in 2011? I am not going to talk about Bin Laden’s death, disasters in Japan, The Arab Spring, EU fiscal crisis, U.S. economy, Penn State scandal, Gadhafi’s fall, U.S. Congress, Occupy Protests, or Congresswoman Gifford’s shooting. Rather, it’s about a year of cables, a small fraction of knitwear I’ve made in 2011. A picture’s worth a thousand words.
Some were test knits. Some shop samples. Some my own design. A few gifted or donated. Why can’t I stand back and admire the things I have physically produced? It should be incredibly satisfying. Instead, one look at the photo montage, I felt a big let-down comparing it with my accomplishment in the year before.
Clearly, the rise of the internet–of blogging, YouTube–it’s much easier to learn knitting from a video than a book–Facebook, Twitter, handmade marketplaces such as Etsy, Pinterest, Ravelry…have contributed to the rise in knitting’s popularity since 2003. What fun is being had. The launch of Facebook pages has been mega for knitting too. Every knit and fiber shop, meet-up, knit-up entity I know now has a presence on Facebook. So, what new cabling skills/techniques have I added to my tool box in the last year? Was I over my cardigan flu? Besides a baby sweater for a charity, the only project I am proud of was the Owlie Tree of Life blanket I designed and knitted for a local fundraiser earlier in the year. Most stitches were excerpts of Japanese stitch dictionaries with slight modifications. Nothing extraordinary or impressive was made since then.
A quick list of changes I plan to incorporate in to my very first Starmore knitwear:
1) Swan Island, Brooklyn Tweed Loft, Elsebeth Lavold, or MadelineTosh Pashmina?
2) Needle Size 3 or 4?
3) Seamless to saddle shoulders/sleeves
4) Provisional Cast-on to add on Braided Hem later, no fringes.
5) Braided neck instead of turtleneck
6) A-line. Waist Shaping: Decrease every 4 or 6 rounds in the moss stitch pattern to 2 stitches then increase back up to original number of stitches
7) Sleeves two-at-a-time, in a round. Less increase on sleeves and keeps them tapered.
That’s a starter. More modifications as I go.
What do you think? A good plan? Any sound advice?
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!
(still doesn’t do texting, MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook!)