I have to get something off my chest: I’m not all that great of a knitter.
Nearly every day, I get swept up in the stunning work others have put out there. Yesterday, I stumbled upon this knitter’s website
and a mere 5 minutes of reading about her doll-knitting process, I learned more simple, clever ideas than I have ever come up with. (Seriously, if you want to try your hand at knitting a reversible doll, even if you’re only a beginner, try this pattern
, which is perfect in its combination of utter simplicity and total charm). While, I’m so glad to have benefited from her wisdom, I still felt my insides sink a bit as they realized once again how enormous this art form is, how the challenge of being a knitter is never-ending, how I will never be an expert.
Since I can’t change the fact of knitting’s enormity, the only thing I can do is embrace it. And this means, contradictorily, slowing down a bit. When I’m rushing to design new products that I can present on my blog and in my shop, the mountains of techniques and technical skills I still don’t know only frustrate me. I need to give space in my process to knitting projects just for the sake of learning. Patterns written by other knitters, products perhaps so challenging they might flop. These things wont make it into my store but they will still be an important part of Yarn Birdy.
Luckily, I have the perfect occasion for which to knit a over-the-top challenging, special piece. I’m getting married in April (no, I don’t have ambitions to knit my own wedding dress) and some of the celebration will be outside. I need the perfect, fairy-light, yet warm cardigan to pull on on over my dress when the day gets cold. I haven’t yet chosen my pattern for sure, but this is the one
I’m leaning toward right now:
Picture it not in brown, but in blue. There is so much I can learn from this pattern, about sweater shaping, lacework. The designer writes that it’s all worked in a single piece, not from little bits sewn together at the end, and that kind of seems like magic to me. I love it when I feel a tingling sense of magic when I think about a knitting project!
P.S. I can’t resist telling you about the other knitting projects that my needles are testing out, the ones that will hopefully soon make it into the shop. First, I’m designing a whole slew of headbands. Like handwarmers were a major thing in winter, so fun headbands in spring, I hope. And I am having a lot of fun designing them. Here’s a sneak peak of another one currently on my needles. If it works as I’m envisioning, this will be a reversible headband. The picket-fence pattern will be one-side, the stripes the other.
Finally, I’m getting excited about my next toy. Want to know what it is? Okay, I am going to knit a quail! Is there anything cuter or more springtime-like than a mommy quail and her babies, crossing the hiking path you’re on, their little crests bobbing up and down? The homage to California by knitting its state bird is an added bonus.
P.P.S. Be on the look out for the next edition of Yarn Tales, coming out on the blog in a few days. Find out what happens to Iris when she tries to go incognito at her ceremony. If you missed the first installment, it’s here.