Knitting History Comes Alive!
Knitting history is so fascinating to me, and there’s no better place to immerse myself than in Knitting Traditions.
There is really a neat variety of projects, articles, and inspiration; it’s always such a pleasure to browse Knitting Traditions, and I really look forward to it.
The Little Birds Churro, at right, is a show-stopper! I love the bands of birds and the bright, cheerful colorwork. Cynthia LeCount Samaké also wrote an article called “How I Found Romance and Accidentally Began Researching Andean Folk Knitting.” If that title doesn’t intrigue you, I don’t know what will!
This issue introduces a new editor, Deb Gerish, who also edits Love of Knitting. We love her! Here she is to tell you all about this issue of Knitting Traditions.
Get Out and About with Knitting Traditions
No matter where you live today, you’re likely to see people walking for the simple joy of movement. We run, jog, or speed-walk for exercise; we run errands on foot to conserve natural resources; we stroll about to chat with neighbors or take in some local color. As winter gives way to spring, we go out to enjoy the sunshine.
In short, walking can be a goal in and of itself, not just a means to an end. You, like me, may be surprised to learn that for Europeans and Americans, this phenomenon first arose with the Industrial Revolution. By the early nineteenth century, cities had grown larger and busier than ever before. A walk about town allowed people of leisure to see the sights up close while displaying their fashionable outfits (and perhaps pondering the meaning of Art). After all, who can admire your clothing when you’re sitting in a carriage?
This issue of Knitting Traditions celebrates springtime and the human urge to get “out and about.” Sarah Ivinson examines strolling in Paris and designs some elegantly attired dolls to illustrate proper dress. Christopher John Brooke Phillips explores all the ways a muff could mark someone’s position in society, then provides a cabled muff with a convenient secret pocket.
Carol Huebscher Rhoades surveys the plethora of Victorian lacy head coverings and knits a “cloud” from Weldon’s Practical Knitter in light-as-air kid mohair and silk. You’ll read about rose windows in Oxford, the prolific British writer and knitter Penelope Fitzgerald, Indian ambassadors to eighteenth-century France, and Cynthia LeCount Samaké’s quest to find Andean folk knitters.
You can also knit your own elegant accessories—arm warmers, chemisettes, bags, hats, socks, and shawls that celebrate knitting history—to go anywhere in warmth and style.
We hope you gain knitting knowledge and enjoy the knitting history and inspiration from this twelfth issue of Knitting Traditions!
—Deb Gerish, Editor, Knitting Traditions
OMG, how cute are those Victorian walkers (in the collage above)? The guy with the raven on his head is Edgar Allan Poe, naturally. I know you could tell by the mustache!
The Christ Church Tam, at left, is inspired by the breathtaking Rose Window in Christ Church Cathedral in Christ Church College, Oxford England. Google that window; you won’t believe how gorgeous it is, and what a fitting homage Laura Ricketts’s tam is, too.
There are so many beautiful projects and knitting history in this issue of Knitting Traditions, I love it and I know you will too. Get your very own copy today!
P.S. What inspires your knitting? Leave a comment below and let me know!