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Knitting Teaches History Lessons

February 19th, 2017–next Sunday–is the 75th anniversary President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order that led to the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. On that date, I’ll be at the FDR Presidential Library & Museum in Hyde Park, New York for an special even commemorating this tragic decision by one of my favorite presidents… read more →

Fighting Prejudice in Knitting and in Life

This essay originally appeared in the Winter 2014 issue of Knitty. What’s your favorite knitting tradition from around the world? If you’re like me, you have a hard time choosing. A few of my favorites are cable knits from the Aran Islands in Ireland, toe-up socks from Turkey, lace shawls from Estonia, complex pattern stitches from.. read more →

Yarn Speaks to Me

Yarn speaks to me. It tells me what it wants to be, and so much more. The yarn I love most is made of wool, the wool of sheep. I love its accent, how it tells me where it grew, about the sheep it insulated, about the pasture it roamed. Each breed of sheep has its.. read more →

I knit because…

I knit because…   I knit because I learned from my grandmother and it’s fun. I have always made things and I always will. I don’t know why knitting stuck more than crocheting or sewing or embroidery. I don’t know why knitting stuck more than candle making or wood carving. But here I am with.. read more →

Let Freedom Ring: Belarusian Wrist Warmers

I’ve added my Belarusian Wrist Warmers pattern to my Ravelry store.   The original came out in Piecework magazine in 2011. Somehow it seems appropriate to re-publish this pattern at this time. I’ve created a PDF that includes an essay about textiles in Belarus and a stitch library of colorwork charts, as well as the.. read more →

Reading/Knitting Book Club

Let’s spend 2017 reading about the beautiful history, culture, and people from different places around the world, who have all come to America to add to our rich heritage and diverse society. February’s research and knitting project for my 2017 theme: Our Knitting Roots. I’m starting in the Middle East, where knitting began. I am.. read more →

Berry Pi – Winter Shawl KAL

Are you ready for my 2017 Pi Shawl KAL? We are starting a little later than usual this year because I have had a big deadline on another project and because I wanted to get the kits together! Official Start Date February 14, 2017 Berry Pi is a pi-shawl in two sizes: Regular and Deep.. read more →

Walk a mile in their socks…

To understand another person, it is said, you must walk a mile in their shoes. Well, what goes inside shoes if not socks? Knitters must take this to heart, and every time we knit a pair of socks to warm our toes, we should take the opportunity to learn about the stitches, patterns, and techniques we use. And.. read more →

Our Hearts are Broken

A note to readers who don’t understand the outrage against Trump or think that those of us who voted for Hillary are sore losers. That’s not it. Yes, we are angry. But that is really a cover up for our broken hearts. We are crying. We are in pain. We are full of sorrow. We are.. read more →

Writing (and Knitting) as a Political Act

Are you a knitting or crochet writer/author/blogger? Here’s an action for January 15. Have you all heard about the Writers Resist meetings on January 15? There are over 75 events around the US and even in a few other countries. I have an idea for those of us who can’t attend the meetings mentioned below. “Our democracy.. read more →

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