Knitting Up a Storm
Posted by Gail | Filed under Gail Pleasures
I’ve been knitting up a storm this winter. Chelsea, our production manager, is having twins this spring, so I’ve been doing a couple of baby blankets. I started with a very soft, fluffy white yarn, which I knitted on big needles. Then I trimmed each end with bunny tail yarn in mint, yellow, periwinkle and white. Gurgous!
One of my challenges is that I don’t like patterns. Yeah. Weird, eh? Since I primarily knit for the rest it gives my mind – it’s a little like meditation for me – complex patters (or even simple ones) mean I have to pay too close attention to what I’m doing. On set, where there’s always something to distract me, a pattern just won’t work. And at home, it’s too much like work following a pattern.
So my challenge is to knit in a pretty boring way and then “dress up” my knitting. I use a variety of yarns, and I mix my needle sizes for interesting patterns. Then I just knit and purl, knit and purl. I’m happy as a clam, and I’m never quite sure how something is going to turn out, so there’s a bit of mystery in play too. If I get a ways in and don’t like how it looks, I pull it out and start again. I’m in no rush. I’m knitting to be knitting and for no other reason.
I’ve done scarves, hats, mitts, socks (big chunky walk-around-the-house ones), headbands and new baby blankets. I’m a knitting machine! When I started the baby blankets I started with a yarn that I ended up not liking so I pulled it out, rolled it up and hit the store for something fluffier. When I saw the bunny tail I thought I could just weave it in. I tried three different ways, all of which didn’t work. I ended up crocheting it in and that worked like a dream.
I guess I love the puzzle as much as I love the actual knitting. And this is one area of my life – I’m usually very conservative – where I like to live dangerously!
I have some things I’d like to do in the future: A doggie coat for Maggie, my girlfriend’s mini-poodle; another pair of leg-warmers for Baby Girl; more hats, scarves and mitts. Eventually I’d like to work up to a pair of fingerless gloves. But to tell the truth, the finer yarn and multiple needles are extremely challenging, especially where the needles intersect. I just can’t seem to get a tight enough knit. I’ll keep trying and maybe I’ll have an aha!
In the meantime Imma stick with the knitting from which I derive soooo much pleasure.
Your turn: What do you do just to do it, for the sheer pleasure of the activity?