My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Knitting Ephemera

This landed in my mailbox last week:


(The book, not the kitty.)

This is a review copy of Knitting Ephemera: A Compendium of Articles, Useful and Otherwise, for the Edification and Amusement of the Handknitter by Carol J. Sulcoski. Published by Sixth&Spring Books, it is due out on February 17, 2016.

What is “ephemra?” The dictionary definition:

  1. anything short-lived or ephemeral.
  2. ephemera, items designed to be useful or important for only a short time, especially pamphlets, notices, tickets, etc.

So . . . did you ever wonder how WEBS managed to snag the domain This book has the answer. Do you need to put your hands on a list of celebrity knitters from Hollywood’s Golden Age? This book’s got it. Why is an afghan called an afghan? The answer lies within the covers of this handy volume.

I am in awe. I cannot begin to comprehend how Carol  researched this book, let alone wrote it. It is crammed full of trivia, lists, definitions, tips, historical references, et cetera, et cetera. I would also like to applaud the individual who did the page layouts.


I have been spending a lot of time reading through Knitting Ephemera. You could start at the beginning and just read your way through. (Easy to do: this nice hardcover book is a neat little size, 8″ x 5″, so you can pop it in your bag and take it with you, and it has a ribbon bookmark built in to the binding so you can easily mark your place.) You can also open it at random and start reading and become instantly immersed.

So on February 17, run don’t walk to your nearest book seller and grab a copy of this book as soon as it hits the shelves. You might want to buy two copies so you can give one to the knitter on your gift list.

Loki sez:


“Prior to the 17th century, the merino industry was so important in Spain that exporting a merino sheep was an offense punishable by death.”


  1. Sounds like a great read, thanks for the heads-up.
    Barbara´s last blog post ..Obvious Obsessions

  2. That cat is beautiful.

  3. Oooh-I love books like that! Thanks for the heads up.

  4. Sophy0075 says:

    I’d heard the one about Merinos. The real knitterly question is “How can anyone knit without a cat?”

  5. OMG! This is so cool! I just ordered two copies…one for me, one for my mom. We love trivia…and to have knitting trivia is wonderful. Thanks for the info.
    Brenda´s last blog post ..hand dyed sock yarn, fingering weight, superwash merino wool and nylon, colorway SUNSET CLIFFS by EndoftheRowYarns

  6. I love trivia like this. I have books that explain where common sayings originated, how recipes developed. I’ll be adding this to my wishlist. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I can hardly wait!

    A few years back, when my husband and I were in Philadelphia, we visited Loop (definitely worth going to if you’re in the area). Carol Sucolski was there with a display of her books, patterns, and yarns (Black Bunny). She was warm and delightful to chat with, and I became even more of a fan than I had been.
    Jamie´s last blog post ..I’ve Been Pinned!

  8. I would love to add some knitting trivia to all the other random facts I have stored away in my head! This book seems right up my alley
    Dizzy´s last blog post ..Patterns Going Live!

  9. Book has been ordered, and an additional one by Clara Parkes! You should get commissions!

  10. I do know that the merino sheep so impressed the Romans that the legions carried merino sheep across the known world and crossbred them with whatever sheep they found on their conquests. All their commanders’ capes had to be made of merino wool. It was a “thing”.
    CeltChick´s last blog post ..The world turned

  11. Ok – I just ordered it based on your nice write-up. Thank you! 🙂