Once, somewhere between the 9th and 15th centuries AD, a potter in Mesoamerican Mexico made a spindle with a motif like a flower, and I expect it was used with pleasure. This ceramic disk would most likely have been used as a low whorl. Centuries later, someone bought it and gave it to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Later, the museum put a picture up on their website (http://shar.es/zJtoP). When I saw it, the design struck me and kept coming back to mind. Once, I woke in the middle of the night and realized that it reminded me of a tam. The idea of wearing a hat made to resemble a tool used for making yarn felt satisfying, just as spinning and knitting yarn using methods known to many generations of skilled hands feels satisfying.
You need to cast on for the center of a doily or shawl. I provide instructions for Disappearing Loop; Emily Ocker’s cast-on also works.
You also need to know how to knit in the round, purl, increase, do stranded colorwork, knit two together.