Our feature interview is with June Hemmons Hiatt in Episode 68, our last episode for the year 2018! Many of you will have her very comprehensive text book on your bookshelf – The Principles of Knitting, so it’s great to meet her and hear her story of writing the book and also take a closer look at some of the techniques in the book. You will also meet another exceptional woman from Tasmania, Australia – Nan Bray from White Gum Wool. Nan is featuring in ‘Meet the Shepherdess’ and her story of how she shepherds her flock for maximum health and well being is very interesting. We also feature Thea Colman in New Releases, we have some exciting updates on our personal projects and we are going to review our 9 best knits for 2018. Exciting stuff!
June Hemmons Hiatt – The Principles of Knitting
Creating the book – The Principles of Knitting, has been the focus of June Hemmons Hiatt’s life for over twenty years. It took June 8 years to write the first edition which come out in 1990 with around 30 000 copies. Seven years later it went out of print, but copies of the book were selling on eBay for between $400 – 600 American dollars. Finally, June agreed to do a second and expanded edition which took her another 10 years and this second edition was published in 2012. June has a very academic background and was extremely dedicated to research and create a knitting text book that would be as comprehensive as possible.
I’m personally very grateful for her dedication and work, it has helped to raise knitting to a recognized status of high craftsmanship suitable for academic study and of course, I love having it handy, to dip into and cross reference different techniques.
June also shows us some of the techniques and applications that are included in the book that she developed herself. Double fabrics (Double Knitting) is an area of knitting that particularly fascinated June and where she made some significant contributions.
June is also a big fan of the knitting belt and has done a lot of research into the history of knitting and the use of knitting belts and knitting sheaths. Material for a future interview?
Finding June Hemmons Hiatt & The Principles of Knitting
- The Principles of Knitting at Amazon.com (This is an affiliate link. If you buy the book from Amazon via this link, it will not cost you any more, but we will earn a small commission, which we will put towards prizes for upcoming KALs.)
Baby Cocktails – Thea Colman – Knitters of the World
As many of you already know Thea Colman has designed a ton of extremely wearable and beautifully textured sweaters. In New Releases Thea tells us about one of her latest designs with a dangerous name – The Widow’s Kiss. This gorgeous cabled sweater is a great candidate to enter our recently started Cables and Lace Kal, where at least 50% of the surface area needs to be covered in cables, lace or both!
Patron Discount – Thea Colman
Thea is offering Fruity Knitting Patrons a 25 percent discount off three of her most recent sweater patterns – Kahlua, Fernet Branca and Widow’s Kiss. Two of them use worsted weight, and one uses Aran weight, so they are quick knits and all feature beautiful cables and textures. This offer is available until 17 January 2019, full details here.
The Widow’s Kiss is designed with a lovely 2 ply worsted weight, rustic yarn from the Sawkill Farm in the Hudson Valley, New York.
Finding Thea Colman & Baby Cocktails
White Gum Wool – Meet the Shepherdess
Nan’s story of managing her sheep’s nutrition and health with alternative farming techniques is fascinating. Healthy soils, plant diversity and rotational grazing are themes that we are increasingly hearing about. It was also great for us to see that iconic Australian landscape that grabs at our hearts every time and makes us terribly homesick.
Dr. Fred Provenza’s pioneering research into the learnt ‘nutritional wisdom’ that is passed down from grandmas, mamas, aunts and uncles to the babies has been a game changer for Nan Bray. Now Nan doesn’t wean the baby lambs and the family members stay together in one big flock.
Patron Discount – White Gum Wool
Nan Bray of White Gum Wool is offering our Patrons a 20 percent discount off all yarns in her online store, including tops and fleeces for spinning. Nan offers fixed rate postage of USD 12 to the US, and EUR 10 to Europe. This offer is available until 8 January 2019, full details here.
Finding White Gum Wool
Gloves by Mary Garing
That gorgeous skein of green yarn that I showed you last week is now a gorgeous pair of green gloves. After seeing Tilly Trout’s lovely gloves on Instagram, I just knew what I needed to knit next.
- Gloves by Mary Garing, on Ravelry
- Wool is “Sølje pelsullgarn” from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk (Site is in Norwegian, but try your browser’s translate function.)
Nightingale by Norah Gaughan
I’m totally thrilled to be starting a new design. It’s from the latest Pom Pom Magazine Issue 27 and I’m doing Norah Gaughan’s extravagant design – Nightingale which is on the cover. My yarn is Pebble Beach – Hebridean 3 ply – Alice Starmore.
Fruity Knitting Top 9 for 2018
- Samphrey, by Marie Wallin
- Twageos Hat, by Susan Crawford
- Whelk, by Martin Storey
- Audrey in Unst by Gudrun Johnston
- Zweig, by Caitlin Hunter
- Hearten, by Kim Hargreaves
- Carbeth, by Kate Davies
- Mohr, by Norah Gaughan
- Aquila, by Linda Marveng
- J. S. Bach, The Well Tempered Klavier, Prelude No. 3 in C-Sharp major, BWV 848, performed by Kimiko Ishizaka, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0
- Beethoven, Symphony No. 3 in E Flat Major Eroica, Op. 55 – IV. Finale Allegro molto, Public Domain
- Sláinte, Album: Cup of Tea, Mairi’s Wedding, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0
- Maurice Ravel, Miroirs, II. Oiseaux tristes, performed by Robert Ewen Birchall, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0