Singing (and Knitting) as a Political Act

This week I’ve been thinking about diversity, xenophobia, empire, nationalism, genealogy, and family history. How can we embrace each other even though we are different? How can we all be Americans and work together to make a better world for the future? How can we embrace our pasts, live with love in the present, and plan Read More

Knitting with Seed Beads

Knitting with Beads Using only garter stitch and small glass beads, Lithuanian knitters have traditionally created beautiful jeweled wrist warmer cuffs. The beads are strung onto the yarn before stitches are cast on for knitting. Many of these wristers are decorated with crochet trim stitches—worked with or without beads. Seed beads are used for these Read More

Baltic Braid

  This decorative braid is popular in both Lithuania and Latvia. It is worked by making three rounds with two colors, changing colors after every stitch. The first round is knit and the second two rounds are purled. On the purl round, the floats create the braid pattern. It is very important to pick up Read More


Right Slanting Decrease (Knit 2 together from the “top”/front) A right-slanting decrease (k2tog in English books) is knit two together from the “top” or through the front loop. This is the most basic decrease in knitting. With “grandmother’s knitting,” this would be like knitting through the back loops, except that the stitches are turned around so Read More

Knitting in Lithuania’s ethnographical regions

Even though Lithuania is a relatively small country, about the same size as West Virginia, it has five ethnographic regions. Each region has a unique natural environment and historical economic base, the people speak a distinct dialect, and – most importantly to us – there were interesting differences in traditional knitting patterns and clothing styles Read More