Wednesday, April 28, 2010

One Great Knitter

I am participating in knit & crochet blog week, sponsored by Mimi at

Write about a knitter whose work (whether because of project choice, photography, styling, scale of projects, stash, etc) you enjoy. If they have an enjoyable blog, you might find it a good opportunity to send a smile their way.

Wow, pretty much anyone that picks up needles and yarn (or hooks and yarn) is one great knitter (or crocheter) in my opinion! I don't think you need to have patterns published and books hit the best seller list in order to be great. To break this out I think I'll pick great knitters (in my opinion) based on the categories that Mimi listed in the topic.

Project Choice: My Knit Night/Lambikins Ladies (Mindy, Christina, Donna, Leslie, Tonia, Genevieve, Hallie, Ahna, Kathy, Lesley, Amy, and I'm sure I'm forgetting many many more. If I forgot you, my apologies! let me know! I'll add you and your link to the list!) These ladies inspire me to challenge myself and introduce me to new patterns, designers, and yarns. They also enable me. My wallet doesn't like them much. But I still do!

Photography: Mimi (Eskimimi on Ravelry) takes the most vibrant wonderful photos I've seen. And she was gracious enough to post a tutorial on her blog. It really works. I used it at home and so simple with great results!

Styling: A new knitter that I found recently is Lynne. I loved her v-neck Hey Teach cardi and when I saw her projects page I just had to message her to let her know how awesome I thought it was. I then discovered she had a blog. Not only does she knit fabulous wearables... she sews them too! I only wish I had her styling ability. From tunics to sweaters to dresses... she's flat out amazing!

Scale of Projects: Genevieve. She may not make California King sized blankets but she probably could in about 2 weeks! This girl, let me tell you. She is lightning fast when it comes to knitting and it's a good thing because she has a list a mile long and she happily knits every stitch and crosses each project off with a smile. I think the count as of Monday night alone was something like 8 baby projects to knit this summer BEFORE she can knit for her own dumpling she is expecting in the fall. And I thought a 13 day lace binge was a serious undertaking!

Stash: Joyce (Joidell on Ravelry) I think she walks the fine line of hoarding and stashing but she does it fabulously :) From yarn to fabric to books to sewing machines, she is a stash queen and I bow before her. I also appreciate the stash since I got 2 great skeins and 3 fabulous books during a recent destash of hers. I would have had more if I wouldn't have been 2 hours late to the sale! Christina (MyYarn2Knit on Ravelry and Owner of Lambikins Hideaway) would come in a VERY close 2nd. I saw recent pics of her stash and the 400+ skeins of sock yarn almost sent me into palpitations.

I hope you get a chance to check out some of the links I've included. Even if you aren't a crafter. Maybe you'll be inspired anyway. The above is just a small sampling of many of the great knitters out there.

If you have other knitter or crocheter designer/blog recommendations that I should definitely check out- send them my way! My blogroll and pattern binder are always ready for more!


  1. Ahh! I wondered how Eskimimi took such lovely pictures. Thanks for posting the link, the curtain has been pulled back for me!

  2. Thanks for the link to the tutorial, it looks really useful!

  3. I'm still deciding on who to write about for my entry, but don't be surprised if you see the Monday night's knit group mentioned! We are awesome.

  4. I agree about Eskimimi's photos - they are truly striking and really seem to make her knitting sing!

  5. You've linked to so many great knitters!

  6. I will so have to try that tutorial thank you for sharing. Also a great list of knitter.

  7. Aw, I'm blushing. Thanks for the shout-out. What a great approach to this topic, too. (P.S. I counted again and I think I'm down to 5 projects and one of them is very nearly done) :)


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