I made a knitting resolution last year– to use up odd balls of yarn that had been hanging around the house for far too long – and I passed my target of knitting up half of the dozen little bags of yarn I photographed.
There was no resolution this year, because at the start of the year I was re-working the Man of the House’s Aran. I’d not taken account of the depth of the armholes and the sleeves were much too long. I was ready to knit something else but after putting so much work in I had to put in a little more and have it exactly right.
And I wanted to mix things up a bit more this year, to get back to knitting garment again and slowly a plan began to merge. It involves:
- Wardrobe building.
- Things I haven’t done before.
- Continuing to use yarn that’s already in the house.
Not so much a resolution as a new design for a knitting life.
I had a break from knitting when the Aran was finally finished – but I’ve picked up my needles again – and I have a sweater nearly finished and a hat to show you today.
I had a single skein of Merlin Aran for Eden Cottage Yarns.
The yarn is lovely. It has exactly the right balance of substance and strength, it’s developed a lovely halo now it’s knitted up,. The shade – India – is perfectly poised between red and pink, and it has just enough variation to give it depth without becoming variegated.
It was irresistible and it spoke to me – it said ‘HAT!’
I’d had my eye on Queenie by Woolly Wormhead for quite some time.
It’s a child’s pattern, but I loved the shape, and if you look through the projects on Ravelry you’ll see that several people have scaled it up to make an adult hat.
I was sure that I could do the same. And I did!
It’s a lovely hat.
It fits perfectly – me and the dog!
I love it – but there’s one big problem. It doesn’t suit me at all.
I should have known – I’ve learned over the years that it’s not enough to simply love the yarn and the pattern – I know that I have to cherry-pick the things I love to find the ones that I will love to knit, that will suit me, and that I will have occasion to wear.
I was distracted by a lovely yarn and a striking pattern.
(The hat will either be a gift or a donation to an autumn bazaar.)
The sweater that I mentioned. This one – but in quite different colours.
Then I have another one in mind. And another hat ….