July 2010

Potter Craft, "400 Knitting Stitches"

Did you know that you can't copyright a knitting stitch, or a knitting pattern?  It's true - you can only hold copyright on the explanation, the written words.  (The same is true for recipes and clothing designs.)  This is a good thing, by the way.  Imagine if whoever invented garter stitch had been able to copyright it!  Or the concept of the top-down raglan sweater.

This goes a long way to explaining why so many of the oddball stitches in this stitch dictionary are identical to those in another stitch dictionary I own, The Big Book of Knitting Stitch Patterns.  I had a long bit of confusion trying to sort this out.  

Eco Craft

For those of you who think that recycled crafts have to be made out of bent toilet paper tubes and rolled up newspapers—and have no place in a home other than perhaps the kids’ rooms—guess again! In her book Eco Craft: Recycle, Recraft, Restyle, Susan Wasinger presents some super stylish eco-friendly designs made out of recycled materials that could actually make your living room more swanky than dumpy. Though hardback, Wasinger’s book is even printed with eco-friendly materials, and the crafts inside are sure to place both artists as well as designers.

Wendy Johnson, "Toe Up Socks For Every Body"

Wendy Johnson is one of the internet's earliest and most prominent knitting bloggers, and is well on her way to becoming one of its most prolific pattern designers.  Aside from her books (three at this time, I believe), Johnson has also released a ton of stand-alone patterns, mainly sock patterns.  

Naturally these are all knit from the toe up, as Johnson is also one of the most famous advocates for toe-up sock knitting.  Many a new sock knitter has started with the pattern known simply as "Wendy's Generic Toe-Up Sock."  This is a pretty great pattern, although I confess to never having gotten the knack of doing a crochet provisional cast on correctly so that you can unzip the stitches at the end.