Here goes Gabriel…
Congratulations Deb! I’d never met Deb before this contest, but I’m glad I did and think she’ll be a fun knitter to watch and admire… talk about prolific!
And then Nikolai got his turn to choose…
And he picked…
Congratulations Merete! I first met Merete last winter over on Zimmermania and love her work. It’s all classy, beautiful, and expertly executed. She’s another prolific knitter… she recently completed 3 traditional Norwegian Lusekofte for her little muses. I’d like to be Merete when I grow up.
I’ll email both of you for your yarn selection and mailing addresses.
Thank you all for entering my little contest and sharing your wonderful stories. I did some tallying about how we all got sucked into the Knitting Vortex. The biggest factor? LIFE.
Many of us were dabblers until that catalyst called Life intervened. Some of you knit to bond with loved ones. Some of you took it up to welcome new little ones in your life. Some of you knit to stave of the loneliness of loss. Some of you knit to deal with the daily grind. I started knitting a few months before my then-husband decided to give up the marriage. Perhaps the knitting enabled me to agree with that hard decision, I’ll never know. But I do know that knitting has been therapy ever since.
The most addicting project you all named was SOCKS. I’m in this camp too. A sock was my first project- a thigh high traditional folk stocking. The pattern had no instructions for turning a heel and minimal toe shaping direction. After knitting the first one twice with limited success I moved on to Nancy Bush’s Folk Socks and tried again.
I don’t really want to show these to you because they make me cringe… but here goes
These are worsted weight acrylic knitted on sz. 2 dpns. The only excuse is that I must not have known anything about yarn. Once upon a time [before I was a good knitter and had seen pictures of others’ gorgeous work] I was very proud of these socks.
Notice the purl blips on top of the left sock. Notice how loose the foot is. You can’t see it, but the toes illustrate a beginner’s disaterous first attempts at grafting and the 3 needle bind-off. Ok, this is embarrassing, let’s move on.
This is more like it. I finished these yesterday. Jaywalkers in Trekking XXL on sz. 0 needles.
Socks. We all love ’em. We all need ’em. And we all need each other. Know what?
After life and socks, the next largest factor was the Knitting Community. So keep supporting each other, keep turning out inspiring work, and thanks for playing!