First things first: Kepler, designed by Emily at Fathom Harvill. I changed virtually nothing about this pattern, exept I used a yarn with a different row gauge and had to adjust the sleeve caps. That’s it. Now if it will just get cold enough again to wear it.
Emily has just finshed a new design she is "thinking about writing the pattern for". I love it too. You should run over there and help her out by letting her know what you think of it. It’s called White-out and it reminded me of a Texas connection that I thought might be appropriate trivia here. White-out, the original liquid paper was invented by a woman in Texas. This woman had a son, his name was Michael. Michael played in a band. Called the Monkees.
I have been tagged with a meme for the first time. Teresa had the honors and I must admit I have dreaded some of these things, some are just too long and silly, but this one was okay.
What is your alltime favorite yarn to knit with?
Gosh that is hard to say, I love so many and prefer natural fibers. I love knitting with Patons Classic Merino, and almost anything with alpaca in it. There are lots of great sock yarns, Lorna’s Laces is lovely and of course, Koigu feels great, I just have issues with it’s priciness versus it’s skimpy skeins. I have not yet knitted with Karabella Aurora 8, but I have been trying to work myself up to committing to a sweater project with it, but it will have to be a great sweater I intend to wear for years in order to justify the expense. There are lots of great yarns I have felt up at the stores that I have not been able to afford. That’s just the reality. So, I guess it’s safe to say that I am still looking for the perfect yarn, perhaps to make the Perfect Sweater.
Your favorite needles
I have tons of needles. All kinds. And I can’t honestly say that I have a favorite. I can say that I don’t like circulars in general, I only use them when it is really called for. I think it has something to do with the way I am most comfortable holding my needles. When using long straights, I usually tuck the right needle in a fold of my clothes or brace it against my hip. All the action is in the elbows and shoulders, very little wrist action. With circulars, you can’t prop an end against something, and so it’s all about using your wrists. It’s just a little awkward, but I persevere. I am very comfortable with DPNs, so long as they are on the small side. I’ll use large ones for small projects, but after knitting socks for so long, tiny dpns in my hands feel quite natural. Brand-wise, I have no faves. I have tried all of them and they all work, some are better with some yarns than others. I will buy the least expensive if given a choice, but you don’t always get a choice.
The worst thing you’ve ever knit?
This isn’t hard for me, mostly because I have always tended to be conservative in my choices of knitting projects. It’s boring as hell, but if I am going to spend my time and money on a project, I intend to wear it (unless it’s a gift) and I do not want to waste either one, so, I lean towards the classic. When I was about 15, I knitted a Poncho. It was the thing after all. I was young enough not to understand the long term implications of certain fashion decisions. It was fringed and buttoned up the front. It had wide stripes of brown, rust, and gold, yes, it was the 70’s. It was hideous and I think I wore it once because it was out of style almost as soon as it was finished. That was my lesson in knitting trendy articles. Since that time, I have been careful not to repeat my error. I did knit a poncho for Kandis last year, but that was a request I couldn’t turn down.
Your most favorite knit pattern? (maybe you don’t like wearing it…but it was the most fun to knit
I don’t know if you’d call it a favorite pattern, but I have to admit to being profoundly impressed with the design and instructions for the immensely clever Fiber Trends Felted Clogs
They were very challenging to knit because you had to pay attention to each and every stitch and row (attention to that level of detail is challenging in our household) but then they turned out so perfectly that I can’t help being amazed at the genius that went into creating that pattern. And it has such a universal appeal. Who doesn’t need or love a pair of wool clogs? I loved making the Must Have Cardy (did you hear that Norma?>I loved it) and I wear it a lot. I also loved knitting Mariah and the Eyelet Cardy. I also love making the little top down baby sweaters that are so quick and so cute. I guess I love any really clever pattern that makes me look like a good knitter.
Most valuable knitting technique?
Well, after knitting for so many years, around 37 if we’re counting, I have to say, that I think my most useful knitting technique is crocheting. Yeah, I do that too and I can’t count how many times that has come in handy while knitting. In small ways, knowing how to crochet can simply help when trying to do certain knitterly things. After all, crocheting is so much like knitting, just making loops in yarn. Anyway, I love to learn new techniques, but I have to wait till it’s required to complete a project before I will attempt it. I need the incentive to learn a new thing. I don’t just sign up to learn stuff I don’t know. I need to want something bad enough. Then it’s more fun. That’s how I learned to cable, turn a heel, kitchener a toe and do entrelac. I have not learned to cable without a needle. Using a cable needle has just not been a burden to me yet, but perhaps some day.
Best knit book or magazine?
I just love being a knitter right now. Right now with knitting being so popular and the internets being such a ubiquitous part of our daily lives, we have more resources available to us now than ever before. Trust me, I have lived through the drought years (the 80’s and part of the 90’s) when the magazine options fell to one or two and nobody was writing pattern books. I know a lot of people have decried Vogue Knitting as lame because they don’t think they’re designs are wearable by real people, but I have knit several things from Vogue. I love Knitters, Interweave Knits, and Cast On. I think Debbie Bliss’ How To Knit is one of the most helpful how-to books and references.
Your favorite knitblogs?
Eww. Like Teresa, I think this ain’t no fair question. I love reading knitblogs and finding new ones. I have to limit myself because there is a finite amount of people that I can keep up with and still feel a connection to and that’s what I really enjoy. I try to keep up with the regular bloggers, the ones who have made some kind of commitment to blog almost every single day, which I admire and wish I could imulate them, but it’s just not possible in my world right now. My blogroll is a partial list of my favorites because I never seem to get around to adding to it. I know some bloggers have simply removed theirs and that’s a real possibility, but when I read Rebecca Blood’s book, the Weblog Handbook, I took to heart what she said about building a relationship and a reputation with your blogging peers. I use my blogroll every day to visit the people I have listed. AND I use their blogrolls (if they have them) to find new blogs, and so on and so on and so on. It’s a tool I can control. I know about the other aggragating tools (i.e. Bloglines, etc.), I use them, but I prefer not to rely on them entirely. I love the knitblog community and am thrilled to be part of it. I can’t possibly pick beyond what I have explained.
Your favorite knitwear designer?
Well, I am really learning to love some of the blogging designers, and I am loving some of the free patterns out there and I know I’m cheap, but these designs are great Bonne Marie Burns, Jody Green, just to name a couple. I also love Nancy Bush’s sock patterns. I love Alice Starmore’s designs even though I have not yet attempted one, I have yearned to do Inishmore for some time now. I think Debbie Bliss makes some incredible designs for babies and children. I love a lot of designs by Kristen Nickolas and have a couple of books of her designs.
The knit item you wear the most? (how about a picture of it!)
Well, I suppose it would have to be my socks, but actually, I have a couple of sweaters I made over 10 years ago and no, I don’t have a photo today. I made a silk top out of Katia using one of their designs and I wear that thing every year, over and over. It’s a natural color and goes with everything and it still fits and I still love it. I also knit my first aran about the same time and I still wear it every year, though it’s not really stylish anymore, it’s a bit oversized and frumpy, it is warm and I like to be warm.
I wouldn’t want to impose on anyone who wasn’t agreeable, but I think I’ll tag Judy and June. How about it girls?
I leave you with this photo. Abby wanted to be in the picture with me when daddy was shooting the Kepler photos.