Autochrome Knitted Hugs

Signe Emdal calls her triangular scarves “hugs” because that’s what they feel like when the pale shades of merino wool are wrapped around your neck. Each is knitted with a muted pattern inspired by the first user-friendly color photography technique called Autochromes, and can be fastened with handy little loops like a warm embrace.

Knit Merino Wool Hats from Rustic Threads

Super-soft, dip-dyed beanies made by hand in Joshua Tree

Inside a small boutique called The End, in the arid desert of Old Town Yucca Valley, CA, we stumbled upon some hats that beckoned to be touched and held. The hats are knitted by Taylor Elyse Compton, a Joshua Tree resident, who has a small studio called Rustic Threads. Compton sources 100% merino wool—softer and lighter than other wools, and without the itchiness—from Ohio, which …

Bitmap Blankets

Part of the “So Sottsass” display at London’s Darkroom shop, Zuzunaga’s pixelated Bitmap Blankets are a bold abstraction of a physical place. Each of the three cities, Tokyo, Shanghai and Barcelona, are photographed and compressed, then woven with Merino wool using a jacquard technique.