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Knitting in the News: Subversive Knitting and Knits as Gifts

By December 11, 2008

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Unfortunately when I brought you Knitting in the News last week I hadn't yet seen that Wednesday's edition of "The Colbert Report," which featured a piece on radical knitting and crochet (and also about the wonder of American border patrol) in his continuing series "Nailed 'Em." Jerilea Zemple was stopped crossing the border from Canada back into the United States and questioned about drawings she had of SUVs. Zemple had covered SUVS, guns and tanks with knit and crochet cozies as a way to protest the need for such things in our culture. She wasn't charged with anything, but her story should provide good fodder for people who make fun of your hobby of choice.

Another case of unconventional yarnwork can be seen on the Grazia UK website in the form of Teresa Honeywell's knit cover for a motorcycle.

If your idea of a good knitting project is on a slightly smaller scale, you're in good company this year. In environmental website Grist's roundup of holiday gifts that don't put a great strain on your budget or the environment, she suggests handmade gifts like knit scarves (link is to a video). And People magazine reports that Kate Hudson is knitting gifts this year, so you're not only saving money and potentially being eco-friendly, you're being fashionable if you're choosing to give handknits.


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