Sip, Sip, Knit
By Franklin Habit
If you're a knitter, I sure as hell don't need to introduce you to Elizabeth Zimmermann.
Hers is simply a name that people who knit recognize, much as people who love horse racing or tennis know Secretariat or Billie Jean King. Her bracing, empowering first book, Knitting Without Tears, has been continuously in print since its debut in 1971. Chances are you own it, or have at least read it. Fifteen years on from her death at age 89, Elizabeth continues to be omnipresent, her influence inescapable.
By Lela Nargi
From Katharine Cobey’s bird-headed cape fashioned from garbage bags to Dave Cole’s steel and fiberglass teddy bears, contemporary knitting sculptors have long embraced unorthodox (and in the case of fiberglass, downright dangerous) materials in their explorations of texture and the meaning of fibercraft. Since 2006, Seattle-area artist Carol Milne has been undertaking an ongoing experiment with the vagaries and complexities of knitted glass
Swatch It! Winter 2014
By Clara Parkes
Fisherman's rib is a deeply satisfying stitch, one that's easy to work and produces a plush, hearty fabric. I'd never worked it in two colors before, and the minute I saw Ashley Rao's Epicenter, I knew I had to give it a swatch.
Rao chose a classic wool yarn for the original garment. Classic Elite Mountaintop Crestone is an evenly spun, traditionally plied yarn with spunk and soul. It walks that fine line between crisp and chaos in a way that's perfect for any fisherman's rib.
In fact, pretty much any traditionally plied yarn will look beautiful in this pattern. Knowing that, I decided instead to veer completely off-road and see how a novelty texture would work. It needed enough uniformity to render the stitches with reasonable clarity, and it needed enough innate elasticity to hold the ribbing in place. Tube yarn—call it tape, cord, what have you—fit the bill perfectly.
Lessons in Goat Rearing - Part Two:
Have You Any Wool?
By Amy King
In the Spring/Summer issue of Twist, I introduced you to my rapidly growing herd of goats and the piles of poop they produce. This installment deals with a more genteel caprine product: their gorgeous mohair fleece. Angora goats provide quite a bit of that. As a spinner, that's exactly what I want. The trick is getting it off the animal and onto the spinning wheel.
By Robin Melanson
By the simplest definition, stranded colorwork describes knitting a multicolor pattern and working each row with at least two colors at the same time. As you knit stitches with one color, the other colors are stranded along the wrong side of the work until needed.
By Sandi Rosner
If you want to duplicate the look and feel of the sample garment you fell in love with in a photograph, the surest route is to use the same yarn. But sometimes that just isn't possible. Perhaps the yarn called for in the pattern has been discontinued. Maybe you're on a stash reduction campaign. Or maybe the original yarn is simply out of your price range. Whatever the reason, the time will come when you need to substitute yarn. In this article, we'll talk about the ins and outs of choosing a yarn other than the one specified in the pattern.