by Rachael Herron
I’ve been thinking a lot about minimalism lately, and I believe that to make yourself happier, you should get rid of your stash.
Whoops. That shook you up, didn’t it? I’m kidding! Kidding! Actually, I’m not kidding. But I’ll give you a minute to get your breath back.
I’ll start by noting that some people are truly not bothered by clutter. My better half is one of them, a soul actually soothed by leaning piles of books, papers, and artwork. If that’s you—and if that’s working for you—that’s fine. I envy you. The universe tends toward entropy and you are already comfortable with this fact of life. But if the size of your stash makes you feel stressed or if clutter in your house makes you anxious, stick with me. If you long for organization, if you wish you could catalog everything in your stash with a quick flip through the ol’ mental Rolodex but can’t figure out where to start, keep reading.
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.
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.
Part 1: A History Lesson
By Hypatia Francis
By Clara Parkes
Fisherman's rib is a deeply satisfying stitch, one that's easy to work and produces a plush, hearty fabric. I'd never worked it in two colors before, and the minute I saw Ashley Rao's Epicenter, I knew I had to give it a swatch.
Rao chose a classic wool yarn for the original garment. Classic Elite Mountaintop Crestone is an evenly spun, traditionally plied yarn with spunk and soul. It walks that fine line between crisp and chaos in a way that's perfect for any fisherman's rib.
In fact, pretty much any traditionally plied yarn will look beautiful in this pattern. Knowing that, I decided instead to veer completely off-road and see how a novelty texture would work. It needed enough uniformity to render the stitches with reasonable clarity, and it needed enough innate elasticity to hold the ribbing in place. Tube yarn—call it tape, cord, what have you—fit the bill perfectly.