I design...I knit...I rock out to my favorite tunes while doing so...and in the end something usually gets created.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Humble Beginnings

A few assorted weeks ago I bought three lovely skeins of Debbie Bliss Rialto in steel. I had originally purchased it for a shawlette knit-a-long that I was leading ...and it was quickly frogged. There was nothing wrong with the pattern, in fact I loved the pattern, but it was not worthy of my yarn. I know I know, I'm a cheap knitter and 100% merino is a luxury. So here I am with a small heap of kinky yarn that I love but won't commit to a project. You see the problem with three skeins of lovely yarn is that you can't make very much with it.

*Cast on, frog, cast on, frog* repeat from * to *.

I must have tried at least ten different projects (probably more) since my original cast on and I think the yarn was beginning to hate me. Every time I passed by my project tote I saw it sticking out, mocking me. Use me already, 'ya wuss. Commit to something. Anything!

I feel like I need to give a little bit more background before I continue with the "Rialto Saga". I like complex patterns. I love garments, and shaping, and new techniques. And I love lace. If I find myself questioning my sanity for choosing it I know that I have found a "keeper". I am a knitting masochist. And so, not just any pattern would do for my Rialto.

Fast forward to the present and take a peek into the dark recesses of my project tote and what will you find? A simple, scarf. Plain moss stitch with no edge, no insertion, no maddening charts or pain-inducing focus required. It dawned on me that for all of the complexity of knitting, sometimes it's just better to go back to basics, the familiar stitches you botched when you first learned them. And you know what, my humble scarf kicks ass. It's true. So next time you're scouring your stash of patterns looking for "the one" maybe you'll think back to the simple stitches.