There is always so much excitment when you enter a new field (be it professional, academic, hobby, sport…): there is so much to discover and learn! At first you’re learning constantly, every single moment you’re finding out something new. Then it slows down. But if you keep at it, if you don’t get bored due to lack of newness (I know people who do!), and if you are a person who likes to be thorough, then there will always be something new to discover. Sometimes big, sometimes small. Sometimes something that everyone already knew about, but failed to tell you because they thought you also knew about it, and sometimes something that very few people know about…

Well, I’m the kind of person who likes to go deep into everything, I dislike people who dabble in many things without really learning anything properly, who study a language for one year and then go around saying they can speak it, who do a little bit of crochet and a little bit of knitting and a little bit of sewing but don’t know much beyond the basics in either of the three… I always say I’d prefer to be really good at one thing than ok in many. And there are real rewards out there when you really delve into something thoroughly. Like making big new exciting discoveries after doing something for about two years already! And that’s exactly what happened to me today: I discovered Kim Hargreaves.

How I had missed her before, I have no clue. But because I am still here, and learning more about knitting, I got to her eventually. And boy would I have regretted it if I had given up before this point! But enough about that, I invite you now to the magical world of Kim

According to her website, Kim used to work at Rowan, and then finally decided to strike out on her own, and are we glad that she did! Her designs are clean and modern, while the photography in her books is magical and seems to be telling a story. Even if I wasn’t a knitter, I could just leaf through her books for hours, for how pretty and fairy-tale-esque they are!

I tried hard to select the patterns I like most, but this is still going to come out as a gigantic post…

So many of my friends express surprize that things that I knit don’t look like unshapely potato bags and can actually be worn by young stylish people! I am so happy to find another designer who shows how amazingly modern and youthful knitting can be!

Whether you need it for work…

…or travel…

…or picnics…

…knitwear is clothes, and pretty clothes at that! Just like the ones you buy at your favorite store… only better!

I want all of these, and if they were avaialable in my favorite clothing store, I’d probably spend my food money for the month on them! The fact that I can make them myself, though, will make them even more treasured!

Click on the photos to go to Kim’s site. And click on the comments to let me know what you think! ;)

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About fridica

I started knitting completely by accident, when I was visiting my parents for a holiday in 2008. On a boring Sunday afternoon, I decided to dig through their stash of books to see if there was anything interesting to take back to my apartment. A knitting manual happened to be one of the books I found. I got curious, my mom immediately dug out her old needles and yarn stash (which she hadn’t used in a decade at least), and in a few minutes we were both casting on - she by memory, I by following the instructions from the book… :) Since I normally prefer learning from books, this was ideal.. I took the book home with me, and very very soon - I was an addict.

7 thoughts on “kim

  1. I love her designs so much too! They’re really young and wearable. I also always end up wanting the rest of the outfit she pairs them with – I love that full blue and white skirt, and the shoes, and the hat… such a nice outfit!
    This is a momentous day in your knitting career I think!

  2. I’m a huge fan of Kim’s patterns. It’s the photography that kills me though; I somehow delude myself that just by knitting a cardigan, I’ll somehow slip in to the beautiful Hargreaves world of English gardens and dappled sunlight…

  3. oh wow!!! she makes some BEAUTIFUL clothing items!! i love that purple vest and the cardigan, sooo pretty!! i totally know what you mean about learning new things and then focusing on it a lot and then it slows down. i am new to sewing and right now i’m sewing lots of things like crazy… sometimes i get frustrated by the harder patterns but i don’t want it to discourage me, i need to keep on going. but i am also learning photography and trying to keep up with baking new things so i’m just wanting to be good at everything… instead of focusing on just ONE thing haha!

  4. Yeah, that’s the difficult part, because obviously we do want to be good at MORE THAN ONE thing. What I like about creative hobbies is that they kind of ‘force’ your other skills to develop to. A friend recently told me that my photos have gotten much better recently and that I seem to catch things from a really nice angle. This is completely due to the fact that I’ve been trying to find good ways to photograph my knits… I’ll definitely take a photography course eventually, but in the meantime it’s nice to see it develop kind of ‘on its own’. :)

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