- This issue sounds fabulous !!
I'll never forget my first encounter with Richard Rutt's wonderful book,
The History of Handknitting. I was attending the Frankfurt Book Fair for
the first time and was pretty 
F05E933B8B70F0A1D06DE7257B619E5D9368D54D6&> overwhelmed by its vastness,
variety, verbal hubbub (and my lack of German and stolen passport, but
that's another story).
The British publisher of Bishop Rutt's book gave me a set of unbound
galleys. "Do you think you might want to publish this in North America?"
he asked. Well, I took it back to my teeny little hotel room and stayed
up all night reading every word. Hyperventilating. That book, which we
did indeed publish, spawned an interest in historical and traditional
knitting that has not abated.
And that brings me to PieceWork
F05E933B8B70F0A1D06DE7257B619E5D9368D54D6&> magazine. We launched it in
1993, predicating it on exploring the history, traditions, folkways, and
personal stories associated with traditional textile crafts. Knitting
has always had a big presence in it, from the very first issue with its
reproduction Medieval relic bag (that would be for saints' bones)
knitted from fine colorful silk and copied from a painting of a knitting
Madonna. We've featured sock patterns from around the world and over at
least two centuries; lace shawls from northern climes; dear little baby
garments that might have been worn by your great-great grandfather. Oh,
and so much more.
F05E933B8B70F0A1D06DE7257B619E5D9368D54D6&> The interesting thing to
contemplate is that the originals of all these splendid knitted items
were made of handspun yarn. We have translated them into contemporary
millspun yarns for the magazine, but think how rich and exquisite the
real things would have been with that special human touch in the yarns.
Since most of the back issues of this 1seventeen-year-old magazine are
long out of print, we have collected forty-some of our favorite knitting
projects from the past into a wonderful collection that will go on the
newsstands in February. It's called Knitting Traditions
F05E933B8B70F0A1D06DE7257B619E5D9368D54D6&> , and you'll be able to find
it at your local yarn shop or chain bookstoreor you can preorder a
copy now so you'll be sure not to miss it. I challenge youpick a
pattern, ignore the commercial yarn specifications, spin your own. What
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