Every bag has a purple lining

The auction bag has come back to me, for lining. Since I have never lined a bag, Nancy (my friend who can do everything) came over last night to show me a technique that only uses one cut of fabric and two seams. Below is photodocumentation of the very simple process. The coolest part is that we didn't measure or iron.

We made a skirt, too. I will post a photo after I hem it. It has lizards on it!

mitered square bag of Noro Kureyon, with purple silk lining material
Fabric selection - 1/2 yard of lovely purple silk.

You don't need too much fabric - only 1/2 yard for a medium-sized bag. The width of the fabric should be at least the width of the purse plus three or four inches. The height of the fabric should be equal to twice the height of the bag, plus the depth of the bag, plus three or four inches.

Important concept: Using the bag itself (rather than measuring and transferring measurements to the fabric) eliminates several measuring steps and reduces the risk of measuring incorrectly.

Measuring the fabric - fold it around the bottom of the bag.

To cut the fabric to the correct height, spread it out on the table. Place the bag on top of the fabric, aligning the top of the bag an inch or two below the top edge of the fabric. Fold the bottom of the fabric up over the bag. Mark the fabric with pins an inch or two above the top edge of the bag. Trim fabric at the pinned line.

Important concept - you want the lining to be a bit larger than the inside of the bag. If it is smaller than the inside of the bag, the lining will pull on the top edge of the bag when it is weighted down.

Measuring for width - wrap fabric around and poke pins in the sides.

To determine where to sew the side seams, fold the fabric in half, right side in, and center the bag on top. Wrap the edges of the fabric up around the sides of the bag, and poke several pins in each side to indicate the mid-point of the edge. Carefully unpin the bag from the fabric, leaving the pins in place to indicate seam lines.

Important concept - using the outside of the bag for measurement ensures that the lining will be slightly larger, but not too much larger, than the inside of the bag.

Measuring for height - place fabric on top of bag, aligning the bottom fold with the bottom of the bag. Mark where the bottom meets the side of the bag.

The bottom of the bag will be formed by pleating the edges of the fabric. To determine where the pleats should begin, lay folded and pinned fabric on top of the bag, aligning the bottom of the bag with the bottom fold of the fabric. Find the point where the bottom of the bag meets the side of the bag, and mark this point with a pin on both edges of the fabric.

Important concept - this is only necessary if your bag has a bottom. If your bag is just two flat pieces sewn together, don't bother with the pleats.

Sewing the sides - sew two seams from the top edge to the pin marking the bottom of the bag. Trim sides.

Sew a seam along the pinned lines on both edges of the fabric, stopping at the pins marking the bottom of the bag. Sew another, reinforcing seam 1/8 inch outside the first seam. Trim the edges of the fabric to about 1/2 an inch.

Important concept - don't sew all the way down, or you won't be able to create the pleat that will allow the lining to to have a flat bottom.

how to make a pleat
Pleat the bottom; sew from both sides to the center.

To form the pleats, open up the unsewn bottom edge, and bring the fold up toward the end of the seam, to form an upside-down T, as shown in the photo above. To ensure that the pleat is centered, poke a pin up through the bottom of the fold to the seam. Pin both sides of the pleat down and seam from each edge of the pleat to the center.

Stuff lining into bag and pin 1/4 inch below top edge.

Insert the lining into the bag, wrong side out. Be sure to really poke it down into the bag and open up the pleats at the bottom. Fold the top edge of the lining out, align the side seams with the sides of the bag, and pin in several places about 1/4 inch down from the top edge of the bag. Before sewing the lining in place, put a heavy object in the bag. If the lining pulls or seems strained, positioned the lining lower in the bag by decreasing the amount of fabric folded around the top edge.

Important concept - the bag, not the lining, should support the contents of the bag.

Sew in the lining with a hem stitch.

Sew in the lining with a matching thread, using a hem stitch. Be sure to catch enough of the felt fabric in each stitch to ensure that the stitch will hold securely.

felted bag, lining complete
Voila - lining complete!

Nancy, any corrections?


Odds and ends

First things first - to answer questions from Kitt and Janice - I made the baby slippers from the pattern "pitter patter" in Encyclopedia of Knitting by Donna Kooler. It is a great pattern, with short row shaping, all done in garter stitch. They only take about an hour. I don't know how the Fibertrends version is constructed but the end result is very similar.

About the book - it was a gift and at first I wasn't too impressed, but it has grown on me. It includes a decent stitch pattern library and several useful basic patterns (top-down raglan, Philosopher's Wool cardigan, reversible cable wrap, felted hat, dog sweater). I still might not buy it, but I am glad I have it.

Mark wants to know what is under the scrunchy (scrunchie?) - it is Twilley's Cotton Freedom.

Bev wants to be interviewed - here are your questions:
  1. As a lawyer, what is your professional opinion about knitting while on jury duty, either in the jury box or during deliberation?
  2. How long have you been knitting?
  3. Have you ever knit anything for your 17 year old son that he lost? If the answer is yes, did you ever knit for him again?
  4. You are a gardener - do you ever find knitting inspiration from the garden, or vice-versa?
  5. What is the strangest thing you have ever knit?
I've started a new blog, a simple daily record of the state of my teenager's room. If you have a teenager, especially one who lives like an animal, you might want to drop by. I promise it will make you feel better to know someone's kid is messier than yours.


Ribbon scrunchie - free pattern

Announcing yet another freddyknits free pattern....

the Ribbon Scrunchie!

Although I made the sample with ribbon yarn, you could use any type of yarn, to match your poncho, bag, or sweater. This is a great way to use up little bits of yarn.

ribbon scrunchy/scrunchie, free pattern, Crystal Palace Mikado
Mikado Ribbon Scrunchy


  • 1 ball Crystal Palace Mikado (or any worsted weight yarn)
    (one ball makes two large or several small scrunchies)
  • Size 7 (US) needles
  • Coated elastic band, 2.5” in diameter for small (4” in diameter for large)

On size 7 needles, cast on 36 (60) stitches.
Row 1 (RS)– Knit.
Row 2 (WS) – Purl.
Continue in stockinette for 2 (4) inches.
Bind off.

With right sides together, sew up side seam to form a tube. Insert tube through coated elastic band so that band is centered around the middle of the tube. Fold one end of the tube up so that the cast-on and bound-off edges of the tube are together, with right side of knitting facing out. Sew edges together with an invisible top seam.

Copyright 2004, Lynne Frederickson Rago
Do not duplicate or distribute.
Items made from this pattern may not be sold.
You may print one copy for your personal use.


More backfill - Kool Aid and felting

I wasn't sick long enough! Those halcyon days of endless chocolate ice cream, served on silver platters by my many minions.... No more afternoon naps, no more gazing dumbfounded at the spectacular white masses on my tonsils, flashlight in hand. Damn antibiotics work too well.

Back to real life, whatever that is. At least I don't have to cook dinner tonight - there's a senior banquet for my son's high school class. At $35 per ticket plus the cost of a babysitter ($10/hour in these parts) it had better be tasty. I am taking my knitting.

And now for more backfill: low-resolution photos of last year's knitting experiments. First, we have a felted bag I made for my eight-year-old niece Caitlin, out of Fisherman Wool I dyed with Wilton food coloring. Some I did on the stove, & some I did in the microwave, resulting in different shades, hence the stripes.

felted bag of Fisherman Wool, dyed with Wilton icing dye, and trimmed with fun fur

Next up, some Kool Aid dyed baby slippers, pre-felted. These were gifted to Brian's preschool teacher. I don't think I ever took a post-felting photo.

baby ballerina slippers, pre-felted, Fisherman Wool dyed with Kool-Aid

I still have these purple felted baby slippers lying around, waiting for buttons and a recipient. I wasn't very excited with the grayish color I got from grape Kool Aid - I much prefer the Wilton shades of purple.

felted baby Mary Jane slippers, Fisherman Wool dyed with Kool-Aid

My most favorite baby slippers were black Mary Jane's from Lamb's Pride, with pearl buttons. Alas I gave these away without taking a photo.


The ice cream diet

Really, strep throat isn't all that bad, especially since the Dairy Queen is open.

After a day of antibiotics I am feeling much better, thanks. If I had to pick a favorite communicable disease, it would have to be strep. Serious enough that you can take naps and whine without much guilt, yet not so serious that you can't enjoy yourself just a little bit while doing so. Plus it's entirely treatable. And who can argue with unlimited ice cream?

Today's intrepid interviewees are Denise and Erin:

Denise (who I only know a tiny bit):

  1. What is your all-time favorite book?
  2. Describe the coolest thing you ever knit.
  3. What character from children's literature do you most identify with?
  4. Would scrapbooking be a good way for me to get organized? Or is it the short path to the loony bin for the chronically disarrayed?
  5. If I gave you a ball of cotton yarn would you make a couple of dishcloths for project Scrubbie?
Erin (who I don't know except from her blog):

  1. Where in the midwest do you live? Are you from there?
  2. Sounds like you are a technoweenie (and I mean that in a nice way)- do you find that knitting appeals to your inner geek? Or is a more an artistic thing for you?
  3. Do you ever dream about knitting or yarn? Other crafts?
  4. What is your favorite illegal activity?
  5. What is the strangest thing you have ever knit?


Instant blog fodder

So, I am officially sick - strep. And I thought I was just despondent because I woke up to this the other morning:

"Mommy, you need to come downstairs and see what Evan is doing."

At least now I know why I feel as if I had swallowed a saguaro. And at least now I can boss my husband around without fear of recrimination (more ice cream! Now! And make those kids shut up!)

I am also eternally grateful to Janice for providing me with a mechanism for generating instant blog fodder in my time of need. A few brave souls have agreed to let me interview them, so here goes.


  1. If you had to pick just one obsession, which would it be and why?

  2. How do you like blogging so far?

  3. Describe your most favorite thing you ever knit.

  4. What character from The Big Lebowski do you most identify with?

  5. If I supplied you with a ball of cheap cotton, would you be willing to knit a couple of dishcloths for Project Scrubbie?


  1. What is your dream job?

  2. How is it coming with the Incredible Sweater Machine?

  3. How about that yarn diet?

  4. Do you ever sing while knitting? Do you ever knit while singing?

  5. If I supplied you with a ball of cheap cotton, would you be willing to knit a couple of dishcloths for Project Scrubbie?

More exciting interviews coming up tomorrow, with Denise and Rose.


Everything you never wanted to know about me

Again, no knitting progress to report. I worked yesterday at the crazy yarn sale, and today I have a tummy ache. I am afraid I might vomit on my knitting.

I could care less if I vomit on my laptop, though (not like it hasn't happened before), so for your enjoyment I will respond to Janice's interview questions. If you would like to participate in this blogging phenomenon, follow these simple steps:

1. Leave me a comment saying “interview me.”
2. I will respond by asking you five questions here. They will be different questions than the ones below.
3. You will update YOUR blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

And here are my answers to Janice:

1. How many UFOs do you have on the go right now? (And yes, you have to include the six you have absolutely no intention of finishing).

Geez, I don't know and am too lazy to count. Llama hat, baby sweater, ribbed Lopi sweater, probably a sock. At least four. Wanna make something of it?

2. What is your favourite yarn to work with?

I've only been knitting for a year, so I really can't say. I work in a yarn shop and am constantly overwhelmed by the choices and frustrated by my limited budget. Most of my favorites tend to come from fiber animals. When I knit with cotton (especially green) it looks like crap.

3. Would you like some green ... oh. No.

Green what? Green WHAT?!?! Care to rephrase that, ungrateful bitch?

3. Trying again. Who taught you how to knit, and when?

Well, Deb tried to teach me following my 2004 New Years resolution. On size 3 circulars, with cotton, continental style. She has a sick sense of humor, in her sweet, twisted way. Her secret plan was to drive me insane and it worked. Stella picked up the slack and got me going. I never finished my first project, a seed stitch scarf out of purple Lion Brand Homespun. The yarn and stitch pattern drove me further down the path to the insane state I enjoy to this day. From there on I decided that in order to maintain friendships with other knitters, I would have to be mostly self-taught. Google is my friend, when I can avoid the allure of googlewhacking. From time to time I do call on Anne to hold my hand through a project, though. I want to knit like her when I grow up.

4. Have you ever cheated on your knitting by indulging in crochet, cross-stitch or quilting?

I cheat on my knitting and my husband by blogging. I have been known to commit crochet.

5. Do you do charity knitting and if so, what, and for which organization?

Does sending 20 balls of hideous green cotton to a charity knitter count? I'm too slow, have too many kids, and know too many people having babies to have done much charity knitting so far. I did knit 5 scarves last year and a bag and shawl this year for an auction for my son's school - not exactly tsunami relief, but if you squint I suppose that is charitable. I'm inspired by the charity knitters out there, though. Since I am blessed with health, family, and security, much as I hate to admit it, I should get off my selfish ass and follow your example. I am at your mercy, Bunniegirl. Tell me what to knit and for what charity, and I will get it done before June. Be gentle. Remember I am slow.


The gift of wool

Four of my friends went to Santa Fe recently. John took some great photos at Tierra Wools:

Dyed and Drying
Indigo Palette
Trio of Dye Tanks

Heart of the Loom
Warp in Progress

Linda brought me this, also from Tierra Wools:

Organic Rambouiellet, naturally dyed with chamisa

The photo doesn't really do the color, a lovely deep gold, justice. I need some suggestions for what to make with 165 yards of this special wool.


Knitting slump and Googlewhack

I am in a knitting slump, still struggling to match the gauge on that second (actually third) baby sleeve. My excuse for not sharing a photo: I don't want to spoil the surprise for the lucky receipient. Actually I have been too busy searching for the one true googlewhack to pick up the camera. Or knit. I have been specializing in knitting-related whacks. My favorite to date is "nostepinde disco."

If you are reading my blog you probably don't need time-wasting advice. But if you are looking for some high-quality, non-blog-related internet time-wasting activity, googlewhack is the answer.

I will be leaving soon for a long day at the insane asylum yarn shop (big sale today). So I leave you with photos of knitting from last year. Lest you think this is randomly selected collection of old knitting photos, there is a theme: "Lynne's knitting firsts." There's even a subplot: "low resolution digital photography."

The first sweater I ever knit - Elizabeth Zimmerman's Baby Surprise Jacket.

First socks I ever knit. Ann Norling basic sock pattern, Cascade Fixation.

First hat I ever knit. Note the messed up, yet charming, decreases.

First Kool Aid dying experiment, with swatch for seaming practice .

First (of many) pairs of Fuzzy Feet

Tomorrow's theme - more Kool Aid, more felting.


Crochet geeks

Some geeks have been creating crocheted hyperbolic models like this:

Fascinating as they are, for 3-dimensional objets d'art they don't have the commercial appeal, of, say, this (note the discreet link here, lest I be accused of poor taste).

Crocheters, take note. The knitting world has given us the knitted uterus and the Boobie Scarf. But as any fiberartist knows, crochet beats knitting, hands-down, when it comes to structural integrity and freeform shaping. Bring on the crocheted gonads!

The many colors of Kool Aid

My knitting pal Anne whipped up these earflap hats to use up some of the Fisherman's wool she had dyed with Kool Aid:

Trio of Kool Aid-dyed earflap hats

They are from Sarah Peasley's free Cameron's Caps pattern, with some modifications, including a braided trim and eyelet lace on the pink hat.

They look better on kids than adults, though:

Anne, the elf-woman

I'm in a knitting funk because my secret project (don't look if you have recently given birth) is giving me grief. I completed the first side last fall, and apparently since then, either my gauge has changed or I have forgotten what size needles I used. About 30 rows in on size 7s, the cuff I am knitting now is noticeably larger and more loosely knit than the first sleeve. Now I am started over on 6s, but losing my enthusiasm for the project.

So last night at book club I cast on for the Kid Classic baby bonnet from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I'll post a picture if mine when it is done, but in the meantime you can admire Jennie's. All I have to say about that yarn is - mmmnnn. Good thing I am on a yarn diet.

I get to teach drop-in tonight at the shop - I dig it the most.


(Open) Signs of Spring in Ann Arbor

As a harbinger of spring, the Open sign at Dairy Queen beats Robin Redbreast, hands down. At least in Ann Arbor.

The Dairy Queen is open! The Dairy Queen is open!

But there's still plenty of winter left, as Brian demonstrated this weekend:

It's got crennelations!

Spelunking on the patio

So don't put your wool away just yet.


And my new best friend is....

Jenn! This is what she sent me in exchange for navy Donegal Tweed:

A great trade - Collinette Point 5, Dark Umber

She's going to make something for her boyfriend. I have a friend who's birthday is coming up. Hmmmm.... Do I like her this much?

But Jenn isn't the only one sending yarn my way. I popped in the shop for 5 minutes on Saturday and Jennie handed me this soft green partial skein of Kid Classic:

Still life - odd ball with crewel embroidery

Me mum made the lovely pillow 15 or 20 years ago. A suitable throne for this lovely little ball, no? Jenny knew I wanted a contrasting color to go with the raspberry ball, to trim the baby bonnet from Last Minute Knitted Gifts, one of my new favorite books. Erika made a great heathery bonnet from the same pattern, if you would like to see a completed bonnet. My colors are a bit brighter:

A hat to match my blog colors!

I've only knit about 5 rounds today, on a tiny baby sleeve. I need to start knitting more and blogging less. This is a disease. G'nite.


Beginner's Fair Isle Baby Hat - free pattern

Announcing another free freddyknits pattern - the

Beginner's Fair Isle Baby Hat!

Size 0-6 months (14.5 inches) with a gauge of 22 stitches/4 inches
Size 6-12 months (16 inches) with a gauge of 20 stitches/4 inches

Size 6 US 16" circular needles (or what you need to get gauge)
Size 6 US double pointed needles (or what you need to get gauge)

One stitch marker

Partial skeins of two colors of yarn
DK weight for small size
Worsted weight for larger size

(Note: The sample was knit for the smaller size, with Size 6 Addi Turbo 16" circular, Size 6 Clover bamboo dpns, 2 partial balls Lana Grossa Cool Wool, MC - 417 (red), CC - 463 (periwinkle)

With MC, CO 80 on circular needle, place marker, join in the round.
Rounds 1 - 32 - knit (or for 3.5 inches)

Pattern rounds
1 - [K4 in MC, K1 in CC] around
2 - K1 in CC, [K2MC, K3 CC], repeat till last 4 stitches before marker, K2 in MC, K2 in CC
3 - [K4 in CC, K1 in MC] around
4 - K1 in MC, [K2 in CC, K3 in MC], repeat till last 4 stitches before marker, K2 in CC, K2 in MC
5 - [K4 in CC, K1 in MC] around

Continue knitting in stockinette, in CC, for 7 more rounds (or one inch).

Decrease rounds - first section
(all in CC)
1 - [K8, K2tog] around
2 and all even rounds - K around
3 - [K7, K2tog] around
5 - [K6, K2tog] around
7 - [K5, K2tog] around
9 - [K4, K2tog] around
11 - [K3, K2tog] around
13 - [K2, K2tog] around

Final decrease rounds
for red section on top:

1 - [K1 in MC, K1 in CC] around
2 - switching to MC - [K1, K2tog] around

( Note: The model hat has another row of Fair Isle but the pattern is obscured by the decreases in the following round - better to just switch to the solid MC for the rest of the hat).

3 - K around
4 - K2tog around
5 - K around
6 - K2tog around - 4 stitches left on needles.


Slip all stitches to a single dpn and continue in I-cord for two inches, or as long as desired.
To finish the I-cord:
Row 1 - K2tog, K2tog
Row 2 - K2tog - one stitch on needle.

Pass yarn through the last stitch and cut yarn, leaving a tail to weave in.
Weave tail down through the I-cord and through some stitches on the inside of the hat.
Weave in remaining ends,

Tie I-cord into a knot.

Copyright 2004, Lynne Frederickson Rago
Do not duplicate or distribute.
Items made from this pattern may not be sold.
You may print one copy for your personal use.

The fifth obsession

Continuing with my theme of friends who do everything better than me, my dear pal Kate has started a lovely and intelligent blog about her Four Obsessions: Reading, Writing, Cooking and Knitting, to deal with the isolation of being a work-at-home mom and the terror of raising a shark-eating toddler. She's also hoping that writing regularly about her obsessions will somehow impose discipline.

For me, blogging is a great way to focus my procrastinating tendencies on a project that looks like work, but in reality is just another avoidance tactic. I might be more obsessed with blogging than knitting.

Any bets on how soon Kate will be renaming her blog Five Obsessions?


Why is this woman smiling?

Look closely

This is a multiple choice test. This woman is smiling because:

A) The bottle of port by her left elbow is less than half full.
B) She has the irritating self-satisfaction of someone who knits better than the dunce who taught her, 4 months ago.
C) Her favorite color is yellow, and this yarn is, well, yellow.
D) This is her very first Fair Isle, her first garment, she's completely winging it (no pattern, no reference books, no charts, no lessons), and it looks like this:

The object of my rage

or E) All of the above. You may enter your answer in the comments section. I am feeling cranky and stingy and will NOT be sending the winner Koigu or Red Heart or twine this time. Besides, I think we all know what the answer is. And who her teacher was.

I am pissed. But what was I to expect from The Woman Who Can Do Everything (brief list: woodworking, baking, sewing, stained glass, gardening, raccoon husbandry, trashing huge databases...) Next time someone tells me they just want to learn to knit so they can make a couple of goofy garter stitch scarves for Christmas presents, I am sorry. The answer is no.

Or maybe I will just teach you wrong.

Fair Isle practice

The practice hat is finished and ready for gifting:

Fairly easy Fair Isle

When I got to the pattern on the top, I should have consulted a book for instructions on combining Fair Isle with decreases - the alternating colors all but disappeared into the k2tog on the next row. But I am not mature enough to rip it out.

Speaking of k2tog, I think I prefer the look of ssk for a basic hat, like in this pic. Does anyone else have an opinion?

This reminds me, about a year ago, when knitting my first hat, I messed up my counting on the decrease section and got an amazingly cool, intricate snowflake pattern on the top of the hat. I have never been able to duplicate it. Has anyone else ever done this? Are there any patterns available for doing this intentionally? It was my favorite decrease ever!

Cakewalk Karma

At the auction preview party for the great unwashed, Brian once again demonstrated his expertise in the fine art of cakewalking. I watched in awe as he confidently marched around the circle with a bunch of giggling middle schoolers. When the music stopped he was on his lucky number (1), and didn't act the least bit suprised when his number was called.

Brian also demonstrated his finely honed aesthetic and culinary taste. Out of all the lovely cakes (lemon pound cake with lemon-butter glaze, luscious, dark chocolate fudge cake, exotic pistachio torte), Brian selected this gem:

Someone's feeling smug

The real auction (the $125 a ticket one, where the poor souls don't even get hot dogs or a cake walk) doesn't happen until Saturday. Hopefully the wrap and felted bag will command more than the $110 I spent on yarn and materials. Doubtful. Let's not even consider the hours involved. I think next year I will make a donation, and knit something for myself instead.

In knitting news, I made a cool trade with Jenn - my navy Donegal Tweed and a gansey pattern for Point 5 in Dark Umber.

Should I eat it or knit it?

Don't tell Jenn, but I think I made out like a bandit. Not only is this yarn amazingly yummy, I also get an overall stash deduction of 7 balls (and no, I don't care if her balls are 100 gms. and mine are only 50 gms. - if I want to go by balls vs. weight or yardage or numbers of closets stuffed with yarn, I can do that. It is my blog).

Furthermore, I will actually knit something with this, and probably pretty fast, too, since I think the gauge recommendation for point 5 is something like 2 stitches per foot on number 95 needles.

So while Jenn is looking natty in her navy gansey (can she wear that in Florida?), Clinton and Stacy will be humiliating me on national television... "Just because you knit that enormous, gaudy sweater doesn't mean you have to wear it!"

Feel free to nominate me.


Two birds with one stone

Remember my whining about starting hats when I know I don't have enough yarn? And my whining about the puckeryness of my llama hat? Thanks to commenters with good advice, I am diligently working on both problems, while I come down from my Clapotis high:

Two birds with one stone

Yes, I am trying to do two-handed fair isle. And yes, I am trying to not carry the yarn so tightly across the back. I am slow and knit like a dork, but the result is less puckery, at least. I have enough left of the red to do another fair isle splotch at the very top.

My poor unsuspecting neighbors will be receiving this for their new little girl.

Clapotis est fini!

Feast your eyes on the miracle that is Clapotis (avert eyes from fat ass and wet hair):

Now I can get on with my life...

The sad reality is that I have to give up my precious, tonight, in exchange for hot dogs and carnival games. The great unwashed who cannot afford to go to the auction are feted in high style at a preview party, where kids do the cakewalk and everyone eats hotdogs. Last year Brian won two cakes so we have great expectations for this evening.


Happy International Women's Day

In honor of International Women's Day, thought you might like to see some images of women around the world knitting, in real life and art.


Western Australia knitting factory, 1954

Congolese refugees in Rwanda

Artist's Wife Knitting, William Glackens

Chinese-Canadian women knitting for the war effort, WWII

Bosnian knitters

Little Knitters, Albert Samuel Anker

Knitters in Bali

Knitting Girl, W.A. Bouguereau

Knitting in Greece

Hmong women knitting pandu

The Knitting Lesson, Jean-Francois Millet
It finally fits!
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