Old Shale! The stitch pattern you know and love? You think you know it—but a group of knitters digs deep and shows us that Old Shale can be all sorts of things.
This is really, really great.
Members of the Greater Birmingham Fiber Guild came up with the idea to knit samples of 40 versions of Old Shale to explore this lovely, old lace stitch. It’s all documented with photos, charts, and directions. I love the way a group of knitters worked together to create this study.
The result is a well-made ebook documenting each variation and what is distinctive about it—available as a free download.
Very cool to read the biography of Mary Spanos, who oversaw this project: “I am a former editor and contributor for Spin Off magazine, and contributed to Interweave Knits magazine and other Interweave publications, leaving to go back to school to study prehistoric textiles as a graduate student in anthropology. Now, I am a textile anthropologist specializing in the prehistoric and early historic textiles of the southeast region of North America.”
You know how we find knitters everywhere? Well, now we all know of at least one textile anthropologist/knitter.
Greatest Living Blogger Returns
Andrew Sullivan’s The Dish was my go-to. He managed to bring his brilliant mind, an ecumenical point of view, and common sense to some of the most tumultuous times of the past decade. But he was also the most astute commentator on cultural things. It was where I’d see the best YouTube ever, the funniest cartoon, a musician I should know. His readers were a vital part of his blog, writing dissents, sending links.
I LOVE THE GUY WHAT CAN I SAY?
He quit blogging in February 2015 (the site remains if you want to read it all), but he will return to cover the upcoming Republican and Democratic conventions for New York magazine. I would ordinarily not be able to stand watching either of these events, but I will follow Andrew’s coverage because if anyone can make sense of this political season, it’s Andrew Sullivan. I do wonder if he’s returning because the stakes are so crazy, so high, and so weird. Any insight from him will be welcome.
Whither the Olympics?
Can somebody give me some reason to be excited about the Olympics? It all starts less than a month from now, yet I don’t have any juicy stories to follow other than zika virus, corruption, steroids, and cost overruns. I LOVED THE OLYMPICS! Remember Olga Korbut? Remember the ’96 Olympics in Atlanta when I went with my friend Margaret and also my Medela breast pump so I could keep l’il baby David stocked? Oh, man, that was a weird little trip. I think we saw a Bulgarian basketball game?