I know that many of us readers are also knitters, but so far I haven’t really talked about my knitting life on this blog. I’ve never been good about recording my knitting and spinning projects, but recently I was suddenly inspired to enter some of them on Ravelry. If you are a Raveler, you can check out my account (withawhy99) to see what I’ve added, including stitch patterns, yarn names, fiber sources, etc.
The projects I’ve posted are mainly original creations by me. I did not start out being an improvisational knitter — I used to stick to printed patterns like a limpet on a rock — but over the years I became more confident and learned how easy it really is to make up a sweater as you go along. It’s especially easy if you construct the sweater from the top down, because you can check the length as you go.
Walker is my knitting guru — she is so smart, literate, and creative. She will teach you how to free yourself from pattern prison and understand what you are doing with your knitting, so that you can create and change at will. The original edition of this book also has groovy clothing designs from the seventies that are fun to look at, if not to emulate.
Budd’s book takes Walker’s principles and applies numbers to them, so you don’t have to do as much calculating once you know your gauge and the finished sweater size you want. There are four basic sweater styles, but you can personalize them to your wishes. Four patterns are included for each style that you can either follow exactly or use as inspiration for your own variations. I’ve only made one sweater so far using it, but I’m sure I’ll be turning to it again and again.
Another book I’ve found extremely useful is Cast On, Bind Off by Leslie Ann Bestor. It has dozens of ways to begin or end your knitting in ways plain, fancy, flexible, invisible, or decorative, according to your needs. The format is perfect for sticking in a knitting bag and the instructions are clear and easy to follow.
I’ve realized how important it is after spending all that time and effort on my knitting projects for me to remember and record what I’ve done, so I’m going to try to be better about that from now on. Are you a fiber fanatic too? Do you have a way of sharing your projects? Would you like to see more of my creations? Please let me know!