Monday, December 05, 2005

Ten Knitters Who Inspire Me

The sequence is alphabetical.

1. Nicky Epstein

Because the sheer abundance of her imagination is awe-inspiring.

2. Kaffe Fassett

Maybe just because his work came along at a formative moment in my development as a knitter, but in 1986, no one had done anything like his free-form, improvisational, exuberantly multi-multi-color work.

3. Lucy Neatby

For her ability to combine many techniques and elements into one project.

4. Debbie New She knit a boat. Enough said.

5. Eve R. Plotnick My maternal grandmother, who taught me to knit. She knit custom suits on commission when she was a teenager in the 1920’s; in the ‘50’s, she made a black cardigan at a gauge so small that she had to work the bobbles on toothpicks—while sitting on the beach.

6. Grace Anna Robbins

Because her designs are consistently both good to wear and interesting to knit, which is a rare combination.

7. Nadia Severns

Terrific use of color and technique, with a great sense of balance: Nadia knows how to make the bands on a patterned jacket interesting without being too busy.

8. Dorlynn Starn

Because anything worth doing is worth doing right. Possibly several times.

9. Amber Dorko Stopper

(Photo: Adrian Seward)
A bust of Edmund Bacon? A mobius afghan? Amber knits to the beat of her own drummer. She’s not afraid of how long anything takes—but she’s also much more able to embrace the free-form, the irregular, and the organic than I’ll ever be.

10. Anna Zilboorg Because the patterns in her Turkish sock book are a great resource, and her uses of them—in Magnificent Mittens, 45 Fine and Fanciful Hats, and Socks for Sandals and Clogs—are an inspiration.


Congratulations to Kim S., yesterday's doorprize winner, who won a Lantern Moon basket (the tabletop kind with the ceramic token in the lid), and to Cecelia O., today's winner, who wins a copy of The Art of Knitting. More good stuff tomorrow.

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