Originally Posted by Angelia
Beyond admiring your knittyness, I love that you do costuming! If only I had money--I'd commission a Renaissance gown from you!
And yes, take off the training wheels and get in on knitting in the round. I swear, you'll never want to do flat knitting again!!!
I'm good with knitting in the round on dpns for the small projects, it's the esoteric logic of circular knitting needles that breaks my brain. Boiling, stretching, and how to keep the stitch tension the same when the working part of the needles is so short? I think I pull too hard on the knit stitches.
A ren gown, huh? Wow, it's been a while. I still do hats occasionally, usually starched and wired linen, though I will sometimes still get a request for a beaded confection. I think the gown I loved best was a flemish style from the 1500s - avon jupon. That pattern is still available somewhere, and no matter what size the person who wore it, it always made them look fabulous
Most of the requests I get of late are from Harry Potter fans for custom witch hats.. although that will probably taper off once the movie leaves the theatre.
BTW, where do I sign up for a badge for the trucker fan club? Because you seriously rock, man.
One of the first male knitters I ever met was a fellow in Maine who taught me about naalbinding
. It's seriously fun and somewhat a cousin to the honorable ancient tradition of netting.