I'm joining GInny's Yarn Along this week.
During our recent jaunt up to Williamstown, MA, I mentioned that we stopped into Water Street Books where I bought myself a terrific stitch encyclopedia.
For a while now, I've been looking for a resource just like this one where the stitch patterns are both written out as well as charted and each is accompanied by a clear photographed swatch. Now that I'm attempting to design, a stitch encyclopedia is a must, and I'm having a lot of fun teaching myself these various stitches.
Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed recently wrote a guest post about how he uses the summer months to swatch in anticipation of new designs for the colder weather. I loved that concept and even non-designers (aka just us plain old knitters) can take a cue from his practice. Now that it's June, I'm going to set myself a similar task and keep a set of needles aside just for swatching. At the very least, I'll have a pile of eye candy that will keep me inspired and learning.
On the knitting front, I'm still working on my Amari Shawl KAL (pictured above) and my Oaklet Shawlette KAL, both of which get equal attention which also means that both are going kind of slowly!