Do any of you know Aaron Lewis?

I ran across this brilliant site the other day while cruising the 'net. I suppose nobody remembers now, but my first question when I joined MWK was about ganseys, and they still fascinate me. Haven't actually started one yet, partly because it's been 90 degrees every day here and the last thing I want on my lap is a pile of wool right now, but also because I'm still doing some research first.

Well anyway, I found this site called "A Fisherman Knits" by Aaron Lewis, who seems to be a combination knitting god and historical researcher. He was also fascinated by ganseys, especially the way they would have made them a few hundred years ago. But, unsatisfied with how they are usually done, he began to research and experiment, and wound up making his own needles, knitting sheaths, and trying to reconstruct commercial knitting techniques from before the industrial revolution.

He has some radical ideas, like they could make 48 ganseys a year back then, while it hurts your wrists to make one in two months nowadays, because they used different techniques and different tools. And he's working on proving his theories practical. I went back and read his blog from 2006 to the present, and it's a fascinating odyssey. Check it out. I'd love to hear some feedback.

Tom Hart's picture

"'s been 90 degrees every day here and the last thing I want on my lap is a pile of wool right now..."

Not exactly a ringing endorsement for a knitting retreat in Colorado in the middle of the summer ;-) (How about January?) If I had the start-up capital, I'd organize a knitting retreat in San Francisco in the summer. This town's got perfect knitting weather in July :0) You can barely hear yourself think over the foghorns. And who knew fog had horns!

purlyman's picture

We thought about the middle of winter, which would be amazing, but the roads up into the mountains can be very treacherous and tricky, especially when it's not the Interstate. And the Interstate can even shut down. So I thought January was too risky. I would hate for anyone to have planned the trip to either not be able to make it or not be able to get out and back home.

The reason why it's the Rocky Mountain Retreat and not the Colorado Retreat is that it's much cooler in the mountains. For example, right not it's 66 degrees in Denver but it's 47 degrees in Allenspark. The highs in Allenspark for today and tomorrow are in the low 80s but then after that it's low to mid 70s for days to come.


Tom Hart's picture

Well that's a skein of a different color! I'm going to think more seriously about trying to make it.

michaelpthompson's picture

It's definitely much cooler in the mountains. That's why we Coloradans are so fond of going up there in the summer. Well, it's one of the reasons anyway Our family is going up to Estes Park this coming week and spend some time in our beautiful mountains. I'll be taking along my circs and Steve Malcom (Mr. Huggzz) e-book on cables to do some experimenting.

Aaron actually gave me the idea. Knit some swatches he said (also known as hats).

"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."

WillyG's picture

Thanks, I never heard of the guy, but I'll definitely pass him along to a friend who would be right up his alley.

Stan Stansbury's picture

Fascinating. I have a lot of admiration for people who get deeply interested in one thing and stick to it. Plus he's right in my neighborhood and I'd never heard of him before.