March 2009 Archives

Handmade Nation Premiere

I'm seriously thinking of going to this. From the San Francisco Film Society website:

The San Francisco Film Society is screening Handmade Nation on Wed March 11 at 7:30 PM at Mezzanine (444 Jessie Street at Mint). Tickets are $8 for SFFS members and $12 for non-members.

Handmade Nation by Faythe Levine (USA, 2009)

Buying local for many means buying handmade objects that are designed and fabricated with ingenuity, grit and love. Handmade Nation documents a movement of artists, crafters and designers that imbue traditional handiwork techniques with a punky do-it-yourself ethos informed by modern aesthetics, politics, feminism and art. The film explores the burgeoning art community of indie crafters that is fueled by creativity, determination and networking. First-time director Faythe Levine traveled the U.S. to capture the tight-knit community, conducting interviews in the studios and homes of noted and independent artists. Levine also details how Web sites, blogs and online stores have spurred a once underground movement and how crafts have expanded to connect with the greater public through boutiques, galleries and fairs.

Following the screening there will be a discussion with Lisa Congdon, owner of retailer Rare Device; Derek Fagerstrom, Craft and DIY Co-editor at design*sponge and co-owner of The Curiosity Shoppe; Natalie Zee Drieu, Senior Editor of Craft magazine; and Stephanie Syjuco, fine artist and professor.

Selling their work will be the following artists and vendors: Dutch Door Press, Diana Fayt, Cara Lyndon, Miss Natalie, Mittenmaker, Nous Savons, Sharon Spain, Woolly Hoodwinks, Zum, The Curiosity Shoppe, Little Otsu, Needles & Pens and Rare Device.

The CNN Sweater

I first started knitting back in December 2005. I worked on a small scarf-type thing for awhile and quickly realized I was hooked. In February 2006 I started working on The CNN Project, and so was flying back and forth to Hotlanta a lot. I decided that I'd start a bigger project, something that I could take on the plane with me and would keep me busy for awhile.

New Project

I went to visit the lovely people over at Skein Lane in El Cerrito (this was back when I was living in Berkeley). They helped me find a pattern that work. I got a huge pack of Cascade 220 yarn in a lovely heathered maroon color.

Raglan Sweater

I worked on this sweater a lot, at first. It taught me how to do increases and raglan sleeves. When I started it, I didn't know how to pick up with a new ball of yarn. So I cut my ends short and tied them in a knot. I added three more skeins, with a different join method (all wrong) for each one.

Then we hit the Thanksgiving of 2006 and there was the night of the drunken knitting while at Erik's dad's house in Colorado. I had yarn overs and mysterious increases and decreases all over the place. But I had made significant progress and couldn't bring myself to rip it out. So instead, I put the sweater aside and started working on other projects.

Raglan Sleeve

A few months ago I finally picked this sweater back up. I ripped out all of the drunken knitting, and all of the bad joins, all the way back to the end of the first skein. I've now knitted back (evenly and with good joins) just about everything that I ripped out.

I switched the project to my addiTurbo needles, instead of the Clover bamboo ones. Oh my goodness does that make a difference. The wool just slides right over the metal. Now I pull this project out when I want to knit but don't want to have to pay attention. It's all done in the round, in stockinette. My skills have certainly advanced beyond it. But at some point I will finish it. My first sweater.


  • One woman's adventure with yarn, fabric and needles.

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