Plenty of Provisions
By Marnie MacLean
When I started designing, back when I only offered free patterns on my own website, and deadlines and schedules were the furthest thing from my mind, I would design in a sort of stream-of-consciousness way, working a bit of the design, trying it on and going where the yarn and my mood took me. To keep my options open, I’d almost always start with a provisional cast-on. I hadn’t learned to estimate yardage so it made it possible to lengthen or shorten the piece, without much fuss, and I could pick a hem that suited the design, once I figured out what that design would be.
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.