Swatch It! Spring/Summer 2012
by Clara Parkes
When you think about socks, which do you think about first, the design or the yarn? Chances are, the design. Most people do.
But I hope you give a little thought to the yarn, too. This is the entire premise of my book, The Knitter’s Book of Socks, or as I like to think of it, Socks from the Yarn Up—that yarn makes a huge difference in your socks.
by Leslie Petrovski
With wool prices skyrocketing and the economy sputtering, why bother with organic wool? If you’re not eating it, and there’s no data supporting the health benefits of wearing it, why pay the uplift? And what does it mean for wool to be organic anyway?
Of Spaniards, Shipwrecks, and Sheep
by Daryl Brower
Ask the Problem Ladies: Spring/Summer 2012
by by Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne
The problem ladies have all the answers!
Creature Comforts: The Art of Felieke van der Leest
By Lela Nargi
Somewhere back in the late 1960s, consumed by a toddler’s desire for self-adornment, I selected a plastic animal from my menagerie and tied it around my neck with a piece of string. I’m not sure the ponderous, inelegant result would have qualified as “jewelry” exactly. But take that playful embellishing impulse, combine it with a true artist’s flair for detail, skill with metalwork and needlecraft, and what you’ve got is fifteen years of whimsical work by Dutch jewelry designer Felieke van der Leest.
Increasing Your Options
by Sandi Rosner
It is entirely possible to make a sweater without ever increasing or decreasing the number of stitches. Four plain rectangles can be sewn together to make a perfectly serviceable covering for your upper body and arms. Most of us, however, prefer our garments to bear some relationship to the shape of the body underneath. Producing such garments requires a working understanding of increases and decreases. In this article, we will take an in-depth look at increases. Look for the discussion of decreases in the Spring issue.