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.