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Thursday September 29th, 2005 11:05 PM
eeep! A busy weekend lined up. I want to finish all the hats I've been working on so that I can take photos either Saturday or Sunday, depending what the weather is like (I need lots of light for my crappyass digicam) and I also want to finish off the final few rows of the last sleeve of the Multicoloured Granny Square Hoodie O' Doom - I've been working on this for months, and I think it's looking pretty special. I'm not sure whether I'll be brave enough to wear it in public just because it's so full-on, but I'm still proud of it.

Amanda from Champion wants me to send her some stuff about my creative process and my inspirations for the Champion newsblog, so I thought I'd write some thoughts here that I might be able to draw on.

I started my love affair with yarn when I was about 16. I worked at a local supermarket in a minimall that also had a yarn shop, and during my breaks I'd cruise across there and raid their bargain bins - I still have scraps of yarn that date back to that time, we're talking nearly 20 years ago, people! My grandmother had shown me how to knit during my summer holidays and gave me all her leftover yarn, and I was further inspired by the rash of knitting and craft books that came out in the late 1980s (horrifying to look at today, unless you have a particular thing for brightly coloured boxy sweaters!) There was a British part-by-part series that I only ever bought the first issue of, called, I think, "Creative Needlecrafts", and it had small starter projects in patchwork, tapestry, crossstitch and crochet. I tried some patchwork and crochet, started a couple of things, but I didn't really get into crochet properly for another few years, when I decided that I was able to get stuff finished quicker and easier in crochet than with knitting - my needles started gathering dust from then on in...

More later.

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