I remember back in the day my grandma and great grandma sat knitting almost all the spare time they had. They used to knit whilst watching tv, chatting, on the bus, making a brew, you name it they never put knitting needles down. I had more knitted jumpers than I could shake a stick at. Wow they did some knitting.
Back in the latter part of the 20th Century with the advent of new materials, hand knitting became a past time for older people. To wear hand knitted items back then was a sign of having little money, there was little appreciation of the high craft knitting is.
Today however it’s a different matter hand knitting is vogue, in fact hand knitting is far more than vogue. It’s sustainable, fashionable and individual way of getting some stunning one off items.
With the advent of blogs, online video tutorials and free patterns there aren’t many barriers to learning to knit. Getting started making a hat or scarf is quite easy, get yourself a pair of knitting needles and some yarn and away you go. However for some this isn’t easy enough, there’s an even easier way these days you can buy knitting kits.
High fashion knitting kits from Wool and the Gang
With an eye on high fashion, ecology and even mindfulness say hello to Wool and the Gang
Pioneering fashion production that’s made in a sustainable way, bringing back knitting as a viable means of production for generations to come.
Wool and the Gang was started by a group of women including Aurelie Popper and Jade Harwood who met while studying Textile Design at Central Saint Martins in London. The two girls went on to gain experience at Alexander McQueen and Balmain in Paris, there they met ex model Elisabeth Sabrier. Together they founded Wool and the Gang.
A fashion knitting one stop shop
Wool and the Gang is basically a one stop shop for all your knitting needs but with an eye on fashion, ecology and sustainability. One of their biggest and best selling points for me is the way they wrap up it all in kit form. Not only that they go on to support it with a whole ecosystem of people. A global ‘Knitwork of Gangstas’ dedicated to helping out and you can even sell on your handmade creations.
The kits they put together aren’t old fashioned they’re great stylish and classically fashionable items you can wear year after year. Take for instance the Pop Life Cardigan (featured here). A sophisticated cardigan, great for summer and autumn, loose fitting with a stunning drape, it’s the perfect cardigan to throw on with jeans and a top.
The kits contain all the items you need, the Pop Life Cardigan kit also includes their eco-friendly Billie Jean yarn. The yarn is manufactured from the waste remnants left over from making of jeans. These tons of off cuts normally destined for landfill are ground up and re-spun to make a superb durable and beautiful yarn.
When you choose a pattern and yarn from Wool and the Gang you even get the option to add all the needles and accoutrements needed to make your garment.
The whole Wool and the Gang package is wonderful, from the support, videos, ecological direction, fashion influences, you name it. It’s a real 21st Century spin on a historic old super craft. My Grandma and Great Grandma would be so delighted that a new generation of knitters is emerging keeping alive and innovating the craft.
Knitting must be a part of the future
Sometimes looking back to get ideas on how to move forward is essential, not of all of what we once did was rubbish. Sometimes the old ways are the best, surely more sustainable garment via knitting is better than throw away fashion. As Wool and the Gang state theirs no earth Version 2 or Part B, this is it and we all need to play our part.