September 22, 2010
This yarn has been in my knitting basket since last summer. I had started a project with it, but the results were less than thrilling. One of the things I love about knitting is that if a pattern isn’t working out, you can frog what you’ve knitted, rewind the yarn, and start knitting something completely different.
You all have been reading about my recent knitting obsession and my love of all things shawl related. Bingo. That’s what this yarn wants to be. But what shawl? I logged into Ravelry and started searching the shawl patterns. I knew I wanted something that wasn’t a lace pattern so the yarn would really shine.
I decided on a pattern called Mara by Madeline Tosh. It is similar to the Citron shawl that I made earlier this month. This shawl is knit entirely in garter stitch, with a really cool ribbed ruffle on the edge. I am going to knit until I basically run out of the rainbow yarn, and do the ruffle in a solid color.
I know many knitters would be bored with rows of garter stitch, but I find it very relaxing.There is something very calming and peaceful with the back and forth and click of the needles. I love being able to have a conversation or watch TV while I am knitting. I like being able to stop mid-row, come back an hour later and just start knitting again. I have tried knitting intricate patterns, but found that even minor interruptions would make me irritable. Who wants to be cranky while doing something they enjoy? Not me.