Crafter of the Month: The Knitter’s Book of Wool Challenge
Have you ever loved a book so much that you wanted to make every project from it?
We certainly have, which is part of the reason why Dot Vander Pol is such an inspiration. She has knitted every project from The Knitter’s Book of Wool (at least once!) and shares her experience in this month’s Crafter of the Month feature.
I decided to make every project in The Knitter’s Book of Wool as a response to a challenge on the KBOW forum on Ravelry. I realized upon reading the book cover to cover that the projects in the book would stretch my skills. There were just the right number of projects to challenge me without overwhelming me.
All the modifications I made to the patterns are described in detail in each of my posts on Ravelry. The Leafy Glen Shell (ooh la la!) was the most challenging for this granny, but I managed to modify it to suit me. I tried to maintain the integrity of each of the lessons, so I did not veer greatly from the recommended yarns. I spun my own yarn for some of the projects.
My favorite project is the Comfy Cardigan, which I made twice. It works best with a silky yarn that drapes well. I also loved every shawl, as well as my Risti Mittens. I wear them frequently and proudly.
Even after the challenge, I still am repeating some of the patterns. My son lived in an adult foster care home, and I made a Hill Country Hat for every resident in the home, including the house parents. That pattern is so quick that I’ve made 14 of them so far.
This book is a classic gem, and a wonderful book for knitters who want to advance their knowledge.
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The Knitter's Book of Wool
Written by Clara Parkes
On Sale: Oct 13, 2009