Friday, June 07, 2013

Knitting and Remembering
Installment 1

This one time, in college, I decided that I was going to try to impress a boy with my cooking.

I had a box of Rice-A-Roni.  Chicken flavor.  He was going to love it just because I made it.  And we were going to get married because it was the best damn "meal" he'd ever had.  The End.

Did I cook anything else?  Nope.  Just one big ass skillet of Rice-A-Roni.   

When he got to my dorm apartment, I made him taste a spoonful right out of the skillet.  He was a MAN, honey, and I'd heard that men like food. So, I didn't want to make him wait.  

When he took the first bite, there was crunching.  Rice is not supposed to be crunchy.

We didn't get married.  San Francisco treat FAIL.

I have since been to rice school, and I now know how to make a superb box o' Rice-A-Roni.  

I was working on the sweater I designed for the Shirley Paden "design along" through the "I Love Shirley Paden" group on Ravelry when this story popped into my head. The picture above is a progress shot of the back.  She is teaching us to design based on the concepts outlined in her book, Knitwear Design Workshop.  She also has a teaching video on Craftsy, Handknit Garment Design, based on her book.

Believe me, even if you're an experienced designer, you can learn a great deal from her.  


DeeDee said...

I bought her book because of you. Even though I don't want to design, it's a fascinating look on how to make a knitted item fit you REALLY well.

Nik said...

This book is excellent. I hope you learn a great deal from it.