YarnCraft Episode 97 :: Explore the History of Knitting & Crocheting

2 Aug

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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:

Magazines that cover this area include Interweave’s Knitting Traditions and Crochet Traditions.

Museums discussed include:

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:

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.

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Theme music is “Boy with a Coin” by Iron and Wine, from the PodSafe Music Network.

Show Notes:
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

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=550191886 Ashley Mathieson

    After I had been knitting for a while my great aunt gave me a set of dpns and a couple of balls of yarn that had belonged to my great grandmother.  I never knew her as she died long before I was born but I did know she quilt but never that she knit.  I look forward to one day using those very tiny dpns to make something!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=550191886 Ashley Mathieson

    (forgot my email:  ashleynm@gmail.com)

  • Ruthknits

    My mother, an accomplished knitter, was my knitting teacher. When I turned 5 years old, she announced “Now you are 5! You are old enough to learn to knit!” She made knitting sound like a right of passage that only “big girls” were allowed to learn. It was a precious gift to pass on.

    I also feel that the gift of being taught to crochet was precious. When I was in university, my summer job was as a health care aide in a large hospital. One summer I met a bed-ridden heart patient who would pass the long hours in hospital crocheting. She kindly offered to teach me, and I spent every coffee break and lunch break sitting at the end of her bed with yarn and hook. Soon other health care aides and nurses were joining us on breaks to learn how to make granny squares and doilies. Towards the end of the summer, she became too weak to crochet and we all knew that her time was limited. By the end of the summer, she passed away, but left such a wonderful legacy to a whole ward of nurses and aides who now crochet because she took the time to teach us. I think of her every time I pick up a hook.