It seems that once a week, usually on Tuesday, I suddenly get the urge to take a break from what I’m doing, sit on the floor in front my yarn collection (housed in a wall unit) and appreciate the wonders of colour and texture in it. I rediscover a few skeins, sniff, stroke and squeeze them, and dream about what I can knit in them. It’s very relaxing.
The only trouble is… it inspires me to want to knit something new!!
As I’ve just been released from the Candy Stripe sweater, and everything else I’m knitting requires concentration, this week I felt in need of something ‘brainless’ to knit. Something I could sit and knit without thinking too much about what I was doing.
I have been looking at “New England Knits” for the past few nights. This week, with the “brainless knit” criteria in mind, I decided to look for yarn to knit the Derry Raglan and Cowl. It fit the bill: pretty, easy to knit, but the interest factor of a lace panel in the sleeve. I thought that it might look rather good in Zealana’s Heron – a soft, cloud-like yarn.
I like this pattern because the cowl neck is removable, which is quite nice when it’s a bit warm for the extra bulk around the neck.
Thumbing through the book some more, I saw the Chelsea Skirt (this is a free pattern on Ravelry!) Hmm. This is different. I’ve been looking for a pattern to match that Jamieson & Smith double knitting yarn for some time. It’s a crunchy yarn, and will wear like iron. I bought it for a skirt, but just haven’t quite found the pattern yet. Maybe this is the one?
There’s a fake petticoat lace panel at the hem which gives the skirt an extra feminine twist. That Touch Yarns laceweight in my collection is a perfect match to the J&S green…
At this point, my daughter walked into the room. I was now comfortably hunched on the floor, engrossed in yarn and book. ”Mother, what are you doing?” There was a faintly accusatory tone to her voice. ”Hmmm? Oh. I’m just looking at my yarn. I need something quick and easy to knit to alternate with my other projects.”
“What’s wrong with my mittens?”
“Well… there’s all that cabling in it. I just want a plain knitting thing…” gawd, here’s me sounding pathetically pleading to my own daughter!
“What about that boyfriend cardigan? I’m only here for another month or so, and I’m going to need it when I go to England!”
You may remember this image from a previous post:
It’s the Garter-Stitch Boyfriend Cardi from Zealana’s Seasonless pattern book. Someone has been lusting after a boyfriend cardi for a while and when she saw this image in my post on the subject, she decided that was the one she wanted. I put aside the yarns I had been examining and started to scan my collection for suitable 10ply (worsted).
The problem with knitting from one’s ‘stash’ is that I often find I don’t have quite enough yarn for a project I want to do. Take for example, this Boyfriend Cardi. It needs 1,290 metres of worsted-weight yarn to knit a medium size. Did I have 1,290 metres of anything in worsted weight??? One or two yarns, but nothing that quite suited madam’s tastes.
Except one… the Zealana Heron I was fingering for the Derry Raglan. It’s soft, light, unscratchy, warm and cuddly.
And funnily enough, it does fit the “brainless knitting” bill – acres of garter stitch that allow me to use my hands without stretching my mental faculties too much. It’s kind of nice. For a change.