I knit when I’m happy.
I knit when I’m sad.
I knit when I need to wake myself up in the morning, and when I get home from work to relax. It’s just what I do, as natural to me as breathing. Even miles of stockinette and endless rows of twisted rib keep me entertained.
And then there was this project. Watershed. I’ve never had so much fun knitting. The lace keeps it interesting, but it’s simple enough for mindless knitting in front of the TV. The construction is GENIUS. I finished it in five days because I didn’t want to put it down. I couldn’t wait to see what was coming next.
I’ve heard people say there are process knitters and there are product knitters. Process knitters enjoy learning new techniques and will choose to knit a pattern not only because it looks good, but also because the construction is interesting. Product knitters want the end result. It doesn’t matter if the pattern is tedious. I am, without a doubt, a product knitter but Watershed was so clever that I will likely knit it again. Not because of how it looks (which, I think, is very cute) but because I feel like I can study and learn from it. Like somehow understanding how this pattern works will make me a better knitter.
The only change I made was to lengthen the body from three repeats to five. And even with the added length, the size I made (medium) took only 400 yards of yarn. Two skeins of handpainted goodness and you’ve got yourself a great summer cardigan.