You know how you’re trucking along on a project, and all of a sudden, out of the blue, a wee voice pipes up inside your head that says “I’m bored… can we knit something else now?”
Most often, this happens when I’m knitting something that isn’t really firing my ‘love it’ box. It may be that I’ve simply been looking at my lovely wool collection for too long, and a little itch to start something new begins…
Or, I’ve seen something that has fired the imagination:
I am not a fan of having unfinished WIPs sitting around the house. So I steel my self-will, and continue knitting, telling myself that ‘something new’ needs to wait. Sometimes though, the itch refuses to go away and becomes a raging rash of “find something else to knit NOW or else!!!!!”
When this happens, I do one of two things:
1. I go to the screaming stash (if that’s what it is) and spend a few minutes cuddling and squishing yarn. I select something that particularly speaks to me, and I put it on my ‘next on the list’ pile. That soothes the itch for a bit.
2. I go to Ravelry, and spend a few minutes drooling over patterns. I might favourite or queue a few patterns for later, and that often helps too.
Then I go back to finish the project I’m working on.
With the current case of “Knit-me-Now-itis”, this strategy wasn’t working. I have yarn queued. Lots of it. And for some unknown reason, nothing on Ravelry really appealed.
Then, this morning, I remembered Rowan. It has probably got something to do with a box of rather beautiful Rowan Fine Tweed sitting on my bedside table…
This came in a swap with the lovely Colette and I already know what I’ll do with it.
I got rather distracted in Rowan’s free pattern section…
Droolworthy candidate no.1: Bailey
Droolworthy candidate no.2: Camelford
Both of these patterns are designed in Rowan’s Colourscape Chunky. However, this yarn is sooooo expensive here that it’s just not possible to afford $200 for 5 skeins of Colourscape from the local yarn store. I wish I could use Rowan, as I think it is beautiful yarn, and in the UK, it looks reasonably priced. However, in this instance, I shall have to improvise.
Zealana’s Tui is the same weight as Colourscape [cheeky giggle]. I think I might just see something knitted in a bit of Tui coming up…
As for the other, I think I will use some of Anna Gratton’s Little Wool Company 12 ply naturals. Delicious, naturally coloured New Zealand Corriedale yarn. It has a crisp texture and will give good stitch definition.
Given what I’ve come up with, I’m assuming that the bit of inspiration from this weekend has worked its naughty influence on my subconscious knitting choices…
The itch has finally been soothed for a bit, but when am I going to knit these beauties? I have one more shop sample to knit, plus a number of smaller projects I have promised others. Not to mention the designs I’m currently working on. If I’m lucky, I’ll get to start them in a week or so.
It makes me wonder though. When I get inspired to knit something new, am I being truly inspired? Or is my brain doing a fickle number on me? What do you do when you suddenly become inspired to knit something new?