaborative, large scale, outdoor piece of public art.” The knitted art piece will go up September 9-30th, after which it will be taken down and separated into blankets and scarves, then donated to people in need. What a wonderful way to knit community artisans together to create a beautiful bridge. I can’t wait for the unveiling.
Students knitting for the sick
In the town of Whitechurch, Ireland, 2 classes of students raised money for hospitals by knitting chickens that could hold Easter eggs. Their efforts were rewarded, as they were able to present 2 checks, to Marymount Hospice in the city of Cork, and the Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association, raising nearly $1200.00 total. When asked about the fundraising their teacher explained it was the student’s idea. Charity knitters come from all different age groups; however, there is one thing they have in common: The desire to help people in need. It’s great to hear about people knitting for any reason, whether cul-de-sacs inspire it, just to pass the time, to cover a bridge in the name of art and collaboration, or to help the local hospice.