Berretto Pepe – istruzioni in italiano

A grande richiesta 🙂 pubblico le istruzioni in italiano per realizzare il Berretto Pepe (Pepe Basic Chunky Hat), di cui avevamo parlato qui.

Per scaricarle cliccate qui: Berretto Pepe

Buon lavoro a tutte e a tutti!

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Urban Knitting in Tuscany – September 2013

vase 2Today we illustrate some urban knitting our AlpiKnitter MariĂą happily stumbled across while she was visiting relatives in Chianciano Terme (a small town located in the very heart of Tuscany, not far from Siena). The local Women Association called “IoSempreDonna” launched this initiative as part of a wider campaign against breast cancer, with the goal of gaining public attention and raising public awareness about this womens’ plight. Participants had to knit or crochet 30×30 cm [12×12 in] pink squares and sew them onto public benches, poles and trees. The result was colourful, bright and welcoming: it added cosiness and warmth to the town main square and hopefully generated the desired effects on passersby.

More information (in Italian) can be found on the association website: http://www.iosempredonna.it/

pole big 2         pole        treebench 2  vase

Oh the Bags!

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Weeelll… some of us have definitely going chrochet!!

It all started back in March when a friend told one of our Knitters about her project to start a stall at one of the summer markets which pop up like mushrooms in the Valley (there’s one in every small tourist town from June to September), to sell her handmade jewels and other DIY products. Some of us immediately got involved in this project and thought we could specialise in bags, which are quick and easy to make and usually sell well. ood at it, the first bag I made wasn’t bad at all, so I just stuck to crocheting. I didn’t follow any particular pattern.We just looked up some pics on google for inspiration and hooked as we went along, so we don’t have any pattern instructions to publish (sorrry!!).

VoilĂ , the pics here show some of the bags we made over the last few months. Some of them are unfinished (it’s difficult to find nice handles in the shops around here and we’re still waiting for an order we placed online two weeks ago to be delivered). Once they make it to the stall… let’s just hope our friend will be able to sell them. Otherwise we all know what our friends will receive next Christmas from us!

Borsa nera  Dettagli nero

Dettagli rosso  Borsa rossa

Yarnstorming against crime in the UK

Although no group of Guerrilla Knitting operates in our area, we’ve been into urban knitting and yarnstorming for a while now and we’ve been following with interest some of the most exciting and creative projects that have been developed across the World (see for instance Knit the City – http://knitthecity.com).

Even so, it surprised us to read that in Leicester, knitters have been – let’s say – drafted into police to help improving people’s perceptions about the crime rate in some areas of the city. Well… in our experience police used methods other than yarn bombing to fight so called anti-social behaviour! Here is an article from The Huffington Post which illustrates the initiative. It made us wonder about the infinite possibilities that knitting holds… and how sometimes significant changes can be achieved with very little – just a small amount of yarn really:-)

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/03/05/guerrilla-knitting-used-police-leicestershire-_n_2810094.html

A Knitter Stranded on Padan Desert

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We received an alarming email from our AlpiKnitter MariĂą… and we thought we’d translate it from Italian so that everybody can read her knitting adventures… Here it’s what she wrote:

“Due to a family emergency I am currently stranded somewhere in the Padan Plain, the flat area surrounding Milan of which you have a picture here on the right (eleting, hey? and I must say that it doesn’t improve much on a sunny day). What is worse is that I am here without my yarns and needles and that there isn’t a yarn shop within a thousand miles. When I arrived here a week ago, first thing first I undid a beanie that I had once made for my uncle and never actually seen him wearing. I then tried to knit the ball of blue yarn using pencils, cooking sticks, even two small paint brushes… but they just didn’t work. Finally, in a supermarket I found a pair of  2mm [US 0] size circular needles. It was a leftover from a small haberdashery aisle they once kept, so they didn’t have any otehr sizes, nor did they have any straight needles.

Vodoo 1Nevertheless, it was a start. But what can you do with half a ball of 4Ply/sport weight blue yarn and a pair of 2mm circular needles? Something that you couldn’t possibly expect people to wear, something that will probably result in a bit of botched knitting, something small and tiny, something blue obviously. Well: blue, little, botched… something would immediately spring to mind to any addicted reader of Discworld novels as I am. And here it is: my little blue man! For those who are NOT familiar with Terry Pratchett’s works, this is not a vodoo doll, although I could actually use some vodoo in my current mood and especially after results of the recent Italian general elections came out. Anyway, still working on it… I only need to find some orange yarn now and I hope that I’d be able to publish the final project soon”.

TO BE CONTINUED…

Knitting in class in the UK

Despite our best intentions we left the blog dormant throughout the Christmas holidays, but this doesn’t mean that we have been inactive on the knitting front and we will talk about our latest productions in the following posts. Today we’d like to share a very interesting article we came across while surfing the web for knit-related news. Well, since the article was published more than a year ago, it isn’t actually a piece of ‘new’ news, but the initiative it discusses is still going on and we think it’s marvellous.

Boys knitting? An unlikely yarn | Education | The Guardian.

Very briefly, it’s about knitting clubs that have been created in primary schools all across the UK, in order [quote] “to introduce boys and girls to knitting, not just as a pastime, but as a technical skill that helps cognitive development”. Among the interesting facts reported there’s the revelation that not just girls but boys as well are enthusiastic about knitting and want to create objects for their everyday life. Who knows? Maybe in the next future a knitting community like Ravelry will see a rise in its male population!

More updated information can be found at this link (http://www.ukhandknitting.com/knit_in_schools.php) on the website of the UK Handknitting Association which sponsors the initiative. The website also redirects to the association’s Flickr account, where pics of finished projects knitted in schools can be found.

Unfortunately, in Italy there is no equivalent of this association and it would be very difficult to open knitting clubs on a national scale. But maybe something could be done on a local level? Definitely something to think about.