Archive for August 19th, 2008

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens;

Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens;

Brown paper packages tied up with strings;

These are a few of my favorite things.

Oscar Hammerstein and Richard Rodgers “My Favorite Things”

For some reason I have had that song stuck in my head most of the day. While I researched baby measurements for the baby sweater I hummed it.  When I sketched some designs for the baby sweater I sung it.

As I looked over the sketches I realized there are certain shapes and stitch patterns I tend to gravitate towards. I like shapes that have a roundness to them: circles, ovals, hearts. The only exception to this is the diamond shape, which I really like too.  In fact it was while fooling around with the diamond shape that I hit upon a wonderful adult sweater design.

I also like certain stitch patterns. The purl stitch is a favorite of mine. It can be used in a knit design so many ways; from an accent to being the texture for the whole garment.  The Seed Stitch, the Moss Stitch are always favorites of mine as is the Sand Stitch and Roman Stitch.

I tend to like stitch patterns that don’t require knitting gymnastics. You know, the kind where the instruction for completing one stitch runs for half a page.  Often the look of the finished stitch doesn’t equate with the amount of contortion that went into creating it. The amount of effort should equal the amount of wow factor.

I like knitting most lace and eyelet designs.  Cables, I feel, are best used judiciously. I don’t tend to like big, bulky yarns or the big sized needles that go with them. I really don’t like using a needle size above a US 7 / 4.5 mm. I avoid patterns that call for bulky yarn / large needle sizes.  At the opposite end, I have worked on needles as small as US 1 / 2.25 mm.  Small knitting needles / fine yarns don’t seem to bother me.

In the case of yarns, I prefer organic yarns. If a yarn is not organic then it needs to be 100% natural fiber. Acrylic, nylon, anything man-made I don’t use. I don’t even allow nylon in my sock yarns. I tend to do research on the yarn companies. I buy yarn from yarn companies who have environmentally friendly practices.

These are just some of my favorite things.

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