K1S1 - Launch Time

K1S1 extreme knitting yarn -  DIY Little Dandelion style.

Bumps of K1S1

Bumps of K1S1

It's taken just shy of two years to bring K1S1 to market. I have to confess, I nearly gave up on this dream a few times. It's been bloody hard work and at times I have lost hope of it ever coming into being. Building something from the ground up is a particularly fraught process and it is probably a good thing that I was fairly naive about it all. Often, not knowing what is not possible is a blessing because you just keep working at it until you make it possible. But with the aid of a wonderful mill owner in New Zealand, I persisted and I am so glad I did.

K1S1 means Knit One Share One and represents my desire to share my passion for extreme knitting and big yarn with you all. This is no ordinary yarn guys and, as you already know, I only play with the good stuff. This is high grade merino wool which has been developed into a fully felted knitting yarn using state of the art technology.

K1S1 replicates the same scale I currently create with unspun wool but, as it is a yarn, all you need to do is knit. There are no additional and complicated  process required beyond that. Everything I have learnt about wool and yarn over the last few years has been invested into K1S1. It is luscious and soft but also robust with a low pilling quotient.

Textiles made with K1S1 have a dynamic almost structural character matched by a texture which is sublime and immensely comforting.

K1S1 Throw

The K1S1 range will continue to evolve with time. Smaller bumps are on their way along with some other beautiful natural colours. 

K1S1 together with industrial knitting needles and trims are now available in my online shop. I hope you enjoy.

Made in New Zealand to my specifications, K1S1 is exclusive to Little Dandelion. Wholesale enquiries are welcome. Please email me at hello@littledandelion.com for more information.

a little bit crafty

In 2011, I sat in the offices of Aer Design in Melbourne and discussed the branding for Little Dandelion. I was so unsure of what was ahead. I had no clue about social media. I was also completely out of the loop in terms of lifestyle and interior magazines. I didn't buy them. All except one that is: frankie magazine.  I remember joking with Jen and Lynne that if I make it into Frankie then I will have considered myself as having "made it". It sounds ridiculous but it is a measure of how much I love frankie.

Anyway, over the past couple of months,  Frankie have been busy painting, stitching and  snipping to bring you a brand new book, a little bit crafty!

And they asked me, alongside 38 of Australia's favourite local crafters, to contribute a nifty project to keep you busy through many sunny crafternoons. What a thrill.

You can find my project on page 48. The frankie team have called it "high fives for finger knitting". It's all about repurposing odds and ends in your yarn stash to create snuggly little woollen bowls in which to keep your treasures. It's easy, it's fun and, like all crafty pursuits, will calm the nerves and sooth the soul. Enjoy.


You can by your copy here.

 

High Fives For Finger Knitting
a little bit crafty



Trend Tablet by Lidewij Edelkoort

Trend Tablet is a huge fan of Little Dandelion we asked Jacqui Fink, the hands behind Little Dandelion to tell us her story. Here you are!

"I’m a mother (41) of three children and I live on Sydney’s Northern Beaches in Australia with my Husband Eric, two cats and a menagerie of wildlife who visit for a daily feed. I have a law degree but am otherwise untrained in fine arts, design and textiles.
 
I launched Little Dandelion in 2012 after a long and intensive search for a creative outlet. I had been searching in earnest for something to call my own and I knew it needed to be creative: the need to work with my hands was powerful.
 
To cut a long story short, in November 2009 my Mother received a life saving double lung transplant. In the weeks that followed, I found myself in a heightened creative state culminating in a dream that was as terrifying as it was profound. In the dream, a very loud booming voice told me that I needed to knit blankets and that the knitting needed to be “big”. Okay then! The very next day I started the process of bringing Little Dandelion to fruition.
 
I suspect the fact that the answer to my search for a creative outlet was so intimately connected to my Mother was no accident. My Mum taught me to knit when I was quite young. Mum was and is a profuse knitter and I noticed that it was a beautiful respite for her.  As a child though I was too impatient to commit to the language of knitting to be able to follow a pattern.  But, I did work really hard to perfect my tension and the consistency of my stitches. I also enjoyed the respite.
 
Fast forward five years, some intense experimentation and the making of many mistakes, I now produce by hand oversized scale blankets, throws and installation works using naturally coloured high quality unspun merino wool and other natural fibres from Australia and New Zealand and a set of massive knitting needles made from PVC pipe.

My work is informed by three great passions: my need for sensory feedback and my love of both texture and natural fibres. At the heart of my work is the extreme scale the unspun wool allows me to achieve. For the observer, the scale provides the perfect platform to showcase the beauty and rawness of the natural fibres I use. The textures are rich, luxurious and have the ability to imbue both solace and joy to the handler. On a personal level, each piece is as much a physical challenge as a loving creative exercise and pushing the boundaries of what is possible is a huge driver.
 
However, knitting with unspun wool is problematic due to its delicate nature. To overcome this, I felt each piece once it has been knitted. This is no mean feat given that most of my creations weigh a minimum of five kilograms. The felting gives stability to the unspun wool and allows for a greater stitch definition. The resulting texture is both rustic and sculptural in its appeal. My self-taught process is laborious and often menial but it is equally satisfying. I suspect my lack of technical know how actually helped me push the boundaries of what was possible because I had no concept of what wasn’t.
 
Essentially, Little Dandelion is my quiet rebellion against mindless mass production and my loving contribution to a kinder and more conscientious world. I am currently developing my own Little Dandelion oversized knitting yarn so that others can experience the joy of slow craft and extreme knitting."

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Photo by Jacqui Fink

Photo by Jacqui Fink

Portrait by David Hutton

Portrait by David Hutton

Photos by Jacqui Fink

Photos by Jacqui Fink

Styled by Lara Hutton and photographed by Sharyn Cairns. Sea Art - An Aesthetic Convergence. Exhibition by Lara Hutton in collaboration with Jacqui Fink. November 2013

Styled by Lara Hutton and photographed by Sharyn Cairns. Sea Art - An Aesthetic Convergence. Exhibition by Lara Hutton in collaboration with Jacqui Fink. November 2013

Styled by Lara Hutton and photographed by Sharyn Cairns. Sea Art - An Aesthetic Convergence. Exhibition by Lara Hutton in collaboration with Jacqui Fink. November 2013

Styled by Lara Hutton and photographed by Sharyn Cairns. Sea Art - An Aesthetic Convergence. Exhibition by Lara Hutton in collaboration with Jacqui Fink. November 2013

Originally styled by Lara Hutton and photographed by Martyn Thompson for Vogue Living Magazine Australia May/June 2014 issue

Originally styled by Lara Hutton and photographed by Martyn Thompson for Vogue Living Magazine Australia May/June 2014 issue