Patty's Purls of Wisdom: May 2018
Technique, etiquette, and lifestyle advice for the modern knitter
By Patty Lyons
Weaving 101 Part 1: Looming Decisions
by Amy King
Set your needles aside for a moment and take a look at another way to create with fiber. This new series will introduce you to the basics of weaving and a world of projects from quick-to-make scarves and dishtowels to more labor-intensive wraps and blankets.
Like any any artistic endeavor, weaving requires the right tools, and the tool that's most essential to woven fabrics is a loom. This installment will introduce you to one of the best, easiest, smallest ways to begin your weaving adventures: the rigid heddle loom.
by Leslie Petrovski
Anne-Marie Chmielewski of the Mountains and Plains Fibershed is waiting. Since June 2017 when she and her daughter drove 20 pounds of Rambouillet/CVM to the Mora Valley Spinning Mill in New Mexico, she has been waiting for samples of a 70 percent wool/30 percent Colorado hemp yarn—the penultimate product in Fibershed’s years-long Colorado experiment to turn hemp seed into cloth.
Mary Pettis-Sarley of Twirl Yarn in California is also waiting. She has ferried several batches of wool/alpaca/kid mohair/domestic hemp she’s already blended to the Mystic Pines mill near Williams, Arizona and is waiting to have enough yarn to market to knitters and weavers. She’s also on a quest to perfect an all-natural, all-American toe-and-heel sock yarn.
Stacie Chavez, president of Imperial Yarn, is waiting, too. Spurred by inquiries from fashion brands, Imperial Yarn is looking to create both production and hand-knitting yarns that incorporate U.S. hemp. At this writing, Chavez is hoping for samples of what is, to the best of anyone’s knowledge, the first commercially scaled American-grown hemp-blend yarns—in a few weeks.
So, here we are on the fragile precipice of a new American fiber industry.
By Kim Werker
In the last
I didn’t mention in that column that ten years after discovering what I love most about knitting, I hit a new level of satisfaction while I was on a plane. During my family’s flight to Hawaii over winter break, I hit a special spot of nirvana when, for the first time, I knitted and read at the same time. Yup, it was stockinette stitch in the round, and yup, it was on an e-reader I could prop up in front of me and tap to advance pages.
Stockinette stitch in the round on a plane. Soon, I pulled out my e-reader and experienced ultimate knitting-reading bliss.
The project I was knitting on the plane is one I’d set aside for much of the month of October while I indulged a compulsive need to carve stamps for Halloween. (Yes, when I put a project down in October it’s totally my M.O. not to pick it back up again until late December.)
They’re Not Worthy
By Rachael Herron
When I was 29 (almost two decades ago) I quit smoking–one of the hardest things I’d ever done. I rewarded myself by knitting as much as I wanted to. Up until
New knitters are so eager in their gifting, aren’t they? It’s a wonderful thing to watch: their first wonky scarves going to mothers or grandmothers, their first hole-ridden hats going to dads and brothers.
The right kind of person wears whatever you make them. A great friend will receive a felted pair of slippers the size of the Grand Canyon and immediately tear off her shoes and proclaim them just the right fit. A beloved sibling will put on the neon-blue muppet-like sweater and not take it off till the spring thaw.
But not everyone is worthy of being knitted for.