Over the past week, I've been mainly thinking about the
My most recent FO has me coming to terms with the fact that I still have a lot to learn ... and that's okay ... but what I want, more than anything, is to become a mindful knitter. I want to take my time, to choose patterns that appeal to me on multiple levels, to consider my yarn choices carefully, and to knit with thoughtfulness. In my recent projects, I've realized that I tend to fall in love with a pattern and then jump into knitting it. I might have yarn in my stash that only kinda makes sense. I might not swatch to gauge (shhh). I might not fully know the methods and techniques and then just fudge them.
I'm not proud of this, and I'm on a mission to change my ways. One thing that I do know is that I now have a huge group of friends, met all through our blogs, who have given me the call a friend option. So, I'll be calling on you to help me become the sweater knitter I know exists within me. I'm also going to do A LOT of reading to get me the foundation that I need. One commenter (Barbara) recently suggested Ann Budd's book, Top-down Sweaters, so I'm ordering that today. More simply, if you haven't been reading these blog posts about knitting sweaters, I highly recommend it. I'm starting here and working my way around the library, so to speak. If there are books, blogs, or anecdotes from personal experience that you'd like to share, I'm all ears!
Happy weekend, everyone.