By Marnie MacLean
If you know my work, you probably think of me as just a knitter, but my first love is crochet. I am largely self-taught in the fiber arts, though I got a bit of a nudge forward from my knitting mother and crocheting father. One night, I raided my dad’s crochet stash and found a 1970s-era crochet pattern book that had it all: bikinis and capes, fedoras and more. To 7-year-old me, it was a treasure trove and it kicked off two decades of a near-exclusive passion for crochet. In college, I could be found working as technical support in the computer lab and when it was slow, I’d be cranking along on an afghan in acrylic yarn sold by the pound.
A Good Turn: Mastering the Tubular Bind-off
By Marnie MacLean
Last season, we looked at the Tubular Cast-On. One of the reasons I love tubular cast-ons is that they give garments a professional appearance and produce an edge that is tidy and flexible. It’s suitable for so many types of projects and with a little practice it can be as quick to work as a long-tail or knitted cast-on. But what about the bound-off edges? Whether you are working a toe-up sock or binding off a ribbed collar, having the option to produce professional-quality results is as important at the start of the project as it is for the end.
Swatch it! Winter 2015
By Clara Parkes
Nowhere is a yarn's construction as immediately evident as in garter stitch. There's just something about the acute three-dimensionality of that purl ridge that exposes all to the eye, every time.
Garter is one of my favorite stitches to swatch, and it's what first drew me to Liisa Nieminen's Channa. While not actually knit in garter stitch, this oversized sweatshirt/boyfriend sweater is knit in a gloriously simple—and revelatory—ridge pattern in which one purl row accentuates three otherwise smooth stockinette ones.
How the West was Wooled: Part 3
By Hypatia Francis
Wool is everywhere, from knitting magazines to wool shops to clubs and klatches. A quick look at any popular online decorating blog will tell you that one of the must-have items for your house is a Hudson Bay blanket, that familiar white wool bed cover striped with bands of blue, yellow, red, and green stripes. A walk past any hipster-owned boutique shows a window full of wool products. Wool is what's hot.
We All Get the Blues
By Fiona Ellis
Blue, it seems, is a study in contrasts, visually, historically, metaphorically, and in its cultural associations.
It can range from a subtle, barely-there tint of powder blue to the deep depths of shades of navy or midnight.
Even though we are surrounded by what we would call blue skies and oceans, most ancient cultures didn’t have a word to describe the color and described the sky by other means, such as how many clouds were present.