June 25, 2007
There's always more.
Happy knitaversary to me,
Happy knitaversary to me,
Happy knitaversary, dear Grumpy,
Happy knitaversary to me!
And many more!
On this, my third knitaversary, I will bask in the knowledge that there's always more. There is always another sweater, another yarn, another needle, and another technique just waiting around the corner, begging to be explored.
- Just when I think I've mastered stranded knitting, I'm reminded of that gorgeous stag. And who can claim to be a stranding master of any kind if she hasn't yet steeked? Not I! There's always more.
- Just when I think I've got the whole cabling thing figured out, I remember that Aran patterns are sometimes knit in the round, and sometimes need to take a sharp turn. There's always more.
- Just when I think no lace chart is beyond my comprehension, I remember that I've yet to work backwards - to look at a photograph of complex lace and reverse engineer a chart. There's always more.
- Just when I think I'm getting decent at photographing my knits, a little blog surfing swiftly puts me in my place. There's always more.
- Just when I think I've 'mentally fondled' every interesting sweater, I remember the Sunrise Circle Jacket (link to pdf), all the goodies in Knitting Nature, the two Loop-d-Loop books, and the new Norah Gaughan collection. There's always more.
There's always more. Another day, another challenge. And that keeps me knitting, and taking photos, and blogging. The day I sop up all the knitting goodness would be a sad day indeed, because that would be the day I put down my needles. I'm joyful knowing that this day will never come. There's always more!
In the spirit of pushing my limits, embracing the unknown, and learning something new, I decided to start my Fishnet Knee-Highs from Knitting Lingerie Style using one of those "magic" cast-ons. You know the type - there's yarn, two needles, some wrapping, some mingling, and voilà! Two rows of stitches are formed, morphing into the completed toe a few rounds later.
I've never used any of these "magic" cast-ons before! First, I knit most of my socks from the cuff to the toe. Second, the provisional cast-on, short-row method has always worked for me, so I felt no need to try another.
I'm amazed. It is completely, entirely seamless. Sure, it was a little tricky to cast-on, but once I got the hang of it, it went quickly, effortlessly. There was no wrapping and picking up short-rows (tricky with a thick yarn and small needles!), and there was no provisional cast-on. I can't believe I waited three years to pick up this technique. There's always more - for me, for you, for our craft.