Spinning: A Knitting Origin Story
by Kim Werker
Shortly after I got the job as editor of Interweave Crochet magazine back in 2006, I marched into my LYS and bought myself a spinning wheel.
I’d only ever spun on a wheel once or twice, but I was in desperate need of a dramatic way to celebrate, and I decided that this was it. I would learn how to spin on my very own wheel, and delight in the extravagance of whatever that entailed.
Of course, I did not factor in how much time and energy my new job would occupy; I barely touched the wheel during the two years I worked on the magazine. (I suppose that’s a particular kind of extravagance, though?)
By Rachael Herron
Knitting my own wedding dress had always been a goal of mine.
I wanted to make people gasp.
That’s kind of a silly, pretentious thing to admit, right? But the truth is that sometimes I’m a vain woman. I wanted to make people’s jaws drop. I wanted them to see me in a Gibson girl silhouette, wearing a thin, yellow dress of such diaphanous beauty that Charlotte of the legendary web would be astonished by my prowess.
Size Smart: The Accessories Edition
By Sandi Rosner
In the Fall issue, we talked about choosing which size to make for sweaters. But for every sweater we knit, most of us will make several smaller projects. Many knitters refuse to be caught without a pair of socks on the needles for knitting on the go. Hats and mittens are just as portable, and are a wintertime necessity. This month, we'll talk about how to choose an appropriate size for these essentials.
Most knitters don't give much thought to size when planning these smaller projects. They pick up some yarn, cast on some stitches and make a hat with the knowledge that it's sure to fit someone. But haven't we all experienced the disappointment of investing hours carefully crafting a pair of socks or mittens only to find that they don't fit well? It's worth spending a little time up front to avoid that sinking feeling. And if you're knitting a gift, making sure it fits well is a lovely way of saying "I made this just for you."
Patty’s Purls of Wisdom: January 2018
By Patty Lyons
I went to a knitting show and got my measurements taken. I have my high-chest and my full-chest measurement. I know my measurements, but I don’t know which of these is shown in the schematic? Which measurement should it match and why doesn’t the pattern name both?
Textile Travels: Ukraine - Rushnyky
By Carol J. Sulcoski
"A house without a rushnyk is not a home." — Ukrainian proverb
The human impulse to embellish useful articles is old—archaeologists have found embroidered clothing dating from Cro-Magnon times—and the people who have lived in the area known now as Ukraine have an especially deep and rich tradition of decorative stitching. My ancestors are Eastern European, and I've always admired the bright colors and charming folk motifs used in textiles from this region. On a recent trip to New York City, I ventured to the Ukrainian Museum and discovered the rushnyk, a richly embroidered ceremonial cloth with a fascinating history.