Tuesday, July 27, 2010


What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts--adding, adding to, adding more, continuing.
Clarissa Pinkola Est├ęs in The Bloomsbury Review, quoted in Knitting in the Old Way by Priscilla A. Gibson-Roberts and Deborah Robson, p. 9.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Shetland lace

[In Shetland] it was a source of pride that the patterns, learnt at a mother's knee* or worked out from an example, were retained in the knitter's head.

*girls started to learn to knit patterns by knitting the alternate plain rows between the patterned ones their mothers work. (p. 8)
From Heirloom Knitting: A Shetland Lace Knitter's Pattern and Workbook by Sharon Miller, 2002.