A giant high-five to Karen Templer of Fringe Association and Fringe Supply Co. for orchestrating Slow Fashion October, a brilliant, month-long exploration of fashion, clothing, and why we wear what we wear. To mark the end of this extraordinary month, here’s a short film that will really get you thinking: How India Recasts the Clothes the West Throws Away. You may think this is a tough topic, and it is, but I was fascinated by these women’s amused thoughts about the bales and bales of clothes they sort every day.
Oh, I do love a good Q & A with a designer. Here’s a fine chat with Rililie, of La Maison Rililie, who designed the Moroccan Nights pullover I’m knitting now. No, that’s not her real name. Yes, it sounds like I’ve got peanut butter stuck in my throat every time I try to say it. But wow, do I admire her sleek designs—including this batch of her freebie patterns.
Wendy Johnson Drives Us Crazy
Internet Wormhole of the Day
Start at Habu Textiles.
Dream about going yarn shopping in Japan.
Conclude it’s pretty far.
Return to Habu Textiles because it’s right there in your computer.
Discover a Habu sale on gold Madagascar silk cocoons: “The grand dame of silk cocoons from Madagascar.” Almost order them because it’s such a deal, never mind the fact that you don’t know what to do with a gold Madagascar silk cocoon.
Land upon the sublime Cashmere Mohair Cowl and lose all sense of perspective. Double-sided cashmere and mohair/silk. Examine the pattern, called Inside Outside Cowl, by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas. Ponder the Habu kit. Scurry off to search stash for Rowan Kid Silk Haze.
Pale green or vibrant tomato to go with the buff color cashmere? Help!
Tomato Juice on Airplanes
Southeast Animal Fiber Fest
Hello to friends who are attending one of the Southeast’s choice fiber festivals, the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair, or SAFF. Wish I could hang out with teacher/dervish Franklin Habit, who’s teaching colorwork. If you’re in the Asheville, NC area, get over there by Sunday.
At Long Last, Facebook
We just created a Facebook page for Mason-Dixon Knitting. Overdue by about 13 years. We’ll be doing lord knows what over there, but it’ll be something, so I hope you’ll get over there and capital-L Like Mason-Dixon Knitting. It’s a rowdy group already, to be honest, so maybe you can get those people to simmer down.
The Most Haunting Books
In honor of Halloween, enjoy The Most Haunting Books, a juicy list crowdsourced by the readers of Mason-Dixon Knitting. A while back, we asked everybody for the most haunting book they had read. It’s a tidy PDF to download and affix to your refrigerator.
What are you going to be for Halloween? I’m going as my favorite Deadly Sin, Sloth. No costume required.