First of all, thank you for all the comments! You have been on my mind a lot during the past days even though I have not been writing.
The winter returned after warmer period that was in between and all the new, fresh snow around is very inspiring. I do not mean knitting-wise only, but snow in this darkness is like sunny day after lots of rainy days. I wish someone would make a whole series of hand-painted yarns just mimicking these soft whites, greys and blues. There could be some dark heathery green like evergreens around and some greyish browns for tree trunks. It could be called Winter Hibernating or Winter in the Arctic. Maybe there already is one, if there is, please tell me. In fingering weight, please.
Yes, I am thinking of hand-painted or variegated or self-striping yarns all the time. This business with these yarns started in August when I was worried of them never being knit and just wished there was a good way to get rid of all these wild skeins. I thought that many of them were only good as they were, they could be displayed in bowls for admiring but as knitting I managed to bring out the worst of them. That thought just troubled me to no end.
Then I knit the little baby jacket that was called Seedling. Since there already is a cardigan named Seedling, I had to change the name. The new name is Lilleput. Anyway that was the beginning. Since then I have not looked at any other yarns and I have bought some new ones.
It is always the same route: the more I knit, the bigger the stash; the faster I knit, the faster the growth. The more I quilt, the bigger the fabric stash. The more I draw, the higher the paper pile.
And then the garter stitch - me and my big words! Some time ago, long time ago, I declared that I don't like it. Well, Lilleput is garter stitch jacket. On the needles at the moment is garter stitch scarf of Noro Kureyon sock yarn (S240, S149). So what's next?
Maybe huge boxy sweaters are coming back to me. I must admit that if they were not figure flattering, they were very comfy. Sweaters that were so roomy that they could host my twin pregnancy without any seam crying. And there never were any fit issues, they always did fit. One inch became ten inches when being knitted but it never mattered very much. If the stitch count was something like 320, just make it 420 to be on the safe side. The bigger the better. When buying yarn for them, it was never less than 10 big skeins. It really was easy time for sweater math.
To be totally honest, those huge sweaters and cardigans did get lots of wear, much more than these carefully calculated fitted sweaters I have been knitting lately. The socks then were always long simple basic ribbed ones, with heavy hard wearing yarns and again the sizing did not matter that much. There was plenty of room to wiggle the toes. The more I think of this, the more tempting it sounds... But one thing stays the same; it was knitting then, and it is knitting now. The joy of making the stitches, one after another, for hours and hours, for weeks that become years (decades!), and still there is no end to it.
Wool with you,