I've mentioned that in pre-internet and pre-Ravelry days, I didn't know any knitters who looked at a pattern and instantly thought, "I'm going to make this, but I'm going to modify this and that and the other thing."
If you're a compulsive modifier or you simply love seeing the creativity of other knitters, take time to visit knittedbliss, where Julie Crawford features a regular series, called Modification Mondays.
It's inspiring and informative. Here are just a few of my favorites:
I tend to gravitate to the modifications that take a complex pattern and simplify it. I also enjoy the ones that pinpoint a specific design element or two and translate them into something striking and unique.
I'm in awe of these and so many other remarkable knitters. They quietly roam the planet, pouring their incredible talent and ingenuity into their knitting. In the process, they inspire all of us.