Since I started working at Calico and Ivy, my fabric stash has not grown rapidly. Surprising, right? (Saying that, this week the shop received a new Liberty shipment, so this could be a very dangerous time for me.) However, influenced by the pretty yarn selection, I am rekindling my love of knitting, and the yarns and knitting books are trying to follow me home.
I found a loophole in my resolution not to spend all of my wages on stuff from the shop: I get my husband to buy it for me. Clever, eh? He bought me four skeins of Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino yarn for a scarf for my Christmas present and the Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed Aran for the beanie (toque, knitted hat) I recently made. I am halfway through knitting the scarf, and when I have finished it (OK, and knitted up at least one of the forgotten balls of sock yarn I found in the bottom of my knitting basket), I might allow myself to buy some gorgeous pink Madelinetosh yarn, but I must finish knitting what I have first.
One of the latest projects on my needles, however, was from stash yarn. I managed to start and finish a knitted Christmas present within a month! I had a lot of leftover yarn from the blanket I knitted for my stepdaughter’s wedding present, so I whipped up a coordinating knitted cushion cover for her. This is one of the easiest things I have knitted in a very long time, and it is in 10 ply (worsted weight) so it knitted up quickly.
Why do I usually choose slow and complicated projects when easy ones like this come together so quickly? Also, I can take easy knitting to my social craft groups. Detailed knitting – the sort that requires two stitch counters, a notebook with three columns of figures and a serious tongue-sticking-out-while-concentrating face – is fun but it does not work well in lively groups.
The cushion was well received by its recipient even though her husband did not fully appreciate why yet another cushion was needed. Why do men not ‘get’ cushions?
If you are a knitter and want to know more, I have noted all the details on my Ravelry page.
I have not converted completely from a sewer to a knitter. I have also been sewing, but some of the things I am working on are secret. Hang in there. All will be revealed one day.