Sometimes, as I knit, I think about knitting. I’m not typically that obsessed. Usually, I’m watching or listening to something or someone while my hands are knitting or crocheting.
Occasionally, though, I will look down at what I am knitting, hands still moving, and think of knitting…something else entirely. Often, this thought becomes a puzzle. Even after few years of knitting, I can’t visualize the stitches. Though I think of the stitches that are required to form a shape, I can’t see the shape until I knit it. I become curious about the shape I can’t quite see. I want to know how my idea will look in reality. I want to put down what I’m knitting and cast on this new idea.
I try to make myself wait. I try to focus on what I’m knitting. Generally, I have something else on the needles that I ought to finish. I may be able to postpone casting on the new idea for days, even weeks. I have to fight it ‘cuz I know–once I give in and cast on–I will be obsessed. I will drop my other project, or at least give it very limited attention, and devote my available time to the new idea.
My latest new idea is, no surprise, a sweater. Not just any sweater. I nearly swooned last month when I saw my friend’s beautifully executed Nanookdesigned by accomplished designer Heidi Kirrmaier…so much I simply had to make one, but, in a DK weight…that swings
Even after I cast on, the design was slow to evolve. At the beginning, I was thinking of random stripes in complimentary color hues. I began to consider how it may work with build-in i-cord edging. The same concept in knit-on lace border would work for here, of course. So it did. I must not have been completely happy with initial design choice for it sat–untouched–for three days. Here I have enough fabric to tell a pattern, a designing tale.
A good tale…some day…just not now. So first-take off gingerly to the frog pond. Second attempt included a subtle textured lace on front panels and waist shaping. Look at me! I’m knitting with lavender and purple colored yarns. It’s crazy, just crazy I tell you.
After a little research, I knew what I wanted to do in the front. Failure is an opportunity to begin again more intelligently. As in life, learn what doesn’t work and try a new approach.
I ripped out the hoarded yarn and put it back to work, once more. With just a basket of enthusiasm and–lack thereof–patience, I finished the sweater last week…just in time for its debut at First Friday Art Walk.
I love clothes with interesting silhouettes and shapes and clothes that can stand out on their own. That’s why I’m in love with this draped cardigan aka waterfall jacket. With it, I not only have a unique look, I also get a fabric that feels so deliciously good.
A special word of gratitude goes to my sweetest friend Christy—allowing me to study this gorgeous sweater–and Heidi for being my inspiration, dazzled me with your clever design construction. I now have another “love” sweater for Spring.
At some point, I’m going to start another–but tackle the issue with collar sizing–eliminating the excess fabric around the neck.
I already have the perfect yarn to boot! Admit it, you want one too. What’s stopping you? The commitment? An entire sweater with all those stitches and all that concentration? You can handle it…just one stitch, one row at a time.
I am still contemplating whether to block it out longer with lighter drape.
For now, I am happy to keep it where it is…for a little while longer 😀
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!
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