Days 6 & 7: A Tool to Covet and Looking Forward

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Part of my collection

The weekend got away from me! I had completely planned to post each day with the topics from Eskimimi Makes, but I just lost the weekend. I didn’t even get any knitting done. On the plus side, I do have all the meals for the week made, the kitchen relatively clean, my bookshelves nearly empty, and half the shredding done. Oy vey!

So anyway, let’s get to it!

Day 6’s topic is A Tool to Covet. Here’s the quote:

“Write about your favourite knitting or crochet (or spinning, etc) tool. It can either be a tool directly involved in your craft (knitting needles or crochet hook) or something that makes your craft more pleasurable – be it a special lamp, or stitch markers.

Is it an item that you would recommend to others, and if so for which applications/tasks do you think it is most suited. Conversely, do you have a tool/accessory that you regret buying? Why does it not work for you?” – Eskimimi Makes

My favorite tool, hands down, is a book, knitting books to be exact. I have loved books since I was a small child. When mom put me down for a nap, she said she would only allow me to take books. So, I would fill my bed with books instead of toys. As a grown-up (well sort of), my passion for books has evolved into a career. I consider myself lucky!

Knitting books, in particular, capture my fancy because of how beautiful they can be. They’re stunning! They’re both aspirational and inspirational. I can picture me making those projects, or I can dream about someday having the time and skills to make those projects. I get excited about knitting. I’d have to say that half of my love for knitting comes from these books.

I do have a regret! I completely regret buying any of my knitting looms. I have those big ones that only use chunky yarn, and I have a sock loom. The sock loom was a birthday present that I had begged for. I thought it’d be an easier, faster way to knit socks. This was before I had successfully knit a sock. I found the loom cumbersome and awkward to use. I kept getting the yarn too tight (although, while wrapping, it felt loose!), and I could barely get the hook under the yarn to do the stitches. Since then, all of my looms have sat in the “time out” room.

Day 7’s topic is Looking Forward. Here’s the quote:

One year from now, when the 5th Knitting & Crochet Blog Week rolls around, where do you hope your crafting will have taken you to? What new skills, projects and experiences do you hope you might have conquered or tried? – Eskimimi Makes

I want to have finished my first sweater. That’s a big thing. I’m getting close to the arms on Ken’s, but I just haven’t had the time to really sit and work on it. Then, I want to make me a sweater. I’ve been holding off because of weight loss, but I’m hoping in a year, I might be better off. At least, if I’m not my goal, I could have a baggy sweater to curl up in. Who doesn’t love those?

I would also like to start designing. I have so many ideas that pop into my head during the day. I keep a small notebook in my purse so if I think of something, I can just jot it down quick and get it out of my head. Otherwise, I’ll daydream and think about it all day. I just haven’t acted on anything. I need to soon, though. A friend asked me to design a hat for her, and she wants it by August. Here goes nothing!

Now it’s your turn! What tools do you love or regret buying? What projects or techniques are you looking forward to trying?

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15 thoughts on “Days 6 & 7: A Tool to Covet and Looking Forward

  1. I’m with you on the books, although I often have abandoned a big project in process. So I don’t buy afghan books. :/

  2. Well done for making up for lost time. And I covet your clean kitchen.
    I also love pattern books – even more now that the internet makes things more freely available. My all time bad buy has to be that “must-have” yarn that is still sitting in my stash and I just can’t find anything to knit out of it. Must give it to a charity shop soon.

  3. Tools– hmmmm– I love my sharp pointed nickle interchangeable needles. Also, I love a few knitting podcasts, that I used for inspiration, information and just plain fun. My favorites are Knitmore Girls, Knit, Knit Cafe and Cogknitive. Thanks for making me think about all this πŸ™‚
    http://www.yarnsista.com

  4. Fix-A-Stitch is my favorite tool – easy to use! I am working on my first cardigan, a top down pattern that has been pretty easy to read but I find that I knit tighter on it…..hmmm, don’t think I feel tense about knitting it but maybe I am? haha!

  5. I think I love my fibre video downloads best. I’m a visual/kinaesthetic learner and seeing someone do is easier for me than reading, or even just seeing pictures. I have about 30 now but one I watch over and over again is How I Spin by Rita Buchanan.

    I regret buying the rigid heddle loom I have. Well, not the loom, the stand. I wish I’d bought a different style of loom with a better stand. We have limited table space in this house!

    As for future projects – they are spinning- and weaving-related rather than knitting- and crochet-related. By this time next year I want to have dyed all the fibre and yarn I have now, and designed/made a medium-sized tapestry or rug. Not necessarily with all the fibre/yarn, but using that!

  6. I have always been a book addict and knitting and fiber arts books are no exception. Being an introvert I prefer to teach myself by trial and error using books and online information and working at my own pace. The one thing I wish I had is a dedicated working space. Our house is small and so is my studio and any working space is greatly reduced by my bins of stash storage.

  7. You’re thoughts about favourite things has helped me unwind at the end of a busy day and inspired me to have a browse through my favourite knitting books. Thank you

  8. LOL, that pile of books reminds me of those I just got with me from the local library! mine are sort of average ones – nothing amazing – but each had a few interesting bits or highlights… I also tend to lose interest in large projects, so better sticking with those that are either small or have clear steps in between. Just yesterday I was reading that this is called the “process knitter”, versus the “product knitter”, (or something) http://busfullofyarn.wordpress.com/tag/process-vs-product/

  9. I love pattern books as well – I have a few vintage ones that have been ‘borrowed’ from my sister-in-laws mum, and I’ve always got a list of modern ones I would like to buy!

  10. I totally love books too. The physical book, but also reading. I have a kindle.. but its funny.. After I’ve read a book on my Kindle, if I love, it I have to buy the physical book. Crazy I know. πŸ™‚

  11. I love the crafting books and magazines…I just can’t seem to enjoy the digital ones because I can’t keep them backlit and on my lap while I knit (and I can’t mark where I am with a pencil as I go ;). Other than that I love my drop spindle and the wonderful armless chair that I sit in to work (my husband made it for me so it’s extra special). Thanks for your fun post and kudos for your kitchen!

  12. I love knitting books! I rarely knit anything out of them (there are exceptions) but instead I prefer to use them as inspiration. My absolute favourite book is my stitch dictionary, so many ideas so little time! Good luck with your designing, that’s also on my to do list this year πŸ™‚

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