I've never used so many pins in my life. If I were blocking a sweater, I don't think I'd use this many pins. Getting the edges flat and not rolling in on themselves was a challenge. Also, because of the pins I am using and the surface and thickness of the blocking mats, I can't shove them all the way down for the heads to hold down the fabric, hence the amount of pins.
I'm thinking I should start putting my binder together now. I have all the materials, but all my written work is in digital format at the moment. I am guessing I should wait to put my swatches in the binder until its time to mail it - I'm thinking they'll get squished and flattened over time.
The most difficult part I am finding is answers to things I know ... but at least 2 sources have to be cited for each question and swatch. So far I've used this as a good excuse to add some books to my library. One that I am actually finding quite useful for the "simple" questions is The Complete Idiot's Guide to Knitting & Crocheting by Gail Diven, sounds silly, I know, but its got all the fundamentals that are PERFECT if you were just learning to knit. Also, I want to get back into crochet, so I figured this would be a good place to start.
I am also using these books:
The Principles of Knitting by June Hemmons Hiatt
Knitting Without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmerman
And I just received my order of:
The Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques by Nancie M. Wiseman
Sweater Design in Plain English by Maggie Righetti
Knitting in Plain English by Maggie Raghetti
I have found that I really prefer "reference" books in traditional book form ... I have The Principles of Knitting as the kindle edition and I find it very difficult to work with like that. Although it does have an index and hyperlinks, it just doesn't feel right, I know the platform also has bookmarks, but I prefer good old sticky notes ...