The Summer 2011 issue of Interweave Knits is in, and it is full of good stuff. The patterns are good, but only a few of them make me want to throw my priorities list to the winds. It's the technical articles in this issue that really grabbed my attention.
Most notable is the one on designing your own pictorial lace motifs. The example in the magazine is an elephant design created by sketching it onto graph paper, then figuring out what types of yarn over-decrease combinations to create the effect. The article goes on to illustrate and explain what effects one gets from these different combinations and their placement. Very enlightening.
Another interesting article is the Artist Spotlight on Ben Cuevas. He knitted an entire skeleton using Cascade 220 and #3 dpns! He used a very fine sock yarn and #0000 needles for the teeth. This is not anything I am likely to do in my lifetime, but it is worth looking at from a design creativity perspective.
Purls of wisdom: every day you waste is one you can never make up.