It's been far too long since I've been able to sit down and pick up knitting needles. Part of the issue is that totally mindless knitting bores me to tears, but the challenge of picking up a new pattern just doesn't fit into my day at the moment (something about a bead show)...
But I stopped in at the Grove yesterday, and Susan had gotten in a copy of Crazy Lace, an artistic approach to creative lace knitting, at my request.
Sadly I forget who brought this book to my attention, but thank you! It is just exactly the right book. Author Myra Wood includes a chapter on thinking creatively and learning to let go, which relates not only to knitting, but many other artistic endeavors as well.
The pictures are all gorgeous beginning with the beautifully done cover. The process to begin knitting lace creatively is well explained and can be planned or completely random.
I think completely random sounds good to me. And for the record, I totally want a pair of the hot pink silhouette needles in the upper right of this picture, totally. I made Mark go write down the details. I could of course just buy them, but needles this pretty need to be gifted, even if I have to be explicit in the request - hot pink, long, size 5
Many of the books examples are done with exquisitely handpainted yarn. I love the whimsy of the irregular borders, the transition of color, the open weave....everything really. This is the answer to having something on the needles which does not require me to learn a pattern, but is not so mindless as to bore me. So of course I started.... This beautiful handpainted mohair laceweight was gifted to me by a friend, making it that much more special
Sunday, June 6, 2010
I have been missing the feel of fiber in my hands, missing my yarn.