You Should Totally Teach Me to Knit
by Lee Ann Dalton
Knitting is one of those wonderful skills that just begs to be passed along. It’s a craft that’s been handed down and handed over, from friend to friend, throughout families, in craft workshops, even over the cubicle walls. Knitting is undoubtedly contagious; at the very least, no one ever sits next to a knitter without forming an opinion about what that knitter is doing, and they often loudly covet something warm for their very own selves. It’s almost magnetic, the clickity-click of needles, the flash of yarn, the fabric that just seems to magically grow in a knitter’s hands.
Swatch it! Fall 2013
by Clara Parkes
For me, nothing is as satisfying as a quick pair of fingerless mitts. Pair them with a hat and I'm over the moon.
You can use pretty much any yarn you like. After all, what's the worst thing that can happen? The hat might lack sufficient elasticity to hug your head (or give you that dreaded hat hair). Or the mitts might stretch out or pill over time. But by then you'll be on to the next hat, the next set of mitts.
The Art and Science of Planned Pooling
By Karla Stuebing
What happens when knitting inspiration meets scientific method? A rare thing of pure beauty. Inspired by a pattern she found in an online knitting magazine, Karla Stuebing paired the mathematical expertise she uses as a statistical methodologist and research professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Houston with her passion for yarn and needles. The result—a technique that's been dubbed planned pooling—is awe-inspiring. Here's a look at how she does it—and how you can too.
Swatch it! Spring Summer 2013
by Clara Parkes
I have a confession to make. The day I picked the project for this column, it was so grey and dreary that even my solar-powered Queen Elizabeth wouldn’t wave. I saw Janine LeCras’ Wavelettes shawl and thought, “hey, now there’s a candidate for cashmere.”
Never mind that the shawlette is already knit in a Merino/cashmere/silk blend that’s probably the most appropriate and affordable cashmere combination for this project. No, I’d find others, come up with a vaguely plausible story about why they were somehow different, and spend a week playing with cashmere. Not for any technical reasons that could make you a better knitter, but simply because I was in a bad mood.
The Error of Our Ways: A Knitter's Guide to Fixing Mistakes
Part One: Minor Blunders
by Robin Melanson
If there is one thing a knitter can be certain of, it’s that mistakes will happen. No one is immune to the occasional dropped stich, wrong-slanting cable, or other error and you will never stop making mistakes like these as long as you knit. Why? Because knitters don't just sit there and stitch (not most of the time, anyhow). We knit while driving a forklift, while training our monkey butlers, or while operating the Tilt-a-Whirl at the circus. Or, you know, while watching television (but let's pretend we can do that without messing up the knitting). In other words, our attention is usually divided when we are knitting, we are not always looking at the instructions, and we pick up our WIP and put it down again a million times.