I’ve been knitting since I was about seven years old or so, and I haven’t stopped. My mom owned a bustling yarn store, and I was always fascinated with all the gorgeous creations being made. To me, knitting is a time-honored craft, an artistic pass time that has allowed me to create thousands of projects over the years. I’m drawn to anything that pertains to knitting which probably why I was attracted to my new book, Knitting Ephemera, A Compendium of Articles, Useful and Otherwise, for the Edification and Amusement of the Handknitter.
Knitting Ephemera is a compilation of over 300 entries of knitting trivia gleaned from folklore, history, literature, and pop-culture. This treasury is filled with quirky but true facts about wool, sheep, styles, knitting, as well as tidbits on crochet, spinning, and weaving. For instance, did you know that when Richard the Lionheart was captured by his enemies, it’s often said that his ransom was paid in wool. Back then it was a precious commodity. Did you know that knitting burns 102 calories per hour? Or that November is national Knit a Sweater month? Or that there are more sheep than people in New Zealand, Australia, and Iceland? Is Angora a type of rabbit or breed of goat? Well, both actually, but they should not be confused with the Angora cat!
All these informative morsels are funny, entertaining, and enlightening. I enjoyed reading this book; it’s pages are captivating and humorous. It’s a good read whether you’re a crafter or not.