A haze of knitting

I think my burst of sock mojo left me drained. Just as the endorphins flee the tiring athlete’s body, so the imagination particles have scattered. They’ve left behind fragments of ideas that need to be picked up and played with before they can take shape and attach themselves to a part of the fabric or yarn stash.

For knitting at least, this is what swatching is really good for – a ten centimetre square of idea fragment that can be held up to the light. And thus frogged, reworked, frogged again, cast aside and picked up three days later after you saw another idea fragment lurking in the knitting basket.

This little ball of gorgeous possibility

had six swatches before it latched onto the Wakame Tunic (at Interweave Knits). A beautifully fine, single-ply, kettle-dyed, lace-weight merino from Uruguay, the variegation of hues had to be called out and celebrated while the lace weight needed room to move, twist and stretch. So it felt heavenly as stocking st, looked impressive with slit st rib but they weren’t striking the right balance of tone and movement. The Wakame Tunic suggested itself and that was very nearly right:

The nearly there swatch

The nearly there swatch

I let the idea fragment rest in the corner for a few days and it was only then it tapped me on the should and suggested 6mm needles for 1 ply lace. Perfect.

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3 Comments

  1. suse said,

    September 29, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Aha, I finally found you after all those comments you’ve been leaving on my blog over the past few weeks.

    I work in Footscray (and my chn used to go to school there), but I don’t take the train, I drive. Couldn’t face THAT particular line.

    That ball of wool is heavenly.

  2. kate said,

    September 29, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    You could have been catching the train together all that time! What a tragic loss of communal knitting time.

  3. Stomper Girl said,

    October 1, 2008 at 10:47 am

    As you say, that ball of wool is full of gorgeous possibilities. (Even if I don’t understand the subtleties of them all…)


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