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Projects from Knitting’s New Wave.
All over North America and Europe, a brand-new generation has taken up knitting – and is transforming the venerable needlecraft by blurring the boundary between craft and art. In Copenhagen, Isabel Berglund hand-knitted an entire room.
In New England, David Cole constructed an enormous ’knitting machine’ (he used earth-movers and cherry-pickers) that knit an 800-stitch, 35-by-20-foot American flag. But the projects aren’t all of a monumental scale. In Los Angeles, Bridget Marrin Knits little dollhouses – complete with yarn lawns, shrubbery, and smoke-filled chimneys.Canadian Debbie New makes exquisite knitted teacups and boats. Five years ago, Sabrina Gschwandtner founded a ’zine to chronicle the trend.
Now, her book ”KnitKnit” brings together profiles of 27 of the most talented artist-crafters knitting today. But ”KnitKnit” does more than just document their ingenious creations. Each of the profiled knitters has contributed a project – a sweatshirt kimono, a mohair and metal belt, a hobo-style shoulder bag, a geodesic-patterned cap, even a teddy bear knit from fiberglass insulation – meant to inspire you to find and follow your own creative path.