By Paula Vester
The guild received its copy of Piecework and I picked it up from the mailbox the other day. It appears to be an issue filled with socks – history is interesting, but I will never knit a pair of historic socks like those amazing examples in that issue. But tucked in the back of the magazine was a wonderful article about a sweater. An amazing sweater that survived 75 years and now resides in the
Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC. The pattern taken from that sweater is available on Ravelry, or you can buy it from the museum bookshop (the Ravelry income for the sweater sales also goes to the museum). The modern designer is Lea Stern (you can search “The Green Sweater by Lea Stern” in Ravelry), and the story is wonderful.
I will soon be in search of a nice fingering weight yarn to try and make this sweater. It seems to be sized for about a 7 yr old, and I may just knit it in that size and see if any on my great nieces can eventually fit it. I just want to see if I can follow a pattern of this kind…….my question: who might want to join me this coming year and choose a project to be knitted, crocheted, embroidered, or quilted from some historical story?
Maybe this could be our Library Exhibit Challenge for the 2018 year — history in fiber…….Find some historical – or maybe a family related – story/project and work on it for the exhibit at the DeKalb Library in June. I like some of the stories I hear you guys talk about pieces in your family collections, so those would certainly be perfect. I am sure some of us have some of the old books from grandmothers, aunts, etc. of patterns or books of the things people were doing in textiles throughout several generations. Let us make this year’s exhibit a fabulous one of history, fiber, family and friends.