I am a HUGE (and I mean, fangirl-squee huge) fan of ¡The AntiCraft! I had started knitting back around 2002, and really had only made scarves with some seriously crappy, bargain-bin yarns. Honestly, I was convinced that knitting was about scarves, cabled cardigans, and socks. Basically, Gramma knitting.

A few years later, I decided to take up knitting again, and was convinced that there was more out there than just sweaters, scarves, and socks. Flipping through the magazines at Joann’s and Michaels really weren’t helping me out, either. So I decided in earnest to find something – ANYTHING – that was hip, cool, punk rock, and NOT a scarf, a sweater, or a sock.

Which brought me straight to ¡The AntiCraft! Oh, yeah, baby. Back in my high school years and before there was an actual name for it, I was pretty darn Gothy. I bought my first pair of Doc Martens 22 years ago – 8-eyed boots. Industrial music was my thing, and mosh pits. Dark, alternative, fun, and a bunch of people that were not only friends, but family. Which pretty much describes ¡The AntiCraft!

My first project there was The Swamp Witch, which turned out so well I made quite a few for friends and family for presents. My latest project is The Gorgeous Goddess for a friend’s sister.

[image courtesy of ¡The AntiCraft!]

I hope to have it done by tomorrow, and I’ll ask my friend if she’s OK with me posting the finished product here. It’s a fertility shawl, and I’m really excited about it. The sides are unbelievable. I’m having a great time with it.

If you haven’t heard of it yet, go check out their book, AntiCraft: Knitting, Beading and Stitching for the Slightly Sinister. I became a faculty advisor for a Punk Rock Knitting club at the university that i was teaching at, and this book was a staple at our knit-togethers.

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