2 April 2011

Day six: Something to aspire to

Firstly, WHOA! So many comments yesterday, thank you all! I had waaaay too much fun making pictures of little Mini-Me so I'm glad to see the effort was appreciated!

Now, my friends, onwards to Day Six!

Is there a pattern or skill that you don’t yet feel ready to tackle but which you hope to (or think you can only dream of) tackling in the future, near or distant? Is there a skill or project that makes your mind boggle at the sheer time, dedication and mastery of the craft? Maybe the skill or pattern is one that you don’t even personally want to make but can stand back and admire those that do. Maybe it is something you think you will never be bothered to actually make bu can admire the result of those that have.

Oh dear, where to begin! I'm still such a beginner when it comes to crafty stuff, I know how to hold the needles and the hook and where the yarn goes, but beyond that? I guess the skill I would truly aspire to have is the ability to make something that I would proudly wear. (that is not a shawl/scarf.) But since that would not make an interesting post, here's some techniques and patterns that I would love to be able to make.

One of the techniques that I love is colourwork, like in the Flutter Butterfly Mittens by Eskimimi:

(image taken from Eskimimiknits.com)

Or the Swedish Fish mittens by Spillyjane Knits:

(Image taken from Ravelry)

Love it! Both have such fun, colourful patterns and look amazingly comfy. I think that this is one of the strengths of knitting and one of the things that attracts me about it: the stitches blend into one another, making colourwork so much more interesting!

Another technique that I would love to learn, and which is also a knitting technique, is lacework. I love reading Kirsten Kapur's blog Through the Loops, because she makes the most amazing things I would hope to be able to make, one day... One of which is this gorgeous shawl:

(Image taken from Through the Loops)

This is Viola. She's pretty. I love the dainty, flowy look of such a shawl, even though I know I would never, ever wear something like it because it's so dainty and flowy and precious. But oh, to be able to knit this... That's something I aspire to.

Is there really no crochet techniques or things that I would love to make, then? Well, yes, there are. Just not that many! I am of the impression that crochet does not work very well for clothing, but if I had to choose something that would work, it would be a lacy top like this one:

(Image taken from Ravelry)
This is the Melisande vest, made by Doris Chan. Of all crochet clothing designers, she has proven to make the most wearable, lovely designs out there and I would not mind owning one of these!

There's probably tons of other projects and techniques out there that I would love to learn, but that would make this post a reaaaaaally long one. So let's stop here, shall we? This is enough to aspire to, I think!


  1. Colourwork and lacework are two things I know that I'd like to improve. I love SpillyJane's designs.

  2. Love the Swedish fish! And the Melisande vest is gorgeous, although broomstick lace is pretty far down on my list of things to learn at the moment.

  3. Um, those mittens are fantastic! You go girl!

  4. Great aspirations. I know you can venture to one of these projects this year and perhaps try something smaller to get you started if that seems to give you more of a jump start.

  5. The Swedish fish mittens have been in my faves for awhile. So very cute and colorful. You have great taste in projects!

  6. I LOOOOVE spilly jane but get all weak at the knees just thinking about it!

  7. Love the Swedish fish mittens. I haven't been brave enough to try colourwork yet, but I think my biggest avoided item right now is socks. I bought a book over a year ago, tagged a bunch of patterns I liked, and then put it on the shelf and have avoided it ever since. Ah, some day I will have a pair of hand knit socks, I swear!