Do Knitter’s Have Opinions?!

My favorite photograph - From the bog at Long Beach, last year!

You bet!  Probably more than most!  Just ask us!  We spend a lot of time thinking about things as we knit!  We are the first to share our “honest opinion”, usually whether you want it or not.  Our opinions are the best, because they work for us, and should work for you!

At work I am asked for my opinion all the time.

What colour should I choose? – I stay out of that issue when it comes down to picking one colour over another – it is a no win situation for the person being asked!  But if you are looking for help creating a palette for a fair-isle sweater – now that is just too much fun!  Colour is an amazing thing – we all see and therefore describe colours differently.  For example there was a woman in the store looking for magenta for a sweater – 4 different colours were proffered, one she found, one her friend found, one a co-worker found and one I found – each one was very different – each person was positive that they had magenta – and each person was close (I was closest!LOL!).  You see how colour is subjective to the person looking at it!

A fitted V-neck looks best on me! Yarn is Flaxen by Handmaiden, a silk/linen blend, one of my favorite yarns.

What style of sweater looks best on me?

That is a very tricky question!  I’ll pass!  If I can – or I work with the customer to figure out the basic purpose of the sweater, warmth or style and try to find the best option!  If it someone I know well who asks that question – we can have a lot of fun with the options!

I have lots of opinions!  Over the last 6 months or so I have been adding pages to the site, this morning I figured out to make them visible along the sidebar area.  Pages are articles that you want to remain easily available and not archived into the months.

My pages are my experiences and opinions that I thought that other knitters and readers might be interested in.  I have book reviews about books I have used or currently are using, some of the books are no longer available, but are worth looking for.  I have been knitting over 30 years – I was a bookaholic long before I was a knitter.  So collecting books about knitting seems to be the thing to do!  According to Ravelry I have over 200 books about knitting and they don’t allow me to list all of my titles!

Briggs and Little Sport - A wooly wool, knit as lace!

Some reviews are about yarns I like and usually are using or have just finished using.  You will eventually see reviews on all kinds of yarns, mostly natural fibres, running the gamut from the finest laceweights to the scratchiest wool – I like classic wooly, wools!  As I warning – I am not a negative person – my opinions are usually positive.  If I don’t like something, I just won’t talk about it!  If you can’t say something nice – don’t say anything at all!

If you have read or used the books or yarn, please feel free to add your comments.

Thinking hard about a future project - Koigu beaded gloves!

Do knitters think?!  Usually too much and it usually gets us in trouble – Opinions and thinking go hand in hand!  For example I thought that I knew what to do with the pattern I am currently working on (shhh…. it’s a secret)—-last night I ripped out the ruffle and started all over again.  Moral of story – don’t think – read instead – it can save you lots of work!

Happy Knitting – I’m back to my ruffle!



PS – We have some kind of fruit on one of our bushes, I think it is more bush than tree!  We have been here 16 years and this bush has been here just as long and has never produced any kind of fruit before!  What is it?  Does anyone know?

What are these?

About letissierdesigns

March 2017 - My new site is now up and functioning. I can blog, share my thoughts and photographs, and sell my patterns! So much happening in my life and all is creative and forward moving! Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Sept 2015 - I haven't updated this in a while! Still knitting, always knitting, I still teach and work at Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns. I also have designed for Vogue Knitting, Koigu Magazine, Zealana, Jimmie Beans, and Malabrigo, As of the beginning of 2015 I also became creative director of the Buffalo Wool Co., a new job that just flows along with what I already do. I am a knitting teacher and knitwear designer. I work full time in my LYS, Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns. I recently was 1st runner up in a Vogue Knitting Design Competition called the Magic of Mohair. My design was featured in the Early Fall 2011 Vogue Knitting. I will have another design in the Vogue Knitting Winter 2011 edition. I have recently purchased a Canon Rebel Camera and have started taking way too many pictures. I love this site for sharing my thoughts and pictures. Life is good!
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6 Responses to Do Knitter’s Have Opinions?!

  1. tammy says:

    Oh, those might be figs! A friend of mine in White Rock has them growing up the side of her house and they look quite a lot like that. They grow almost right on the branch, hardly any stem at all.

    • Thanks Tammy,

      We have never seen them before! I will have to check this out! Very exciting as I love figs. These do not look like the ones I see in the grocery store! They are growing right out of the branch. I guess I’ll have to pick one and cut in open to make sure!


    • Not sure if the leaves look like fig leaves. The leaves made me think of olives, but I don’t think that is right.

      • I have been lookingat pictures of figs as well – I’m going to keep my eye on the fruit and cut one open to see if the inside looks like a figs. I have seen ficus leaves that look like those, but they are the non-fruit bearing kind. This is most likely an ornatmental fruit, but I am very curious. It has never had fruit before!


  2. bunjie says:

    I think they are Quince… did the plant have smallish white or orangey flowers this Spring? Figs don’t have flowers.
    If you cut it in 1/2 it should have an apple type layout of seeds etc. inside, also if it is a Quince it should smell perfumey..
    I am in to visit tomorrow, Can you bring one in ?

    • Hi Bunjie,

      I can bring one in. How do I tell if it is ripe? I don’t want to pick it early – as quince is a real fruit! And yes it did have orangy flowers! This is very cool – just like our own mini – very mini mystery!


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