February 20th, 2016

Ready, Set, Knit! 434: Kathy talks with Carol Sulcoski

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This week Kathy talks with Carol Sulcoski, author of the new book: Knitting Ephemera. Unlike Carol’s’ past books, full of knitting patterns and technical help, this is a collection of stories, anecdotes and knowledge of and from the knitting world.

Ready, Set, Knit! episode #434 - Kathy talks with Carol Sulcoski. Listen now on the WEBS Blog - blog.yarn.com

Share your own knitting ephemera and be entered to win a copy of Carol’s book! Leave a comment on this post with your own unique knitting trivia by 11;59pm EST on Tuesday Feb. 23rd. Please be sure to include a valid e-mail address in your comment so we can contact you if you win, and check next week’s post to see all the winners!

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24 Responses to “Ready, Set, Knit! 434: Kathy talks with Carol Sulcoski”

  1. Deb Says:

    I don’t know if this is in Carol’s current book or if it could be researched for the next one, but I’ve often heard about how many knitters/knitting designers have math degrees. Are there stats on that?
    Great episode–the book sounds so interesting!

  2. Monica Says:

    1/2 hour of knitting burns 55 calories, 6 minutes of sex burns on average 21 calories- no brainer?

  3. Wonderwmn212 Says:

    Hønsestrik is the Danish stranded knitting style from the 1970s that arose as a protest against yarn producers, who only allowed you to buy a pattern if you also bought yarn from the specific pattern. I was curious about the origin of this colorful style.

  4. Marla Says:

    Knitting is cheap therapy. I heard this saying when starting to knit, and once I mastered my tension and stitches, I discovered it is true. Sounds like a great book – love trivia.

  5. Kara Says:

    Did you know that Waldorf schools teach kids to knit before they can read? I just learned that, and it was especially interesting to me since my oldest is in Kindergarten, and while she’s working on both reading and knitting (at home), the reading is coming more easily to her so far!

  6. Karen Says:

    As any knitter can attest, knitting creates a relaxation response, which can decrease blood pressure and heart rate.

  7. Allison Kelsey Says:

    Loved the interview! When I visited a folk museum in Iceland, I saw mittens on display that had 2 thumbs. The docent explained that fishermen wore them because when one thumb or thumb gusset wore through, they could flip it around and keep wearing it. (They were at sea for days, so no returning to port to change clothes.)

  8. Carmen N Says:

    Yarnbombing is thought to have begun as early as May 2004 in Den Helder, Netherlands.

  9. Eileen Says:

    The Oxford Dictionary says the word “knit” comes from Old English cnyttan and the German knütten, both meaning “to knot”. Sounds like macrame, not knitting!

  10. Maryann Says:

    I knit lefty–stitches go from my right needle to my left needle. This is also called mirror reverse. If I want to watch a knitting video, I just watch it reflected in a mirror to see the knitting “my way”.

  11. Denise Says:

    Loved the podcast episode.

    When I was very young, and before I was a knitter, I overheard some grandma-aged knitters talking about wedding ring shawls, that were so fine they fit through a wedding band. I’m guessing they were referring to Orenburg lace shawls. Well, the mental image of a bride being able to pass her delicate shawl through her little tiny wedding ring was just enthralling. My mother had knit one thing, ever, and it was a super bulky mohair sweater.

    I guess the ephemera is that an orenburg shawl fits through a wedding ring. I still find it an irresistible and romantic idea. And no, since I began knitting, several decades ago, I have not attempted one. 🙂

  12. Sheila Says:

    I always heard that the mistakes in Irish Fishermens sweater cables were used to identify the bodies of fishermen lost at sea. I don’t think it’s true, but it’s a good story.

  13. Anne Says:

    Valley Yarns Superwash DK and the Duotone cowl pattern are an amazing combination.

  14. Anita Says:

    My mother is Welsh and when she was younger she desperately wanted to learn to knit (mid 1930’s). Her grandmother thought she was too young to use knitting needles so she was given meat skewers to knit with. These were probably much more dangerous than needles. I’m not sure if this was a common practice.

  15. Monique G Says:

    I got very excited when you mentioned Mary Maxim on the podcast. I was told many years ago by the neighbours that live below my in-laws (n North Vancouver, BC, that the wife was connected to Mary Maxim. Apparently, her mother was one of the original founders of Mary Maxim. I don’t know her mother’s first name but the last name was McPhedrain – her daughter (sadly passed in 2012) was Lorna Kathleen Dudley (nee McPhedrain. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

  16. Lori Biamonte Says:

    While sitting in the movie theater today, I noticed that some people put their drinks in the yarn holders attached to every chair. Not me though. I know better.

  17. Savannagal Says:

    Sounds like a very interesting read. If I could just tear myself away from my knitting long enough to read a book.

  18. Kris Says:

    Artist Carol Milne knits with glass! Amazing!

  19. Laura Says:

    Some people use yarn scales to weigh other items in their home, like postage or food. So weird! Also, if you carry a tiny portable yarn scale around in your bag, people might think you’re a drug dealer.

  20. Rachel Says:

    magic loop was invented by Sarah Hauschka.

    No machine has been invented yet to crochet. All crochet you see has been handmade. < not knitting, but my favorite ephemera

  21. Patti Says:

    Many people may already know this, but Barbara Walker wasn’t just the author of the great knitting books, but also The Women’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets. I owned the latter but didn’t make the connection for quite a few years.

  22. Vivienne Says:

    I always love how to “tink” is to knit backwards and to frog comes from “rip it” or “Ribbit!”

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