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Free Antique Knitting Books

Yup.  They exist. Now, before we get too far into this, I would like to unequivocally state that of my four favorite places on planet Earth, three are libraries.  Libraries are wonderful places, home of local knitting circles, knitting books (and other books), knitting magazines (and other magazines), knitting videos …

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Knitting Ahead – Spring 2014

Notes on Pantone’s Spring 2014 Color Palette vs. Available Yarn: This post is the result of an entire evening spent scouring the internet for yarn colorways which live up to Pantone’s high standards.  Granted, I did briefly get sidetracked looking at photos of Hitomi Shida’s breathtaking designs.  But I also …

Book Review – Metropolitan Knits

Details Title: Metropolitan Knits: Chic Designs for Urban Style Author: Melissa Wehrle ISBN: 978-1-59668-778-3 (pbk.) Published: 2013 Interweave Press Summary A pattern collection emphasizing knitting on the urban edge.  Divided into three chapters entitled Heart of the City, Urban Bohemia, and City Gardens, featuring a well-rounded selection of patterns for …

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Book Review – Knits of Tomorrow

Details Title: Knits of Tomorrow: Toys and Accessories for your Retro-Future Needs Author: Sue Culligan ISBN-13: 978-1596688360 (pbk.) 2013 Interweave Press Summary A collection of patterns inspired by past advances in technology and science, e.g. sputnik, radio, reel-to-reel players, cassette tapes, robots, rockets, etc. Contents The book consists of twenty …

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Vintage Sock Knitting Machines 101

Years ago, I was part of an expedition to the For Bare Feet sock factory in Southern Indiana. Okay, it was actually just a factory tour with some friends of mine where I stood in awe at huge stockpiles of threads and yarns, and industrial knitting machines which made my modest …

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Where to Sit While You Knit

How many stereotypes do we, as knitters, have to deal with? Not just the ones we put on ourselves (like single-sock-knitters), but the ones left over from two centuries ago when wool, cotton, and silk were the only fibers available and everything was knit on ‘pins’ rather than needles. I’m …

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The Un-Knitting Machine – Includes a diagram

  Imogen Hedges from Rachel Mc Closkey on Vimeo. More than a decade into the new millennium we finally have it. The Un-knitting Machine.  London designer Imogen Hedges has really thought of it all, right down to a jet of steam which relaxes the yarn and the hand crank ball winder …

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A Saga & A Book Review

They sucked me in.  I had no choice.  It was the title: Making Mathematics with Needlework; Edited by Sarah-Marie Belcastro and Carolyn Yackel. And the cover.  Two knitted donuts accompanied by two wooden needles and two balls of yarn.  The symmetry and balance were head turning. Oh yes.  Those toruses …

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