In your fifteen-year (and then some) scientific study of my psychology, one thing has been clearly established: When I like something in knitting—a pattern, a technique, a motif—I do it a lot. A really really large amount of it. Many repetitions. It just makes me happy when I find something that I love. I’d often rather do another round of something I know I love than venture into unknown waters, no matter how cool and inviting.
That’s what happened with Kaffe Fassett’s Coins motif in MDK Field Guide No 13: Master Class. After working 45 stripes of scarf in this pattern, I was ready for 450 more. It’s so satisfying! Two colors, ten rows, almost instantly memorized—and it pops! Such an attractive, fresh-looking, dotty-as-hell graphic.
But knitting another project in Coins struck even me, the spokesmodel for Do It ‘til You’re Satisfied, as a bit of a lost opportunity. There are thirteen stranded striped patterns in the Field Guide—why not taste them all, or at least another one?
It was late December, and I was still dithering.
Then Stacy, aka @ms.shutterhoney, posted a photo on Instagram.
Oh, boy! With one stroke, Stacy sent me running for my bag o’ Felted Tweedies.
I mean, just look at her Pinwheel Scarf:
Could anything possibly be more fun, both to knit and to have in one’s life forever?
I did a little “research,” and determined that The Shutterhoney Pinwheels looked great at every stage of their development.
That was that—I cast on a twelve-inch pillow in Pinwheel.
In the interest of Going With Anybody’s Sofa, I’m aiming for an upholstery-ish, yet still vibrant palette, reminiscent of a lovely old rug. Each color gets used in two consecutive repeats of the pinwheels. Each pinwheel stripe (after the first one, of course) has one new color and one color that was used in the previous stripe. I shall continue until my cushion achieves Cushiony Shape.
Observant knitting fans will note that I am knitting the front and the back of the cushion at the same time, in the round. So there will be no Steeking Event for this project, sadly. I figured this would save me from sewing two side seams, and give me a nice large cylinder to knit. It also gives me the fun of knitting two of Kaffe’s stranded motifs at the same time.
For the back of the cushion, I chose the simplicity of Checkerboard (page 42). Since all of the stitch patterns divide nicely into the cast-on numbers for all of the projects in the Field Guide, it was a no-brainer.
One thing I did and don’t yet know if it was smart: I added two stitches to the cast-on, and I am working these stitches as single purl stitches between the sides of the cushion. I figured this would be Attractive and also could serve as a convenient spot to pick up stitches for a piping of applied I-cord, if that seems like a good idea when I finish the cushion.
What’s your Kaffe-along project? How hard was it for you to choose?
Heartfelt thanks to Ms. Shutterhoney for helping me find my way out of my indecision and into the bright new world of PINWHEEL.