Of Heroes, Goddesses and Mentors

A knitting hero, eh? That’s a strong term and led me to try to think of alternatives. I’ve been mostly thinking of the female half of humanity, hence the title, so Kaffe Fassett would only be able to go in under the first of those. I was lucky enough to go and hear a talk given by him in the 1980’s (at a mental hospital in Basingstoke of all places!) and got to try on the wonderful full length Poppy coat. He inspired me to try colour work, which I will go back to one day!

The Yarnharlot has surely got to come under the heading of Goddess! How that woman gets so much done is beyond ordinary human understanding. 🙂

Wikipedia has this to say on Mentorship:

Mentorship refers to a personal developmental relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. However, true mentoring is more than just answering occasional questions or providing ad hoc help. It is about an ongoing relationship of learning, dialogue, and challenge.

My knitting mentor has got to be Beth (save her blushes). Before I met her I knitted socks, had knitted a jumper or two, and I’d done a bit of the C word as well. Most of the above had been from my hand-spun yarn, with occasional forays into mohair and (cough) acrylic.

I swore I would never knit Lace – who in their right mind would want to do that? And as for Cotton – you’ve got to be joking!

Beth’s pushed my boundaries of what I want to try – good old-fashioned competition has come into it, I’ll agree, but mostly it’s been a case of “well, maybe I could try that…”

So, thank you Beth for broadening my Knitting horizons.

The finished doily(It’ll look better when it’s been blocked 🙂 )


3 Responses to “Of Heroes, Goddesses and Mentors”

  1. Sue 25th April 2012 at 12:26 pm #

    your lacework is beautiful

    • SpinningGill 25th April 2012 at 1:08 pm #

      Many thanks. It was my first attempt at cotton knitting. I’m rather pleased with it. 🙂

      • Beth 25th April 2012 at 2:11 pm #

        You certainly should be!

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