Misc notes from Donna

How’s everyone doing? Have any photos to share here or on Ravelry? Any questions about any of the patterns so far? I just realized I never uploaded the Japanese butterfly motif video so on that for today. Sorry I forgot! I’m almost done with the modernized/Americanized cable butterfly chart that I’m redoing for you. And.. read more →

Another Botanical Artist

Here are some gorgeous photos from another German woman who was a botanical artist who featured butterflies in some of her drawings — and birds! Barbara Regina Dietzsch (German painter & illustrator) Barbara Regina Dietzsch (1706-1783) was a member of an important family of painters, engravers, and musicians that flourished in Nuremberg during the eighteenth.. read more →

Butterfly Motifs to Knit

Hi there, Butterfly Lovers! Here are four free butterfly motifs for you to knit: knit/purl, cables, and lace! read more →

Maria Sibylla Merian Photo Album

Maria Sibylla Merian (German naturalist and scientific illustrator) 1647 – 1717 Tulip, two Branches of Myrtle and two Shells, ca. 1700 drawing 33.6 x 24 cm. (13.23 x 9.45 in.) Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands © photo Rijksmuseum Merian received her artistic training from her stepfather, Jacob Marrel, a student of the still life painter Georg.. read more →

Raupen Wrap Videos & More

Hi! If you haven’t received box 3 yet, you will soon! I hope you like this pattern as much as I do. It was really fun to design and knit, although it has a few challenges if the techniques are new to you. The pattern name is Raupen Wrap, and raupen is German for caterpillar… read more →

Hi! Ready for box 3?

Hi! I feel like I’ve deserted you. I was in Lithuania for 3 weeks, then down with a cold and jet lag. But before I left for my trip, we got everything ready for box 3 so it’s going to ship next week. All I have to do is make some videos for you because.. read more →

How Silk is Made

Here’s a cool video on how silk is made. Check it out! And if you want to learn more, join our Natural History of Knitting Yarn Club. There are a few spots open. We’ll be talking about silk in our next package and more later in the year.   read more →

Inspiring Embroidery

All this embroidery is inspiring me. Do you all want to do an embroidered knit project later this year? I have ideas! These gorgeous pieces are by Jenny Adin-Christie, a freelance specialist traditional embroiderer, trained at the Royal School of Needlework. She has some amazing photos and information on her website, so if you have.. read more →

Embroidery in the 1700s

This wedding dress was made in 1766 and it survives with its stomacher and trimmings intact. We are lucky that in this case we know something of the making and the ownership of this beautiful garment. The silk is from Nørre Vosborg. The dress was made for the then 24 year old Mette Bagges Kjær.. read more →

Tutorials for Bindweed Cowl Techniques – Video

There’s nothing very tricky about the Bindweed Cowl, but it does use a combination of techniques that I put together to create special effects. Provisional Cast On I used a provisional cast on for this so we can add a border to the bottom later. Here’s my favorite provisional cast-on technique:   Cables OOPS, I.. read more →