More Art, Less Following Directions…
I’ve gotten to the lovely point in this pattern where I no longer have to look at the instructions. I can read which row I am on by the stitches on the needles, and I’ve learned where the slipped stitches and yarn overs go in each row.
I love that point in a project. Not being much of a cook, I rarely get to the point where I can go without a recipe, but I always feel so smart when I achieve that level of competence. For me, it is when I become more of an “artist” and less of someone “following directions.”
I’m at a conference attending lots of informational sessions, so knitting has been my companion. You’ve heard me say it before: I knit so I can pay attention. It’s essentially socially acceptable fidgeting. I can quiet my mind by occupying my hands. I’m not distracting myself if I’m knitting, I’m focusing myself so I can better hear what you’re saying. Sometimes people understand this easily, other times I feel like I have to explain myself to keep from the misconception of disrespect or inattention.
I love the way this pattern takes advantage of the color changes in the yarn. I makes for a stunning piece. The texture has a lot of substance, and yet still drapes wonderfully. Yes, it will definitely be narrower (widthwise, since this is knit top to bottom), but I think I’ll like it even better that way–it’s a bit early to say.