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2020: Out With the Old — In With the New, by Deb Witwicki

2020: Out With the Old — In With the New, by Deb Witwicki

Before the 19th Century, the most common knitted cast on in Europe was the thumb method according to A History of Hand Knitting by Richard Rutt. Crochet chain and cable cast on were also used. Rutt notes that Victorian knitting books rarely included instructions for casting on. Presumably, knitters drew from one or two techniques passed down to them, which were often not ideal for the appearance and flexibility of the project, but provided a sturdy base upon which to build.
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The Story of The Moose!

The Story of The Moose!

Crafters will go to great lengths for a good joke, and they don't let them die young either.
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Clicking into the Past, by Deb Witwicki

Clicking into the Past, by Deb Witwicki

While most of us are stitching into the future, working on such projects as winter woolens, Christmas gifts and handmade items to welcome wee ones on the way, there is a group of folks in the city who regularly knit and crochet their way into the past. They are the Fort Edmonton Park knitting circle: 25 members strong with some 60 others waiting for an opening.
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Men who knit in World War II | The Fibre Nook

Knitting Needles: Not Just Women’s Weapons, by Deb Witwicki

What would Papa (Clifton Price’s paternal grandfather) make of his strapping, six-foot grandson knitting up a little dishcloth?

That question was on Price’s mind as he travelled to Ontario six years ago to visit both sets of his grandparents. It wasn’t as if the young man was put off by what people might think of him knitting. After all, he was then clicking his needles in the Alberta oil fields where he worked as Measurement Well Drilling Engineer, fending off such comments from the roughnecks as, “Come on man, you’re not fxxxing knitting?”
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