Thursday, September 1, 2011

Seasons of Knitting

Can it possibly be September already?  Wasn't it just New Year's Day?

I can't say I have kept up with my 2011 New Year's goals of monthly crocheting and weekly spinning (although I have done both more or less regularly this year).    

One New Year's goal, that I have accomplished, however, was to adapt and create a few knitting stitch patterns, in the sense that I have not seen these stitches published in this precise fashion anywhere yet. Of course as EZ said (sort of), is there really anything new in knitting?  I like her notion of "unventing."

The photo at the top of this post shows some of my work in a favorite swatching wool, Cascade 220.  The photo below, from my last post, shows a stack of swatches.

Of course, that's all I can show for now, the details are under wraps until the patterns are ready to be test knit and published.

This inspired some of my swatching. 

As did this.

Today, September 1st, marks the first day of meteorological autumn, and the signs of the season are already making an appearance.  

If you're in the Midwest, mark your calendars for a fun fall experience - A Wool Gathering, Sept. 17-18, in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

With the coming of fall I turn my thoughts to what to gift knit this year.  I plan to do a few knit/ crochet/ handspun items for deserving people (those that comprehend the amount of time and love a handmade gift requires), including home decor projects made from squares based on my Northwoods Coasters pattern for Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts 2011 issue.  More details on that pattern in an upcoming post.

I also have in mind some new designs that would make ideal gifts, so those'll be put together for publication soon I think.  It will be the holidays - and New Year's - before we know it!


  1. I love the autumn so much, we are living neat the wood, an I cant wait for all the colors ...
    Like your words and photos...

  2. I'm so with you about knitting for people who appreciate the amount of work and effort that goes into hand knitting (or crocheting or spinning). I've wasted time in the past knitting for people who haven't appreciate it and it's quite upsetting.

  3. Anett, Thank you for the nice comment, I am an autumn lover too. :)

  4. Anni, yes indeed. Why throw handmade "pearls before swine," so to speak? LOL!

  5. I love the photo of your swatches and of your inspiration. Being an east coaster myself, I adore the changing of the seasons, especially when summer turns into autumn. Looking forward to seeing your new stitch designs.

  6. Evelyn, thank you so much! I love the seasons too and find inspiration in each one. ;)