Day 3 - My Knit and Crochet Hero

Blog about someone in the fibre crafts who truly inspires you. There are not too many guidelines for this, it's really about introducing your readers to someone who they might not know who is an inspiration to you. It might be a family member or friend, a specific designer or writer, indie dyer or another blogger. If you are writing about a knitting designer and you have knitted some of their designs, don't forget to show them off. Remember to get permission from the owner if you wish to use another person's pictures.

I have a whole bunch of respect for so many crafters out there, but there is no one single hero. One of the thing I enjoy about the fiber community is while there folks who are often considered knitterati, it is quite the egalitarian group.  Any knitter can publish a pattern that could become a runaway success, someone who runs an Etsy shop out of their basement can create for themselves a livelyhood by hitting on a target market.

I think my Heros are all the knitters, crocheters, spinners, weavers, designer and dyers who are helping to shape the community.  Without them, and places like Etsy, Ravelry, Twitter and blogs I would just be a person who knits with acrylics and Patons yarns using pattern booklets available at my local fabric store.  I wouldn't know the difference between MCNs and BFLs and when to use alpaca yarns.

I wouldn't have ever started spinning, (thanks to the Phat Fiber crew), or weaving (thanks to the Yarn Harlot) or desireing a drumcarder (thanks to Interweave's videos).  I wouldn't use handdyed yarn, or have interchangeable knitting needles (or do magic loop for that matter), I wouldn't know how to use handcards or why it is fine to have both a turkish and top-whorl spindle.

Thanks to the community we have created for ourselves, not only can I make a sock pattern designed by a PhD in Hamilton, when I run into a problem I can send her a tweet about that pattern and have an answer within minutes.

Or perhaps my hero is the internet, because it is the glue that holds my fiber world together and provides me with friends, patterns, yarn and a community of likeminded people.

So thank you to all of you who are reading and writing in KCBW, you are my heros by providing the content that make our fibery world go round.