She is SO Predictable

My inner knitter is doing it again. She is so predictable. You see, I had the audacity to plan out my knitting for the next couple of months. I have made a list, I have checked it twice. Christmas is coming and it is deadline time once again. I told my inner knitter that she has to buckle down and get some things accomplished. She was happy at first, to have such a pretty list of knitting to do. Inspiration was flowing and the yarn went on the needles in a happy fashion. It was hard to not knit all the things! This list was inspiring! This list was exciting! This list was totally doable!

Fast forward to today, however, and my list has made a mysterious change. My once alluring siren has now morphed into a harsh task master – whipping my conscience for not completing projects in a timely manner, shaming me for desiring a smidge of inspiration, and shackling my creativity with a sense of obligation.

My inner knitter yearns to be free from her list of must-knits, but knows that she will be so satisfied if she could only see it through. She slogs through knitting projects that long ago lost all of their cast-on excitement, and she dutifully works to complete what she started with great determination and resilience.

But she also dreams of the day when she can cast on some frivolous knit with no deadline and no anxious little person endlessly asking, “Mama, is my ______ done, yet?” and no Christmas tree to mock her.

And so, oftentimes when I sit down to knit, I will find myself on Ravelry, surfing through everyone else inspiration, living vicariously through the creative expression of other people. I will waste the entire window of knitting time poking around on other peoples’ project pages and adding more patterns to my queue.

The irony is that my queue is full of the things that I found the last time this list tortured me so. And some of the things that I am knitting now came from that wandering eye when I was trying to avoid some “must-do” knitting of the past.

It’s a vicious cycle, I tell you. Vicious. And my inner knitter never strays from the merry-go-round. Make list. Cast on. Knit. Get bored. Surf Rav. Make new list. And on and on it goes.

This actually reminds me of my stash. Oh, inner knitter! You have gobs of gorgeous yarn! Pounds upon pounds of heavenly fiber! Why do you continue to haunt etsy? and Eat.Sleep.Knit? and swap groups? Use the amazing stash that you have, already!

My inner knitter is so predictable!

Dirty, Rotten, No Good, Lying Piece of Swatch!

Swatches lie. Big time. I only swatch when it is absolutely necessary, and this time it was absolutely necessary. I made a great swatch. A beautiful swatch. A swatch to base an entire sweater pattern upon. Behold, the gorgeous swatch! … Continue reading

Stranded

When I want to really enjoy my knitting, I reach for my stranded colorwork project. I always have one in progress, alongside the pair of socks in progress, the soaker or longies in progress, and the sweater for a kid in progress. Those latter knits are necessities. Sure I love the knitting of them, but I knit them because I want handknit socks, wool soakers, and sweaters for all of my kids. The stranded projects, though? Those are the ones that I do for pure enjoyment.

Stranded colorwork is so pleasing to work. Every row is a new adventure and I stay riveted to the very end. I love the way that colors play against one another. I love the finished products more than lace shawls, more than cabled sweaters. The colorwork knit makes me happy from start to finish and beyond.

For example, look at these socks that I made in June.

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Starry, Starry Night Socks in Mosaic Moon Merino Nylon Sock Arbor Pink and Mosaic Moon BFL/Nylon sock in Amythyst Grotto Purple SS
(Ravelry page here)

I am wearing them right now. The colors make me happy, and the two stranded yarns make a cozy, cushy sock that keeps me warm and comfy. I am in love with these socks, even months after I bound off the last stitch, and I am super excited about filling my sock drawer with more like them!

When I can squeeze in some “me time” between cooking for this herd and changing diapers and reading stories, I reach for one of my current colorwork projects (I have three on the needles right now, but who’s counting, right?). I will reach for this sweater next.

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Selah Colorwork Sweater in Mosaic Moon High Twist MCN, Selah Deconstructed

It is a cardigan of my own contriving and will be my first steeking project. There is so much fun here, I half expect to see cake and balloons when I look up from my knitting.

You can have your entrelac and your lace. You can keep your cables and your intarsia. I know how I want my knitting. I want colorwork and I want it stranded.