With winter's cold touch around the corner, some of us may need a little something
to keep us busy by the fireside on those chill winter evenings. With the abundance and variety of craft
blogs to be found, everyone from the novice to the expert should be able to find inspiration
(and even great tutorials
!) for a fun
and cute project
Up here in the Northern Hemisphere, it's time to break out the sweaters. Wool too itchy for you? (It is for poor Simon Cowell.
) Cashmere and alpaca are easier to wear; a surface comparison shows why
. But you can also steer clear of animal fibers altogether and opt for fabric made from wheat
. For that matter, while you're at the greengrocer, also pick up some bamboo
), soy (1
, corn (1
) and rice
(Vegan yarns previously in AskMe.
EZ does it.
"Unventor" of the Möbius scarf
and the Pi Shawl
"ur-geek of knitting
" Elizabeth Zimmermann
will be honored at the University of Wisconsin's Design Gallery
in the retrospective exhibit New School Knitting: the Influence of Elizabeth Zimmermann and Schoolhouse Press
(opening Oct. 27).
"EZ" has been called
"the Jerry Garcia of knitting: jolly, kind, unconventional, endlessly creative, often quoted, and much-loved by countless people
." More than all those things, however, EZ was an Opinionated Knitter
who urged her fellow needlepersons to think critically and inventively about their craft; in her 1999 obit
the New York Times said she "brought a penetrating intellect and a sculptor's sensitivity to revolutionizing [this] ancient art." Plus she was funny
The Wisconsin knit camp
she founded is now run by her daughter, Meg Swansen
(heir to the throne in more ways than one); it was featured in a Wisconsin Public Television segment
that aired last December (warning: RealPlayer format; transcript here