March Book Club Schedule

We start our first bookclub discussions tomorrow! I’m going to start with House of Stone because it is still in print and available as an ebook and audio book and I think everyone has been able to get a copy, or can get one instantly.   This is all new to me, so please be.. read more →

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Our Knitting Roots Book Club Update

Ok, here’s the scoop! I needed a little more time for set up than I thought. (I am always doing too much at once!) So we will officially kick it off in March. At that time, I’ll create a new post for the book selections and knitting for that topic, and announce it here as.. read more →

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 →

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