Have you ever knit the same pattern twice? How about three times? Four times?
Have you ever knit the same pattern twenty eight times? And still have some in the queue?
Until recently, my answer to all of the above was a resounding “heck, no!” I am an adventure knitter. Never knit the same thing twice. EVER. If the need arose to knit more than one, I always changed something to make the second one different than the first. Knitting for me is creativity expressed. Never follow a pattern to the letter. Always see what the yarn wants to do and go with it. And NEVER knit the same pattern twice.
But no more. I have found sweet comfort in repetition. Let me tell you why.
It all started with a commission knit. One large Curly Purly soaker in each of six different colors, plus one stripey soaker with the scraps. Knit with O-Wool Classic Worsted in Saffron, Coral, Barn, Ash, Peacock, and Coast.
These were knit for Heather at One Love Diaper Co. When she ordered them, I had no idea that I was auditioning for a greater role. Before she even received the first batch in the mail she ordered more. Lots more.
An enormous bag of yarn arrived at my door and I set myself to knitting.
And knitting. Still to come are some different stripey options. Heather now carries my knitting in her gorgeous cloth diaper store!
This is the biggest knitting job I have ever done and I was afraid, at first, of the monotony. But there is something truly nice about knitting a pattern so many times that your hands don’t ask your brain “what now?” There is something soothing about knitting around and around and around. There is something very satisfying about a tall stack of exactly matching and perfect little knits.
That said, I am so glad that stripes are next. It breaks up the monotony somewhat and gives me something to look forward to.
So check out my exclusive handknit soakers at One Love Diaper Co.
And maybe try knitting the same thing more than once. You may, like me, find a surprising pleasure in following a pattern precisely and repeatedly.
Or not. 😉