Well folks, I’ve returned from my dangerous journey with no dragons slain, exactly, but instead tamed and made less fearsome overall. It was an exhausting ordeal but one worth doing that will ultimately lead to better times ahead (here’s hoping). In my absence, I enjoyed reading the Inspiration Saturday posts put up by Joanna at the knitlit twit and Erin at Knitting in Beantown. Thanks, guys, for keeping the inspiration flowing!
I’ve sadly only gotten a tiny bit of knitting done, which is not great for my Malabrigo March goals as March is swiftly coming to a close. For some reason, instead of working on some of WIPs, my stressed out brain decided it would be a good idea to start a completely new project… a lacy scarf without a pattern, based on a stitch from one of Barbara Walker’s dictionaries. I’m not far yet but the yarn is such a bright, springy green that it’s making me very happy indeed:
|Proof of exhaustion: I pinned and photographed the scarf backwards. This is the reverse side. Oh well.|
A generous Raveler was willing to trade a skein of the much-coveted-but-hard-to-obtain Malabrigo Dos with me, and a little bit of Dos is just the thing to make everything better.
Finally, the other day the Yarn Harlot posted some very interesting thoughts about how much guidance knitters need/want within patterns. It’s something I’ve dithered over while writing my own patterns (write something out or point to a resource, specify a technique or assume it’s known already, etc.) and I tend to lean towards the ‘more detail is better’ camp with the caveat that the detail has to be clear and concise, it shouldn’t ramble on and prevent the knitter from seeing the forest for the trees. A specific pet peeve of mine as a knitter, is that I like to know how many repeats were knit to obtain the length shown in the sample for things like hats, scarves, cowls, shawls… yes I know these are all adjustable in size but I’m better able to judge which modifications I’d like to make if I know what I’m looking at on the model. Plus, I can make up my own hat design, but if I purchase a hat pattern it’s because I want to make EXACTLY THAT HAT, so I’d like to know what was done. And last but not least, I learned most of my favorite knitting techniques from patterns that either described them or pointed to a resource for learning them. I’ve personally learned more from knitting a whole bunch of different designers’ patterns than I have from books, videos, or in-person knitters, so I like to treat parts of my patterns as ‘teachable moments’– including some of these tips and tricks and keeping beginner knitters in mind. How do you prefer your patterns: detailed and all written out or concise and more choose-your-own-method?
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