Knit one. Purl one. Knit one. Purl...er... WTF?
Who remembers how to knit? Not me. Who wants to knit, anyway?
if I wanna keep my fingers busy, I'll smoke a fag and twiddle my hair,
right? And if I want a new sweater, hell, I'll just go buy one.
Such cavelier attitudes are an anathema to the ladies and gentlemen of
the Cast Off Knitting Club for Boys and Girls. They definitely know how
to knit, and they're happy to teach those that don't.
The Cast Off Knitting Club is devoted to revitalising the long-neglected
craft of knitting, and creating some damn funky objets d'art
in the process. Or are they objets du monde? Cast Off Founder
Rachael Matthews isn't quite sure...
'Are Cast Off products art or fashion? They're both and neither,' she
says. 'I think of it as a kind of make-your-own fashion'.
Cast Off products are sold in fashion boutiques around London, but the
kits are more interactive and creative than the usual boutique selection
of bangles and baubles. Cast Off products are complete knitting kits including
coloured thread, needles and patterns.
But get those images of grandad cardies and baby booties outta your head,
this is a whole nother ball game. The Cast Off collection invoves three
separate lines - Domestic, Love, and Going Out.
The Domestic collection features useful household items that
even inexperienced knitters can create, such as Knit Your Own Dishcloth
and Knit Your Own Exfoliating Bath Sponge. Then things get saucy with
the Love collection - knit your own garters, blindfolds and nipple
tassles - and once the bedroom has been exhausted, it's time for Going
Out, which includes covers for headphones, and Felt Your Own Slipmat.