A funny thing happened on my recent family trip: I didn’t knit at all.
And I didn’t miss it.
The time away with my grown-up lads and hubbo felt Technicolor, heightened, rare. There was a lot to see.
Also: the fermented shark was a constant concern. I kept worrying that it was going to show up on a menu and I’d have to eat it again.
The net result of all this not-knitting hit me when I returned: I was delirious with the desire to knit. I mean, you would have thought that world peace depended on me getting some yarn onto a needle. You would have thought I’d invented knitting.
Colors on My Mind
Before I left town, I’d been patting a set of skeins from Lichen and Lace, the 80/20 Sock that we recently brought into the Shop.
What a palette. Megan Ingman is a genius. I wanted to knit them all. Together. In one project.
So, every time we’d pass an insanely beautiful Icelandic landscape, I’d think: that looks just like those Lichen and Lace skeins.
The colors kept showing up.
Here’s when we went to go see those three white dots, aka sheep.
This was after seeing icebergs.
This was after climbing up some damn hill.
This is about the time we got over that, three days later.
This was about 11 pm on our last night in the countryside.
It’s all Icelandic landscape in there.
A New Corrugated Wrap Erupts
So, the night we got home, with bags still packed by the front door, I sat down with Cecelia Campochiaro’s Corrugated Wrap pattern from MDK Field Guide No. 5: Sequences and got to it. I didn’t go through the mail. I wedged Kermit up next to me and let fly.
This happened in a few days. Cecelia’s clever design has 16 panels of sequences in it—simple knit/purl patterns that turn into surprising and magnificent textures. This is my third sequence knitting project, and I find it as addicting and fresh as that time I knit a bed-sized blanket with sequence knitting.
I’m fakeyfading the color changes in 12-row stockinette bands. It’s entirely compelling, the whole thing. And I don’t think I would be so exuberant about this had I not spent time away from knitting.
The Knitting Respite
If you’re knitting a lot, and maybe you’re feeling like it’s a bit too much, I heartily encourage you to take a break. There are risks, of course: during your time away, you may discover decoupage or marble sculpture or motorcycle restoration. It might be the end of knitting, forever. More likely, you’ll get back to it, in a fever, with the most delicious idea you ever had.