This winter felt extremely long, so thank goodness for my test knits and Netflix. I took full advantage of the cold days to settle in with my knitting and cup of coffee. I could knit for hours (and on weekends I do!).
I often receive questions about why I am obsessed with test knitting. I’ve written about it in a previous article. Simply put, at the end of the day, it brings me joy.
More importantly, I’ve craved a sense of community more than ever during this time of social distancing, and leaning on my fiber friends and knitting community provided a lot of support. It’s no wonder I’ve seen a spike in knitalongs and crochetalongs. We all crave this sense of community.
Each test knit brings together a collection of knitters bonding over a design–some groups are small while others are bigger, and we convene over various platforms like Slack, RAV Group, and IG. We share a focus–supporting the development of a new pattern.
Sharing my experience and addressing questions, I hope to help build a knitting community and test knit community we all crave.
Some of you asked whether it ever becomes a “chore” to test knit within tight timelines. For me, absolutely not. I’m in a high intensity professional setting and I thrive in challenges, so meeting a deadline is not a chore for me at all.
And I only choose to test knit patterns I absolutely love and would wear! As many of you may know, I love colorwork and I love all things green and gardening. My latest test knits have reflected these passions.
One example is the Inflorescence Pullover (pattern names link to Ravelry). I’ve long been a fan of Teti Lutsak of nutsknitswear. Teti is a former botanist turned knitwear designer. Her floral designs are just what I needed this winter, and I loved how my test knit turned out.
Not only did I love the beautiful botanical design but also the feminine drape and flow of this particular sweater. The design and the Nabi Wool Studio yarn together allowed me to create a sweater I love. I already bought more of Elaine’s mohair to make the Floral Kokon Blouse.
Another of my botanical-themed test knits was the Peperomia Sweater by Abbye and Selena—the dynamic duo behind Wool & Pine. Again, when I saw pictures of the design—the vibrant greens and the leaf motif beckoned me. I grew up in the Evergreen state—I had to test knit it.
And you know I don’t shy away from learning new techniques as I test knit. I have to keep up my knitting game—LOL. I had been intimidated by bottom-up sweaters, but with Selena’s video tutorials I was up for the challenge.
So to all of you—knit on and knit what you love! Thanks to all of you for reaching out with questions. It warms my heart and I’m happy to help enable all of your knitting dreams come true.