Extreme Needlecraft


“Lenin… with mittens!” from majorbonnet

Over the weekend I made the mistake of uttering the sentence “I’ve been keenly following the knitting blogs, and it turns out extreme knitting is quite the thing in the U.S. of A. at the moment”. Needless to say the kids fell around laughing and have ridiculed me often since. I just wanted to shout out the kind of thing I’ve been enjoying:
Red gloves for Lenin: http://www.flickr.com/photos/majorbonnet/305317350/
Tank cosy: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fremsley/131004905/
Knit a big flag: http://www.artnet.com/artwork/424603828/423788845/the-knitting-machine.html
Embroidered graffiti: http://www.ulrikaerdes.se/public_embroidery.html

And today Mie Nørgaard showed me Anders Bonnesen‘s great work: http://www.andersbonnesen.dk/My_Homepage_Files/Page32.html – I want to add that to my list.

One subset of this stuff was covered by Rose White in a brilliant talk she gave at the 24th Chaos Communication Congress (24C3) on “The History of Guerilla Knitting”. There’s a BitTorrent download of the talk available which is what I watched, it’s a great talk, worth downloading BitTorrent and an MKV player for!

I am partial to just plain old cute too:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/96575205@N00/465970090/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/96575205@N00/511981611/

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One Response to “Extreme Needlecraft”

  1. Can knitting terrify? « Tim’s Zen Blog of Sparseness Says:

    […] Nørgaard and I had already had a fun email exchange about edgy or extreme knitting which led to a blog post from me and a blog post from Mie. However using wool to subvert an existing idea and add a cosy edge (as […]

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