Knitting Treasures

The title page from Ladies’ Needlework Knitting and Crochet Tales and Poetry: A Melange of Instructions and Amusements.

The title page from Ladies’ Needlework Knitting and Crochet Tales and Poetry: A Melange of Instructions and Amusements.

The January/February 2016 issue of PieceWork is filled with knitting treasures, some from far and wide and others close to home, done by known and anonymous knitters, but all done by hand.

The article by Lesley O’Connell Edwards, George Curling Hope, A Man in a Woman’s World, gives a glimpse into the world of nineteenth-century Ramsgate, England. All this time, I thought (as did many others), that Mrs. Hope was George Curling Hope’s wife, but I now know the truth, having read this fascinating article.

You will love learning about Andrea Wong’s mother and her pattern book. The winter coat that Andrea’s mother made for her when she was born is just beautiful and fully reversible. I think this will be one of my 2016 projects for sure!

Pages from the pattern book that Andrea Wong’s mother kept with her knitting patterns and drawings.

Pages from the pattern book that Andrea Wong’s mother kept with her knitting patterns and drawings.

I also love Vermont Carriage Mittens by Donna Druchunas. What I wouldn’t give to visit the lovely gift shop that Donna discovered in Lyndonville, Vermont. She found a treasure trove of nineteenth-century items including a pair of mittens. It is fascinating to read about her research on what the mittens were used for and how they were made. What a joy to read.

The ultimate article for me personally is the article about Sister Matthia by Bonnie Wilker. Sister Matthia was a beacon of light and life and made a profound impact on many people, including David Snowdon as he led a longitudinal study on aging in the community of nuns where she lived until she died at age 104. What a wonderful and selfless gift these 686 nuns gave to such important and meaningful research.

The vintage carriage mittens Donna Druchunas purchased on eBay. Photograph by Joe Cocoa.

The vintage carriage mittens Donna Druchunas purchased on eBay. Photograph by Joe Cocoa.

It is a joy for me to work on PieceWork magazine each and every day and to read such lovely and fascinating articles and to see and admire such beautiful projects. It seems like each new issue becomes my favorite issue. I am certain that you will enjoy the January/February 2016 issue just as much as I have.

Happy reading and knitting!
Tamara
Editorial Assistant, Specialty Fiber