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Name: Marsha Brofka-Berends
Location: US

Marsha knits . . . and reads and cooks and edits and gardens and hikes and thinks and eats and photographs and sings and writes and travels and plans and hopes and . . .

22 May 2007

My once and future knitting

My friend Gina (a.k.a. "she of the jaw-dropping stash") just posted to her blog a meme about knitting projects. She's got a pretty impressive list of accomplishments--my own pales in comparison. The list of possibilities is interesting, though I object to "Teaching a man to knit" because it seems to assume that all the knitters who participate in this meme are women. So I've balanced this out by adding "Teaching a woman to knit" to the list. I had to look up a few things. (All bow before the Great Google Search!) "Thrummed knitting"? That produces those super-thick mittens that are one color with flecks of another color on them. There's a lovely picture and description of them here. And from what I can gather, "domino knitting" is a type of modular knitting that looks an awful lot like mitred squares (but isn't). Interweave Press has a whole book on the subject and claims that it "has been the rage among European knitters for several years." Hmmmm. Any European knitters out there who can tell me if this is true or not? Knitty has an article on "two-end knitting," a Scandinavian technique that looks a bit complicated but produces very warm garments (which they need up there in Scandinavia, I'm sure!). I'm surprised by just how many knitting techniques and projects I've tried. And it looks like there's a lot more for me to do out there--and not many things I'm not interested in trying! So how does your own list look? If you post this on your blog, put a note in the comments here letting me know to take a look! THE RULES
  • Bold for stuff you’ve done
  • Italics for stuff you plan to do one day
  • Normal for stuff you’re not planning on doing
THE LIST Afghan/blanket (baby) I-cord Garter stitch Shawl Stockinette stitch Socks: top-down Socks: toe-up Hat Moebius band knitting Sweater Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn Slip-stitch patterns Charity knitting Knitting with soy yarn Knitting with circular needles Cable-stitch patterns Lace patterns Scarf American/English knitting Buttonholes Knitting with alpaca Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cozies…) Knitting with DPNs Holiday-related knitting Knitting with cotton Fulling/felting Knitting with wool Textured knitting Kitchener BO Purses/bags Swatching Long-tail CO Knitting with self-patterning/self-striping/variegated yarn Baby items Knitting with cashmere Jewelry Knitting with synthetic yarn Intarsia Cuffs/fingerless mitts/arm warmers Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine Knitting a gift Knitting in public Teaching a woman to knit Knitting with metal wire Knitting with camel yarn Mittens: Cuff-up Mittens: Tip-down Knitting with silk Participating in a KAL Drop-stitch patterns Knitting with banana fiber yarn Domino knitting (modular knitting) Twisted-stitch patterns Knitting with bamboo yarn Two-end knitting Toy/doll clothing Knitting with your own handspun yarn Continental knitting Designing knitted garments Publishing a knitting book Teaching a child to knit Knitting to make money Fair Isle knitting Norwegian knitting Dying with plant colors Knitting items for a wedding Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn Teaching a man to knit Bobbles Knitting for a living Dying yarn Steeks Knitting with beads Entrelac Knitting and purling backwards Stuffed toys Darning Writing a pattern Gloves Knitting with linen Knitting for preemies Tubular CO Freeform knitting Short rows Pillows Rug Thrummed knitting Knitting for pets Shrug/bolero/poncho Knitting with dog/cat hair Slippers Graffiti knitting (knitting items on or to be left on the street) Olympic knitting Knitting smocking Knitting art Machine knitting Knitting on a loom Hair accessories