I am not tired of knitting socks, let’s just be clear here. I’m on Sock No. 23 and feeling strong for many more socks. This pair, using Barnyard Knits A Walk in the Woods, is really doing it for me in terms of awesome woodland color action.
That said, the new Field Guide No. 12: Big Joy has put me on a new course that looks to be every bit as absorbing as socks.
Gauge Shift Wow
Going from a size 1 needle to a size 13 makes it feel like I’ve taken on an entirely new hobby.
SO BIG. A stitch is an event. A round of knitting with Rowan Big Wool means I can see visual proof of progress on every single round. It’s so satisfying.
I jumped in on the Brambleberry Cowl as my entree to knitting Jen Geigley’s designs featured in Field Guide No. 12.
The color here? One of Rowan’s excellent names: Glum. The light here makes this appear less glum than it actually is.
Never has glumness brought such happiness. The brambleberries are just a bobblesque moment where you knit three stitches into one, then knit three together later on.
Moment of Improv
My needle inventory coughed up exactly one size 13 needle, a circular that is approximately ten feet long—it was a needle I used at least a decade ago when knitting rugs. You need a lot of cable when you’re knitting a floor covering.
Here, I used my newfound skills with Magic Loop to get myself a serviceable circular as soon as possible so that I could start cranking my Brambleberry.
This knitting came together in a couple of nights. (Sorry for the color shift—here’s Glum in its glorious glumness!)
It’s the thing to do when you’re feeling like you’re getting nothing done. This thing is going to be DONE. SOON.
Thanks to everybody for giving Field Guide No. 12: Big Joy such a warm welcome. Be sure to share your giant knits on Instagram at #MDKfieldguideno12.