Came For the Politics, Came Back for the Art: Phyllis Brent, Mosaic Artist

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I were invited to a meet-and-greet for a Baltimore City Council candidate, hosted at the home of a woman I didn’t know named Phyllis Brent. Miriam, the friend who invited us, told us that walking into Phyllis’ house for the first time would be a very special … More Came For the Politics, Came Back for the Art: Phyllis Brent, Mosaic Artist

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

All the Right Angles

A line sticking straight up. A line sticking straight out. Nothing simpler while simultaneously nothing more variable, and maybe that’s why it’s such endlessly fertile ground for the ideas that I turn into stuff. Right angles were the basis of the hand knitting I did all during the summer, and they’re following me into the … More All the Right Angles

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!

Back In the Box

Last fall my curiosity turned toward the variety of visual things that can happen when a vertical line and a horizontal line meet and intersect, and while I was thinking of squares, I bought some very beautiful yarn made by Flying Goat Farm, a local Maryland goat farmer and dyer. The yarn was their Zephyrette, … More Back In the Box