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Knitting in the News: Fun Things to Do with Yarn

By August 20, 2009

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We're knitters, so most of us probably think that just about anything you could do with yarn is pretty fun, but this week's news items mostly revolve around the theme of doing something a little extra interesting with this craft we love.

Take, for example, the knitters who made replicas of Charles Darwin's animal collection in knits, which are now on display (for a few more days) at the Bristol Zoo Gardens. Sixty knitters took part in the project to celebrate Darwin's birthday.

Then there are the knitters working on a giant knit poem for the British Poetry Society. Knitters have been sending in letters worked on squares, but most of them aren't sure what poem is going to be displayed. That should become apparent as the sewing begins next month.

A knit 140 square foot house has left its home in England and is being displayed in Thailand to promote a community knitting project there. A hospital is sponsoring the call to get Thais to knit for the needy.

Yarn bombing was featured in the blog of the New Yorker magazine in reference to a new book coming out on the subject, and knitters who want to use their needles to do battle still have time to register for Hat Wars and/or the concurrently running Glove Wars.

Finally, knitters who love animals might be interested in bidding on fiber, yarn and other goodies in an online auction to benefit a shelter in Ontario where 200 animals died in a fire last year. All the funds raised will go toward building a new shelter.


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