B is for Purl: A Brief History of Knitting Patterns “I venture to publish The New Guide to Knitting and Crochet, believing it will prove both instructive and amusing to those Ladies, whose taste leads them to such pursuits. The Authoress being practically acquainted with these Arts, she warrants them correct, and trusts they will meet with a favorable reception by the Public…” – Marie Jane Cooper, 1847
In the beginning, there was knitting; and it was good. Then came knitting books, and they were good. Except when they weren’t.
In this lighthearted, lavishly illustrated talk, learn about where, when and how the first printed knitting patterns appeared; hear the stories of the pioneering women who made their fortunes catering to the first generations of leisure needleworkers; marvel at spectacular examples of primordial errata; and experience the many joys (and otherwise) of bringing nineteenth-century designs to life.
After Franklin’s presentation, stick around to chat with him from 3pm - 5pm!