Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Walker Treasury Project

I signed on to the Walker Treasury Project.  It's an online project where knitters from all over are knitting swatches from the books of Barbara Walker.
Just in case you don't know who Barbara Walker is, let's just say her books are the Webster Dictionary's of knitting.  They are stitch encyclopedias, ideas for design, indispensible inspiration - I think I go to them often just to day dream and get lost in all the possibilities knitting holds.  In the knitting kingdom she is right up there with Elizabeth Zimmermann.
If you haven't seen one of her books - go to your local yarn store, book store, internet site or School House Press.  Start with book one and within a year if not days you'll be looking for the others.
And once you have found your stitch dictionary treasures, think about joining the Walker Treasury Project and knitting a swatch or 2 for the cause.  The site is also great to view color photos of swatches already submitted.
As for me I seem to like the number 5 lately - so I signed up for 5 swatches.  I wanted to pick from 5 different chapters but looking at them they seem to be fairly close in style.  From A Treasury of Knitting Patterns (Book 1) I will be swatching Double Eyelet Rib (chapter 3 -Ribbings), Feather and Fan or Old Shale (chapter 10 - Lace), and Shadow Cable (chapter12 - Cable Stitch Patterns).  From A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns (Book 2) I will be swatching Block Quilting (chapter 1 - Knit-purl combinations), and Ears of Grass (chapter 11 - Eyelets).

I will post them as they are finished, after I post them to the Project site.

Wish me luck and join me if you can.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

I'm a Ravelry Designer!

My name is Allyson Ryan and I write patterns for BackwardKnitter as well as this blog. 
 Today I became a new Ravelry Designer!
I posted my first pattern on Ravelry today.  I held my own hand and chattered my teeth - I almost bit my tounge clean off- but I did it. It's free too - so check it out 'cause the price is right.  I would love to see how different knitters take this pattern and use their style and choice of yarn to make it their own.
If ya knit one please share.  Susie is doing a second test knit for me - how ya doin Suz?  If anyone should come upon an errata (fancy designer term for mistake) please let me know so I can adjust the pattern.  Constructive suggestions welcome too.  Thanks to those who read and will take the time to look and maybe consider knitting this great one skein project.

More to come...