Sunday, January 6, 2008

Cat Bordhi - Genius

Well, I didn’t much knitting done over Christmas but I scored in the book department. I got Jan Messent’s Knitted Gardens (an exceptionally fine work of art) and Cat Bordhi's New Pathways for Sock Knitters and A Second Treasury of Magical Knitting at Christmas time. I could not put these books down. Cat is a genius and her instructions are fantastic. It is pretty intense reading. I needed a nice quiet place to concentrate and absorb all the techniques I was presented. It was so exciting and enlightening; I went to sleep dreaming about all the creations I had seen. If I had the right needles with me, you just know I would hardly have slept that night because I would have been knitting. You definitely get your money’s worth out of these books.

Another designer I would consider to be in this genius category is Debbie New. I’ve had her book Unexpected Knitting for a few years now and look at it quite often. Refreshing, ingenious, fine art; enough said.

I could babble on but I’m trying to keep this short. In future blogs, I’m sure I will be mentioning other designer’s I admire and/or who have inspired me.

What I think is a shame is that Cat Bordhi, Debbie New, and other ingenious designers like them aren’t recognized as much as some other designer’s are because of marketing or maybe not “being in the right place at the right time”. At least, that’s how it appears to me. I feel there are some truly gifted designers / innovators out there who aren’t getting the accolades they deserve. It’s also a reflection of my personal taste; there are designers I’m not crazy about but other people adore.

Another book I’m looking forward to is Joanne Yordanou’s 12 Months of Knitting due out January 8, 2008. I was one of the test knitters for the book. I’m so excited!


Wannietta said...

I think that designers like Cat and especially Debbie have more of a niche following than a mass market appeal. It takes a special kind of knitter to get into knitting the way that they have and not everyone wants to go there. I think that they do garner a lot of respect though - by fellow designers and knitters who recognize their talent.
They also aren't out there, traveling & doing classes like a lot of the more main stream or "recognized" designers, nor do they publish in magazines as frequently so their work is not in the public eye so much.

I'm excited to see Joanne's book too!! I knit one sweater for it.

Fran said...

Thank you for the enlightenment. You make excellent points, Wanietta.