Monday, October 20, 2014

Yankton, SD - Ewe Knit It and The Rocky Horror Show

Great weather!


Black socks!


Shop full of darling knitters, who I forgot to photograph.

AWESOME show! That's his granny and mom, so no jokes, please.

Friday, October 17, 2014

A History of Hand Knitting

I must confess - I've never owned A History of Hand Knitting, before. I've always had to get it from a library when I wanted it as a reference. I found a copy online that wasn't too expensive, so I decided to treat myself.


I love it! I'm re-reading it cover-to-cover. If you haven't read it, you really should. It's a wonderful overview of as much as anyone knows for sure about the history of our craft. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

On A Cost of "Free" Patterns

I once had the wonderful experience of spending an entire week with one of my idols, Maggie Steber. I did my graduate project about her work and she was generous enough to let me stay with her as I finished interviewing her for it.

She showed me many, many collections of prints and told me about her first job in photography, at a tiny newspaper in Texas. I asked her if I could see those photos. She politely avoided my request for a bit, then looked at me and said, "It's very early work, and I don't show it."

Ah, the joys of the pre-internet days! I'm watching people discover my free patterns on Ravelry and it's nice that they're queuing and marking projects as favorites, but...it's early work and I almost wish I couldn't show it!

Most of my free patterns don't have sizing. Some are rather hastily written. All were edited just by myself (and maybe read over by one other person for any really obvious problems). None of them are particularly bad, but if people are taking them as examples of what my work is like now, they're definitely getting the wrong idea.

I learned a lot from writing those patterns, but now I feel as though all of my past sins are right out there, in public, for all the world to see. I just have to hope that people are looking for the good in them, and not just any problems there might be.

If you've found this site because of my free patterns:


...but please keep in mind that they were works-in-progress!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Donna Druchunas Asks: "Why haven’t you bought this book yet?"

I should have asked Donna if people misspell her name as often as they misspell mine. :)

She published a really sweet review and a rather long interview with me over on her blog. If you aren't a regular reader of Sheep to Shawl, you should be. Her work is really fascinating.

Final Spinzilla Update:

I spun up 1,163 yards! Not bad for someone who had to go to work 6 days that week. I'm going to ply the yarns that are still singles, once I finish spinning all of the singles!


Monday, October 13, 2014

Spinzilla Sunday, in Photos






...and then both my bobbins were full and The Walking Dead was about to come on, so, I had to stop!