How the West Was Wooled
Part 1: A History Lesson
By Hypatia Francis
by Fiona Ellis
Color is a powerful thing, triggering emotional responses in all of us. And red is perhaps the most powerful color of all, evoking everything from passion and power to rage and romance. In some cultures it’s symbolic of purity or joy and happiness—one of the reasons it’s a traditional wedding color for brides in China, India, Pakistan, and Vietnam. Shift the cultural lens to the west and the red has a very different meaning: seduction, questionable morals, and even danger.
Give Them the Slip: In Defense of Mosaic Knitting
Mosaic knitting is one of those techniques that truly is easier than it looks. It offers a simple way to manipulate what is essentially striped knitting into a wonderful variety of decorative elements.
In mosaic knitting, you alternate between two rows of a darker and a lighter color, but instead of working every stitch in the row, some stitches are slipped. That’s really all there is to it.
The term mosaic knitting was coined by Barbara Walker and described in a 1976 book devoted to the technique. While the name is sometimes used more loosely to refer to all slip-stitch patterns, Walker used it to refer to a technique defined by a specific set of rules. What makes mosaic different from most other slip-stitch patterns is that within the constraints of those rules, a designer can create new motifs and repeat patterns and images.
Lessons in Goat Rearing: Part Three
Text and illustrations by Amy King
If you’ve been following along since the Spring/Summer 2014 issue (Part One, Part Two), you’ve gotten to know quite a bit about my goats. So much happens on our little farm that it’s difficult to sum it all up in a few articles. So I’m going to end this series with a beginning: the birthing of baby goats. It’s a mess, but if you've had your own children or witnessed the birth of others, you know that’s it’s a beautiful mess. This is my girl Nikki's birth story.
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.