You know how people are always saying that it’s good to get out of your comfort zone?
Well, I am making headway on my Alex the Mouse project (literally: I knit a head).
I can tell you, a three-dimensional sphere (aka rodent head) and Fair Isle colorwork for the body, both performed on US 1 double-pointed needles, are well outside my comfort zone.
My fingers feel enormous. There is much tangling of thin yarn around thin sticks. Stitches always seem to be at the wrong end of the needle.
Two things are keeping me going. First, I am keeping a close eye on the Instagram hashtag #AlextheMouse, which shows lovely images of Alexes that are further on the path to glory (and also a few actual mice named Alex). It’s particularly encouraging to see how great Alex’s head and body look after they’ve been filled with fluffy stuffing.
(Image: @mimicodd on instagram.)
Second, I have a Relief Project to turn to when I need to put down the dpns and get some zen.
(Yarn: Esopus by Jill Draper Makes Stuff; Shade: Vamp.)
I’ve started a second iteration of one of my favorite sweaters, Relax by Ririko. The yarn is Jill Draper’s Esopus, a fingering-weight yarn that I used for last year’s Fort Tryon Wrap. I adore knitting with Esopus, and I think I’ll like this version of Relax even more than the one I made in MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light. That Relax is in constant rotation through the cold months; I love the fit and the drape and the way I can pop it over a longer shirt and wear it with jeans or a skirt. Its only flaw is a tendency to pill. Esopus is not as flurfy as Tosh Merino Light. My Fort Tryon wrap has nary a pill on it, so I’m hoping this Relax will be new and improved, come Autumn.
And between now and Autumn, it’s a very soothing, chatty thing to knit. No pressure.