I love to knit knit2,purl2 rib. What does it tell of me?
Maybe that I love the crisp and clean and simple life. Or that I like just a little bit of variety in strict order. You know --- after every two and easy knit stitches come two complicated purls. And this goes on and on. And on. Always two complicated after two easy.
I love cables too. In cables the purl and knit stitches change places but still there is order. After a while you can predict and see clearly how it is supposed to be.
Knit1purl1 ribbing is also to my liking. But then I have to twist the knit stitch. There is pleasure but you have to fight a bit for it, it does not come as easy as simple knit stitch. And again there is the complicated purl that totally interrupts you. You have to keep the yarn a bit more tight and concentrate on the purl so that it comes out even and beautiful and settles nicely in its own place.
Stockinette is ok, just ok. It is easy to lose interest and turn your knit stitches into uneven and wonky looking loops. Easy and boring and way too simple. No big emotions or even tiny stirs involved, no interruptions, nothing. I hate - prefer not - to knit stockinette when alone...
But there is a place for this knit. Plain knitting is lovely in socks but then again the socks have so much more happening in them and the b-o-r-I-n-g stockinette is never - hardly never - going to take an eternity to finish. It is lovely to knit stockinette socks when you want to be present and take notes from your surroundings yet nobody knows you are present because you can more or less hide behind the stockinette sock. (The sock has taken the place of a teddy bear that I would otherwise be clutching.) Most people will think that handling five sticks and turning heels takes all your attention. At least this is what I believe in. When I'm in surroundings where there is turmoil or worry or big emotions involved it is calming to look down at the knit and see simple loops.
Yesterday I received my Emergency Sock Kit from Cassie. This makes sure that now I'm always prepared to face any kind of emergency that life and circumstances cause that requires stockinette socks. Or that when bringing this along I'm going to prevent an emergency that would rise without stockinette socks. This ESK is beautiful. It has perfect mitered corners, it has the tiniest hand stitching and the color is exacty what I need. I bet you know that the color yellow does wonderful things for you. It refreshes you when you are exhausted, it fights the depressive feelings and melancholy, it awakens new thoughts and creativeness and is full of self-confidence. It is the color of sunshine and warmth. (I'm really loading heavy tasks on this ESK but I know it is capable of doing these things for me.)
I used to hate garter stitch. Many years have gone by and I cannot be so definite any more, let's just say calmly that mostly I don't like garter stitch that much. It looks so troubled even though it is plain knitting. It is difficult to produce nice and crisp garter stitch fabric, mine seems to stay limp no matter how hard I try. Seed stitch looks a bit similar but there is a world of difference. There is the knit stitch and the purl stitch, the easy and the difficult.
Here (look at the tree) is my new shawl - not blocked yet. I had to bring it down to the lake this morning and take a picture against the frozen lake. It appears to be just water but there is the ice underneath. This was at six o'clock this morning. But now, it is ten in the morning, and there is a strip of nice and blue water. The ice has broken. The blue strip almost makes me to cry of joy. My lake was there after all.
And as a surprise has come to me also that detestable (too harsh again) unpleasant garter stitch can turn out to be such a lovely shawl. I know it already. Even before I have blocked it. Sometimes you just have to push through unpleasant stitches and use your imagination to find beauty. But there it is. Trust me, I know.
I quote one of my favourite children's books:
I don't have the book here but as far as I can remember, the saying goes like this:
"Let's think about it boys. If you would have fun all the time then you would not know when it is fun. So be happy that you are bored, it is good to have boring things. That way you can tell the difference when the fun begins."
This extract is something Alfons Åberg's Grandmother said to her son and grandson. Alfons Åberg (Mikko Mallikas) is Gunilla Bergstrom's character, the most adorable little boy there can be.