All the News That’s Fit to Stitch, Premiere Edition

One of my favorite bloggers, Adrienne Martini of martinimade, has a regular blog feature called “Many Things Make a Post” where she collects a variety of links on subjects that interest her. When I click on one of her links, I’m never disappointed, even when it isn’t, at first glance, a topic that looks like my cup of tea. I always find something new, fascinating and (often) hilarious in her links. And, by the way, if you haven’t already read her book Sweater Quest: My Year of Knitting Dangerously, in which she chronicles a year spent knitting Alice Starmore’s “Mary Tudor” sweater, you’re missing one of the rare knitting memoirs that is simultaneously well-written, humorous and informative.

So, I am shamelessly “borrowing” her idea and limiting it to the knitting/stitching worlds with this recurring segment, “All the News That’s Fit to Stitch,” which will focus on any interesting, relevant, infuriating, humorous, amazing, or puzzling links from the knitting and stitching worlds that have crossed my path recently. If you have any links you’d like me to look at, send me a message; I will always give credit where credit’s due.

For the Premiere Edition, I offer these links for your edification and amusement:

  • From one of my quilting faves, Elizabeth Hartman, comes a cross-stitch version of her Tokyo subway map quilt.
  • From The Globe and Mail, knitting is hot again (again). It’s the “new yoga” again (again). And celebrities are doing it too (again). Still, this article is better than most, and the “granny count” (thanks, StitchBitch) is only one.
  • From Buzzfeed (via martinimade), which is surprisingly friendly to the knitting community, we get this reflection on the hope and trepidation that comes with knitting for babies, and we learn two important lessons: first, “Don’t worry too much about size; babies vary, and knitting stretches” (via the inimitable Elizabeth Zimmermann); and, second, “it was easy to forget that life can come into the world just as it leaves it.”
  • The world of illusion knitting. Excuse me, illusion *art.*
  • From, the answer to the question: “Why bother knitting a scarf?” It turns out we’re not just saving our sanity, we’re saving the planet, investing in the local economy, and preventing the exploitation of the developing world. Get on board with the “slow clothes” movement!

I hope you enjoyed the first edition of “All the News That’s Fit to Stitch.” We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming soon.