Knitting and Crochet Week Day 6: Learning new skills

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 bu can admire the result of those that have.

Tips: If you think you have learned all you ever want to in your craft then say so. Maybe you have been knitting for nearly 30 years and yet never learned to purl (many my think this is impossible, but I met a woman on the bus who told me exactly this once… Maybe she was following the E. Zimmerman school of thought to closely?).

I really want to work more with vintage patterns. Not necessarily from the 1960s through the 1990s. but from the 1930s and further back; like Victorian knitting and crochet. My grandmother had a couple of pattern books from the 1920s, but I’ve been too chicken to try them. There’s also the Weldon’s Practical Needlework series, published by Interweave Press. They are kind of expensive (well, okay, more than kind of), but they all look so intriguing.

I’d also like to recreate the yarns from that time. Spinning to fit a pattern is something I’ve never done, but would like to try, for that matter. More novelty yarns, maybe? Just to get better at one particular type of spinning, until I’m happy with the results. I should say that even though I’ve used my own handspun regularly from the start, I’ve never been happy with any skein I’ve ever made. Not one.