Progress Report

This month’s post is a show-and-tell minus the tell, because I’m up to my ears in not-ready-for-primetime projects. I try to manage my crafted production so that I have something finished and ready to blog about in detail every month, but this month threatens to go by without a post. Not because I have been … More Progress Report

Teachings of the Fiber Goddess and the Zen Master

Everyone is familiar with the way people rationalize eating things they know they’re going to regret by telling themselves half cookies don’t have calories or holidays are for overeating. Knitters are familiar with a variation of this kind of logic when they visit yarn stores in other cities and add to their SABLE (stash acquisition … More Teachings of the Fiber Goddess and the Zen Master

Product Knitter Hell

Under ordinary circumstances, I am a combination of process knitter and product knitter. I knit as a form of exploration of mathematical concepts, color, and technique (the process knitter part of me), made practical in the form of a usable item (the product knitter part). I give myself deadlines because I enjoy the satisfaction of … More Product Knitter Hell

More on Optimization

Every now and then, one sees articles about mathematicians and physicists who take up knitting and then begin analyzing their new craft from the standpoint of their academic specialty. The knitting itself is ordinary beginner work, but the scientist-knitters get very excited about the physical characteristics of how a one-dimensional material can create a three-dimensional … More More on Optimization

Optimization

When I buy yarn that isn’t already in my stash, I feel a lot of compulsion to come up with a plan for it and execute that plan promptly. As it is, I have enough yarn to last me 20 years after I die, so if I’m going to purchase yet more yarn, it needs … More Optimization

Trust the Numbers!

Not every successful machine knitter is a genius, but for me, machine knitting is a much more intellectual process than hand knitting is. It requires very careful calculations before starting a project because there’s no way to try on a work-in-progress while it’s hanging on the needles of the machine, and it isn’t possible to … More Trust the Numbers!

The Temple of Bohus

Recently I had the opportunity to spend several days learning about the history and aesthetic of Bohus knitting. Bohus is a very particular niche of Swedish knitting, knitted at a tiny gauge with elaborately patterned yokes using angora-merino yarn that creates shaded effects of color blending that can’t be replicated with other kinds of yarn, … More The Temple of Bohus

From Witch to Jester

I’m kind of timid, or possibly lazy, or both, when it comes to expanding my machine-knitting skills. That’s probably because machine-knitting is only one of my interests, not an exclusive obsession. I can’t seem to make time to sit down and watch a video, then practice the skill until I master it. (But the January … More From Witch to Jester