One Great Knitter: Write about a knitter whose work (whether because of project choice, photography, styling, scale of projects, stash, etc) you enjoy. If they have an enjoyable blog, you might find it a good opportunity to send a smile their way.
I’ve been pondering this one since I read over all the topics on Monday. I’m finding it impossible to write about just ONE great knitter (or even crocheter as I’m guessing this prompt applies to both). Judging from the entries I’ve read for this topic today, some people knew right away who they wanted to write about, but many others had a really hard time with this one. I enjoy so many knitters and crocheters work and find many of them to be inspiring, so instead of picking just one to write about, I’ll write about all of (or as many as I can think of) the great knitters and crocheters I enjoy.
One of the first blogs I started reading back when I discovered knitting and knitting blogs was Grumperina. I found her photos and intricate work to be very inspiring as a relatively new knitter and still do now. Since that time, I’ve found a number of other great blogs that inspire me. Wendy D. Johnson, Jared Flood, Mariann, The Boring Knitter, Laura, Attic 24… and so many others I know I’m forgetting!
Since Ravelry started, I’ve found many great knitters there, too. So many people designing their own knit or crochet items, making variations on patterns, and sharing ideas. It opened a whole other world of knitting and crochet enjoyment for me! If it weren’t for Ravelry, I may not have ever heard about my current knitting group or met such a wonderful group of both enjoyable and inspiring knitters. My knitting group has all levels of experience and everyone is really encouraging and helpful no matter what your current skill level is. I’m thankful to know and be part of such a great group. 🙂
I couldn’t possibly limit myself to just one person for this entry! Both online and offline, I’ve found many great knitters that I enjoy being around, sharing knitting and crochet knowledge with, and seeing their projects. I’m glad to have found such a fantastic community to be a part of.
Be sure to check out the other entries for today’s topic!
I’m a thirty-something who lives in Cincinnati, OH.
Crafting, for me, started young - I can’t even recall a time I wasn’t crafty in some way. My first foray into yarn was doing plastic canvas embroidery and making Barbie doll furniture. Not long after that I learned to crochet from a book my grandmother gave me after asking to learn what she was doing (she crochets, afghans mostly these days). After that, I took up counted cross stitch and then came sewing when I took two fashion design classes in high school. My mom had a sewing machine from my great grandmother and I taught myself to sew from patterns on it. I still use this same sewing machine today!
I started knitting in 2004 when a co-worker was pregnant with her first child and I wanted to make something for her. I bought a “learn to knit kit” from Lion Brand for a baby hat and booties set. I did make the baby hat and booties (with very few problems) and ended up gifting them to the co-worker. I wanted to make a blanket, but I wasn’t quite able to get that done in time since it took a lot longer then I’d imagined! It wasn’t until the end of 2004/early 2005 that knitting really took a hold of me. Now I love knitting and almost always have a project with me, even if it’s just something small when I’m out and about. I like a wide range of projects depending on my mood. Sometimes I like a good challenge knit and other times I enjoy a lot of stockinette or garter stitch. I love Ravelry for keeping track of my projects and for finding new things to knit - I feel like I’m always spending time on there! It’s also a great place for getting to know other knitters, crocheters, and various fiber enthusiasts.
In the fall of 2008, I purchased a spinning wheel from someone on Craigslist. It’s a Babe Fiber Starter, single treadle wheel and after a bit of trouble getting used to it, I’ve managed to spin up some fiber. In January of 2012, I found someone local that was selling their Lendrum DT and it came to live with me! The Babe now lives with Jen (aka piddleloop) and she’s learning to spin. I’m still trying to find time to spin along with knitting, crocheting (occasionally), and whatever else is going on, but I work it in here and there.
I’m sure there’s something I might have left out here, so if there’s anything else you want to know about me, just ask :o)
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2 thoughts on “Knit and Crochet Blog Week: One Great Knitter”
I can’t believe I made your list! 🙂 I’m going to be smiling the rest of the day.
tank you!!! you’re a million kinds of awesome too. i mentioned your name in my post because you’re fearless. 😛 ravelry FTW!