Artist and 3D illustrator Jessica Dance has collaborated with food photographer David Sykes for "The Comfort Food Series," a collection of knitted tableaus that are "low calorie, high in wool."
Depending on where you live, these are are known by different names. I'd just call it a "knit cap" or "stocking cap"...some call them tuques, wool hat, toboggan. My hat-loving friend from the Southwest U.S. even calls every non-brimmed hat a "beanie"...whereas in my mind, a beanie is made of rainbow panels, and definitely has a propeller on top. Language is neat.
Whatever you call them, they're a staple item this time of year, and can be worn in a variety of ways to evoke different traditions.
Professor Blastoff is a podcast hosted by comedians Tig Notaro, Kyle Dunnigan, and David Huntsberger that explores issues of philosophy, science, religion, and other phenomenon requiring informed (and humorous) reflection.
On a recent episode, comedians Randy and Jason Sklar joined the team, and the discussion hilariously devolved into the topic of what we explore on ManMade: men and crafting.
As if the guy couldn't be more endearing, here's something to warm your crafty heart: Mister Rogers' famed cardigans, which he pulled out of the closet to start each episode, were all knitted by hand...by his mom.
By Polly Conway, Guest Blogger
Even though the release of the Tron sequel is months away, I can feel the mania beginning already! Knitter Chris Wass has taken it to the next level with this pattern for a beautifully detailed pair of socks.
Making these would be a grand gesture for the Tron freak in your life, as they're a bit on the tricky side. But you've got until December to whip these babies up in time for the return of still-rockin' Jeff Bridges as our beloved Flynn. If you're unfamiliar with this 80's video game/sci-fi classic, here's a little taste:
I have a huge respect for public art, am engaged by thoughtful street art, but have no respect for taggers (c'mon, guys; it's 2010). So, the idea of renegade public crafting is exactly the kind of thing that gets me jazzed.
Yarn bombing, a.k.a. graffiti knitting, is the act of an artist who seeks to improve an urban landscape by thoughtfully placing handmade fiberarts in a public place. These serve to beautify and engage, and are left indefinitely, or until the authorities have the piece removed.
(That's not really an official definition, but sounds pretty good, yeah?)
Our friend Dana from Yellowtrace has assembled a pretty rocking collection of such works. All of them are engaging to look at - the colors against the browns and grays of the street are amazing, but many also make public statements.
Harvesting wind-power with a tiny-turbine at home might not produce enough electricity to power your refridgerator, or, heck, charge your mobile phone...But, Merel Karhof has harnessed its ability to create rotational energy to knit infinite yarn tubes, which wrap around ones neck perfectly.
"With the power of the wind, a knitting machine knits from the outside towards the inside of a building. The knitted material is harvested from time to time and rounded-off in individually packaged scarves. Each scarf has its own label which tells you in how much time it has been knitted and on which date."
Knits Men Want is a knitting pattern book, written by a fellow, but subtitled "The Ten Rules Every Woman Should Know Before Knitting for a Man."
ManMades appreciates that it recognizes that guys are interested in handmade goodies, but aren't terribly excited about its presumed audience.
Though, politics aside, this is a good one. Really. I spent almost an hour with it today, and it's got the goods. The patterns are awesome, easy to follow, and account for different sizes and gauges. The photos are great, and it contains lots of sharp tips for creating things for men's bodies.
As last week's Handmade Haiku intimated, I haven't yet mastered the skill sets to make myself a super - knitter, but when I do, oh, buddy, am I going to make a pair of socks for myself.
Warm, snuggly, and with the moisture - wicking power of wool! I especially love all the details: the contrast color in the toes and heels, the fun 70's racing stripes, and the cuff on the top.
It not only occured to one, but at least sixteen ambitious knitters. I can only picture the internal dialogue..."This sweater, scarf, hat, and gloves simply aren't enough...I must knit myself an entire get-up! Some purled yarn armor to help me face the day."
The result? A seemingly very hot, VERY itchy cross between Cookie Monster, live action Dr. Seuss films, and that kid from the Christmas movie who can't put his arms down.