Have you ever been putting something off because you thought it would be difficult or boring and then it turns out it took no time at all? That’s what happened to me this week.
This week, my knitting taught me a lesson I apparently have to be taught again and again. Sometimes we just need to do the next thing and not think too much about how difficult it is or how little we want to do it.
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It feels like I have made decent progress this week and I’m still loving having the “excuse” to knit that I need content to share with you.
This vest… This WIP is what has taught me a lesson this week. I kept putting off knitting on this vest because I had to do the neck shaping and for some reason, I could not be bothered.
Then I finally got my act together, put on my big girl pants and got to work. It took me next to no time!
The first side was mostly done and the second flew by. Before I knew it, I had all the shaping done and had cast on the neck stitches.
I hope I can show this off as an FO next week. We’ve already turned on the heat here and I have to get it done before my little one needs it.
I’m caught in boring stockinette land. I’ve figured out why I used to love stockinette and why it’s not my thing right now. I used to love it because I had a train commute which was perfect for knitting stockinette.
I also used to love putting on some YouTube and go to town on stockinette and I could knit a lot in 20-30 min. Now I get so little knitting time and it’s often with children around or in the evening when I’m tired.
I’m just not taking the same pleasure in the simple stockinette. But I’m determined to regain my joy in knitting stockinette stitches.
Ahem, this is a story all about how my knitting got turned upside down… Well, maybe not entirely but during the weekend I got a wild hair and cast on for a scrunchie after weeks of dream knitting them.
I didn’t do a swatch (morale of the story, right there) but figured that with the mystery yarn I had and a 2.0 mm needle 100 sts would probably work. It didn’t.
I need to frog this, do a swatch and try again.
I’ve got nothing. Nothing at all. But like I said, I need to get that baby vest done.
I do have something else to show you. I got a notebook that’s destined to house all my knitting thoughts. It’s a Stálogy notebook and I love the paper quality.
I’m already filling it with scribbles and finding clarity. Right now I’m doing a bit too much for the time I have available but I’m hoping I’ll have a few more hours every week to work on knitting things soon.
This was the week I finally “did the next thing” and frogged the sleeves from the Stilhed sweater. I’m working on making a video about it, which will be a meditation on unravelling.
I’ve found a little time to read this week and dug into The Mindfulness in Knitting by Rachael Matthews. This book is AMAZING so far. I’ve read the first two chapters and it has already changed my relationship with knitting. That’s not an exaggeration.
Before I say too much, I want to finish the book. Needless to say, I’m working on writing a review of this book for the blog with all my thoughts on it.
Knitting Study Hall
This week, I’ve been thinking about my patterns as I’ve begun to update a couple of them. I want to make some sort of style sheet so that they are all streamlined. I recalled a bit too late in the week that I have the class “How to Say It: Pattern Writing for Knitters” with Edie Eckman on Craftsy.
I’m hoping to retake that class later this month and get my stylesheet made so I can complete the updating of my finished patterns.
Ah, dream knitting. The most prolific kind of knitting I do.
A snood or mock turtleneck has been on my needles all week long. I’ve debated colourwork, inspired by the patterns in Knitting from the North by Hillary Grant, cables and basic rib versions.
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