African American girl, wearing a crocheted collar,

In the Loop, February 2022

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February, 2022

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Dear CKC Members and Donors:

We are sorry to announce that Kay Simmons and Mary Claire Phillips will both be stepping down from CKC’s Board of Directors following the 2022 Annual Meeting on May 4, 2022.  Kay hopes to spend more time traveling with her husband now that they are both retired, and Mary Claire is already pursuing graduate studies in Berlin.  We will recognize them and thank them for their many contributions to CKC more fully in the coming weeks! 

Right now, CKC is seeking two new directors to help lead CKC’s growth and development as an on online museum and member organization by providing oversight and direction for day-to-day operations in these priority areas: program coordination, communications (including the monthly newsletter), fundraising, and grant writing.  CKC Members with other relevant experiences and talents are also encouraged to apply.*

Please submit your letter/email of interest, with a resume or summary of pertinent experience by March 9, 2022 to Marilyn Huset, CKC’s Nominating Committee Chair, mhuset@centerforknitandcrochet.org.  Marilyn will be very happy to answer any questions you have about the application process, and the responsibilities of Board service.  

Sincerely,

Jennifer Lindsay

President

About the Center for Knit and Crochet

The Center for Knit and Crochet (“CKC”) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that exists to preserve and promote the art, craft, and scholarship of knitting, crochet, and related arts.  CKC provides free access to hidden digital collections of knitting and crochet, and develops original exhibitions, programs, and related educational resources. CKC is committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for all CKC members, donors, and volunteers.    

* CKC Directors are volunteers, and they must also be CKC Members in good standing at the time of their nomination.  Attendance at a monthly conference call meeting is mandatory, and volunteer time commitments can vary with the projects and responsibilities each director undertakes.  Join CKC or renew your membership now!

 

Celebrate Black History Month:

African American girl, wearing a crocheted collar,
Bust-length portrait of an unidentified African American girl, ca. 1891.  Photographer: Lewis Horning, Parlor Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 1886-1894.  Gift of David Long, 2001.  Library Company of Philadelphia (https://librarycompany.org), Accession No. P.9981.11. 

Please visit CKC’s Blog to learn more about this charming photo of a young girl in a crocheted collar.  CKC’s Library and Museum Collections can help you discover and share the hidden histories and achievements of people of color through the mediums of knitting and crochet. 

Follow CKC on social media to celebrate the many accomplishments of Black makers, past and present — this month and every month!  

CKC Collections: A Floral Focus

Teruko Hattori, Crocheted Rose Brooches, ca. 1990s.  CKC Crowdsourced Collection #2019.004

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Not only are lots of flowers, especially roses, exchanged for Valentine’s Day, but February 28 is Floral Design Day.  In honor of all the floral designers creating beautiful bouquets, floral arrangements and corsages, we share these crocheted rose brooches from the CKC Crowdsourced Collection.  

Mineko Takahashi tells us, “My mother used to make hundreds of these rose shaped crocheted brooches in different threads and colors to give as a small gift. The back side is covered with a felt round cut cloth and a pin is mounted.”

Add your items to the CKC Crowdsourced Collection, and they might be featured in an upcoming newsletter!

Membership Corner: 

MEMBER SURVEY REMINDER

  • It’s not too late! WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! CKC is conducting a survey to get to know your needs and interests. Please click here to fill out the survey.  If you’ve already responded — Thank You!  

NEWSLETTER FOR MEMBERS AND DONORS ONLY

  • Enjoying the CKC Newsletter? As of March 31, 2022, the CKC Newsletter will go out to CKC Members and donors only. Don’t miss out! Renew today!  To verify your membership status, sign in to your account even if you know your membership has expired.  If you have never used our online system, you can retrieve your account using the same email we use to deliver your monthly Newsletter.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

  • We need you!  CKC Members can volunteer on projects and committees and serve on CKC’s Board of Directors when openings occur.  Not sure what you want to do but you would like to help out? Contact Marina Scott Membership Chair, for more information and to learn about current opportunities.

Knitting & Crochet in the News:

So much to admire about her . . . including her knitting!

Supreme Court nominee and D.C. Circuit Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson learned to knit as “a way to channel my nervous energy.”  We can definitely relate! 

Do you Wordle?

Woman makes a crochet pattern of Wordle and it is cute beyond belief. Too bad “crochet” has seven letters. Here’s the pattern.

If you prefer your Wordle wearable: Wordle Hat. And “knit” only has four letters… drat!

Better knitting through technology?

This rocking chair knits you a hat as you sway back and forth.

It’s the medal podium for crochet:

Olympians Received Hand-Knit Cashmere Bouquets Rather Than Flowers on Beijing Medal Podium, but Correction: they were actually crocheted

Skillful Craftswomen Knit Intricate Bouquets for Beijing Winter Olympics

DIY your own bouquets for any occasion:

10 Flowers to Knit for your Olympic Bouquet.  

How to crochet a Hydrangea Flower (Olympic Winners Bouquet).

Pandemic pastime or fashion force? Either way, crochet is here to stay:

From grandma’s doilies to the runway, crochet has found its cool.

Each row of this Kenai woman’s crochet project represents a day of COVID case data. A different take on a temperature blanket.

With popularity comes fast fashion—and questions of fairness and sustainability:

Knitwear is slow, the knockoffs come fast.

But TikTok is asking the hard questions:

TikTok Is Wondering How Target Can Sell A Hand Crocheted Cardigan For So Cheap.

TikTokers List Red Flags That Show This $35 Target Crochet Sweater Is Horrifyingly Unethical.

Your Voice Matters!

We encourage all CKC Members to contribute to CKC’s monthly newsletter.  Please email your inquiries, ideas, and stories to newsletter@centerforknitandcrochet.org.  We hope to hear from you!

Look for our Newsletter Archive, coming soon!

February Newsletter Contributors:

Heather Hernandez, Marilyn Huset, Anne Lies, Jennifer Lindsay, Marina Scott, Kay Simmons, Suzann Thompson.