Long Thread Podcast: Hannah Thiessen Howard, Slow Knitting

Season 8, Episode 10: More and more, knitters look to the craft for meaning as well as creativity and pleasure. Through books, magazines, and partnerships, Hannah Thiessen Howard aims to connect that purpose to practice.

Anne Merrow Feb 24, 2024 - 4 min read

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For Hannah Thiessen Howard, slow knitting isn’t about the speed of making stitches or finishing projects. Swift and leisurely knitters alike can embrace the purpose and experience of knitting and how it connects crafter to community. Selecting materials, choosing projects, and approaching your work with an open mind all contribute to a meaningful knitting life.

Knitting can offer refuge, inspiration, and self-expression. It can also be a step, large or small, toward bringing about the kind of world that you’d like to see. From her first yarn-industry internship at a large international company, Hannah has gravitated to smaller and more independent projects, such as her work with the Hudson Valley Textile Project and consulting with small fiber-based companies. She has a new project in the works, a yarn-focused stock image website, that will provide photo resources that accurately reflect what crafts and crafters look like.

Although knitting is her primary professional focus, Hannah’s fiber practice wouldn’t be complete without spinning, both for the education it offers about yarn properties and for the connection to animals and farms. Not only do spinners have a more intimate experience with a fiber source, but they often provide meaningful financial support fiber farmers. And what could be a better complement to slow knitting than the hands-on process of making yarn yourself?

Hannah’s latest yarn passion is the carefully, lovingly curated collection that so many knitters mention with a hint of shame: her stash. Diving into the skeins she’s adopted over the years is an opportunity to reflect on her slow-knitting values . . . and decide what she wants to carry forward.

Links

Hannah Thiessen Howard’s website and Instagram
Slow Knitting and Seasonal Slow Knitting books
By Hand Serial
Greater Cumberland Fibershed
Hudson Valley Textile Project’s Common Threads

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