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Knitter with a capital K

Saturday, 24 May, 2008

I taught myself to knit the day before Thanksgiving in 2004. Two years earlier I had tried, but after figuring out casting on I wasn’t able to get any farther.

But this time everything clicked, and in the weeks before Christmas I knit three simple garter stitch scarfs. And then I started on a sweater.

Here it is. Perfect it is not. When I started on this sweater I didn’t even know how to purl. There’s a row on the back that’s partially purled where it should have been knit, making a bumpy row. The neck was done in a seed stitch, which I didn’t understand, and end up knitting a mess of yarn overs I had to fix when it was over. I had to read a pattern for the first time, read a chart for the first time, and figure out intarsia on my own. I want to go back in time and hug myself because I knew hardly anything about knitting, but went for it. I made mistakes and had to teach myself how to fix them and knitting this sweater probably made me the knitter I am today.

I also didn’t knit a gauge swatch. Didn’t even know what that meant. And the sweater fit fine.

I didn’t stop knitting after this, but the amount I knit slowed down. It was only until this past fall that my fingers started to itch again, and I haven’t been able to stop since. Why am I telling you all this? I have no idea. When I started writing this post I had a train of thought, but it has since left the station. I think it had something to do with why I’ve been knitting as long as I have and only being on my second pair of socks.

Yes, socks. You guessed right, Michele.

I’m not sure how I feel about sock knitting. I like the actual knitting part of it, but when I look at all the beautiful sock yarn out there, and imagine wearing it on my feet I feel a little queasy. I’m jumping in headfirst with this pair though. Not only a gorgeous color, but a gorgeous, discontinued color and I’m putting it on my stinky feet agggghhhh noooo!

Blue Moon Fiber Arts Seduction yarn in colorway Waterlillies. I’ve seen pictures of this yarn in BMFA Socks that Rocks and the colors are even more amazing. I like the Seduction yarn. It’s very soft and silky, but it really dulls the colors.

I’m making up my own pattern as I go along. It has modified garter ripple at the top, and I’m just going to keep it plain stockinette for the rest. My next pair, if I decide not to follow a pattern, I’ll probably make more pretty. I think this yarn is pretty enough on its own not to need bells and whistles. Or cables and lace. Whatever.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Saturday, 24 May, 2008 11:19 am

    Socks! Beautiful yarn, and you’re wise to let the yarn sing on its own. I’m not a sock knitter, either, but there seem to be a lot of socks on my projects page, and a lot of socks in my patterns, too. They sneak up on you.

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    Saturday, 24 May, 2008 5:48 pm

    You have always liked to do things your own way darlin! You are right this is beautiful yarn. I’d like to see a photo of the shawl you just finished – on you!

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