Sunday, 10 January 2010

SIBLING ‘Knit one, purl one…'

My Granny taught me to knit so I’ve always had a fascination with the waft and weave of wool. Back in my salad knitting days I got the needles out for Body Map, John Galliano, John Flett and Richard Torry but knit wear collective ‘Sibling’ have come up with truly inventive ways of thrilling us with their yarns. Sid Bryan, Joe Bates and Cozette McCreery take ‘classic’ styles and lay on a twist with sequins and gems, fringing up, exploring and adorning with great humour. It’s a chic with cheek attitude that’s getting them everywhere. Now on their third collection aptly entitled Collection 3 they’ve expressed their output via film and installation. I was with Sibling and Spanish style mag Metal in Madrid recently at the Chivas Studio for a party celebrating Sibling’s unique take… here’s what they said!


  1. How do you do it?

We are yarn alchemists.


  1. Favourite colour way?

Anything neon, fluro and sparkly with sweatshirt greys, school navy and goth blacks


  1. Do you have names for your creations?

Oh yes: Kurt Grunge Beano, Well Loved Denim Jacket, Noah Skull Breton, Deviant… that kind of thing.


  1. Who does what?

We all muck in and there are not defined roles as such but Joe is a damn fine sketcher, Sid can swatch for England and Cozette has a contacts book to die for.


  1. Morning people or night people?

Joe is up with the birds. Sid can multi task and do a bit of both. Cozette is a night person to the extent that we think that she may be a vampire.


  1. Knit one or pearl one?

Knit one, purl one, introduce another yarn, cable it and cast-off.


  1. What’s your most pricey garment?

Anything featuring Swarovski Crystal. We daren’t put a price tag on the Kurt Grunge Beano because of it and are very relieved that Swarovski are really supportive when it comes to product.


  1. I’ve only got £25 quid, what can I get for that?

Cozette sells kisses for that round Christmas time so you’re in luck. Nothing knitted though I’m afraid. Maybe a cone of yarn… you could knit your own Sibling Ram or something?


  1. Who’s your muse?

Boys we want or wanted to snog.


  1. What do you like best about what you do?

Freedom to knit and to talk about knitting without being laughed at.

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