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Facebook groups, Ravelry store, published patterns, test knitters, errata and a huge thanks

Women Knitting

I belong to a few Facebook knitting groups. I love scrolling through what other knitters have made, reading their thoughts about their knitting, the patterns and yarn they are using and even the odd photo of their pet ‘helping’ them with their knitting. Indeed, I often click a ‘like’ or a ‘love’ and sometimes even a ‘wow’ and, I also …

Stitch Library

Creeping Vines

One of life’s little pleasures for me is to devour stitch library/encyclopedia’s. I can spend hours happily leafing through printed books like Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook, Mary Jane Mucklestone’s 200 Fair Isle Designs, The Harmony Guides to Knitting Stitches series and The Vogue knitting Stitchionary series. In short, I am a sucker for a good book of stitch patterns. …

Rose

They arrived! I hate sending parcels overseas as I am always worried that the parcels will get lost in transit. So, it was a huge relief when Rose sent me a photo of herself wearing the hat and scarf I designed and knitted especially for her. The sunshine yellow is definitely Rose’s colour. She looks amazing. Rose’s scarf and hat …

Rose’s Scarf

Rose's Scarf

Did you know scarves have been worn since ancient times? I certainly didn’t. According to Wikipedia, the 9th century BC Statue of Ashurnasirpal 11 is wearing a shawl and, in Ancient Rome, men wore what was known as a Focale to wipe sweat from their faces during hot summers. In the reign of Emperor Cheng, cloth scarves were used as …

Slow Knitting

Slow Knitting

Hannah Thiessen’s book Slow Knitting: A journey from sheep to skein to stitch (Abrams NY 2017) is a new book on my knitting bookshelf. I have to confess it was the title which drew me in; I wanted to know all about this thing called ‘slow knitting’. In her introduction, Hannah laments the constant movement of timelines, deadlines and other …

A Call to Action

Jill Ker Conway

I have been re-reading Jill Ker Conway memoir trilogy: The Road to Coorain (1989), True North (1995) and A Women’s Education (2001). For those who do not have the foggiest notion of who she is, let me give you a short overview. Jill Ker spent her childhood on an outback (read: isolated) farm in NSW, Australia. It was an unusual upbringing …