With a view to starting a project – or rather the project – on my ‘mature student’ course, I have been rattling through my works in progress, gradually turning them into finished items. So at this point I have two knitting and two crochet WIPs. I’m even knitting Cline again!
So Kermit the scarf is now finished and blocked (and it’s rather pretty if I do say so myself), I remade the sleeves on my Cranberry Gose to put it back into circulation, banged out a Lillian,
….and I’ve frogged the Purbeck (maybe for now). Which will leave me with the Cline and one sock. The socks (there is a pair) are the self designed toe-up lace sock which have taken some time to come to fruition. I have re-knitted them about 4 times so far in order to correct some issues with the heel and cuff but now they are pretty much refined, so all I have to do is finish the second and write the pattern.
I’m emphasising ‘all’ here because everyone knows that the second sock is often the hardest thing in the world to finish: the novelty has evaporated and the love is gone. But one sock is not functional (except at Christmas) so you grit your teeth and grind it out. So there’s that, and then there’s writing the pattern.
I’ve done two (cuff down vanilla and also lace) but once you’ve written a vanilla sock you can just cut and paste, and then after you’ve written out the lace, you’re done. (Writing the vanilla sock pattern took a week, making the chart for the lace and written instructions took about the same). This time, I have to write out another total sock pattern, including a short row heel, make a chart for the lace and write it out too. This will take a while. (massive understatement alert)
Sometimes I think about time and knitting. A sweater is a big project and takes weeks to finish, socks and shawls take thousands of stitches and hours. Writing a pattern is a painstaking process too. So I can see why hand dyeing is so popular in the knitting world. You take a blank, dye it, cook it and bob’s your uncle. Sure, there’s skill and talent in combining colours, but the process itself is quick and satisfying. How do I know: I’ve done it.
I can also see why hand dyeing is a popular retail option. Dyes cost next to nothing per make, the blanks can be had fairly cheaply so you can be looking at a really good markup. If that’s your bag. Do I sound a little jaundiced? Well maybe a little.
Anyway moving on…..