This week I’m really getting down to the knitty gritty and showcasing some of the most innovative and quirky yarn artists from this side of the pond.
Kate Jenkins is one of my very favourite yarn artists. I absolutely adore her tongue in cheek humour which, quite frankly, has me in stitches (sorry) and I am equally impressed by the wonderful intricacy and detail of her work. She is most definitely a very talented lady!
Another knitter who brings a delightfully quirky humour to her work is the super talented Kandy Diamond of Knit and Destroy. I have been a longtime fan of her wonderful wares, seriously who wouldn’t want a scarf that looks like a crayon or a strip of old school cinema tickets? I am also crushing pretty hard on her Bandit Cat cushion, but then surely everything looks better with a bandit mask on.
Plarchie the Giant Squid is a life size knitted plarn version of Archie the giant squid who resides in London’s Natural History Museum. Yup that’s eight whole metres of cephalopod goodness. Plarchie was created by Deadly Knitshade, co-founder of Stitch London and member of graffiti yarnstorming collective, Knit the City.
The Materialisitics are a group of knitters who like a challenge. Their first project involved knitting a coat for a boat, followed by a knitted recreation of a Victorian Christmas sitting room, complete with a christmas tree and santa sat by the fireplace. Their latest project entitled The Grand Tour comprised knitted versions of some rather famous paintings including Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe, Munch’s The Scream and Hokusai’s The Great Wave (pictured)
And last, but by no means least, I simply couldn’t resist sharing the bumbly Benoît Abeille, a knitted sculpture by Max Alexander, who also recently launched a range of jewellery that is sure to grab the heart of all you knitters out there.
– Michelle Duxbury helps runs a rockin’ indie boutique called Rocket 59. Read more about her on the contributors’ page.ing the bumbly Benoît Abeille, a knitted sculpture by Max Alexander, who also recently launched a range of jewellery that is sure to grab the heart of all you knitters out there.