Sunday, September 2, 2007

Stick to your knitting.

Despite the fact that we're actually getting a little warm weather this weekend, the unmistakable signs of autumn are in the air. I've spotted a few trees starting, just starting, to change color. There's also been that particular chill on the air that means cooler weather is coming. Something internal clicked and I've started knitting again.

Now of course I've got several projects on the needles already, but I don't really feel like working on any of them. One is Montego Bay - it taunts me. It's supposed to be easy, but I keep messing it up - what an ego crusher. Then there's the gothic leaf stole. I've only gotten through one of the pattern repeats, so that would be like starting from scratch... and just too complicated for my current mindset. There's a feather & fan shawl in progress for my neice... but I have totally lost interest in that project. So what have I been knitting?

Not even fancy ones, or trendy ones, or even particularly pretty ones. Just plain ol' dishcloths. The generic corner-to-corner garter stitch washcloth is just about what I can handle right now. Knit two, yarn over, knit to the end - every row until it's wide enough. Then knit one, k2tog, yarn over, k2tog, knit to the end. Plus I have an obscene amount of kitchen cotton from when had them on sale for like $0.50 each. Easy, cheap, functional, and pink. What more could I want?

Now that I'm back in the habit of knitting, I'm thinking up plans for my next projects. One of the first new projects I'll cast on for will be a cardigan in Lornas Laces Bullfrogs & Butterflies that I picked up at that other huge sale (Knit Happens?).

I know a lot of other people like to challenge themselves, learning all kinds of new techniques and designing patterns... but that is just me. I knit to relax, and to have a finished product. There are times when I really need mindless knitting - like big long stretches of stockinette. So this cardigan will be a good way to ease back into knitting. When I get bored, that's when I'll pull out my lace projects again, give 'em a good cursing, probably frog them & start over, and promptly go back to the cardigan!


Bezzie said...

Yeah I like a nice easy relaxing "mindless" knit myself. And being a small project makes it even better for me!

Melody said...

I hear you. I've been trying to get into a big project for the past two weeks, but I just want to knit socks and maybe even a scarf.

THere are too many areas of my life where I *have* to do certain things. Knitting isn't one of them.

Magatha said...

First of all, the pink dishcloths are muy adorable! I have about a thousand of that style myself, need to make some more in future as some are getting shredded from constant use.

Next, a lot (not all) of that 'challenging knitting' is to impress and dismay blogstalkers and 'fans'. I do a challenge once in a while but really I just like sitting and knitting without thought, so I have an easy project on the needles at all times to 'go to' when I can't stand the challenging one another minute.
Right now I've got two easies and I've tried unsuccessfully to cast on three times for the challenger. I'll get it started, somehow. My rambling point is this, knit for yourself, and you smartly are.

Batty said...

Knit what you want. Not everything has to be mind-bogglingly complex. Sometimes, we all knit just to relax. Do what makes you happy!

Michael5000 said...

I'm going to have a really hard time being a good commenter if you go to strictly knitting posts. But I'll do my best.

Golly, that blue yarn sure is purty!

Queen of the froggers said...

I love both simple, relaxing knits and the odd challenge. I usually have one of each on the go! I like the pink dishcloths!

Melissa said...

Yep, I keep messing up Montego Bay too. I don't know about you, but for me it's the k2tog before the yo. I always want to switch them when I start a row. Then I get a few rows up and discover I have too few or too many stitches somehow. Arg.