Dipping into the Mason-Dixon Knitting mailbag because there are treasures to share, news from all over, tidbits and knickknacks for what is a snowy, snowy day for some of us.
Blanket of the Year (So Far)
We are just going to wear you down until you decide to give Instagram a try. This, for example.
Terhi Montonen’s blanket. Kay writes, “Terhi’s wedding gift to her sister and her husband took my breath away. I’m honored that she started with our Mason-Dixon Knitting log cabin, and took it to an amazing place. Terhi is one of the most inspiring and prolific knitters I’ve known (without yet meeting in person; I’m in NYC and she’s in Finland). And the snowy photo shoot!”
Follow Terhi on Instagram at @terhimontonen.
A Knitting Anarchist Embroiders
Stitching on my old cardigan has been enlightening on many levels. I wore it at Vogue Knitting Live and felt compelled to say it was unfinished. I don’t think anybody could much tell, really.
“You’ve got a loose thread,” I was told.
“They’re all loose,” I said.
The best part of this project has been the many juicy comments from readers, including Lee Louise who pointed me to Anna Zilboorg’s newest book, Splendid Apparel.
Stitching up and around cables and textures looks like a good bit of anarchy.
Her Ravelry biography: “Anna is, by profession, an Episcopal solitary living in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her love of knitting and knitters takes her out into the world to design and teach. Her proudest accomplishments are the book Knitting for Anarchists and the perfect buttonhole. She is a relic of a bygone age and hence computer challenged and invisible online.”
She will, however, teach classes at Stitches West in Santa Clara, CA, this February 18-21. You’d be crazy not to get in on a class with her. Here’s the list.
Upsetting News Out of Edmonton, Canada
It sounds like it’s being worked out, but I was struck by the story that 69-year-old Pat Reddy was told she had to stop knitting for money or she’d lose her low-income housing subsidies.
This is what got me: “When you become a senior, people talk to you differently,” she said. “They talk down to you. They raise their voices like you’re deaf. And I’m thinking, I still have all my marbles. And I’m only selectively deaf,” she added wryly.
Here’s hoping Pat straightens all this out soon.
It’s a Warm-Off in North Carolina
(photo from The Times-News.)
Love this story of TWO groups knitting hats, gloves, and scarves and leaving them in public places with tags encouraging anyone who is cold to take them. One group is a mom remembering her daughter who died in 2014, with the Meaghan’s Human Heaters campaign. But some other mysterious group in Burlington, NC, is doing the same thing. Meaghan’s mom was quick to say, “We don’t want to take credit for that group’s work, but I think it’s great that someone else in the community is helping.” Being generous? Or was the knitting frankly just not up to snuff?
Mind-boggling Cool New Idea: Three-word Addresses
From my sister-in-law Mary Neal, who always sends the best stuff, an idea that solves a massive, global problem that I’d never really considered: addresses.
It’s a huge problem, getting accurate addresses. Think about it. How do you remember an address? It’s not easy. And when you throw in a ZIP code, forget it. Or what about developing countries?
The brainiacs at what3words have figured out a solution. They designed a grid for the whole world, 3 meters by 3 meters, and assigned three words to each square. There are 53 trillion of these squares, covering the entire planet. You type in the three words, you get an exact location. Anywhere in the world.
It’s precise, but incredibly simple. For example, “setting.privately.funky” puts you in the north of Alaska. The White House is located at “engine.doors.cubs.” And, in that photo, the house where I was born, located at “massing.juggler.factor.”
This little video explains it. Kind of takes my breath away.
Fashion watch: the New York Times has declared zig-zag knits a trend in men’s knitwear. HEY NYT: zig-zag knits have been a trend since Charlie Brown. Get with it!