In these challenging economic times, I have been doing a fair amount of dumpster diving in my closet–the place I keep yarn and also, in a pinch, clothes.
I keep finding unfinished objects, and I keep resuscitating my excitement about them. I can hardly encourage you enough to try this budget-stretching technique:
Go find an unfinished object, and sit for a minute with it in an intentional way. Array it beautifully on the kitchen table in a sort of 17th-century still life, maybe with a bowl of pears or a wheel of Gouda or a pheasant beside it. Or cup a skein of the yarn in your hands the way they do in all those knitting books, you know, face out, waist level, the way you always carry your skeins of yarn. If you can make your hands look like the hard-working hands of a farmer or sheep rancher, all the better.
Now: recall the instant you had the impulse to make whatever that thing is. You will feel a tingle of excitement, and it’s likely that you’ll want to start working on it again. Not certain, but likely. If you ditched something because you hated the lace pattern, or a sizing issue finally broke your spirit, don’t go back to that.
But I am finding that mojo can return, and will return, if you’ll just contemplate the way your project is already half done, the way it didn’t cost any money to dig it out of your closet, the way it’s right there in front of you, waiting for you.
These squares were the beginning of a blanket for young Clif. Remember the Great Four-Inch Square Raffle Blanket Extravaganza of 2007? I caught the fever, briefly, and thought a four-inch squares blanket for Clif would be really awesome. I got over it.
But the desire to make a blanket for Clif didn’t really go away. When I found these little squares, along with the basket of yarns that I had pulled together to make the squares, I decided to move on to a less punishing sort of square, the log cabin square.
HIGHLY addicting, an open-ended way to use up all sorts of tweedy favorites, and less fiddly than the four-inch garter square knit on an angle. It’s hard to find something less fiddly than a four-inch garter square knit on an angle, but after finishing that maximally fiddly Pearl sweater, I was MOTIVATED.
Size 6 needles, DK and aran weight yarns, fudged when necessary. The pattern draws from the Tailgate Rug (Ravelry link) from our book.
Of course, the design decision to add a line of contrasting color in there is resulting in . . .
the opportunity for a LOT of meditative finishing down the road. I’m just going to ignore that part right now.
P.S. We are working on our next Problem Ladies column for Twist Collective. So if you have a burning question about knitting, please leave a comment, and we’ll try to give you some sort of likely-sounding answer.
PSS Dept. of Incredible But Sounds Like a Plan: Amid the ruins of the horrible earthquake in Italy, a 98-year-old woman crocheted while waiting 30 hours to be rescued.