CraftSanity Episode 61
A Chat with "KnitKnit" Author Sabrina Gschwandtner
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This week's guest is Sabrina Gschwandtner, author of a "KnitKnit: Profiles + Projects From Knitting's New Wave," a fantastic book that just came out last month. It's a wonderful collection of profiles of 27 interesting knitters, some you've surely heard of and others you'll be glad to learn about.




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From a profile of that fabulous Houston-based graffiti knitting gang, Knitta, (CraftSanity episode 10) to knitwear designer, Annie Modesitt, knit blogger, Anna Bell, artist Dave Cole and machine knitting activist Lisa Anne Auerbach – Sabrina takes her readers into the studios of some of knitting's finest.

Sabrina, 30, is a New City artist and woman of many artistic mediums. She works in film, video, photography, performance, sewing, crochet and knitting. She has a BA from Brown University and an MFA from Bard College and has exhibited her artwork at many museums and galleries. However, the reason her name is familiar to many of us crafty types is because she is the esteemed creator of "KnitKnit," that limited edition arts journal that has been documenting the intersection of fine art and handcraft since Sabrina distributed the first photocopied booklets with spray-painted fabric covers in 2002.

Tune in to this episode of CraftSanity to hear the story of Sabrina's creative life and how she landed a book deal that would amount to a fantastic global knitting adventure. If you haven't seen it yet, you must check out "KnitKnit" the book. And be sure to block out some time, because you won't want to put it down.

Win a Copy of "KnitKnit" the book. Sabrina likes to make art in a variety of mediums. Post a comment about your favorite medium or mediums below this entry. Let's get a dialog going. What do you like to work with? Do you specialize in one art or craft form, or like to dabble in multiple things? Why do you specialize or follow multiple interests? What did Sabrina say that struck a cord with you? Answer any or all or these questions and copy your post into and e-mail to Jennifer@craftsanity.com and I'll get you into the random drawing. Please include your mailing address in your e-mail so I know where to send the book if you win. The deadline is Oct. 28. Good luck everyone.

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And the winner is: Okay. And now the moment many of you have been waiting for…. We have a winner of Amanda Blake Soule's much anticipated and totally fantastic book "The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connection." And the winner is: Amy of West Roxbury, Mass. Congrats Amy! You'll get your copy shipped directly from the publisher as soon as it's released. Thanks to the folks at Shambala Publications for participating in the book giveaway.




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This Week's Project: A special thanks to Lisa Anne Auerbach for sharing her "body count" mittens pattern. This pattern can be interpreted as either a protest or memorial depending on the creator's frame of mind. Worked into the design is the number or American soliders killed during the time the mittens are made. So cast on and stitch the most socially conscience pair or mittens you'll every make. Download the pdf.





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