Track 01

July 25, 2007 at 2:13 pm (text-only)

Punk knitting books are popping up everywhere, the slogan “not your granny’s knitting!” is plastered all over them. Quite frankly, if I see another mohawk hat… (see: here (and no offense to Domiknitrix, it’s a pretty decent book, (also, this example doesn’t even compare to some of the ones I’ve seen in other books, it’s just the first image that came up on google,))) well, I don’t know. I simply can not let the term “punk knitting” be defined in mohawk hats and sweaters with an English flag pattern. I’m putting my boot down.

A few things you should know about this blog: 1) All knits are going to be vegan-friendly. I do not use any animal fiber in my projects. 2)  I am writing a series of punk knitting zines, which will include patterns for the things you see here. Eventually, maybe they’ll become a book? Who knows. 3) Most projects are going to be 80s punk/hardcore inspired (not all, though.) If you’re not familiar, become familiar, if not just because I’m probably going to crack a few corny jokes here and there about the subject (the title of this blog is one of them!) I’ll have a few others that are political or related to a different kind of band, but that’s the jist of it.

So, my name is Leah, and welcome to Flex Your Thread. I thought of the name while I was on the toilet last night, I was really delirious at the time and it seemed really funny to me. I consulted less delirious friends, they laughed. I’m awake now, I still think it’s funny, so it’s sticking around.

So, a little about me. Again, my name is Leah. At the moment I’m living in Long Island (soon to be Brooklyn). I’m attending SVA this semester for Illustration (if you just so happen to go there too, say hey!) I lead a vegan and drug-free lifestyle, somehow the vegan thing has been much more accepted than the straight edge thing. I’m a Taurus, I enjoy long bike rides on the trail, cupcakes, and a trip to Generation Records. I am, however, taken by a wonderful man who overwhelms me with every idea he comes up with that I could possibly knit. I can’t complain, it provides good material for this blog/zine to follow. I attend a weekly Stitch n Bitch, which is pretty small right now, but we’re trying to expand; so if you live on Long Island, feel free to contact me here for more details on that, we want you to join us, I will be promoting that from time to time here. Anything else? Oh, yeah, I do have a knitting tattoo. This isn’t a game.

One last thing: I’d really appreciate people commenting on the entries in here, I’d like to know people are actually reading this.

Listening to: Jawbreaker – 24 Hour Revenge Therapy



  1. kittee said,

    Hi Leah,
    I’m a sucker for vegan knitting blogs!


  2. casey said,

    This is awesome work Leah. Keep inspiring me, I will keep reading of course.

  3. Sareth said,

    I’m not a vegan, or straight-edge, but I really like the way you write. I’ll be back for more, so you better keep updating!

  4. R. Moore said,

    Never understood drug use anyway 🙂 Can’t go vegan myself, though.

    I look forward to seeing your patterns! (I’m also tired of seeing “not your grandma’s knitting”… Who said my grandma knit boring things?)

  5. al said,

    hey i followed a link from punk knitters on lj. i don’t think it even said vegan on there, but i’m always psyched on vegan knitters.

    i know what you’re saying about the drug free thing. i’m not drug free, but people get seriously ridiculous about it. veganism is kind of trendy at the moment (not that i’m complaining) but i think a lot of drug users/drinkers feel implicitly threatened by people who don’t do those things. which, like non-vegans who get all upset about vegans, probably says more about their own insecurities than anything.

    anyway, i was just commenting so you’d know i was reading!

  6. Jen said,

    I’d be interested to know what fibres you use – if you’re sticking to acrylics then you might be better off with humane silks and wools, because the manufacture of some acrylic yarns can be pretty harmful to the environment. It all depends on your vegan ideology, but I’d rather use a hand-spun wool, shorn from a happy sheep on a farm I know to be humane. I don’t want to start a flame war, I’m just curious about your ideology.

  7. flexyourthread said,

    First of all, any wool you know to be “humane” is most likely not, esspecially if they are producing quite a bit of their product.

    For more on cruelty for wool, go here:

    And to answer your question, I use cottons, generally.

  8. taylor said,

    set your goals?

    though I’m vegetarian, I have a real visceral attraction to furry and wooly things, so I buy them second hand to circumvent guilty feelings.

    its highly exciting to see the amount of hip youthful knitting happening. hopefully I’ll go to college outside of south florida (561 is my homeland) and find a bunch of happy crafters.

    when I need edge-type encouragement, I listen to earth crisis, mostly firestorm. it’s mildly humorous to me but also encouraging.

    keep up with knitting and writing, please please

  9. Fiona said,

    Two words: Hell yes!

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