When people realize that I knit, they often tell me that knitting is too stressful. I can recall a time when I felt that way. It was about 25 years ago and I ended up getting rid of all my knitting supplies. But now, knitting is my go to choice for slowing down and letting my mind rest. Some projects seem to be perfect for creating a restful space.

When this pattern showed up last Friday, I knew exactly how to proceed. I pulled out my Shetland wool. Most of the skeins are without ball bands. Many came home with me from my Shetland trip in 2017. All of the colors are lovely. The pattern recommends a random striping sequence. Seemed like a great side project for a snowed in weekend (at that point I believed we would be back to work after the weekend).

First I pulled 15 skeins that looked like they had enough yarn left and weighed them. The largest has 25 grams. The smallest has 19 grams. Then I pulled a small piece from each skein and began laying them side by side. I tied each sample to a piece of cardboard and numbered each one. I decided to use a 3, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, sequence for the first round of colors (each repeat is 4 rows so that is 12 rows, 4 rows, 4 rows and so on). I may change up the sequence when I get back to yarn number 1. I told myself that I wouldn’t start this hap until I finished the second sleeve on my Sólbein but when it became apparent that our snowed in weekend was going to be extended, I needed a colorful distraction. The knitting is very restful and calming.

P.S. When the power went out last night I felt my resolve to stay positive falter. We snuggled up to watch a video on the laptop (which was fully charged) and went to bed early, warm under an extra layer of quilts. The good news is that the power came back on during the night so today I am going to do laundry and get my bags packed for that trip we are scheduled to take. And I am going to pray that the airport gets cleared up so our plane can take off. Would appreciate any good travel vibes you can spare.

Hello February

January was a tough month for many of my family and friends. It seemed to fly by but also felt too long. I am happy to welcome a new month with slightly less fatigue and knee pain and a renewed enthusiasm for all things creative.

I tried to talk myself out of it, but I am such a fan of Kate Davies, her designs and her writing, that I could not resist signing up for Knitting Season. I didn’t buy the yarn or the journal, plenty of notebooks and stash around here. I am using a large Field Notes notebook for the weekly creative prompts. And this morning, I am starting the Weel Riggit hat.

As I cast on my new hat, I indulged in this talk, which is very inspirational, and This book, filled with wonderful essays.

And best of all on this first day of February, a soak in warm water, some serious squeezing to get out the excess moisture, and scrunching up instead of blocking, has brought my Vintersol back to a reasonable size. Thanks for all the good ideas and encouraging vibes. We have a spell of colder weather in the forecast so I am looking forward to wearing my sweater this weekend.