KniCroBloWeek: Post 3&4

Sorry for the lack of post yesterday.  I spent the day with my sister at the family house in Orleans. She returned home to Calgary today, so I wanted to take advantage of all the time we had before she left. Now, to get back to it!

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 have to say, there are a few Great Knitters in my world. The first is one that I’m sure has influenced a lot of people. The lovely Stephanie Pearl-McPhee aka, The Yarn Harlot. Steph made it ok to be a dork about knitting. She talked about the silly things we’d do in yarn stores and made it all hilarious. She’s incredibly approachable, scary smart, and definitely the kind of woman I hope to be one day. She was one of the first bloggers I came across online. I liked her simple webdesign that really showed that it was about the knitting, not the flash and glam.  We met once at Yarn Forward during one of her book tours and she was incredibly sweet to both me and my friend, Melissa.

Me and the Harlot

I loved her honest insights into her home life, her love of knitting and the challenges she faced. Sure, she’s like a superhero of knitting with those crazy fast skills, but she always manages to stay down to earth and gets just as frustrated as the rest of us with yarn, projects and gauge.

The next is one of my long time reads. She was one of my first knitting blogs as well, and definitely served as an inspiration for me as a person as well as a knitter. The beautiful Lolly of Lolly Knitting Around.  Lolly is super kind and really great about responding to her audience. She talks about life, family, yoga and knitting equally.  She and I have really similar tastes in projects, so it’s always neat to see how her pieces turn out. Though she doesn’t post as much today, I always go back to see how things are doing, how her love of Yoga is changing her life and what her family is up to.

The next is one who doesn’t blog anymore, and can you blame her? Life got a little busy for the amazing Eunny of See Eunny Knit! As an editor of Interweave Knits, you know this girl has an amazing eye and incredible talent and love of the craft. Her work has always inspired me to be better. She is the knitter I hope to be one day. Her stitches are gorgeous and crisp. Her pieces always look so perfectly tailored. Really gorgeous stuff! Even though she doesn’t post anymore, I definitely recommend going back and reading past entries. Eunny is real people too ;)

A New Skill

Is there a skill related to your hobby that you hope to learn one day? maybe you’re a crocheter who’d also like to knit? Maybe you’d like to learn to knit continental, knit backwards, try cables or attempt stranded colourwork.

There are always new skills that I want to learn. I’m definitely one of those people that will never feel completely satisfied with what they can do now. I’d love to learn to knit continental, backwards and to do stranded colourwork. Anything I can’t do, I want to be able to. I think the big goals for me are to one day get to where my Mum was. She could crochet and knit without thinking about it and she produced some beautiful afghans over the years. I would love to learn to crochet. There are some blankets and slippers that I’ve been coveting for years that have intimidated me because of the hook. For instance:

From Knit Scene

Alicia Paulson's beautiful Tira Misu

There you have it! See you tomorrow folks! <3

2 thoughts on “KniCroBloWeek: Post 3&4

  1. It scares me how similar our posts are! And apparantly we were at the same Harlot talk. :D My blog has a pic of her and I at the same talk.

    Crochet is so amazing. I think knitting will always be closest to my heart but I have always wanteds to pursue crochet past the signle crochet. There’s so much to make with crochet! I love the sturdiness of the fabric.

    • I know, right? When I read your entry I was like “Wow! Holy crap, we’re alike!”

      Me too! :) Crochet has always been this mysterious thing to me. I’ve always had crochet items around, but never really understood how it works…even now that I’ve tried to learn. heh.

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