Hah! I do love a good pun … or a bad pun … Needless to say, I’m also a fan of sculptural knitting and/or crochet. And, while I still have all kinds of trouble reading patterns (K5 yo P5 byf M1…) They always make me think of Algebra … suppressed memories of Grade 12 Math … *shudder* … Annnnyway, I have discovered that, just by looking at a picture, I can sort of get an idea of what to do with my needles and yarn and, usually, something reasonably close to the original design (or at least something presentable) comes out. Of course, there are times, when I manage to follow each step perfectly and BEHOLD: it actually comes out perfectly. AMAZING! Of course, these are usually scarf patterns- a beginner knitter’s dream project, the easiest format being: Cast on so many stitches, knit every row to a set length (or longer, for extra warmth and coziness) and bind off. Granted, you’d still have to learn casting on and binding off, but, in general, that’s the easiest pattern (i.e.: one long rectangle) to work with.
I’m also a big fan of sculptural knitting/crochet, and many of my own creations basically came out “by accident. Case in point: I was watching t.v. and casually, aimlessly crocheting (or knitting, as I sometimes do) – seems to be a good alternative to awkward fidgeting or pursuing my long-standing nail-biting habit (I’m currently on my umpteenth New Year’s resolution to give it up – don’t ask) … so there I was, as mentioned, aimless crocheting a circle, when I immediately decided, “This looks like a spoon!” And so, I went about creating (or continuing) to crochet the spoon and the handle. Once that was finished, and being quite proud of myself at this point, I wondered, “Maybe I can make a fork?” And then, a knife, which ended up being done through a combination of crochet and knitting.
Soon after, I created a full dinner service: plate, tea cup and saucer, and I even managed to create a ladle, but the handle is a bit soft. I’m still trying to figure out a way to knit with wire thread, but I keep getting knobby kinks in it, and it just doesn’t look nice. (You know, aesthetically pleasing?)
My interest in knitted food peaked when I discovered the book, Knitted Vegetables – Twenty to Make, but Susie Johns. I am super proud of my knit veggies. First, the radishes, then peas in a pod (not pictured), then the leek, and then I made a beetroot (not pictured) without the beet greens (try as I might, I couldn’t get the green yarn to look like the leaf pattern in the book), and a pumpkin – I ended up using my own design because, again, my knitting looked nothing like the picture. (Algebra, I tell you, drives me nuts).
I think my next challenge, regarding knitted veggies, will be Susie Johns’ pattern for corn on the cob. Or perhaps her artichoke, but I fear the individual “petals” would drive me batty.
I would also like to make more utensils and/or kitchen gadgets – perhaps a whisk, but I would have to work on my knitting with wire (you know, to get that full whisk effect). Really, though, I think I’ll just continue with aimlessly crocheting and/or knitting and maybe something will manifest itself.