July 16, 2008

Knit One, Purl One

Spinning is coming along quite nicely. I’ve been dreaming up all sorts of knitting projects. I think that I will be starting with a pair of socks. Will need to think of the design. Perhaps ‘Simplicity’, one of the socks in Janel Laidman’s book, The Eclectic Sole. It’s a simple K2 P2 rib with a clever eyelet twist! I’m thinking that it would look quite nice in brown ouessant. I’ve also ordered a few sock patterns from Lucy Neatby at Tradewind Knitwear Designs.

As I was spinning and thinking about knitting, it occurred to me how things change over the years. My grandmother taught me how to knit when I was 8 years old. I remember as a teenager how I couldn’t find needles big enough or yarn thick enough! As I’ve gotten older I’ve grown fonder of smaller needles and finer yarn. I think that this is due to many things ... but perhaps more than anything else, it’s because speed is not the object anymore : I no longer try to finish a project as quickly as possible ; now I enjoy the process of knitting. I love every stitch. Smaller needles and finer yarn only means more stitches to enjoy! Also, at a gage of 7 to 8 stitches per inch, 500 grams of ouessant fleece can go a long way!

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