On this episode of YarnCraft, Liz & Zontee take a look at the history of yarncrafting, from the development of knitting and crocheting as art forms to the various cultures that have shaped these crafts and their traditional techniques.
(Image shown is “The Knitting Lesson” by Jean-François Millet, photographed by Zontee.)
Books discussed include:
- No Idle Hands: The Social History of American Knitting by Anne McDonald
- Knitting America: A Glorious Heritage from Warm Socks to High Art by Susan Strawn
- The History of Crochet: Learning the Basics by Jimmy Jacks
- A History of Hand Knitting by Richard Rutt
- Knitting on Top of the World by Nicky Epstein
- Knitting Around the World: A Multistranded History of a Time-Honored Tradition by Lela Nargi (out this fall)
Museums discussed include:
- Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, MA
- Millyard Museum in Manchester, NH
- American Textile History Museum in Lowell, MA
- Museum of Art and Design in New York, NY
- American Folk Art Museum in New York, NY
We also ask you, our listeners, about your go-to books on techniques and patterns. Find out what books Liz, Zontee, and your fellow listeners go to again and again.
We want to congratulate Sharon W. for winning last episode’s giveaway! To enter this episode’s giveaway of the books Knit & Wrap and Luxe Knits, simply leave a comment on how yarncrafting connects you with your personal history or legacy. Comments must be left by August 11, 11:59:59 EDT; be sure to include your name and email address so that we can get in touch with you.
Finally, on Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, Liz & Zontee give you a first-look at Vanna’s Colors, the newest member of our collection with Vanna White. PLUS we explain the different considerations you’ll want to keep in mind when selecting a yarn within a specific weight category. Patterns discussed include:
- Crochet Summer Chill Wrap
- Crochet Cinema Wrap
- Crochet Curlicue Scarf
- Knit Rib Trimmed Cowl
- Crochet Easy-Over Cowl
Join us again in two weeks, when we talk about loom knitting and some exciting new products coming this fall from Lion Brand. Do you loom knit? Do you have any favorite resources for patterns and techniques? Leave a message on the blog or email us at yarncraft [at] lionbrand [dot] com! You can also call in and leave a message at 774-452-YARN–that’s 774-452-9276.
Theme music is “Boy with a Coin” by Iron and Wine, from the PodSafe Music Network.
00:12 Intro & welcome
01:41 What’s on Our Hooks & Needles
04:31 The History of Knitting & Crochet
17:05 Favorite Yarncrafting Books
25:15 Contest Winner & Next Contest Announcement
26:06 Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life
32:02 Thanks to our listeners and guests