The last few days of 2018 and the first of 2019 saw me in a very sorry state.
I HAD FALLEN OUT OF LOVE WITH KNITTING.
Can you imagine? No matter which WIP I picked up, which new pattern or lovely yarn I looked at I just couldn’t find my mojo. I was like a teenager, don’t want to do that, that’s stupid, that’s boring.
I think it’s because of all the knitting I did before Christmas, most of which were socks and basic ones at that. My knitting became a drudgery, something to get through, a deadline to meet. I was constantly thinking forward to all the lovely projects I would be back to over the festive period but when I could knit them I simply didn’t want to,
It made me feel pretty despondent, I can tell you. My dear friend Michelle even regifted me some yarn I had give her a while ago (Felted Tweed since you ask) and helped me match it up with yarn from my stash to knit a glorious Stephen West garment called Starring.
But I had only just got beyond the rib when I abandoned it.
My Mousa by Marie Wallin was nearing the end and looked enormous. I did a tension square, honest I did. Maybe I have lost weight? Anyway this has also been abandoned and will become a cushion cover – it’s not so bad because nearly all the yarn came from my stash.
Even a lovely batch of new colours from Holst Garn wasn’t inspiring me.
It’s not that I was looking for something particularly complicated. I just wanted something that would intrigue me but also was going to grow and hold my attention. I didnt want much, did I.
Who should come to my rescue but the fabulous Ankestrick with this pattern called Big Love – even the name feels like she created this just for me. The pattern is beautifully written as always, the construction is elegant and I love the colour of yarn I chose which is Lettlopi in a lovely dark wine shade – I haven’t managed to quite capture it in this hasty snap.
So you can relax, I have found my joy in knitting with renewed vigour.
Note to self, knit for Christmas throughout the year.