Friday, May 31, 2013

Ephemera

I was delving in one of the many pockets in my massive handbag earlier this week and along with the memory stick I was searching for I found these little stitch markers. Funny little, oh so familiar to me, things that my colleagues didn't understand.

It made me so happy to have them in my hand, these little pieces of ephemera from my life, tucked into my bag at some point for safe keeping. So representative of what rests on the ledge by where I sit most every evening. An example of what is in all those little pots around the place where stuff shifted on in some effort at tidying rests, holding pens before being returned to proper homes. Samples of some of the prettier detritus at the edges of the room with the cat fur and other scraps of life waiting to be swept up.

Holding them in my hand I felt more like me and I thought about how some of the smallest, seemingly inconsequential, things I leave in trails behind me say the most about me. I think this may just be an elaborate justification of not needing to do any tidying up today, but I'll leave it there and go and deal with some of the detritus in the kitchen. That's one area I find it hard to feel charmed by the leavings!

Monday, May 27, 2013

A gaggle?

What would the collective noun for a gang of gorgeous garter stitch projects be? As I cruise softly along the rows of my Sunstruck many other colourful garter stitch accessories are catching my eye and auditioning for the role of the next project to be cast on.

Veera Välimäki is possibly the most popular proponent of the stripey garter stitch shawl or scarf design, her Color Affection and Stripe Study have thousands of renditions to pore over on Ravelry. The smaller Bolt which she has designed for the latest Wool People collection is definitely calling to me:

Bolt by Veera Välimäki 
The Brooklyn Tweed yarns perform well in these simple, graphic designs which really showcase the yarn you use and I'm still hankering after my first try of that woolly goodness and these scalloped lines:

Aranami Shawl by Olga Buraya-Kefelian
The designer of my current shawl is tempting me with other designs such as this stole:
All the Shades of Truth by Laura Aylor
and this shawl:
Derecho by Laura Aylor
I'm not sure why this post is looking so fifty shades of grey at the moment as I'm definitely dreaming of COLOUR combinations for these new passions. Here's a little colour and a pattern that is piquing my curiosity:
Foolproof by Louise Zass-Bangham
I might have to go for this cowl next as the pattern description is so intriguing: "How about a cowl with no casting on & no binding off? It’s made in rows but ends up all in one piece. There’s no knitting in the round, no sewing, no grafting, no provisional cast-on, no picking up stitches. Promise."

Delights in store wherever the knitting path next wends its way.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

If in doubt..


..get the garter stitch out. That's a motto I ought to keep in front of my nose at all times. Luckily I gravitate towards the squishy comfort of garter stitch when I just go with my instincts and don't over think my knitting. If the window onto appreciating every day beauty is the best gift that blogging has brought me I sometimes wonder if overthinking knitting is the worst? Ha! To be honest I don't think I can blame the blogging, just my nature, onwards with the seeking balance!

Happily, lovely things still make it through the brain mincer without being analysed to death. This purty project was just a random whim of a choice and how nicely it is working out for me. Sunstruck and its associated KAL came up as a pattern suggestion for me on Ravelry and despite having never had all that much inclination to knit a big colourblock shawl I bought the pattern, joined in the play of making colour selections from the sock yarn stash and have been gently knitting away on it since the start of April, soothing me right through the overwhelmingly busy part of the year at work. I'm way behind the KAL curve but I always knew I would be and from here I think this is one of those knits that I'm going to miss so much when it's off the needles that I'd be amazed if don't just instantly begin another. Anyway that day is a while away yet as there are twelve colour sections and a border to the construction. I'm sticking with the four colours in play here as I think I have enough yardage and they are a pleasing mix to my eye, but there are many, many lovely variations of this, more and less shades used to great effect. So much fun to be had in the choosing of the palette for a project like this.

I'm currently knitting on the second section of KPPPM and it's just the most magical yarn to knit with, slightly heavier than the other sock yarns I'm using and oh. the. colours! This yarn is a special stash treasure since I was gifted it years ago and I always meant to pair it with a tawny-grey I bought at Imagiknit to go with it but when I pulled from the stash this multi had to be part of the Sunstruck set while the grey didn't quite work. (Ah well just another reason to do another shawl I so that one would fit in!) This yarn - with the dull-o number of P112 rather than an inspiring name - produced what I declare is my favourite row of knitting ever when I joined it in the first time. While Koigu may lack in the fabulous naming skills there is of course no lack in genius dyeing. Every single stitch is a different colour, a constantly shifting spectrum. I couldn't go a big project in all over variegated yarn but slices like this seem like a wonderful way to get the enjoyment of knitting with colourplay without being overwhelmed by it.

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