A shorter version of this review was published in issue #4 of Knit Edge – here on the blog, MK Carroll tells you a little more about why In the Loop is on her bookshelf.
In the Loop: Knitting Now
In the Loop: Knitting Now
Jessica Hemmings (ed.)
Black Dog Publishing
While I browsed the shelves at Powell’s Books, a copy of In the Loop nearly fell off the shelf into my hands. Less than a minute later, it was in my “to buy” stack – this was a book I didn’t know I was looking for.
An eclectic collection of diverse perspectives including academics, artists, and historians, In the Loop is fun to just flip through as well as to sit down and read deeply. There’s an essay on contemporary knit lit by Jo Turney, photo essays including Jeanette Sendler’s Finding Your Way Home and Deirdre Nelson’s Quiet Activism (both of which have modern takes on traditional Shetland knitting), and Annie Shaw’s Looking Backwards to Knit Forwards, a response to the history of ganseys via machine knitting, and much more. Accessible and approachable, you don’t need to be an academic to be able to enjoy In the Loop. Although the book is organized so that you can do a start-to-finish read coherently, what I enjoyed was flipping back and forth through the book, looking at the different projects, and then reading the text as it caught my fancy. This will stay on my bookshelf for a while, as I think it holds up well to being revisited.
(Cooperative Press Assistant Editor MK Carroll here – we’ll be sharing more book reviews from the Knit Edge “What We’re Reading” column, and we’re kicking it off today with a review of Crochet at Play!)
Kat Goldin has been busy. In addition to maintaining her blog (www.slugsontherefrigerator.com), she launched an online magazine, The Crochet Project, with Joanne Scrace earlier this year, ran Crochet Camp over the summer, and will launch Knit Camp 2014 early next year. Her new book, Crochet at Play, recently hit bookshelves, and it’s packed with fun projects for kids that you can hook up in a weekend.
If you are already familiar with Kat’s design work, you’ll recognize her sweet, playful, and practical designs immediately. The garments and accessories are both whimsical and wearable, like the Mermaid Tail for newborns and the Wolf cabled cardigan. My personal favorite pattern is the Beastie Feet slippers, which I plan to crochet for my niece. She would like to have a polar bear for the winter holidays, please, but I’m pretty sure we’d all prefer she pretends to be a baby polar bear instead!
Patterns are divided into 4 chapters: Head and Shoulders (includes hats, a crown, and a baby shawl), Fingers, Knees, and Toes (slippers, mittens, leg warmers, mermaid tail, and tutu skirt), Whole Self (cardigans, vests, tunic, and dress), and The Play Room (rug, pillow, blankets, and a hobby horse). The book includes a section on Getting Started (tips on yarns to use, yarn substitution, supplies you’ll need, and information about sizing), as well as Techniques and Basic Stitches, great for refreshing your memory if you are new to crochet or haven’t used a crochet pattern for a while.
The pattern instructions in this version use US/Canada crochet terminology (Crochet at Play has also been published in the UK by Kyle Books). If you are looking for pattern errata, you’ll want to keep the differences in US and UK terminology in mind and be sure you are looking at errata for the version of the book you have. Skill levels are given for each pattern, rated ‘beginner’ or ‘intermediate.’ All patterns have written instructions; there are no charts. Finished measurements are given; there are no schematics. Each pattern is accompanied by beautiful color photos of the finished pieces.
CROCHET AT PLAY: Fun Hats, Scarves, Clothes, and Toys for Kids to Enjoy
by Kat Goldin
Running Press – Paperback – 144 pages
The US publisher, Running Press, is sponsoring a giveaway! For your chance to win a print copy of Crochet at Play, comment here to tell us which project from this book you would crochet first, or what you like to crochet for kids in general (we just need to be able to separate out the comment spam robots). Giveaway opens Friday, 22 November 2013, 9:00 AM EST, and closes next Tuesday, 25 November 2013 at midnight EST. A random number generator will be used to select the winner, who will be contacted by MK Carroll. This giveaway is United States only (international readers, keep an eye out – when Knit Edge issue #5 launches, we’ll have something just for you!).
(the giveaway is now closed and the winner has been notified – MK)
And of course our usual delightful assortment of excellent columns and articles, such as
…the knitting prime minister of Australia
…developing cashmere production in Afghanistan
…finding fair-trade artisan yarn in Peru
…a preview of Doomsday Knits
…designing with Celtic cables
…and avoiding “clown barf” with the bargello knitting technique
It’s 97 pages of autumn knitting goodness!
Happy first anniversary, Knit Edge, and thank you all for supporting us!
Here’s a preview of Ruth Garcia-Alcantud’s gorgeous Automne sweater. Knit in Cephalopod YarnsBeastie (colorway Troll), it’s a quick knit and something you can wear every day this fall and winter. Pair it with a gorgeous shawl pin, as seen here, or wear it open. And, as the commenters on our Facebook page and elsewhere have noted, it’s got POCKETS. Everyone loves a good pocket… The issue will be out in September but if you haven’t yet subscribed, use code AUG2013 for a discount on one year.
Just today I was speaking with our sock columnist Kate Atherley, who was wondering what you all think of her sock column. You know…this one?
So let’s hear from you: what do you think of Wisehilda on Socks? What are you wondering about in the world of socks? Are there other types of columns you might want to see. Let us know, we’d love to hear what you’re thinking.
And if you REALLY want to dive in on the socks with Kate directly, we’re doing a 7-day Caribbean cruise with Kate, Anna Dalvi and Shannon Okey next January. See this post for details at the CP website.
Have you ever had problems differentiating between saving a pattern (or in this case, a copy of Knit Edge) to your Ravelry library and downloading it to your desktop? There are two options available to you if you receive a pattern sent directly to your email address. You can choose to save it to your library (shown here with an arrow), or to your desktop (the button at the bottom).
When we send out subscriber copies of Knit Edge, we actually send out a link that’s similar to a discount code on Ravelry (except in this case, the link makes it free). You need to click the code in order to redeem the magazine and then be able to download it, or load it onto other devices such as an iPad. So don’t forget to open emails sent to the subscriber mailing list — you might miss an issue! And with issue three coming out shortly, we wouldn’t want that!
If you loved the Herringbone Skirt in issue 2 but needed a little extra help with the grafting, designer Christine Guest has provided this tutorial to help you. We’ll have more about this technique/pattern in the next issue as well. Thanks, Christine! Take it away…
When I first tried to trace the yarn as it moved through the stitch the depths eluded me. It came to me that if I knitted a row in cotton thread, then continued the swatch with yarn, I could see what was going on. That did work. I saw that the stitches on the lower working needle were all knit twice, but the stitches being formed were only worked once.
Hold the two edges you are going to graft together. Both the finished rows should slant in the same direction: uphill from left to right. If they don’t, add or subtract a row so that they match. You will be adding a row that slants downhill from left to right. It won’t continue the herringbone pattern otherwise.
1. Insert the needle knitwise into the first loop on the top knitting needle. Remove this stitch from the needle.
2. Insert the threaded needle into the second stitch from the end knitwise. Pull through.
3. Insert the threaded needle throught the first two stitches together on the lower needle through the back loops. Pull through. Remove the stitch closest to the end of the lower knitting needle.
4. Insert the threaded needle from left to right through the back loops of the first two stitches on the lower needle.
Repeat steps 1-4.
Make sure the thread tail doesn’t loop itself around your needle tips, the thread ends should lie under and between the ends of the knitting needles.