Trademark protection gone wrong, U.S. Olympic Committee edition

Lynne Kiesling The U.S. Olympic Committee is starting to beat the drum for the London 2012 Olympics, 36 days to go! But their long-standing aggressive enforcement of their “Olympic” trademark has alienated an unlikely group of potential Olympics fans and TV viewers: knitters. Yes, knitters (of which I am one). At the knitting social network … More Trademark protection gone wrong, U.S. Olympic Committee edition

A sheepy, woolly weekend, and some economics of it

Lynne Kiesling I spent the weekend with two friends at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, the second largest sheep-based livestock and fiber festival in the U.S. It’s an overwhelming combination of county fair (complete with fair food), livestock show, livestock market, and fiber festival. It’s all about turning this into this And yes, I … More A sheepy, woolly weekend, and some economics of itMore A sheepy, woolly weekend, and some economics of it

The Financial Risk Associated With Inducing Yarn Frenzy in Knitters

Lynne Kiesling There’s this really great outfit called Blue Moon Fiber Arts that makes some of the most gorgeous hand-dyed yarn for knitting that you can imagine; gorgeous yarn born out of the vision of one woman. I bought my first Blue Moon yarn, a variegated rayon in amazing shades of olive, a year and … More The Financial Risk Associated With Inducing Yarn Frenzy in KnittersMore The Financial Risk Associated With Inducing Yarn Frenzy in Knitters

Knitting Olympics

Lynne Kiesling OK, I’m throwing my knitting lot in with two teams, fair isle knit team and team Chicago: For you non-knitters, here’s the challenge: cast on a new project that stretches your skills during the opening ceremonies, and finish it by the time the Olympics end. My stretch: multi-color fair isle, which I’ve never … More Knitting OlympicsMore Knitting Olympics

MANHATTAN’S KNITTING CULTURE AND ECONOMICS

Lynne Kiesling As you would expect in a large city, Manhattan has a fair number of good yarn stores: Purl in Soho, The Yarn Co. on Broadway at 82nd St., String on Madison Avenue at 78th St., Downtown Yarns on Avenue A, Knitting 321 on E. 75th St., Gotta Knit! on 6th Avenue, etc. A … More MANHATTAN’S KNITTING CULTURE AND ECONOMICSMore MANHATTAN’S KNITTING CULTURE AND ECONOMICS