Julie Turjoman is an east coast native transplanted to the Bay area, where she knits, gardens, and cooks, and writes about all of them. An accomplished hand-knitter for more than twenty years, she is obsessed with designing and knitting warm, woolly sweaters despite the moderate climate of her adopted home state. Listen to some of her radio work here.
Pressing Questions About the Knitting
Have I always been a knitter?
To be honest, I showed absolutely no aptitude for it at the age of six, when a family friend tried to teach me. Many knitters out there mastered the craft in childhood and never looked back, but I was definitely not among that exhalted group. I didn’t relearn even the basics until I had achieved more confidence in my manual dexterity in adulthood. But I could read when I was four, so there you have it.
Circulars or straights?
Circulars for almost everything (especially for plane travel, when Protruding Elbow Syndrome is an occupational hazard), including Magic Loop for socks, but short straights sometimes feel best for scarves.
Continental, English, or Thrower?
Definitely a thrower, carrying the yarn in the right hand, despite many attempts to master other techniques.
Stash-builder or stash-buster?
Can a knitter ever really have too much yarn? I think not.
Like asking me to pick a favorite child, it can’t be done. However, that’s not to say I’d turn down an offer of cashmere if somebody wanted to make it a gift…