It’s so cold out. Snowflakes and crisp air always bring up a feeling of joy in me. I have a perfect excuse to get back to my knitting 🙂
Check out a pic of my Florentine Frieze + Woven Tweed + cables…Chocolate woolen scarf in the works:
The stitch patterns come from the Walker Treasury, which makes it easy to improvise when you have no plan, other than “making a scarf”, but feel like using a more complex stitch pattern. It helps to use a stitch counter to follow patterns like Florentine Frieze, as Barbara’s books don’t always offer knitting charts.
I like thinking of Barbara Walker, an unsurpassed designer, author, and knit stitch pattern collector, as my knitting mentor.
Stitch dictionaries are a necessity if you like to knit and there’s always something new to learn from each book in the niche. I certainly do not consider investing in a variety of dictionaries a waste. But, if I were to give my younger self one piece of advice regarding a good comprehensive knitting book as a starter and a core, I’d recommend Ms. Walker’s work – from the four Treasuries of Knitting Patterns, to Learn-to-Knit, to Knitting from the Top.
One thing I want to mention, regarding her Mosaic Knitting book: if shopping online, take a close look at the cover before ordering it. Doing some research on her work helped me overcome the shock I felt taking my first look at that book.
The mosaic knitting technique itself is pretty awesome and she does offer some lovely patterns.
Even though her books could use more knitting charts – which is virtually a given in European books of the 20th century, the variety of stitch patterns and combinations thereof always get ideas popping in my head as I flip through the Treasury.
Thanks, Schoolhouse Press, for making her work available to us today 🙂 Seriously, I feel we are lucky to be able to access the info she invested so much time and effort in putting together. And the gray-scale and black and white images of patterns and swatches only help make it look like a classy classic.
Anyway, where was I – ah my scarf, gotta get back to my scarfie!
Who would you consider your knitting mentor?