While some argue that knitwear is a staple and not a trend (like the classic knits Missoni have produced since the ’50s) – interest in the craft of knitting has certainly ebbed and flowed throughout history.
Right now, we’re in a flow. Photo sharing site, Pinterest, is abuzz with knitted creations from around the world, and yarn bombing (a type of street art, like above) has literally hit the streets. The concept is simple: knitted or crocheted installations are left or sewed around city infrastructures; signage posts, state statues and trees. An outstanding example of the movement is the 50m long Olympic-inspired creation that runs a length of Saltburn-by-the-Sea’s pier in the UK.
However, on this side of the Atlantic, designers like Anna Loubser of Wolmer have given us a fresh perspective on knitting too. Says Anna, ‘I think it is really important to use an old craft in a new way and I also think skills are important.’
Her collaboration with Missibaba demonstrates her contemporary approach to the art, employing her personally developed felting technique. Anna adds, ‘Very few people still make anything themselves. Making things yourself teaches appreciation for the handmade – for the time it takes to make something.’
If you’re feeling inspired to pick up a pair of needles, why not support Me-A-Mama’s ‘Knit A Row & Go’ initiative? The maternity wear label has launched a knitting drive to benefit orphaned babies. By placing knitting needles and yarn in various cafes, those inclined are able to knit during their visit and leave the piece for the next knitter to pick up. For
more information, go here.
Nikki Horsten, CT intern