Tuesday, April 27, 2010

An Inspirational Pattern - Knit & Crochet Blog Week Day 2

An Inspirational Pattern

Blog about a pattern or project which you aspire to. Whether it happens to be because the skills needed are ones which you have not yet acquired, or just because it seems like a huge undertaking of time and dedication, most people feel they still have something to aspire to in their craft. If you don’t feel like you have any left of the mountain of learning yet to climb, say so!

At first I was thinking, those few that feel like they don't have any left of the mountain of learning yet to climb (that's kind of a mouthful) are lucky, but let's be honest. Learning new techniques is the addicting part of knitting--sort of knitting crack for us number cruncher types.

I can't think of a particular pattern I aspire to, but I can think of a couple of projects that I'd like to tackle. One is a blanket--I pulled the trigger on this one just a couple of days ago and I'm excited to get started. The reason I shied away from doing one for so long was for two reasons I'm sure we can all relate to: time and $$. I bought the Mason Dixon Knitting book a couple of years ago, and have wanted to try the log cabin technique for a blanket since (they make it look so lovely, but they never show Ann or Kay throwing their project against the wall since it's been a year and a half and they still have an unfinished blanket, which I was sure I would). Finally, a good friend's wedding has been enough of an excuse to get my lazy & cheap ass in gear. You can justify blowing cash on a milestone like that, and it's a hard deadline so I can't drag it out too long.

Another type of project that I've always thought was lovely but never had the cajones to try is a large-scale lace project. I can deal with a little lace, but I always picture myself sitting in one giant tangle of yarn thinking about something like this:

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*Drool* This was knit by my husband's cousin, the wonderful woman who introduced me to Ravelry. It's her take on the Mystery Stole 3 and I definitely aspire to making something so delicate and beautiful. I feel like I'm too much of a bull in a china shop to make lovely things like this!

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  1. I totally want to do the mitered square blanket from Mason-Dixon but I would definitely be throwing it against the wall and cursing like a sailor at it for taking so long.

  2. Oh yes, I've leered at the log cabin blanket too. My only blanket/afghan was knit on huge needles using three strands of yarn. I guess tha tells you what patience I might have for the log cabin blanket!

  3. I've often thought about making the baby blanket version, but it would have to be either for myself or for someone that I really love and know would appreciate all my efforts.

  4. Lace projects intimidate me but I've heard they're the most fun! Tiny needles AND blocking though? *shiver*

    I laughed out loud at your "knitting crack" comparison :)

  5. I have been wanting to do the mitered square blanket since I saw it the way it comes together is very cool. Lace is another kind of project I would enjoy tackling some day as soon as I get up the nerve.