Episode 12 | Colonial Knitting

The next Socks-for-Mum podcast has been uploaded.

In this episode I show my newly finished Diamond Fizz Shawl and I chatter about the Fern and Feather sweater.  There is a prize draw.  I share a little bit about knitting in Colonial times – yep, I have finally started my research on for the dreaded History of Knitting paper I must write for Master Knitting Level 2.

A Penny for My Thoughts

Ten years ago I was passionate about knitting socks and really had no interest in knitting anything else.   After spending two years reading the blogs of others who shared their knitting passions on-line I created my own blog as a place to journal as well.  I had recently discovered two groups online that were devoted exclusively to knitting socks together and I promptly joined them.


from Around the World in Knitted Socks

The first group was knitting from Knitting on the Road, by Nancy Bush. These 18 sock patterns were fun, easy, and portable–making the book great for obsessive knitters on the move as we all were. I was excited to find a group of ladies with the goal of knitting a selected sock from this book six times a year.  Being a relatively new sock knitter, I welcomed the sage advice of these other knitters.  The second group was called Sock Knitters Anonymous and they picked a designer and knit a select sock together each month.  I was turning out socks at a rapid pace and this newly created blog was a place to post pictures of my finished socks so other members in those groups could see them.  It was a tight knit (pardon the pun) community of knitters who enjoyed reading each others blogs and learning from one another.  Some of us still remain in touch with one another.

Blogging was a relatively new thing ten years ago and I really only read blogs about knitting which helped me develop my skill as a knitter.  Many of those early bloggers went on to write books and become known in the world of knitters.  As time moved along I wrote about other things in my life but my primary focus was still to just promote a love of knitting and learni to do it well.


One by one all my old knitting buddies have shut down their blogs and moved on.  Ravelry came along in 2007 and took the knitting world by storm.  It is an online community for knitters, crocheters and other fiber fans.  I love it.  It is a social networking site where you can share information about patterns and yarn and chat on forums but what I love most is that it is a place for me to keep a record on my stash, my needle collections and my projects with details and photos about that project.  I can stay a little more organized and I can connect with other people who love to knit.  It is my absolute favorite place to be sucked into a time black hole and a place where I get lots of ideas.  If you are a knitter, crocheter, spinner or weaver then it is a must-join site for you!

Purl 2 tog tblSo really, I’m not sure what the focus of this blog should be going forward.  It seems like now is the time to re-define those original objectives all over again and perhaps take it into a new direction.  More hiking and scenery?  More photography adventures?  Knitting tips?  Sharing what I’ve learned through the TKGA Master Knitting Courses?  Spinning? Who knows?

I guess only time will tell but for now……20120724-161736.jpg I may visit my archives and just relive the past decade.



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Yarn Along {The Lazy Couponer}

Not that I’m going for a standing ovation at the cash register like Jamie Chase, author of The Lazy Couponer, did but I could use a few pointers in that overwhelming world of coupons! Nor do I expect to save over $25,000 per year in just 45 minutes a week but the title sure captured my attention and I thought, by reading the book, I just might learn a few things to help with our ever increasing grocery bill.20120404-105650.jpg

I’ve made it through the third chapter and have learned where to find coupons, how to use them and where to get the most bang for my buck. I must confess that I am feeling a little overwhelmed right now. In fact, I probably shouldn’t start implementing any of her tips until I finish the book. That being said, I couldn’t resist a shopping excursion to Gymboree to find several purple outfits for my new granddaughter. And, I felt quite pleased with myself when I received a $25 Gymbucks coupon for my next shopping excursion!

20120404-105758.jpgAlso pictured in the Yarn Along photograph is Cat Bordhi’s New Pathways for Sock Knitters. I had it out last night reading about the Riverbed Sock Architecture. The arch expansion runs beneath the sole. I’ve been told by a friend that this is her favorite of all the architectures in the book and I’m ready to give it a try. Ms. Bordhi says that this sock fits many people ‘exceptionally well, perhaps because it hugs the contours of the foot so naturally, reaching up towards the instep from the hollows of the under-arch.’ Having any of you ever knit this sock?

20120404-105907.jpgMy Thursday knitting group is focusing on finishing WIPS (works in progress) throughout the month of April. I’m working on the sweet little Smocked Yoke Cardigan for my granddaughter in some lovely Sublime cashmere. I selected the size that I think will fit her in the Fall.

Joining Ginny this morning in a Yarn Along to talk about books and knitting…………