March 16, 2016
By Cynthia E. Pena
The purpose of either knitting or crochet at its inception was to create garments and blankets to protect oneself against the elements. Types of yarn and patterns were not a priority. Today, it’s a whole new ball of yarn.
We look forward to our next W.I.P. with anticipation, by choosing the best pattern and what yarn best suits that project -- fingering, DK, bulky, super bulky and the choices continue. The next decision is, where do I find this yarn....a local chain store, small in-town yarn shop, online store? What if you are new to this art? The whole process prior to starting a cast-on or chain stitches can be slightly stressful.
These issues and more are the goals of this column. I will explore the glorious online sites that offer the best yarns, patterns and projects. Some of the questions that our review will cover are the promptness of ordering, packaging accuracy, pattern readability, yarn quality, etc. I am currently working directly with online sites to offer special discounts for our readers, to take advantage of what they have to offer. And, I will be choosing volunteers from the neighborhood to test out various yarns, needles, kits and more for a more personal experience.
In addition, I will be visiting local yarn shops to discuss the availability of specialty yarns, unique patterns, classes, etc.
All of us have a story about the time we began to knit or crochet. I can remember an attempt at knitting a scarf when I was eight years old, but it was short-lived. My next, slightly better attempt was in the late 80’s when I made two of my children sweaters. Then I picked it up again when a loved one spent a great deal of time in the hospital and it turned out to be extremely calming and therapeutic (subject for another column). And a year ago, I began crocheting for the Yarn Bomb at the Pelham Art Center. Truly a fantastic experience. I’d love to hear and share your stories as well.
I look forward to hearing from all of you, posting your finished pieces as well as W.I.P.’s and joining in on some of your groups.
If you have questions about patterns, yarns, etc., please email me to have your questions shared with the community of fellow fiber artists. In addition, let me know your experience level and if you would be interested in taking part in reviews of products that come in. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Until the next time....I should really finish my row.