Yarn Addiction Thursday: All About the Learning

Mock SUnkey wants to be in charge of writing this post. I told him, "No!"
Mock SUnkey wants to be in charge of writing this post. I told him, “No!”

I missed a couple yarn addiction Thursdays due to my book making frenzy for the Tokyo Art Book Fair. I actually have had no time to be addicted to yarn. And now that I’m in book making mode, I’m not really keen to get back to fibers. There are two reasons for this. I do not want to spend more money. I want to use my fiber stash but that means experimenting. The second is that I have a number of other projects to complete so that means I don’t have time to experiment.

I did do some thinking about what I could do with my stash and I realized I had some knowledge gaps that prevented me from designing effectively.

So today’s post is a list of yarn-y things I want to learn.

Understanding yarn weights and
wraps per inch.
This is a big gap in my understanding of yarn as a textile. I need to know more about how this affects the results of my designs and buying effectively.
 Estimating how much yarn I need.  Relates to the problem above and below.
How to design a pattern for a sweater. Understanding drape and fit. It’s such a huge thing to learn but I’m interested.
 How to piece things together.  I get the concept of blocking, but my sewing is kind of rubbish. I want to know more than one way to join pieces.
How to do 3 color knitting without getting a weird pull on the stitch I can do a great job with 2 colors. 3? Forget about it.
How to design and knit shapes to make plushies. I think this is a great way to use up stash and I love creating toys.
Finding or making more stash busting patterns  My stash busting always ends up making me buy more yarn. SOooooo not the point.

So this is my list. It is rather huge but I think it is a good point to guide me for the next 6 months or so.

If you have any good tips, good sites or some suggestions for other things I need to learn, please let me know in the comments. I’d love some help on this.

Happy stitching everyone.

Mock SUnkey is ready to go yarn shopping.
Mock SUnkey is ready to go yarn shopping.

Note: Mock Sunkey is made from a kit I bought in Tokyo that included the socks. I did not knit him.

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How the Tate Modern’s Artist Timeline is Inspiring My Photography

The Tate Modern is great for a lot of things. One of them is the Artist Timeline that graces one of the walls. I adored the graffiti feel of the timeline and love all that information available to my greedy eyes.

A nifty piece of paper to get your Modern Art basics. The image links to the Tate Modern Shop.

And you can buy a small copy for yourself at the gift shop. Which I promptly did. If you can’t make it to The Tate, you can buy it online for £7.95

Attending a Robert Doisneau exhibit yesterday has lead to thinking about my favorite photographers. Today, in a fit of list mania, I started listing their names, and the dates the lived, died (unless they are happily still alive!) and worked. It occurred to me that this would be awesome as a Tate-style timeline. It also occurred to me that I am developing a rather… over-keen interest in infographics.

The last thing, the LAST thing I need is another project. But continuing to learn more about photography is one of my on-going goals. I spend a lot more time researching gear (some people do shoes, I do camera gear), techniques and editing than I do history and context. I know what I like, but I often struggle to put a name to the image and I want to change that. The thing about making my own time-line is that I can tailor it to my own interests rather than obsessing over someone else’s who’s who of photography. I understand the concept of canon (that elusive list of standards that is always in flux, not the camera company… hmmm… photography pun?) but I feel a personally tailored list will help me grow and be more compelling.

So, over the next bit, I’ll continue to compile my list. If anyone out there has their recommendations about who to check out I’d love to hear about it. I might not agree with you or want to put them on my personal list, but I always love to hear what other people like or what has influenced other shooters.

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