no im not sick. there are no creepy crawlys all over todays post. im actually talking about virtual knitting germs. we’ve all heard of the dreaded shawl flu, that state of high fever and agitation we feel when we’re not knitting a shawl of some kind and need to finish one and start another. quickly. i suspect ive been in denial about my current bout of shawl flu. it was only when i finished celaeno and immediately cast on this
that i realised i maybe had a little problem. the shawl itself is not the problem.
madeline tosh sock in tart and cloak, with a fabulous assymetrical design that uses short row shaping? nothing wrong with that. it appears to have gone a little viral in knitting circles, as these things do from time to time. i have heard some people moan endlessly about how much they HATE viral knitting, how bad it is, how boring, how we’re all just sheep following the flock and theyre too clever and individual to do that. yeah whatever. bite off your nose to spite your face, i dont care. usually if somethings viral its because its a great design. usually, i say, not always, and i dont mean what the majority of ‘ravelers’ consider ‘hot’ today either. im talking about that kind of pattern that starts slowly and spreads like wildfire, people you know and respect are all knitting it, everyone thinks its clever, or pretty, or whatever. its the kind of pattern that transcends usual knitting boundaries. im pretty sure the stripe study shawl is one of those. im feeling a little evangelical about it. go knit one, you know you want to.
i am feeling a little less evangelical about sock patterns. apparently, it turns out, im not a big fan of KALs. my friends pointed this out to me yesterday when i was having a fit of angst about yet another SS62011 sock i have reservations about. i like the nutkin, i really do, its a lovely design and i think i had the perfect yarn for it, this scrummy koigu,
but i am hearing so much about it being too tight and unforgiving. i do have options of course. i could knit the nutkin pattern along the front of the leg and foot and a nice stretchy rib along the back of the leg. that idea comes courtesy of knitabulous. its a good idea. but do i really like the pattern enough to do that to it? another idea is to add more purls in at the sides of each pattern. this is a good idea too but im still worried about stretch and i hate the look of stretched purls. my other idea may seem strange but it makes sense to me. that is, dont knit them at all. knit a design i know i love with a pattern i dont have to modify, that will result in a product i know i will wear. im headed towards the no-purl monkey. yes ive made them before. twice even. but ive given them both away. once in cherry tree hill to bells, and once in lornas laces to a flyball friend. maybe its time i had my own pair.
then theres a third option entirely. put the koigu away for a while and knit this gorgeous spudd and chloe (aka bluesky alpaca) into something long and lacey and nancy-bushish.
i was originally thinking unst, but i actually do want to make long socks, and in something maybe a little more girly. my options are wide open there. oh decisions decisions. do feel free to share your opinion in the comments, knowing full well that im likely to do whatever i want anyway.
this resistance to the S62011 socks is not really about hating KALs, though its true i dont join them often. mostly because i have too much going on to commit to deadlines, but also because sometimes i just dont like whats being knit. this is what has happened with S6, as ive moaned about before, so theres no point in moaning about it again. lifes short, there are no knitting police, step on the grass, knit what you want. there really isnt anything else behind my ‘doesnt play well with others’ thing apart from being old and grinchy and time poor and selfish. so, you know, quite a lot really. i never have played well with others, if truth be known. mrs greene wrote it on my year two report. perhaps she was onto something.
i am learning though. joining my new choir has helped with that. the group is at all different levels of talent, ability and learning, and some peoples song choice is frustrating, as is the way they want it to sound like such and such sang it back in 1972. thats ok, its just a choir, and our teacher is very good at prising the original sheet music out of peoples hands and teaching them to just let themselves feel it. i had to sing a bit of a solo this week:
i had the piano at least, so it was ok, but really, it was awful to just hear my own voice like that. im working on something solo for a little performance with a ukelele in early may, im not sure im going to be able to do it. group performing doesnt worry me at all, we have a performance scheduled for a local ‘festival of voices’ on june 5 as part of a workshop/gig with these guys and i cant wait, but by myself? eeep.
singing apparently, is something i am happy to follow along with!
ps todays scenery courtesy of my picturesque work place.