Knitting All Over the Map

It’s as if I have suddenly developed adult ADHD. For the last four days or so I knit on this thing, then I knit on that thing, then I go to a completely different thing. And all the while I have this almost uncontrollable urge to start ANOTHER new project – Michelle Miller’s August Pansy Shawls, which she was kind enough to give me as a present a couple of weeks ago. The only reason I didn’t immediately start that one then was it calls for a 6 and I own ONE SET of Signature Stiletto lace point needles and they are sixes AND THEY’RE ON ANOTHER PROJECT RIGHT NOW DAMMIT.

Meanwhile, there are THREE babies coming to my immediate circle of friends and I have all these baby clothes and toys patterns I am obsessed with. WHAT IS A NEUROTIC KNITTER TO DO, I ASK YOU?

Sigh. So as you can see, there was nothing else to do but buzz like a bee from one ongoing project to the next to the next to the next.

Okay, so all there is to do is confess to my knitting binge and show you the results – most of them still works in progress. Here goes . . . .

Baby Wrap Sweater

About 5 years ago, my husband and I spent a week in Seattle where he had a meeting. He met all day, I walked all over the city and on one particularly day of fabulosity I took the ferry to Bainbridge Island and made my way to Churchmouse Yarns and Teas. What a great store! I bought several skeins of yarn – can’t remember too clearly what at this point – and some vintage buttons. And I admired two patterns, both free with purchase of yarn (at that time – not sure about that anymore). One was for a pair of Welted Fingerless Gloves , which I did buy the yarn for at the time and have since made multiple pairs of, and one was for the Baby Wrap Sweater, a baby kimono made with two colors fingering weight yarn, one solid and one variegated. This is the power of models in the shop – I had no baby, no one I knew was expecting a baby, my kids were still kids – but I had to knit me that cute, clever baby kimono. They were kind enough to give me the pattern even though I did not buy yarn for it specifically (I did, how ever, buy other yarn – moral of the story is don’t expect yarn stores to just hand you over their hard work for nothing, please). Now I have THREE babies coming, and I dug out a skein of Madeleine Tosh Sock in color way “Mansfield’s Garden Party” (which I bought in Bethesda, Md. last month) and two skeins of a beautiful denim blue Koigu my friends gave me as a birthday present. THEY WERE PERFECT TOGETHER. And look at the results.

Mansfield's Garden Party, left, and Koigu

Rock Island Shawl

Next is Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed‘s Rock Island Shawl. Now, I started this lovely little project, oh, maybe a year ago, and grew quickly frustrated and bored with it and put it down. The pattern starts by asking you to work the lace border first, so you knit on about 14 sts for what seems like 100 yards. Its 71 pattern repeats of 8 rows – you do the math. But the yarn I got – “Nymph” by Golden Fleece – is so de-luscious I was drawn back to it when I came across it in an old knitting bag a few weeks ago. I finally managed to finish the border, and I have to admit I have really enjoyed knitting on this since then. You pick up and knit a poop-load of stitches along the border, then work a few rows of garter, then a lace chart that is really beautiful. I spent much of Sunday sitting on my hiney-ho in the backyard listening to a book and working the chart. Now it’s just garter til I get down from 261 sts to 11. It’s TV knitting.

Damn endless border

Now, again, this is just garter stitch. Knitters who know me know I say “I hate garter stitch.” Obviously, I do not – but I am only now discovering that. It’s nice, after 8 years of knitting, so come back to the foundation, back to the stitch I first learned and mastered. It is soothing. And I can knit garter stitch while I read.

Rocky, of course, is not happy when I knit. Sometime he takes his left paw (yes, he’s literally a southpaw) and bats at it. Sometimes stitches come off the needles. Sometimes there is cursing. Always there is snuggling.

No knitting, mama!

All right, those are the only two projects I’m confessing to at this moment. There are a couple more – most notably the Fickle Knitter – Zen Yarn Garden Mystery KAL I signed up for and am in the early midst of. As soon as I have something that can be seen in a picture, I’ll post it here.


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9 Responses to Knitting All Over the Map

  1. Rachelle says:

    Yay! This is so funny….. I was visiting my mom last weekend for a knit-fest and I was telling her how much I hate garter stitch! I ripped out a good portion of a Wave shawl a couple weeks ago because I couldn’t stand the garter stitch. LOL! Mom’s working on Annis, which also begins with the lace border and ends with a poop-ton (to use your term) of stockinette, and I ripped out two projects before deciding on the Oaklet shawl. Not thrilled with it, but it’s almost done now. Someone will receive a nice gift!

  2. kjwinston says:

    Wow, you have been knitting up a storm. I am just not a fan of this knit back and forth on a few stitches for YARDS. I think if I can forget that – like the way women forget the pain of giving birth – I could make this again.

  3. Carolyn says:

    You are too funny! And welcome to the world of adult ADHD as it relates to knitting….I thought that was normal or at least that’s the way I’ve operated. I am now thinking that “this disorder” has spread to all parts of my life….I flit from one blog to the next of mine…..can’t get the words out fast enough!! Now back to my Skein Lane blog tonight.

    Glad you’ve had a conversion to the beauty of garter stitch. Once upon a time I hated it….a long time ago…and then the fibers became so beautiful and often show best in garter?

  4. DogCatMom. says:

    If you haven’t yet read it, you owe it to yourself to read Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s blog (and book) entries on “Start-itis,” an almost-universal ailment among knitters. No known cure exists, and Inner Knitters (more on the Inner Knitter in one of her April 2012 blog entries) don’t care: they just insist, loudly, that we Cast On Another Project NOW!

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  6. Marlene says:

    Your shawl is absolutely gorgeous! I did not see any beads. Are you sure you knitted this shawl? lol

  7. kjwinston says:

    HA!!! No beads – this time. I am already plotting where I will put them in my second one!

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