Okay, the last few days have been busy, and I missed this thread, but had so much fun reading it & have a few comments/questions, so here I am.
I've been knitting steadily for about a year & a half. I learned as a child, and have knit a bit now & then since then, but not much until a good friend handed me some needles & yarn & then introduced me to the world of her LYS! No turning back now!
I've been knitting hats, socks, shawls, baby sweaters, washcloths, and now soakers. I've discovered a fondness for stripes and lace patterns (old shale is a favorite of mine, too, although the only finished item I've used in on was a linen washcloth), but I haven't ventured into colorwork. For now, I'm all about texture, although I do enjoy a beautifully dyed yarn. (My first soaker was made from ruby Mountain Colors yarn--just couldn't help myself.) Mostly, I like the instant gratification of small projects (ds requested sweaters for his doll & stuffed animals--so fun!), but I enjoyed the shawls, too, so maybe I'll do an adult sweater someday.
On the needles now are things for life with baby: soakers and wool shorts for keeping dd's bum cool this summer, and a bunch of little washcloths for wiping up her face as she ventures gleefully into the world of solid food. (So much of my life is about wiping little faces and hands--I just enjoy it more when I can do it with a handknit cloth!)
Originally Posted by Mamid
I teach blackwork and cross stitch.
Cross stitch I know; what's blackwork?
Pamela, just requested Epstein's knitted embellishments book from the library!
Shannon, your comments on spinning are inspiring; makes me want to find a wheel & try it. (I have spun, but it was long ago, when I was 14 and in colonial costume, working mostly on a drop spindle and a little on a BIG walking wheel--I volunteered at a living history farm. I remember it as being somewhat challenging, but quite satisfying.) The world could use more soul, especially the kind that can be sustained in the dark.