For this scarf in honor of Isabella Bird [October 15, 1831–October 7, 1904], I wanted to incorporate details from her journeys into the design. Although few of her mentions of knitting are detailed, she informs her sister (in A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains, Letter V) that she has been knitting her a “shell-pattern […]

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A love of literature and needlework inspired Carol Huebscher Rhoades’s interpretation of a pair of Victorian socks from Weldon’s Practical Needlework, which was featured in the September/October 2015 issue of PieceWork. The design modifications for her “Beaufoy Socks for Independent Women to Knit” were influenced by a character named Emma from Margaret Oliphant’s book Hester: […]

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During the winter months, indulge and wear knitted socks around the house. Nothing feels cozier! In the January/February 2018 issue of PieceWork, our twelfth annual Historical Knitting issue, contributor Carol Huebscher Rhoades tell us a bit about the Swedish tradition of wearing raggsocks indoors and shares her pattern in “Swedish-Influenced Raggsocks: Everyday Luxury.” Here’s Carol: […]

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Britain’s nineteenth-century Arts and Crafts movement had a curious relationship with Victorian notions of social advancement. Whereas proponents of the Industrial Revolution encouraged mechanization and new technology, people in the Arts and Crafts movement looked back to the Middle Ages. Both camps firmly believed in progress—the improvement or even perfectibility of the human condition—yet one […]

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