Are you in despair? Want to work out your issues with some wool? Stay in the loop and protest in style
Knitting and handicrafts have a long history in protesting. The pussy hat project taking protests by storm has been particularly successful, but it joins a long tradition of crafty activism. In Canada, there's the Revolutionary Knitting Circle, which first made headlines for their protest at the 2002 G8 summit. Australia has the Knitting Nannas, who protest about environmental issues by holding "knit-ins." In the UK, activists from Wool Against Weapons knitted a seven-mile-long pink "peace scarf" to protest against the country's Trident nuclear weapon program. Then, a year later, they re-purposed it into thousands of blankets for those in need in war-zones and developing nations. And down in Chile, it's the hombres tejedores (knitting men) who break down stereotypes and teach other men to embrace the creative hobby.
In cities across the world, "yarn bombing" reclaims urban spaces with a pair of needles, covering everyday items in brightly colored knits. Like other forms of graffiti, yarn bombing can convey a message of protest--or it can just be street art for the sake of art. Knitting for change is a global activity.
It's time to get your needles and hooks out and change the world. From pussy hats to protest scarfs and voodoo dolls to seriously stylish sweaters, Protest Knits is the book for you. From the easy peasy to the more complex, there are more than 15 projects for some crafty therapy including:
- Pussy hat
- Trump pincushion
- Voodoo doll (to customize to the politician of your choice )
- Nasty Woman mittens
- Perpetually Worried sweater
- If You Can Read This I Smashed the Patriarchy socks
- Dedicated Follower of Anti-Fascism cushion cover
- Nevertheless She Persisted baby hat
The task of picking just the right palette for an embroidery project can be overwhelming to beginners and experienced stitchers alike. But when you take away that challenge, a whole world of texture and style becomes available. Here Japanese designer Yumiko Higuchi presents embroidery motifs to be stitched using just one or two colors--creating patterns and designs that are more evocative for their form than for a play of colors. Each embroidery design is paired with a simple craft project, transforming the stitched fabric into a functional object, including pouches, pillows, aprons, and more. With beautiful photographs, clear step-by-step instructions, and detailed diagrams, Zakka Embroidery will be an inspiring guide for those new to embroidery and a delightful experience for those experienced with needle and thread.
With a growing reputation for gorgeous patterns, the owner of Dolce Handknits presents 16 of her top-selling designs. Stylish and contemporary, these patterns range from weekend casual to office chic. Find something luscious for every season and skill level, including tanks, pullovers, and cardigans Enjoy a skillful combination of fashion and wearability; you'll reach for these garments again and again Experience the joys of knitting--the patterns feature soothing, meditative repetition with just enough challenge to keep things interesting
Explore the myriad of color and texture opportunities available to the hand knitter with The Knitter's Palette This comprehensive and creative guide uses a large collection of swatches--or palettes--to inspire and instruct as it covers every aspect of color and texture in knitting. In these pages, you'll find a library of 55 palettes, containing over 400 swatches, supported by over 70 illustrated techniques. Each palette illustrates variations on effects, patterns, designs, or techniques. While it's aimed at novices who understand only basic knitting techniques, this book will also appeal to experienced knitters looking for new and creative ideas.
Knitting expert Kari Cornell teaches you how to make your own baby knits in all of the world's authentic traditions.Baby Knits from Around the World showcases 20 designs by well-known artisans hailing from classic knitting traditions in Scandinavia, Ireland, Scotland, England, the Baltics, Europe, South America, and North America. This book includes detailed instructions for ever-popular baby hats, blankets, sweaters, booties, pants, dresses, toys, and mitts; while introductions to each pattern detail the history of the technique that the design employs. With over 100 gorgeous photos and diagrams throughout, knitters of all proficiency levels are sure to enjoy Kari Cornell's hand-picked collection of baby knitting projects.
Betty Barnden's updated edition of 350+ Knitting Tips, Techniques, and Trade Secrets is a perfect gift for creative crafters.
Give a stylish finish to your knitted garments and accessories with this essential compendium of knitting know-how. Over 350 tips, techniques, and secrets are explained and illustrated with clear step-by-step photographs and diagrams. Discover how to read patterns and charts, choose color and yarns, mix and match stitch patterns, and adapt designs for the perfect fit.
All kinds of stitches abound, from stockinette stitch and ribbing, to lace, Fair Isle, cables, and intarsia work. This book explains all the techniques you'll need in the order you'll need them, from casting on and joining in yarns, to shaping, and adding buttonholes, pockets, and embellishments. Plus, "Try It" and "Fix It" panels suggest ways of practicing and developing new skills and avoiding or correcting common knitting errors.
This easy-to-follow lace knitting guide transforms the complete beginner into an accomplished expert is a perfect gift book for anyone interested in the art of crafting.With step-by-step instructions and a preliminary section explaining all the essentials--yarn, needles, gauge, techniques, and how to read knitting charts--this guide could not be more accessible. All swatches are clearly photographed and each stitch pattern appears in both written and chart form, so even novices can start right away. Hone your skills with stylish projects, including delicately-trimmed linen, silk pillow covers, elegant stoles, and heirloom baby blankets. And with each stitch pattern illustrated in both fine and thicker yarns, you can create a truly individual garment. So whether you covet a vintage look or desire a more contemporary feel, Lynne Watterson's The Very Easy Guide to Lace Knitting will give you the skills--and the inspiration.
Spice up your needlework with this adventurous, irreverent, and fun guide featuring twelve projects inspired by the Kama Sutra--the classic illustrated handbook of sexual instruction--the perfect gift book for playful needle crafters.
Knit a variety of the most popular positions from the classic Kama Sutra, as well as a few of the more intriguing acrobatic poses with this frisky project book that is sure to get your creative juices flowing. All twelve projects include a witty overview highlighting quirky facts and information relating to each position, clear, easy-to-follow knitting patterns and detailed instructions for every stage, and gorgeous full-color photographs to help you visualize your progress, step by step.
In keeping with the lively spirit of the classic book of love, each project is given a different setting. Moving beyond the bedroom, naughty knitters can set their amorous couple in the back row at the movies, beside the fire in a cozy log cabin, in the hot tub, in an office closet, or camping under the stars. Here, too, are complete patterns and instructions for knitting a variety of delightful accessories to accompany each scenario, including miniature bags of popcorn, backpacks and hiking boots, tents and sleeping bags, as well as personal features such as hairstyles, glasses, and beards, and a selection of fun outfits, including lingerie, sweaters, dresses, cowboy hats, and socks.
A cheeky and light-hearted take on traditional knitting projects, Knit Your Own Kama Sutra is ideal for fun-loving crafters everywhere.--Chicago Knits Magazine