Knit On

Miss Money’s Fly’s Body pattern with original sample knitted in cotton. England

Miss Money’s Fly’s Body pattern with original sample knitted in cotton. England. Circa 1847.
Photo courtesy of June Hall.

When I was growing up, it seemed that my mother was always knitting. That, of course, was not true. She had a full-time job and helped support her parents while raising my brother and me. Still, she did knit whenever and wherever she could—watching television, on her lunch hour at work, riding in the car, or standing in the kitchen talking to my grandmother. My visions of her knitting, the sound of her needles clacking, and the sight of her tattered carpetbag overflowing with needles of every size and type are so vivid.

No project daunted her—from a Fair Isle sweater to a Chanel-like outfit. I still treasure several sweaters that she knitted for me, but I could kick myself for giving away that Chanel knock-off!

Although each issue of PieceWork contains at least one knitting project and most issues also have a feature article on some aspect of knitting, we began an annual issue devoted to knitting in 2007, and the first four issues are available on our Historical Knitting 2007–2010 Collection CD. I honestly don’t know where else you will find patterns by world-famous knitwear designers, step-by-step instructions for working the 17th-century’s Circling Purls pattern, Andean figure purses, a tutorial on two-end knitting, and traditional Estonian lace—not to mention “Who Was Miss Money?”

Our Historical Knitting issues hold a special place in my heart. I know it’s due to my Mom—she taught me how to knit (a much more laborious project than she ever imagined).

If you’re a knitter, you’ll love this collection. And it’s on sale during our annual Virtual Summer Tent Sale. Enjoy!