Our Knitting Roots

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:

  • Books
  • Friends
  • Family
  • Places
  • Creative heroes
  • Nature

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:

This year, I have five projects coming up related to that topic:

  1. A new video slide show about my family history and knitting connections (coming Feb, 2017)
  2. The Vermont Summer Knitting Retreat (registration opening late Jan, 2017)
  3. A new column for Knitty (starting with the Early Fall issue)
  4. An ebook with stories about my roots and patterns inspired by the women in my family tree (coming later in the year)
  5. 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.

Check out the upcoming knitting retreat on this topic.

  1. I just love this idea! I have long wanted to incorporate my own roots (which are not knitting roots but roots “rooted” in geography and love) into my knitting. In fact, I was in touch with you with a question about Jewish knitting in eastern Europe a number of years ago. I will LOVE going on this journey with you.

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