A Royal Wedding

Posted in Uncategorized on April 11, 2011 by Tracy

With all of the hoopla surrounding the upcoming royal nuptials, it seems even knitters can get in on the fun. Remember the day with your own knitted royal wedding!

Available wherever fine books are sold!

The Praise of the Needle

Posted in Uncategorized on February 15, 2011 by Tracy

I saw this posted in the comments on the WBUR website today, and I liked it so much I wanted to share it.

The Praise of the Needle

To all dispersed sorts of ARTS and TRADES,
I writ the needles prayse (that never fades)
So long as children shall be got or borne,
So long as garments shall be made or worne,
So long as Hemp or flax or Sheep shall bear
their linnen woollen fleeces yeare by yeare:
So long as Silk-wormes, with exhausted spoile,
Of their own Entrailes for man’s gaine shall toyle:
yea till the world be quite dissolv’d and past;
So long at least, the Needles use shall last.

JOHN TAYLOR, London 1640

John Lennon and crocheting content

Posted in Uncategorized on December 8, 2010 by Tracy

Here’s a wonderful video: John Lennon singing “Instant Karma” with a blindfolded Yoko Ono sits nearby, knitting crocheting. I don’t understand the connection, but it’s fabulous.

Rest in peace, John. It’s been a long 30 years.

spool knitting on a grand scale

Posted in Uncategorized on December 4, 2010 by Tracy

How many of us knitters were introduced to knitting as a young child using a knitting Nancy? Also known as French knitting or spool knitting, this simple form of knitting creates miles and miles of i-cord (if you’re patient and can persevere enough).

But this takes spool knitting to a whole new level. I would have loved to have seen this in person!

ruins

Posted in Uncategorized on December 3, 2010 by Tracy

When I travel to Ithaca, I can go one of two ways: the hilly way or the flat way. Both ways take me past many abandoned buildings scattered around the farm fields–abandoned houses, barns, and silos. Abandoned buildings are common here in rural upstate New York, and each one has a story–a story of sadness, a story of surrender, a story of loss.

I often wonder about the last person to walk out of one of these buildings. Why did he decide to give up? Why did she walk away instead of selling the building to someone else? What happened to make someone decide that it was better to give up this building to the elements than to try to keep it together?

Most of the abandoned structures I pass are wooden structures that diminish with every passing winter. But there is one I pass on Route 227 that is made of stone. It looks like it was once built to be a solid structure to last more than a lifetime. Now it’s open to the elements, home only to the vines and the wildlife.

In summer, you can hardly see it for all the vines covering it. But now that we’re on the cusp of winter, and we’ve had our first snowfall, you can see the ruins. I wonder about the story behind this house.

New pattern: Clarendon scarf

Posted in Uncategorized on November 3, 2010 by Tracy

At long last, my Clarendon scarf pattern is now available.

This soft and easy scarf combines knitting and simple weaving. The foundation of the scarf is knit from worsted weight Knit One, Crochet Too Second Time Cotton (75% recycled cotton/25% acrylic). Then woven through the eyelets of the foundation is the very soft Knit One, Crochet Too Linus (47% wool/30% acrylic/23% alpaca). Fringes are added to either end.

Imagine all the fun ways you could adapt this scarf to make it your own. Weave the softest cashmere through the eyelets for a luxurious winter treat. Or try a soft cotton or bamboo for  a lighter scarf for transitional seasons. The pattern is easy to adapt, so you can make the scarf wider or narrower to suit your own unique style.

The Clarendon scarf pattern is available in Simple Hip Knit Scarves: 14 Easy Everyday Knits, published by House of White Birches and available through Annie’s Attic and Amazon.

I hope you enjoy it!

Beautiful accessories for needleworkers

Posted in Uncategorized on November 1, 2010 by Tracy

I would love some input from you knitters out there.

I know you love luxury yarns, such as hand-dyed Malabrigo or Smooshy Dream in Color. I know you appreciate fine knitting needles, such as Signature needles and Brittany needles.

What about your other tools? What about the scissors you use (and frequently misplace)? What about the tools you may use when you sew, such as seam rippers or pin cushions? Do you buy yours at the big box stores? Or are you looking for something a little more interesting?

I have discovered a line of silver sewing accessories that I believe knitters may love, too. And I may have an opportunity to represent this line of products in the US. I would like to find out if they would appeal to knitters as much as they appeal to those who sew. Here is a sampling of what the line includes:

Beautiful silver chatelaine-style scissors (on a chain to be worn around the neck or–more traditionally–around the waist)…

Thimble cages to be worn as a pendant or suspended from a chatelaine…

..All sorts of pin cushions and needle tidies….

…As well as other useful and beautiful tools such as seam rippers and tweezers.

What do you think? Would something like these items appeal to you?

Thanks for your input!