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Your knitting or crochet hero

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Day Three: 25 April. Your Knitting or Crochet Hero

Blog about someone in the fibre crafts who truly inspires you. There are not too many guidelines for this, it’s really about introducing your readers to someone who they might not know who is an inspiration to you. It might be a family member or friend, a specific designer or writer, indie dyer or another blogger. If you are writing about a knitting designer and you have knitted some of their designs, don’t forget to show them off. Remember to get permission from the owner if you wish to use another person’s pictures.

Ever since these topics were announced, I’ve been letting them bounce around in the back of my mind, hoping that interesting responses would somehow spontaneously generate themselves. With this topic, I’ve gradually realized that I don’t have knitting and crochet heroes. Which is not to say that I go through my crafting life without inspiration; it’s just not tied to individual personalities.

It sounds trite or overly simplistic to write it this way, but knitting and crochet themselves are what inspire me. Color and texture, separately and together, excite my little brain cells. Certainly there are designers famous for taking color and texture to exhilarating heights (Alice Starmore and Kaffe Fassett, just to start a list), and when I come across a photo of one of their designs that I haven’t seen before, I do my level best to appreciate the overall beauty of the piece and any unusual features it may have. But I’m equally impressed by fantastic designs from people I’ve never heard of—and nowadays, thanks to Ravelry and the blogosphere, I can see those just as readily. Maybe it would be more accurate to say that good photography is what inspires me!

Okay, so I’m personally more interested in what has been created than in its creator. But that’s probably just me. After all, I’m sure some people were inspired by a knitter or crocheter enough to go learn the craft. Do you have personal inspirations for your knitting/crocheting, or do you work on a case-by-case basis like I do?

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6 thoughts on “Your knitting or crochet hero

  1. This day’s topic was very tough. But you’ve done it well!
    http://sparkleandco.blogspot.com

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  2. There are a couple of designers who, whenever I see a photo of one of their patterns, I immediately fall in love — before I see the designer’s name: Steven West and Natalie Servant.

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    • Ooh, I don’t know Natalie Servant. I’ll have to look up her work. (Has anyone mentioned that Ravelry is a wonderful invention?) And your mention of Stephen West reminds me that yes, there are designers whose work I’ll make of point of looking up if I hear they’re out with a new design. West would be one of them.

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  3. I have to like a lot of a designer’s work before I’d call her a fav. I tired to learn for fun out of boredom in Oahu but got stuck and quit. Then after the birth of my second daughter, I needed a hobby to keep me sane. I searched for knitting lessons and that led me to taking a class and thus getting bitten by the bug.

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    • I knit and crochet in great part because I need something to do with my hands, and if I wasn’t playing with yarn, I’d probably be doing something that would get me in serious trouble. I don’t know if that’s the same thing as learning to knit in order to stay sane, but it sounds a lot alike to me!

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