Playing Lessons

A long time ago, a knitter once asked me about “playing lessons” for knitting. I had no idea what playing lessons were.  She explained that the term comes from golfing, and a playing lesson is where you go out and actually play a round of golf with your teacher.  Since many people learn best by…

Ribbing Solutions: Clean Color Changes

If you purl on the RS of the work, on the first row of a new color, you’ll end up with the new color showing up as purl “bumps” or “blips” in the old color. If you want a clean color change in ribbing – or any time you have a purl st involved in…

Show Stopper, Indeed

OK, I cannot resist posting this vintage gem – even though this is CROCHET, not knitting (and I think knitters all over the globe can all be thankful for that). I truly believe this picture deserves a better fate than being hidden away in an old book. The item originally appeared with this text: Show…

How to “Steal” Ideas

A book I have called “Steal Like An Artist” says, “Nothing is original, so embrace influence, collect ideas, and remix and re-imagine to discover your own path.” My “Sassy” sweater is a perfect example of this kind of re-mixing.  It started out as a version of Jenna Adorno’s “Tempting“, which was originally published in Knitty’s…

Vintage Knitting: 170 Years of Patterns for Downloading

The University of Southhampton has put nearly 300 books from its Knitting Reference Library online! The Knitting Reference Library (KRL) includes the published works collected by Montse Stanley, Richard Rutt and Jane Waller. These comprise books, exhibition catalogues, knitting patterns, journals and magazines. The material dates from 1840 to 2012. I’m already in love with…