Day 6

Day six: Something to aspire to.
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 but can admire the result of those that have.

In knitting, as with music, and come to think of it many other aspects of life, I don't think you can ever get to a point where there is nothing left to learn. I'm a fairly experienced knitter and by this point I think I can figure just about anything out on my own with a decent set of written instructions. There are a few techniques I haven't tried yet, though:

1. Entrelac. Mostly, this is from lack of interest. I have yet to see an entrelac sweater design that didn't look lumpy and awful (Spring '11 IK, I'm talking to YOU). It's okay for bags, but I never knit bags. Maybe one of these days I'll try it in a scarf or something.

2. Steeking. I admit I'm a little nervous about steeking, but I'm determined to try it. I'd like to try a steeking project this year, maybe a sweater for Anya (I've been wanting to do a little girl-sized Rockaway in shades of lavender and purple since the pattern came out!) or the Frost Tapestry neckwarmer from Twist Collective.

3. One-row buttonholes, a la EZ. I've tried these before using Zimmerman's instructions, but they don't turn out right. Next time I knit a cardigan calling for one-row buttonholes I may need to find a video tutorial or consult an actual knitting expert!

I'm sure there are more than these three gaps in my knitting knowledge, but that's what I can think of for right now.


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