Monday, 12 January 2015

When I let it.

I knit till I dropped on the Blue sweater.  The front button bands and sleeves are about the only thing that remain to be knit.  It was great, and it is looking fine but... I was not having any fun.  

To get sleeves I am going to need another ball of yarn.  That is going to be a sorry trip.  I am pretty sure that if they have the colour, the dyelot is going to be subtly different.  I will do the best I can, but I really really would like sleeves.  Pray for me.

In the meantime, I think I will give it a bit of a soak and will do a bit of blocking.  

In the meantime, I am taking rest.  Or maybe it is that the knitting is restful and simple.

 I started this in September of 2013. It is yarn that Brian brought back for me from his last golf trip and it is precious to me.

The project is Viajante, a Martina Behm  design.  Its a cross between a cowl and a shawl and a poncho.  The poncho nature of it is eased by the fact that it is so light and airy and its long, long wide end can be worn and tucked to give it your own sense of style.  

It is the easiest knitting this side of socks.  There is an increase set and a decrease set and the shaping happens with the rate of the two.  It is simple and, like all Martina's patterns, just a little ingenious. And once you understand what is going on, you can easily adjust it so that it works for you.  Mine is being made with an eye to being wider so that the neckline isn't narrow for quite as long and the bottom of it is wider rather than long.  I think that is going to work better for me.

Once I was working on it, I realized how little I was enjoying being driven by the need to finish the Blue.  I still want Blue done, but being driven by something, anything, isn't what I want out of knitting.  Even when the only one doing it to me is me. 

I need to focus on restful knitting, on relaxed peaceful feelings while I work. There is a little bit of a rush to get the sweater done, but only because I am a little sick of wearing my same batch of sweaters. That want should not drive what joy I find in the country of knitting away.  And I have to learn not to let it. 

1 comment:

Sel and Poivre said...

I feel just as you do about about the so close to done but feeling so far from finished sweater on my needles at the moment yet what I need to feel is just the opposite of what you describe - I need completion and a sense of moving on to new things.

Isn't knitting wonderful it can give us just what we need or want. The trick of course, is to know what that is for ourselves and go after it

Thanks so much for the link to Martina - a new to me designer - I will check out more of her interesting designs!