The best part of knitting for me is to bargain hunt for yarn or ribbon to pair up in unique combinations and then to have or give away a piece of wearable art. Easy, quick and pretty. I can't not enjoy it.
My favorite to create and wear is a suit scarf, which I make using two ladder ribbon fibers and finish with matching fringe. I'll post a pic of one if I can find a good model. Hmmm, now who do I know... (*winks* I know a model)
I have knit lap pads for hospital patients and a square or five for the "KnitaRiver" campaign. A successful effort to raise world awareness and compassion for countries needing safe, clean water.
I also recently learned that there is World Wide Knit In Public Day (WWKIP). Something in which I plan on participating next year (or whenever a group of knitters wants to gather). Official annual date: June 14th
But apparently there's an even newer fad sweeping the knitting world, and it's... oddly fascinating. The goth, punk and BDSM communities have claimed the notorious knitting needle as a creative medium for their signature fashions. Nope, not kidding.
Pretty in Punk: 25 Punk, Rock, and Goth Knitting Projects
Whether you're new to knitting or a veteran desperately seeking patterns with an edge, you'll find projects here for every mood and every genre. With step-by-step instructions, helpful technical illustrations and intarsia graphs, plus high-fashion photos of all the finished projects, Pretty in Punk is the only authority on anti-authority knitting.
Order, if you dare, here.
Oh, but wait! Like a Ginsu knife offer... There's more!
AntiCraft: Knitting, Beading, and Stitching for the Slightly Sinister
Filled with projects such as the Tough Baby Sweater, the I [Skull] Trouble Tote and a sleek, black duct-tape corset, Anticraft takes an approach much sought after by the growing audience of hot publications like BUST, Ready Made and Craft: transforming traditional crafts into quirky wearable fashion. Featuring a variety of knitting, crochet, stitching and beading projects the book instructs, inspires and entertains.
DomiKNITrix: Whip Your Knitting Into Shape
Mastering knitting skills requires discipline, attitude, and wit to transform a ho-hum stitcher into a badass knitter--a domiknitrix. Stafford uses the dominatrix language well and with humor in this entertaining, beautifully designed, and instructive book. Knitters with the basics (cast on, knit, and purl) will find this a fun and highly instructional book to take them from scarf to structured clothing. What are you waiting for?! Order it NOW, you grovelling worm!