Things I Have No Desire To Learn
There are some areas of yarn craft about which I have no desire to learn. Or no desire to expand what little learning I have.
Here’s QueerJoe’s List of “Things I Have No Desire To Learn”
I guess I technically already know how to knit entrelac(promotional link). I’ve done this in the past. I hated the process. Even more I hated how it looked/felt/draped after it was finished.
Flatbed knitting machines
Again, I already know how to do this. Kind of. I own three flatbed knitting machines. They’ve been in storage for a few years now. And I don’t miss them at all. Don’t ask me which machines I own. They’re buried in a little closet under my stairs. Where I house Harry Potter.
There may come a day when I won’t be able to needle-knit any longer. And I’ll have to resort to loom knitting (promotional link). I do not wish that on anyone. Though I know there are a number of people who love knitting this way. Just not for me.
This skill I’ve waffled on over the years. I have a rigid heddle table loom. And I’ve actually woven a thing or two on it. I may even do it again sometime. But I will definitely not be expanding that skillset beyond a simple rigid heddle loom.
I love the look of a beautifully set up bolster with dozens of handcrafted bobbins hanging from it. It looks elegant and bougie. You’d think it would be right up my alley. But it’s not.
I’ve written about this before. Dyeing yarn or knitted fabric is way too much work. And it’s messy. I also have no idea what I’m doing on the couple of attempts I’ve tried it. I’ll leave this one to the professionals. Or the amateurs.
What are those fiber-related skills that you will NOT pursue?
Garter Mosaic stitch is something I will definitely do again. I have done mosaic in the past, but it was stitches very similar to Stephen West’s ubiquitous “Painting Bricks” design. Michael Green’s latest design, Knowledge is Key Shawl does mosaic on a garter stitch.
I love the fabric garter-mosaic makes and also how finely detailed the motifs still can look. Michael did a fantastic job of using this technique.
I did finish this shawl. And it is generously sized and really luxurious because of the yarns I used and the drape of the fabric. Mine came out about 70″ wide and 34″ tall (after blocking).
The pattern is going to be published in the next couple of weeks. If you’d like me to contact you when it’s available, just leave me a comment or send me a message.
I’m also working on a task for the Men’s Knitting Retreat workshop in a couple of weeks.
I made this ridiculously long tube on my circular sock knitting machine. And now I have to create 20 smaller tubes so that the guys can use them for a steeking exercise.
I’ve only done three so far. So I have a lot of work to do.