Sunday, August 11, 2013

TGWE #6: Learning about myself as a knitter Part II

I've tried to motivate myself to continue working on the Risti Mitts.  I've told myself I need peace and quiet, few distractions, and to not be tired.  So, I've created that atmosphere for myself.

Guess what?  I still don't like working on the mitts.  I keep making mistakes, even without distractions.  I find myself getting tense, frustrated and a tad grumpy.  And I think, "Why am I doing this to myself?  I knit for relaxation and contemplation keep my hands busy when in a group setting...not to get aggravated."

So, I cut the yarn and have decided to move on.  I didn't like the density of the fabric, either, which was another strike against these gorgeous mittens.

As an experiment goes, this one failed to support the hypothesis.  I have about 2000 yards of some really gorgeous yarn that I have no idea what to do with.

And here's the funny.  When I was talking with David about whether or not to cut this project, my biggest concern was all that yarn with no purpose.  He said, "you have a room full of yarn with no purpose."

That boy doesn't get it.  This yarn was bought for this purpose.  To make some gorgeous color-work mitts.  After it succeeded in that purpose I would have had approximately 1800 yards leftover to make something else, but it could happily sit in a basket and await its next destiny BECAUSE it had fulfilled its first.  Unfortunately, it's going to have to sit in a basket and await its first destiny and I have absolutely no idea what to do with it.

About all that other yarn?  Well, it was either bought because I had a specific project in mind, or a general concept of what I wanted out of it, or it was bought because I liked it.  If it hasn't achieved its destiny yet is only exemplary of the fact that I'm not a knitting/weaving factory and have only a limited amount of time to do things.

Today's picture is of the gorgeous socks I'm working on using my Signature needles.  I love these needles.  they are slick and strong and have the tiniest points imaginable.  I love that they could serve as a weapon should I need them to (ha!).  The pattern is called "Hickory" by Jane Cochran from "A Knitter's Book of Wool" by Clara Parkes.  The yarn is sumptuous:  Springtree Road's Julep Twist socks (merino, cashmere and nylon blend in colorway Idyl).  The pattern doesn't look like much in this picture, but when I finish the second sock and take pics of both of them on my feet you'll love how the ribbing branches out and looks very organic.  They will be a beautiful pair of socks that I'm going to thoroughly enjoy wearing and showing off!


  1. Beautiful Hickory socks! And I'm with you — when knitting isn't working, frog and move on.

  2. Thanks! I'm thoroughly enjoying this pattern, Jane, and expect I'll make more of them. The mitt is gone and life is good again!