I have been knitting nearly forever and designing for almost as long. I am a benign iconoclast in my knitting and designing. I say “benign” because, while I greatly enjoy exploring and innovating, I have no compulsion to trample anything when marching to the drummer I hear. I am even glad to stop marching sometimes and listen for other people’s cadences, because they often hear interesting drummers too.
My other creative obsession, going back even further than serious knitting, is making miniatures. That is, scale replicas of houses and furnishings; think dollhouses for grownups. Those two obsessions inevitably collided and I knitted for several years in 1/12 scale (1 inch equals 1 foot) at gauges ranging from 25 stitches per inch on up (or down!) to 50+ stitches per inch. In 1999 I was elected to Fellow status in the International Guild of Miniature Artisans (category: knitting), and some of my pieces are in the Kansas City Toy and Miniature Museum (soon to become the National Toy and Miniature Museum). You can see some of my miniature knitting here: bettysalpekar.com
Lately, I’ve done only full-size knitting. I developed what I call solefull sock architecture for my Leopard Spot Socks in the Think Outside the SOX contest. Since the contest I’ve been simplifying and refining that architecture — which is neither top-down nor toe-up; the sole is knitted in full first. This easier, more intuitive method really opened floodgates to new designs! That flood has become a book, in fact: Solefull Socks, Knitting From the Ground Up. It’s newly released in late January 2014 and available for order on Amazon: Solefull Socks