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Bob Rotenberg

Bob RotenbergWhat is your name?

Bob Rotenberg

When and why did you first start knitting?

January 2, 2011.  While on a gallery romp in Door County, I came across a photography book of knitted socks. These were socks meant to be art, rather knits adorning the feet. I had a revelation that knitting could be a canvas for self-expression. A colleague had been offering to teach me to knit for years. At a party in December, I decided to take her up on it, if she would teach me to knit socks. We met the day after New Year’s and I began my first sock. I’ve kept at it every day since.

Who taught you to knit?

Beth Kelly, a woman who has been knitting since she was 5 and who has a stash large enough to outfit several yarn shops.

Do you knit English/American style, German/Continental style, backwards? Left-handed? Eastern cross method? Peruvian-style? Please describe.

Continental; backwards when appropriate

Do you have a knitting philosophy, and if so, what is it? What helped you form your philosophy?

I am a process knitter. That doesn’t mean that I don’t get excited about wearing what I knit, or even choosing projects based on what I find attractive. However, what really excites me about knitting is the process of perfecting a consistent tension, learning new stitches and techniques, and exploring knitting traditions. You might say I’m in it for the craft.ur philosophy?

Have you ever taught someone to knit?

No. I am a teacher. So, I approach teaching anybody anything with fear and dread.

What is your very favorite knitting book and why?

I don’t have a single favorite. There are several books that might best be characterized as knitting-porn; the projects are so creative they force you see knitting in a whole new light: Alice Starmore, Cat Bordhi, Melissa Leapman, any Rowan periodical.

Do you knit for a living/have your own business? Tell us about it.

No, I knit to live.

What projects are you working on now?

An Icelandic lopi, a simple cabled cricket sweater in my daughter’s college colors, and a steeked Fair Isle vest

What is your very favorite yarn?

Depends on the project. I really love gourmet yarn: any yarn with a long story behind it. I just finished a sweater with yarn from the fleece of a single ewe from a herd of Shetlands in Roscoe, IL. I actually met the sheep.

What is the best thing you ever knit?

That sweater. I learned so much about intricate cable moves from it.

What is the worst thing you ever knit?

My first sock

Why do you like to knit?

It let’s me meditate. It gives me an excuse to listen to classical music. It lets me get back in touch with myself.

When do you knit?

When I can, even when I probably ought to be doing other things.

What is your favorite part of the knitting process?

Working out the technical issues of shaping and constructing the fabric.

How long have you been knitting?

2.5 years

What do you like about our guild?

When I talk about my knitting, the members do not run away, unlike other people.

Do you engage in other Fiber Arts?

No. However, I have developed two other crafts to a level of expert: cooking and baking.

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