Thank you for all the comments on Henry! All I really did was that I followed Alice Starmore’s magical design and well written instructions and used her exquisite yarn. The yarn took care of the uneven stitches and bloomed beautifully.
do value my knitting skills and know quite well what I can do and what I cannot. I know which knitting paths I can walk along happily and the ones where I lose the sense of place very soon and don’t know my way around anymore. I have wanted to do colour-work for a long time. Over the years (believe me, over many, many years) I have looked at all kinds of enchanting and interesting colour-work patterns and gone with high hopes to LYS and acquired there many different colours, have come home with a bagful of yarn balls and determination, cast on various different projects which … have mostly all failed. I have done small things but nothing like Henry. This was the reason I did not feel like a real knitter, this was a personal battle what I had lost so many times…
Henry was like a bridge. It is a beautiful and colourful design. You can look at it and see it in different light and different colours pop up on different days and talk to you. Me, I’m not that colourful nor that complicated nor that interesting. I – in my wardrobe – prefer quieter look. Why did I knit something like that knowing that it is not so me – at the moment? To be able to cross the bridge over to the land of fair-isle the bridge had to be tempting, challenging and interesting. I knew from experience that anything less and I would turn back like in so many times before. When I look at AS designs I truly can value and appreciate the artistry. Many of her designs are like tapestries. So more or less I felt that I was copying a masterpiece and every single stitch in the piece was worthwhile. This is not the only way that leads to fair-isle but with my history of unfinished patterned pieces I needed to have a powerful approach.
I don’t know if any of you still remember how I in the early stages of my blog (the very first post) wrote a few guidelines for myself under a line “Wear Thy Knitting”. Can you believe it is almost two years ago now?
I still think that I should do that … which means that I need to think of some clever way to wear Henry. Maybe wear him on days when I think that I’m not capable to do this or that… sort of like a booster when I need to have confidence in me and willpower… I need to revisit the “Wear Thy Knitting”-theme again. I’m going back to square one and I will think about the rules again.
I have cast on for a new project. I have dreamt of this
Enid Cardigan by Véronik Avery from Interweave Knits Winter 2006
for a long time. Without Henry this would not be happening. But more of this another time.