As usual, Knitting Traditions never disappoints me.
This issues is all about explorers and adventurers—some were attempting to reach the North or the South Pole, others to circumnavigate the globe. Not all of them were men. Fabulous article - brief excerpt below... Knitting Traditions Spring 2015 Physical Issue
In her article, “Knitwear for Polar Explorers,” Angharad Thomas examines the exploits of a number of famous explorers, including Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton. She notes, “To study accounts of polar exploits is to become overwhelmed by the descriptions of the harshness of the physical conditions the expeditions encountered.” Two American women who experienced those conditions firsthand were Josephine Peary and Jackie Ronne. Josephine Peary first traveled with her husband, Robert Peary, to the Arctic in 1891. Author Kathy Augustine writes, “[Josephine] forged ahead on a path of unyielding support for her husband, whether by his side in the frozen north or from the warmth of her parlor where she entertained sponsors.” In 1947, Jackie Ronne became the first American woman to reach Antarctica, with knitting needles and yarn in tow. For twelve months, she and her husband, expedition leader Finn Ronne, lived in a 12-foot (3.7-m) square hut.
This is is just the tip of the iceberg (pun intended!). Many other compelling stories and twenty-one stand-out projects—socks, sweaters, mittens and gloves, hats and balaclava, a scarf, and a shawl—await you.
Grey Heron Yarn Shop, a crafter’s paradise located in historic Downtown Collingwood, opened its doors in 2009 and has been serving the knit and crochet community with skeins and skeins of beautiful and texturally alluring products ever since. This quaint shop offers a wide range of yarn weights in both natural and synthetic fibres, pattern books, knit & crochet magazines, as well as knitting accessories and notions. Among the many knitting kits available is the Apple Pie Sock Kit, which contains enough yarn plus the pattern to create an adult sized pair of socks available in charming colours modeled after the local apples such as Ginger Gold, Red Delicious and McIntosh. Also available, specifically designed for the Apple Pie Trail, are wooden shall pins and buttons made from local apple wood – each is truly unique and one of a kind - a great embellishment to adorn any handmade sweater, cardigan or shall.
Owner, Karen Farmilo is a self-taught knitting expert who offers a fantastic calendar of classes available from beginner knitting and crochet to more complicated classes that focus on lace, cables and Fair Isle, a knitting technique that use three or more colours. When you start to learn to knit or crochet, it’s nice to know that expert advice is always available. While many of us love to knit our Christmas presents, Karen’s advice is to start as early as July or August giving yourself more time than needed ‘just in case’. For more information about the Grey Heron Yarn Shop visit their website.