Lately I’ve been swinging from needing something more interesting to knit than 2×2 rib (on Slinky Ribs) and something relatively basic so I can zonk out in front of the tv of an evening. I’ve also swung from finishitis to startitis to wanting to use up leftovers in the stash to wanting to knit those special yarns I’ve been saving for the right project.
Yep, when it comes to knitting, I’ve had mood swings galore. One Sunday my back was very sore and I had to avoid sitting at the computer for long stretches or knitting, so I wound up going back and forth from the stash to trawling through Ravelry for patterns. I queued a whole lot of projects only to do a lot of starting and frogging, have a What Was I Thinking? moment the following Sunday and deleting many of them from the queue again.
So it’s no surprise, on reflection, that the one project that I did finish used a tried and tested pattern in a yarn I love:
Yep, another mobius scarf. And the yarn is some handspun by spinaddict on Rav. It’s a beautiful mix of subtle dark colours with a thread of silver.
I have to say, I prefer this pattern knit with moss stitch. I don’t like the way the alternating stocking stitch with reverse stocking stitch pulls in and makes the scarf bulkier. If I want bulk around my neck, I can loop this scarf around two or three times. If I don’t, I’d rather the scarf sat flat on the shoulders.
The next project I actually finished (as opposed to cast on, knit a bit then frogged) was toast. This pattern was deleted from my first queue then made it back in again. I deleted it out of embarrassment at wanting to knit such a simple pattern. But sometimes simple is what you need. And what the yarn needs. I kept trying to knit fancy cabled mitts out of this one – Cleckheaton Country Silk – and the detail was lost in the yarn texture. Toast was perfect. I put it back in the queue, then cast on:
Done in a evening. The next night I knit these, based on a Leafy Mitts, a fingerless mitten pattern:
I’m in love with wristwarmers at the moment, too. I like that I don’t have to worry about knitting a thumb. (I have large hands and small wrists, so most patterns have to be tweaked a lot anyway.) I can pull them down over my knuckles if I’m cold, and tug them back up if I need my fingers free to do something.
One thing I’m suddenly no longer in love with is berets. I think I’ll alway like them, but they’re everywhere now and I’m a bit tired of them. I’ve been searching Rav for nice hats that aren’t berets, trying to guess the next hat fashion and hoping like mad that I’ll like it. Lallans from the Twist Collective online mag caught my eye and I put aside some yarn for it. I’ve seen a couple of hat patterns crop up with a band of colour and pattern around them, and the crown and ribbing plain. I like that it involves a bit of interesting knitting, that you can customise, but the rest of the hat is easy.
I also knit a hat that I remember being really popular in the early years of the knitting revival: A Better Bucket Hat, except that it is copyright 2008. Clearly my memory is wrong. Another hat pattern that caught my eye has a collection of buttons on it, so I went through my button stash and selected a handful of black and white fancy single buttons:
At the same time as all this, I’ve had Lonnie sitting beside my computer, to knit during work breaks:
Looking at all these relatively simple and quick accessories, I think I may be subconsciously picking projects that will give me a feeling of completion, because I’m longing for that in my work life. After over a year writing the current book, I’m just want it DONE.