Writer’s Block Broken: Swatching and Drafting

Thanks so much to Sheryl Thiesen SThies5x7C (2)for inspiring me to break the long silence.  Her most recent article, in Martingdale’s “Stitch This! Blog, has finally blasted through my writer’s block.   She posted just yesterday, and the CKC has nearly two dozen new blog followers.  We have surpassed 900 “Likes” on Facebook, an important social media milestone.http://blog.shopmartingale.com/crochet-knitting/crochet-and-knitting-museum-becoming-a-reality. /

My silence was due in part to an amazing seven week journey across the South Pacific: Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia and French Polynesia (and tenacious three week virus upon my return).  I visited museums on my quest for glimpses of knitting and crochet.  Many of my explorations and interactions connected with knitting and crochet.For example,  who could have known that the Train Museum in Laupahoehoe, Hawaii, would be displaying a cotton coverlet, crocheted by Bella Fernandez and donated by Elizabeth Silva?

Coverlet - crocheted by Bella Fernandez and donated to the Laupahoehoe Train Museum by Elizabeth Silva

Coverlet – crocheted by Bella Fernandez and donated to the Laupahoehoe Train Museum by Elizabeth Silva

I’ll be sharing anecdotes and pictures elsewhere on this page.

Our Vice President Jennifer Lindsay  has just finished work on her second large scale public art project using knitting and crochet.

Installation of the Rosslyn Artisphere Yarn Bombing  Photo (c)2013 Lloyd Wolf / www.lloydwolf.com

Installation of the Rosslyn Artisphere Yarn Bombing
Photo (c)2013 Lloyd Wolf / http://www.lloydwolf.com

View the playful images, videos, and news links for the Artisphere Yarn Bomb on view in Rosslyn, Virginia. This is the sort of project we hope that The Center will be able to nurture.

Our nine-member Board has also been working to craft the infrastructure for our pioneering, on-line museum to honor crochet and knitting. As those who volunteered for the formative work understood, the work is not glitzy, but essential.

Right now the task feels like starting a new knit or crochet project: we are really anxious to get past the swatching.  The yarn is beguiling  – a splendid vision of stitch combinations teases just beyond reach; still we have tried multiple needle sizes and stitch repeats, and can’t seem to achieve the drape and texture in the fabric that we see in our mind’s eye.   We would like to just cast-on and get the pattern set. Still, taking the time to get all the elements of the design in place is both the challenge and thrill of our craft.

So it is with forming a new organization. The start-up tasks for our fledgling non-profit include drafting the bylaws, and developing a project priority list in conjunction with a multi-year budget so that we can submit our application to the IRS to be a tax-exempt charitable .  That non-profit status must be in place before funders at any  to support the work of the CKAC.  Still we are now set up  to accept donations through PayPal,and if you aren’t concerned that your contribution may not be tax deductible, we encourage you to consider making a contribution.

We are also making progress on other fronts. CKC is most fortunate to have the help of June Hemmons Hiatt, knitting scholar extraordinaire, and author of Principles of Knitting, just recently updated in a second edition.

 June Hemmons Hiatt at her book signing at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio, April 2013.  Courtesy of Lion Brand Yarn Company, used with permission.

June Hemmons Hiatt at her book signing at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio, April 2013. Courtesy of Lion Brand Yarn Company, used with permission.

She is preparing a draft nomenclature for knitting and crochet that will help us to systematically describe objects, and capture their stories in searchable text and images.  Thanks to June for leading us through this key process!

We are also excited that the Center for Knit and Crochet will have a presence at Vogue Knitting Live in NYC, Jan 16-19, 2014.  Stay tuned for evolving details!