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consciously crafting.
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Consciously Crafting

Hello McKnittey friends!

We're two friends who met through quilting and realized we had similar goals in life. We each wanted meaningful work - work that would make an impact. This need to "make a difference" has inspired us to open a store with yarn that is mindfully produced. We strive to provide you with the most natural, sustainable fingering and lace weight yarns. We are not a big box craft store and our yarn is not big box either. 

Many of the yarns we carry are made from alternative fibers. We invite you to explore yak, llama, possum and pearl. Some are free trade yarns. With each purchase, you will be impacting the futures of orphans and vulnerable children by providing education and resources that will allow their dreams to become realities. Come be a part of our community.


McKnittey Musings

Knitting Fantasy and Fables

More fun from Woolworks.org. . .a list of fantasy and fairy tales featuring knitting:

Science fiction and fantasy

Friday, Robert Heinlein
A menacing knitter.

Drums of Autumn, Diana Gabaldon
Sock knitting in 1700's, including description of males learning as children.

Queen of the Summer Stars, Persia Woolley
Heroine knitting on her queenly throne.

The Unknown Shore (Aubrey-Maturin series), Patrick O'Brian
Pirates teach a captured child how to knit.

The Very Thought of You, Lynn Kurland
An 11th century tapestry-destroying bard learns to knit when transplanted to 20th century Scotland.

Fairy tales

Angelita's Magic Yarn, Doris Lecher
An Andean folk tale, where the heroine is the fastest and finest knitter in the village.

The Mitten, Jan Brett
A Ukrainian folk tale where a young boy begs his grandma to knit him snow white mittens -- and promptly loses them in the snow where they become a home for animals.

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Knitting Fiction

General Fiction featuring knitting or yarn (according to Woolworks.org):

Art Work, A.S. Byatt
Knitting plays a major role.

At Home in Mitford (from the Mitford Years series), Jan Karon
The first in a series depicting everyday life in a small North Carolina town. Knitting is described at one point as a comfort to the soul.

Bag of Bones, Stephen King
The hero's wife is a knitter.

Cheerfulness Breaks In, Angela M. Thirkell
Plus other titles including The Brandons, High Rising, Marling Hall. Each of her books contains at least one knitting reference, often more.

Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier
Describes a sweater knit of unwashed fleece.

Coming Down from Wa, Audrey Thomas
Knitting at an African girls' school in the 1960s.

Coming Home, Rosamunde Pilcher
England during WWII with mention of Red Cross knitting.

Country of the Pointed Firs, Sarah Orne Jewett
A young woman's life in a New England seaside village, based on a diary from the late 1800s, with knitting references.

The cure for Death by Lightning, Gail Anderson-Dargatz
Mention of wartime sock knitting.

Death and the Oxford Box, Veronica Smallwood
Features knitting as one of the book's themes.

Fall On Your Knees, Ann-Marie MacDonald
Brief mention of sock knitting for the war effort.

The Fever Tree and Other Stories, Ruth Rendell
"A Needle for the Devil" is densely packed with knitting.

Green Dolphin Street, Elizabeth Goudge

High Island Blues, Ann Cleves
Very brief mention of knitting.

Independent People, Haldor Laxness, trans. J. A. Thompson
1946 Nobel-prize winner, mentions Icelandic knitting.

Jacob's Room, Virginia Woolf
Full of knitting references.

Lambs of God, Marele Day
Spinning and knitting in a cloistered religious community.

The Last Continent, Terry Pratchett
Knitting that doesn't fit is discussed in this novel set in Australia.

The Last Resort, Alison Lurie
Knitting mentions, including Kaffe Fassett sweater.

London Transports, Maeve Binchy
Includes an enlightened knitter.

The Man Who Loved Childen, Christina Stead
Knitting is a part of the characters' lives.

The Matisse Stories, A.S. Byatt
One of the stories is about someone obsessed with knitting.

McNally's Gamble, Lawrence Sanders
The main character's mother is portrayed as a ditzy knitter.

The Miss Read series, Miss Read
Many mentions of ladies' knitting, both good and bad (knitting, not the ladies!).

Mister Sandman, Barbara Gowdy
Entertaining knitting scenes.

Odd Woman, Gail Godwin
Knitting and recycling.

Persuasion, Jane Austen
Knitting for charity and as an amusement.

Plain Jane, Joan Barfoot
Main character is a knitter and book is full of knitting mentions, particularly sweaters she's knitting for a friend in prison.

Random Passage, Bernice Morgan
Mentions of knitting with rags in outport Newfoundland.

Roman Fever and Other Stories, Edith Wharton
A daughter's views of her mother's knitting.

The Shipping News, E. Annie Proulx
Lots of knitting references.

Small Ceremonies, Carol Shields
A mystery is created around a quantity of yarn found in a character's husband's desk drawer...since no one in the family knits.

Some Tame Gazelle, Barbara Pym
Many mentions of knitting as a part of ordinary life in her earlier books; fewer in the later ones.

Staggerford, Jon Hassler
Knitting and small town life.

Storm Tide, Elizabeth Ogilvie
Maine lobstermen talk of knitting bait bags and trap bags for lobster traps.

A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
Arguably the most well known knitting reference; not unusual for non-knitters to refer to a knitter as a Madame Defarge.

The Twisted Sword (The Poldark series), Winston Graham
The last book in this series includes a description of handknit stockings and gloves.

Was It Something I Said?, Valerie Block
Mention of knitting as therapy after a plane crash.

A World without Wool Shops, Dulan Barber
A wonderful description of wool shops.

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Knit Your Bit, Part II

Lucille Desiree Ball was born August 6, 1911 in Jamestown, New York.

Interesting facts about Lucy:
1. She was a distant maternal cousin of Ginger Rogers.
2. She appeared on more TV guide covers than any other actor.
3. She was the first female television producer and the first female television studio head.

She is considered to be the top icon of American television.

What impresses me about Lucille is the number of careers she pursued. She worked in fashion modeling, dramatic theater, vaudeville, movies, radio, and television. She then moved into the studio and production side of television while still acting in Broadway and in movies.

She died in April 26, 1989 in Beverly Hills, CA.

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