This fifteen-minute blog limit is going to kill me, what with all the knitting I’m doing. So many moments of deep and profound insight regarding knitting and life and creativity and the breathtaking and exquisite metaphor that knitting provides.
Here we go.
If the Fiber Factor challenge is to knit my life, well by crikey it’s got to be something that I like to wear. At this point, I have at least a dozen handknit sweaters in rotation, but the one that I return to whenever I’m really, really wanting a bit of solace on a grim day is:
Back Home in Vermont.
This is a man’s pattern (by Marjorie Moreau, from Barbara Albright’s book The Natural Knitter) that I modified into an A-line. Saddle shoulders, top down with some moments of provisional stitch-holding, an altogether pleasant thing to make. It has been mistaken for an Eileen Fisher. Nuff said. Comfort wear.
I knew I wanted to use the random cable idea that is the signal feature in the Stephen Colbert Socks pattern from our second book. If ever there were an expression of my life, it’s a batch of cables that start off in one direction, then wander around with moments of beauty, awkwardness, and confusion. Where does it all lead? Well, maybe that’s kind of hard to say.
I knew quickly that doing a knit 2, purl 2 pattern was going to mean I’d need to start over with my own calculations for the pattern, especially given that the yarn I chose, Rowanspun DK, is heavier than the Felted Tweed I’d used on that earlier sweater.
On the DAY that I decided to cook up a saddle shoulder pullover, Sally Melville’s new book, Knitting Pattern Essentials, showed up in the mail. KISMET! This book is a MARVEL, I tell you–that rare combination of technical expertise and encouragement for those who are just starting to notice that their sweaters don’t always fit well. Tons of advice in here. Five stars! Love this book so much. Best quote: “We don’t love what we don’t understand.” I don’t even know if I agree with this–all of nature comes to mind, and also Cheetos. But in terms of knitting, she’s right. Once you understand how a sweater is constructed, sweaters become a lot more interesting.
Anyway. Here’s the start of the thing.
Knitting my life is not exactly the fastest knit. Each shift of the cable is a small decision, and the farther I get on this thing, the more each decision matters. A shift to the right, one stitch, and before you know it, you’ve created Spaghetti Junction.