Friday January 18th 2019

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A is for Alphabet

The new Twist Collective has been out for a bit, and I’ve been enjoying the patterns. But today I found the article on Susette Newberry, a knitting librarian who has been working on a knitted abecedarium and blogging about her efforts with wonderful essays on her subject letter. Fascinating reading though Newberry’s blog is, I was also delighted to find her We Call Them Ampersands hat (Rav link), a perfect gift for the typographic fiend that is my partner.

From Newberry’s Rav site: “Wondering what an abecedarium is? It’s an alphabet that celebrates the typographic design of individual letters and a word that begins with and represents the letter. In the most familiar example, “A is for apple,” the form and shape of the A are as important as the illustrated apple that represents the letter.”

Right now, her essay on a most gorgeous, detailed T, which is for Turkey, is up, and it’s fascinating reading!

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5 Responses to “A is for Alphabet”

  1. Dawne says:

    Thanks Zina. What an awesome blog! I’d never heard of it before and I quite like it.

  2. Wow!!! I love stuff like this. That and etymology and i can get lost for days. Thanks Zina!

    • Zina says:

      What I particularly love in this case is that she seems to be taking things that I’m really impressed by and that I’m interested in, and bringing them all together: a creative impulse, excellent writing on very diverse subjects, a painterly eye, excellent design sense, historical and scholarly background on all of that…oh yeah, and knitting! Just an excellent example of synthesis of ideas and creative impulse!

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