Later this week, I am excited to start a group class offered by an LYS "across the pond" (off island) focused on making one of Kate Davies' designs, the Smookie. It reminded me immediately of a classic tin ceiling with such amazing textured pattern. I have never worked with twisted stitches and have never participated in a group schedule for making a sweater, but feel it will give me accountability and a sense of community to have encouragement to make the same item alongside a group of folks.
I am now back to working 55 hours a week. I continue seeking a job that brings me up to present day cost of living, but in lieu of that I persist in my now dinosaur-like skill of transcribing human voice inside a world of automated and AI-enabled voice capturing software. I take some pride in being a skilled dinosaur and feel at least my 28 years of experience can still be used to benefit others.
Knitting, my sanctuary from the world. I reflect upon how in my 20s, I felt ashamed of knitting at night because what 20-year-old is staying at home knitting? At least in my culture, in that time. Thankfully, now YouTube is full of a thriving knitting community of folks enjoying the craft and inspiring one another across the globe. My general mental critic continued its unhelpful voice of shame until recently. I now consciously enter the world of making with great joy and do not care what anyone else thinks about spending my evenings or weekends allowing yarn to pass through my fingers. Even if it is a slow process. Even if it does not bring me income. Simply making is the joy and does not need justification.
Works in Progress Update
Rowan: I look forward to blocking the cables and seeing how they relax shape. I currently have completed one sleeve but was too antsy to begin the stunning back panel to make the other sleeve yet.
Serein: I encountered what I believe to be a math error in sizing either in the pattern or potentially my own brain, but I let the designer know via Ravelry. Thus, I unraveled about 2 inches of work and reset the sleeve separation. If it does not fit me, it will make someone else a wonderfully cozy sweatshirt-like sweater.
Having attempted to design my own patterns in the past, I fully appreciate how a single small word can alter the meaning of an entire pattern's math, so I have great empathy for anyone selling their own designs. One reason I am making garments over the past year is to learn as much as I can about their construction using differing techniques so that I can potentially design my own in the future.
FUTURE MAKES FOR WHICH I HAVE YARN
Eye Dazzler - So many New Mexico childhood memories evoked with this!
A Stephen West shawl - possibly the Branching Brioche or Aurora Cabin to replace the Twists & Turns mystery KAL I am frogging because I simply lost mojo.
Staying close to the wealth of nature and making with my hands bring me greatest joy and comfort. You can find me on Instagram as @waterwomanknits, and on Ravelry as Waterwoman-Knits.