WWW: A knitter’s life of long ago; the ergonomics of knitting; a New York subway encounter

Image from the film ’55 Socks’ courtesy National Film Board of Canada.

Insights into life long ago of a knitter: an obituary in Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper about a knitter who learned the craft as a child in her native Holland. Martina Sophia Zandbergen Van Egmond’s story includes surviving four very hard years of Nazi occupation, in a family of ten. This brings to mind the poem and the animated short film “55 Socks“, which tells a story about knitters unravelling a bedspread to make 55 socks to barter for food during the worst time of this occupation, the ‘winter of hunger’ 1944-45.

Knitting designer and teacher Ann McCauley draws on her years of experience as a dancer to bring us some insight into the ergonomics of knitting, and shares excellent tips for knitting in comfort and without strain.

We told you a while ago about the yarnbombing of a DC-3 plane that sits outside the Yukon Transportation Museum, in the northwest of Canada. This feature on the CBC website profiles one of the knitters who contributed to the project, and has a fun time-elapse video showing how the plane cozy was put together.

There are no words.

Kaffe Fasset strikes again: his pattern for the incomparable Jubilee Throw is available for free download from Rowan Yarns. A combination of both Fair Isle and Intarsia techniques are used to create the blanket. Rowan rates it as for “experienced” knitters. I would say “experienced knitters who are seeking a once-in-a-lifetime project that might take years to knit and aren’t afraid of a few thousand ends to weave in”. Honestly, though, I think this is the most amazing project I’ve ever laid eyes on.

A knitter discusses an encounter on the New York subway. I’ve done a lot of knitting on the New York subway myself, and because there are so many people from all over the world, you can expect every possible response: smiles of recognition, puzzled frowns, giggles and confusion. New Yorkers see everything on the subway, I love being part of that pageant.


Friend of Knitty Laura Nelkin has just returned from a two-week tour of Iceland with her family. She’s blogging about it here – the photos are incredible! She promises a post about the knitting scene in the near future.

Speaking of amazing family photos, Megan, the founding owner of Lettuce Knit, has started her new life with her family in Newfoundland. She’s started a blog, and although it’s not about knitting, it’s worth visiting to see her wonderful photographs of Newfoundland, and the joy in her kids’ faces. We in Toronto miss her, but we know she’s having a wonderful time. (Don’t worry, Lettuce Knit is safe in the hands of its new owners, Sylvie and Angela.)

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4 thoughts on “WWW: A knitter’s life of long ago; the ergonomics of knitting; a New York subway encounter

  1. Mary K. in Rockport

    That wrist stretch feels woooonderful! When/if are you going to post the winner of the Windjammer Knitting Cruise?

  2. Catherine Huang

    The ergonomic knitting article had great tips for winding down from knitting (I am definitely getting some tennis balls for my shoulderblades!) but I was disappointed that it didn’t address how to use the hands and body during knitting to minimize stress and damage. (Other than the hint about learning to knit without looking, that is – a very good suggestion!) I have found that minimizing hand movement helps increase speed as well as decreasing fatigue, but I would really like more tips and specific information about “preventative” knitting, should you ever come across a source!

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