it’s wip wednesday!
I wanted to finish catching you up on some of my wips. They’ve been exploding lately. I have absolutely no idea how or why I started all of these things, & I didn’t even drag out all of them to show you… no progress on the Catherine socks, or the lovely bright red toe up socks I started last week, or the sock yarn afghan or pillowcases… so no new photos of any of them. I did drag out the freeform afghan, remember this one?
my tunisian sampler scarf, through a cal on the Ambassador Crochet blog (I’m really enjoying this one)
that’s not counting an afghan design I’ve been working on that I can’t share in case I decide to submit it somewhere… or the socks for my mom that I started & decided to frog back because the stitch isn’t working the yarn… yikes! how did the wips get so out of hand? (oh, yeah, let’s not mention the 2 hats I started that I also decided to frog because I was overwhelmed by wips)
On top Knit & Crochet blog week… today’s topic is your knitting hero. That’s incredibly easy… Elizabeth Zimmermann! I SO wish I was knitting back when she was alive, I often wonder if she’d love Ravelry & hang out there as much as I do. I couldn’t imagine being able to just chat with her like she’s a regular human being, I think of her as some kind of superhero. Her books were among the first knitting books I ever read, & man, did I read & devour them. I regularly quote her, both to knitters & non-knitters & to total strangers as well. Anytime someone compliments whatever I’m knitting or crocheting, I always paraphrase here quote “it’s only 2 sticks & some string” or if someone is complaining about how it’s too “difficult” to learn, I talk about how she tells people in one of her books, that if you are capable of dressing yourself in the morning, you have the intelligence to knit.
Annie Modesitt is also a big hero to me. She’s a combo knitter – and when I discovered her website explaining how she makes certain stitches, my head exploded. I’d been knitting for a couple of years, but was having problems with my decreases, they were coming out twisted & weird & wrong. I knew I was doing something wrong, but just kept knitting obsessively anyways. After I discovered her website, I realized just how many different styles of knitting there really were, & I could hold my head up high & say “Yes, I knit different than you, but that doesn’t make me wrong!” My personal style is similiar to, but different from, combo knitting – it’s the closest style to what I do that I’ve ever seen. People had been telling me for years how I knit “wrong” & it was so frustrating, & because I was a new knitter, I didn’t know how to defend myself, or even that I should. Thank you, Annie.
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