Happy New Year!
I’ve got some new things coming up in 2017 and I want to tell you about one major theme that you’ll be seeing in my work: Finding Our Roots through Knitting.
I’ve been thinking about this topic for a couple of years, spurred on my going to family reunions and visiting Lithuania for research on Lithuanian Knitting: Continuing Traditions.
I started thinking about my family roots, but soon discovered that my knitting connected me to many different roots—also known as major life influences or sources of inspiration—in my life including:
- Creative heroes
I think we all can connect to our past, enrich our present, and create a legacy for the future through our knitting. Two of my favorite knitting books are about creating modern folk-art based on things we love:
- In Colorwork Creations (Krause Publications, 2010), Susan Anderson-Freed in inspired by her father’s wood carvings to create mittens, gloves, and hats decorated with woodland creatures.
- In Siberia Lillied (Siberian Flowers, Kagu Kudujad, 2014), Külli Jacobson explores the history of Estonians who moved to Siberia for free land in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The book is in Estonian, but the motifs are charted and the story of the book is in English on the Etsy page.
This year, I have five projects coming up related to that topic:
- A new video slide show about my family history and knitting connections (coming Feb, 2017)
- The Vermont Summer Knitting Retreat (registration opening late Jan, 2017)
- A new column for Knitty (starting with the Early Fall issue)
- An ebook with stories about my roots and patterns inspired by the women in my family tree (coming later in the year)
- A blog series with my drawings and mini-essays (ongoing)
What are your roots, life influences, and sources of inspiration? I invite you to think about this, share your thoughts in the comments, and join me throughout the year as we explore Our Knitting Roots together.