No Pointless Surfing
August 25, 2011
I’ve been sucked into a low-pressure system of Low Ambition Knitting. I’d call it a tropical depression except that I actually am feeling kind of low, so let’s just say we’re in a cone of uncertainty.
I’ve been reading patterns endlessly these days, looking for that perfect thing to make, but nothing has grabbed me. I think I’m letting the perfect be the enemy of the good.
I dipped into Debbie New’s unsurpassed Unexpected Knitting. Her chapter “Free Form Knitting” grabbed me by the ear and whacked me on the shoulder. She writes, “People sometimes feel that one has to be very adventurous to try free form knitting. Actually you don’t need nearly as much courage to start a free form project as to start a traditional one. Think of the bravery of casting on 150 stitches and following a pattern for many inches before you know if you are going to like the result.”
Well HELLO DEBBIE NEW, you truth teller! I have a sizeable bin of leftover yarns from this, that, and the other, and the other day I just started knitting from it.
The Mitered Crosses blanket, which I finished and will show you shortly, gave me the most profound love for combining mitered squares and log cabin.
It’s funny how even this pointless piece of knitting quickly demands rules. After a couple of patches, I realized that I had a lot of rules.
1. Everything has to be worked on a size 9 needle.
2. DK or worsted weight only.
3. No variegated yarns.
4. Heather yarns to be avoided unless they’re not too hairy.
5. No white, cream, or black.
6. Miters and log cabin only. No curves. (I’m sorry, Debbie, but I’m feeling pretty angular right now.)
7. Use what is in the bin. No purchasing of yarns allowed.
This little project is 100% addictive. I am getting itchy to make another square, just looking at these pictures. I have no idea how long I’ll do this, but I’ve got at least three seasons left on Friday Night Lights, just saying.
Of course, you know that Rule Number 7 is about to kill me. Why doesn’t that bin have any indigo DK or worsted yarns?