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I nt r oduct i on D e a r r e a d e r s , S omu c ho f k n i t t i n ga n do t h e r s t i t c h i n gwo r kc o me sd o wnt op r o c e s s . Wes p e n d h o u r s , d a y s , we e k s( a n ds o me t i me sy e a r s ) o nap r o j e c t t h a t a l mo s t n e v e r b e t r a y s t h ea mo u n to fwo r kt h a twe n ti n t oi t .E v e r yp r o j e c th a sas t o r y ,aj o u r n e y , t h o u g h t s , e mo t i o n s , a n df e e l i n g st h a ti n s p i r e du st oma k et h e m. I nt h i st h i r d v o l u meo f S t o r i e dS t i t c h e s , wes h a r et h o s es t o r i e sb e h i n dt h es t i t c h e s . T h i si sa l s ot h eďŹ r s ti s s u ewh e r eweh a v ec o n t r i b u t i o n sf r o mc r a f t so t h e rt h a n k n i t t i n g .Wea r et h r i l l e dt oh a v ec r o c h e ta n ds t i t c h i n ga r t i s t ss h a r i n gt h e i r i n c r e d i b l ep r o j e c t swi t hu s .Weh o p ewec a nc o n t i n u et ob emo r ea n dmo r e i n c l u s i v et oa l l s t i t c h i n ga r t i s t s . Wee n c o u r a g ey o ut ot r ys o me t h i n gn e w ,e s p e c i a l l yi fy o ua r el o o k i n gf o r i n s p i r a t i o n . E x p a n dy o u r c r e a t i v eh o r i z o n sb yl e a r n i n gan e ws k i l l o r p i c k i n gu pa n o l dp r o j e c t ; y o ua r eg u a r a n t e e dt ot h i n ki nad ie r e n t wa ya n dma y b ed i s l o d g ea s o l u t i o nt oap r e v i o u sp r o b l e m. H a p p yS t i t c h i n g , V a l e n t i n aC a s t r oa n dE . C a r o l i n eWa l t e r s S t o r i e dS t i t c h e sE d i t o r s

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1 . Wh e nI we n t o nmyfi r s t s o l ot r a v e l a d v e n t u r ea t t h ea g eo f 7t oC a i r o . I s t a y e dwi t hmy A u n t , wh od i d n ’ t s p e a ka n yE n g l i s h , a n dI d i d n ’ t s p e a ka n yA r a b i c . S o , s h et a u g h t meh o w t ok n i t . S o me t h i n gt h a t I q u i c k l yp i c k e du p , b u t i n s t a n t l yd r o p p e da f t e r r e t u r n i n gt omy l i f eb a c ki nL o n d o n , wh i c hwa sa b s o r b e dwi t ht r a i n i n gmyF u r b ya n da t t e n d i n gb a l l e t c l a s s e s . 2 . Wh e nI wa s1 6y e a r so l d , a n dmyp a r t n e r i nc r i me / b e s t f r i e n da n dI d e c i d e dt oj o i nt h e ‘ K n i t t i n gC l u b ’ a t s c h o o l . Web o t hh a t e dt h et e a c h e r t h a t wa sr u n n i n gi t , b u t s h eg a v eu s e a c ho u rfi r s tn e e d l e s( wh i c hI s t i l l h a v ea n du s et o d a y )a n dwej u s ts a ta n dk n i t t e d s c a r v e sf o r 1 0we e k s . T h i swa si n t e r j e c t e dwi t hal o t o f u n d e r a g ed r i n k i n ga n ds mo k i n g i no l d e r b o y ’ sc a r s . S h o u t o u t t oN a t t y , wh i l ewe ’ r ep r o b a b l yn o t e a c ho t h e r ’ sb e s t f r i e n d s a n y mo r e-9y e a r swi l l d ot h a tt oaf r i e n d s h i p-I ’ ms u p e re x c i t e dt ob eo n eo fy o u r b r i d e s ma i d st h i ss u mme r ! 3 . H u n g o v e rk n i t t i n gc i r c l e swi t hmyh o u s e ma t e sa tu n i v e r s i t y . I ti st h eb e s twa yt o d i s c u s swh a t wev a g u e l yr e me mb e r f r o mt h en i g h t b e f o r e . 4 .D i s c o v e r i n gt h a t k n i t t i n gwa sas e l f i n d u c e dme t h o do f t h e r a p yI d i d n ’ t r e a l i s eI u s e d , wh e naf r i e n do f mi n ea s k e dmei f I ’ dq u i t s mo k i n gf o r t h e3 r dt i mea t 2 2b e c a u s eI t o l d h e r I wa s k n i t t i n gwh i l e o nS k y p e t oh e r . S h e wa s t h e o n e wh op o i n t e do u t t h a t e v e r y t i me I t r i e dt oq u i t s mo k i n g , I d u s t e domy n e e d l e s . T h a n ky o uf o r ma k i n gmel e s s o b l i v i o u s t o t h i s . 5 . Af e wwe e k sa g o , wh e nI r e a l i s e dI wa sd e p r e s s e da n dh a da n x i e t yd r i v e ni n s o mn i a t h a n k st omyn e wj o b . I d e c i d e dt h a t i f I c o u l d n ’ t b eg o o da t myj o b , t h e nI h a dt oh a v ea p r o j e c t t oma k emef e e l l i k eI wa saf u n c t i o n i n gh u ma nb e i n g . I o r d e r e dav e r ye x p e n s i v e k n i t t i n gk i t o n l i n e . T wowe e k sl a t e r I h a dau n i c o r nh e a do nmyd e s k . A n dwo r kwa ss t i l l s h i t . A n dI s t i l l c o u l d n ’ t s l e e pp r o p e r l y . B u t I wa s n ’ t f a l l i n gi n t omyo l dh a b i t so f s mo k i n g . K n i t t i n gi s k e e p i n gmy h a n d s b u s y . A n dwh i l ei t ’ s n o t e x a c t l y me d i c a l l y a p p r o v e dme t h o d , i t ’ st h e r a p e u t i c b e n e fi t sd oe x i s t . F o r awh i l e , i t p u t smyme n t a l h e a l t hc o n c e r n so nh o l d , a n di t a l l o wsmet os l o wl yb u t s u r e l ye n t wi n emywo r r i e swi t h i ni t st h r e a d .

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EMBOSSED CROCHETTEXTPATTERN Tor iPower s T h i sp a t t e r ns h o u l dg i v ey o ut h ewo r dF I G H Ti nas u b t l e , e mb o s s e dl e t t e r i n gee c ti n c r o c h e t . I h o p ei t ma k e ss e n s e , b e c a u s eI ’ v en e v e r wr i t t e nap a t t e r nb e f o r e . T h ep a t t e r n g o e st o pt ob o t t o m, l i k eap r i n t e r . C h4 6 , s k i pfi r s t 2 c h . R o w1 : D C i nn e x t c h , r e p e a t u n t i l l a s t c h , c h a i n1 , t u r n R o w2 : s k i p1c ha n dfi r s t D C . F P D C i nn e x t 2D C . B P D C i nn e x t 7D C . F P D C i nn e x t 2D C . B P D C i nn e x t 3D C . F P D C i nn e x t 4D C . B P D C i nn e x t 3D C . F P D C i nn e x t 4D C . B P D C i nn e x t D C . F P D C i nn e x t 5D C . B P D C i nn e x t D C . F P D C i nn e x t 2D C . B P D C i nn e x t 7D C . F P D C i nn e x t 2D C . D C i n 2 n dc ha t t h eb e g i n n i n go f t h ep r e v i o u sr o w . C h a i n1 , t u r n . R o w3 : s k i p1c ha n dfi r s t D C , F P D C i nn e x t 2D C . B P D C i nn e x t D C . F P D C i nn e x t 9D C . B P D C i n n e x t D C . F P D C i nn e x t 4D C . B P D C i nn e x t D C . F P D C i nn e x t 3D C . B P D C i nn e x t D C . F P D C i nn e x t 3D C . B P D Ci nn e x t D C . F P D Ci nn e x t 5D C . B P D Ci nn e x t D C . F P D Ci nn e x t 5D C . B P D Ci nn e x t D C . F P D C i nn e x t 5D C . D C i nc ha t t h eb e g i n n i n go f t h ep r e v i o u sr o w . C h1 , t u r n .

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R o w4 : s k i p1c ha n dfi r s t D C , F P D C i nn e x t 2D C . B P D C i nn e x t D C . F P D C i nn e x t 9D C . B P D C i n n e x t D C .F P D Ci nn e x t 3D C . B P D Ci nn e x t D C . F P D Ci nn e x t 8D C . B P D Ci nn e x t D C . F P D Ci n n e x t 5D C . B P D Ci nn e x t D C . F P D Ci nn e x t 5D C . B P D Ci nn e x t D C . F P D Ci nn e x t 5D C . D Ci nc h a t t h eb e g i n n i n go f t h ep r e v i o u sr o w . C h1 , t u r n . R o w5 : s k i p1c ha n dfi r s t D C . , F P D C i nn e x t 2D C . B P D C i nn e x t 5D C . F P D C i nn e x t 5D C . B P D C i nn e x t D C . F P D C i nn e x t 3D C . B P D C i nn e x t D C . F P D C i nn e x t 2D C . B P D C i nn e x t 4D C . F P D C i n n e x t 2D C . B P D C i nn e x t 7D C . F P D C i nn e x t 5D C . B P D C i nn e x t D C . F P D C i nn e x t 5D C . D C i nc h a t t h eb e g i n n i n go f t h ep r e v i o u sr o w . C h1 , t u r n . R O W6 : s k i p1c ha n dfi r s t D C , F P D Ci nn e x t 2D C . B P D Ci nn e x t D C . F P D Ci nn e x t 9D C . B P D C i nn e x t D C . F P D C i nn e x t 3D C . B P D C i nn e x t D C . F P D C i nn e x t 5D C . B P D C i nn e x t D C . F P D C i n n e x t 2D C . F P D Ci nn e x t 5D C . B P D Ci nn e x t D C . F P D Ci nn e x t 5D C . B P D Ci nn e x t D C . F P D Ci n n e x t 5D C . D C i nc ha t t h eb e g i n n i n go f t h ep r e v i o u sr o w . C h1 , t u r n . R o w7 : R o w4 : s k i p1c ha n dfi r s t D C , F P D C i nn e x t 2D C . B P D C i nn e x t D C . F P D C i nn e x t 9D C . B P D Ci nn e x t D C .F P D Ci nn e x t 3D C . B P D Ci nn e x t D C . F P D Ci nn e x t 8D C . B P D Ci nn e x t D C . F P D Ci nn e x t 5D C . B P D Ci nn e x t D C . F P D Ci nn e x t 5D C . B P D Ci nn e x t D C . F P D Ci nn e x t 5D C . D C i nc ha t t h eb e g i n n i n go f t h ep r e v i o u sr o w . C h1 , t u r n . R o w8 : s k i p1c ha n dfi r s t D C , F P D C i nn e x t 2D C . B P D C i nn e x t D C . F P D C i nn e x t 8D C . B P D C i n n e x t 3D C . F P D C i nn e x t 4D C . B P D C i nn e x t 3D C . F P D C i nn e x t 4D C . B P D C i nn e x t D C . F P D C i n n e x t 5D C . B P D Ci nn e x t D C . F P D Ci nn e x t 5D C . B P D Ci nn e x t D C . F P D Ci nn e x t 5D C . D Ci nc h a t t h eb e g i n n i n go f t h ep r e v i o u sr o w . C h2 , t u r n . R o w9 : s k i p2c ha n dfi r s t D C . D C i nn e x t D C . R e p e a t u n t i l t h el a s t D C o nt h es i d e , D C i nc h a i n a t b e g i n n i n go f t h ep r e v i o u sr o w . S on o wy o us h o u l dh a v eawo r db l o c ki nc r o c h e t , a n di fy o ua p p l yt h e7 s t i t c hl e t t e r me t h o d , y o uc a np r e t t y mu c hma po u t a n y l e t t e r f o r t h i s e mb o s s e dl o o k . I t wo r k s g r e a t f o r p r o f a n i t ya n di n a n i t yb e c a u s ei t ’ ss omu c hmo r es u b t l et h a nc o l o r wo r k , b u ty o uc o u l d p r o b a b l yma k ear e a l l yn e a t p o e mt e x t u r eb l a n k e t i f y o uh a dt h et i me . T h a n k sf o r r e a d i n g !

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Sei zet hemeansofpr oduct i on Val ent i naCast r o T h i si sah a t I ma d eaf e wy e a r sa g o , wh e nI wa si ns c h o o l . I t s a y s , t h r o u g h l a y e r so f myo wnc o d e s , “ S e i z et h eme a n so f p r o d u c t i o n , ” b r i n g i n gt o g e t h e r t h r e ei d e a s t h a t I h a db e e nt h i n k i n ga b o u t : K a r l M a r x , f a s h i o nwa s t e , a n dt h e ma t ho f k n i t t i n g . Wh e nI k n i t , I t h i n ka b o u t t h ef r e e d o mt h a t i t c r e a t e s . T h ef a s h i o ni n d u s t r y i s t h es e c o n db i g g e s t p o l l u t e r i nt h ewo r l d , a n db yma k i n gmyo wng a r me n t s I h a v eal e v e l o f i n d e p e n d e n c ef r o mi t . Wh e nI c h o o s et oma k et h i n g smo r e s u s t a i n a b l e , I h a v ei nawa ys e i z e dt h eme a n so fp r o d u c t i o nf o rt h a to n e t h i n g , b e c a u s ei t i sma d ef r o mmyo wnl a b o r n o tt h el a b o r o f a nu n d e r p a i d f a c t o r ywo r k e r , a sM a r xwa st h i n k i n gwh e nh ewr o t et h ef a mo u swo r d s . Wh e nI ma d et h i sp r o j e c t , i t wa st h efi r s t t i meI h a db e e nr e a l l ye x p o s e dt o i d e a so f ad ie r e n t e c o n o mi c s t r u c t u r ea n dI f o u n di t f a s c i n a t i n g . 1 0


I t r a n s l a t e dt h i si d e ai n t oal e n g t h yp r o c e s so f k n i t t i n ga ne n t i r es k e i no f p l a i nwh i t e1 0 0 %c o t t o ny a r ni n t oar e c t a n g l ewh e r eIt h e nu s e da p a i n t b r u s ha n daf e wc o l o r so ffi b e rr e a c t i v ed y e sa n dp a i n t e dt h ewo r d s “ S e i z et h eme a n s o f p r o d u c t i o n . ” I c o v e r e dt h i s a n da l l o we di t t os e t f o r a d a y b e f o r er i n s i n gi t o u t a n dd r y i n gi t i nt h es u n . T h e n , I f r o g g e dt h ee n t i r et h i n g u n t i l I h a dab a l l o f mu l t i c o l o r y a r nwi t hn oa p p a r e n t p a t t e r nt oi t . M o r s ec o d eu s e sb i n a r y , a n ds od o e sk n i t t i n gwh e ny o ut h i n ki nt e r mso f k n i t sa n dp u r l s . I l o o k e du pamo r s ec o d ea l p h a b e t , a n dwr o t et h ewo r d s “ s e i z et h eme a n so f p r o d u c t i o n ”i nmo r s ec o d e . I t o o ko u t t h es p a c e s , t h e n a s s i g n e dk n i ts t i t c h e st ot h ed a s h e sa n dp u r l st ot h ed o t s . I k n i tt h eh a t f o l l o wi n gt h i sp a t t e r n , a n df r e ek n i t t h ec r o wna d d i n gap o mp o m. I nac r i t i q u eI wa st o l dt h a t i t wa sp r o p a g a n d a , t o omi l i t a n t , wi t ht h er e s u l t b e i n gt o os o f t f o r t h es u b j e c t ma t t e r . T h i sj u s t ma d emel i k ei t mo r e . S e i z i n g t h eme a n so fp r o d u c t i o nc a nme a nav i o l e n tr e v o l u t i o n , b u to nas ma l l e r s c a l e , s e i z i n gt h eme a n so f p r o d u c t i o nc a nme a nma k i n gy o u r o wnt h i n g s i n d e p e n d e n t l y , fi n d i n gj o yi nt h ep r o c e s sa n dt h er e s u l t . B e s i d e s , t h e r ei sn o r e a s o nwh yr a d i c a l t h i n k i n gc a n ’ t b ewa r ma n dp a s t e l c o l o r e d . A. -|B. . . |C . . -|D. . |E . |F . . . |G. |H…. |I . . |J . -|K . L . . .|M| N.|O-|P. .|Q. -|R. .|S. . .|T-|U. . -|V…W. -|X. . -|Y. -|Z. . T h a n s l a t e dt oK n i t sap u r l s , “ S e i z et h eme a n so f p r o d u c t i o n ” i s : P P PPP PK K P PP KP P P PP K KPP KK PP P PK K KP P K PP K K PP K PK K KK P P P P KP K P KKP PK K KK P

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Storied Stitches Volume 3  

Storied Stitches is a collection of knitting-related creative projects submitted by people from Instagram and Tumblr. It includes beautiful...

Storied Stitches Volume 3  

Storied Stitches is a collection of knitting-related creative projects submitted by people from Instagram and Tumblr. It includes beautiful...

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