Saturday, March 20, 2010

Episode #15

Welcome to Episode #15! I didn't think I'd be recording this weekend, but our plans have changed and here I am!

In this week's episode, I have a short Trinity story and I'll share some recipes and talk, of course about what's in my knitting basket.

This week's book review is "Boho Baby Knits" by Kat Coyle. As well, I'll share a bit about Frisian food, answering Shirley's question.

As always, there are links below. Please feel free to leave comments, and don't forget to check out the Strings 'n Things Ravelry group.

"Let's Go Shopping" Market bag... a free pattern available on Ravelry.

Heavenly Rosemary Yeast Rolls (recipe links below)

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Episode #14 - A History Lesson

The Frisian flag, red lily pads on a field of blue and white diagonal stripes

This week's episode includes a history lesson about the Frisians; Friesland is the northernmost province of Holland, but has a significant place in Northern European history, something I didn't really know.

I'll review two books that deal with historical knitting from the North Sea area, Beth Brown-Reinsel's "Knitting Ganseys" and Ethnic Knitting Discovery: The Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and The Andes" by Donna Druchunas.

Above: 2 samples of traditional Frisian costume. Not really visible here is the gold skull cap worn under the lacy cap.

This map shows Northern Europe today. All of the area from Friesland to Denmark was traditionally Frisian territory.

Heather Desserud's pattern, La Joie du Printemps (the Joy of Spring), soon to be released.