Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Knitting & Crochet Blog Week - Day 3

Your Knitting Or Crochet Hero
Blog about someone in the fibre crafts who truly inspires you. There are not too many guidelines for this, it's really about introducing your readers to someone who they might not know who is an inspiration to you. It might be a family member or friend, a specific designer or writer, indie dyer or another blogger. If you are writing about a knitting designer and you have knitted some of their designs, don't forget to show them off. Remember to get permission from the owner if you wish to use another person's pictures.

Gosh, how on earth to you whittle this down to one inspiring person?  When I first got into knitting about 4 or 5 years ago I would say the encouragement of the lovely Claire at Thistle, my LYS, to branch out of rectangular scarfs (knit, knit, knit, knit and nothing else) would have been my inspiration.  Here at their then weekly knit and natter night I met the wacky Sue, known as Socky Sue, who taught me one, to knit socks (how the love has lasted!) and two, that adapting patterns was fun and allowed!

But now I have found the delights of Ravelry there is a whole host of inspiring people.  But I shall whittle it down to two.  One a British designer and the other a British dyer.

The incredibly talented PmcBlonde first came to my attention on the UKarma group on Ravelry.  For someone who hasn't been knitting for more than 5 years, I am amazed not only at her knitting talents, but at the designs she has created.  Lace shawls require a huge amount of attention for me to knit, let alone design. 

This is my Whipple No 2 on the needles (already finished and in possession of my Sis!)  Finished Whipple!

You can find her designs on Ravelry, the above linked blog and also in the relatively new magazine Knit Now, which is brilliant for those wanting smaller projects.  (I do believe that's her hat on the cover too!)  Thank goodness also for her new Ravelry Group, Patrica Martin Designs, so if you try the patterns you can show your results!

And for my dyer there is the equally talented DyeSpinKnit.  A huge amount of my stash consists of Kerry's yarns and fibres. 

These Dragonfly Socks were knit is some super soft Merino Sock yarn.

Kerry has an array of colour on offer and the yarns and fibres are always of a high standard.  Custom dyes are available as well as some fun new clubs. 

I'm trying to sit on my hands to avoid purchasing some more until I've reduced the stash a little - wonder how long that will last!

Happy knitting!


  1. Lovin' your posts Kate. Are you enjoying KCBW? I'm so pleased with how its made me get going!

  2. Mmmmmm.... tommorow is craft your perfect day! Wonders off into knitty dreamland :-)

  3. Ah I see, pulling the wildcard!