Write about a knitter whose work (whether because of project choice, photography, styling, scale of projects, stash, etc) you enjoy. If they have an enjoyable blog, you might find it a good opportunity to send a smile their way.
I first discovered Kate Davies’ blog, Needled, a couple of years ago. I promptly became a regular reader, at first drawn in by her beautiful creations, but then thoroughly hooked by the tremendous depth of her writing. Kate is a very knowledgeable and articulate lady who writes with grace and fluency about all sorts of things from the history of fibre crafts, through hillwalking and allotment-keeping. The little details about her home city of Edinburgh are helping me to learn to love that town, with which I have a somewhat troubled history (being more of an adoptive West Coast girl myself, and having had a terrible job in Edinburgh that made me very miserable).
Kate’s photographs are just as evocative as her writing, bringing out easily-overlooked detail in objects and landscapes, with a certain haunting use of light. Her patterns, too, are beautiful – quirky but stylish, never over-done. I love the Owls sweater (and have been wearing mine ever since I finished it until the last couple of weeks when it’s been warmer) and am partway through Manu.
While some bloggers are to be admired from afar (I’m thinking of those knitting celebrities who can’t possibly have time to reply to comments or read the blogs of everyone who reads theirs), I feel very friendly towards Kate. When I was struggling with my Clothkits skirt (back in 2008 when I started it!) she spotted a short-lived ramble about my problems on this blog (I took it down because I don’t like complaining in public!), and emailed me to help. As well as knitting, I share her interests in Scottish hills, malt whisky, and growing things. She always has something interesting to say.
As you probably know, Kate had a stroke recently and has been blogging her road to recovery with her customary insight and eloquence. I was amazed by how quickly she re-learned to knit (and released the pattern for Manu from her hospital bed!). Her determination and perseverance are inspiring and I truly hope to be reading about her return to the hills in the not-too-distant future.