Extended blog post of interest about knitting and writing.

Symbols in Lithuanian Knitting (part 2)

To continue talking about the Stitch Library chapter I’m working on for my book on Lithuanian knitting, I’d like to start with a short overview of¬†symbolism, in general. Folklore and spirituality, or religion, have been tied tightly to the symbols used in weaving in Lithuania, as well as in other forms of folk art, since […]

Colors in Lithuanian Knitting

Yesterday I was reading a 1930s book written in Lithuanian, and it said that in the old days (pre-1930 obviously) there weren’t very many white Lithuanian sheep and most of the yarn that was dyed was muted colors because a) it was all natural dyes and b) it was mostly overdyed on grey. After chemical […]

Lithuania’s History: Textiles Through Time, part 1

Here’s another sneak peek into my book about Lithuanian knitting… Thinking and reading about history is one of my favorite pastimes. Over the past few years, I must have read at least twenty books and hundreds of articles about the history of Lithuania and its neighboring states. Although the topic intrigues me to no end, […]