I have been knitting on and off for years. Sometimes it becomes a dormant love, other times not so much. In the past year, this love I have for yarn and knitting has been growing and growing. 2015 is the year of the sheep, you know. I've spent my time stealing moments at Purl Soho in New York during busy work trips....drooling over beautiful instagram feeds and websites of amazing creative people....stockpiling beautiful yarns and ideas along the way.
There are a few projects that don't seem to take off right away (like the Mara shawl). Oh, how I wish I wouldn't over complicate knitting patterns. I've had to take that one apart probably 4 times.
There are projects that are a little more time consuming, and with my full time job seem to go unattended for long pauses (like the Purl Soho Cardigan). The amazing yarn from Quince & Co keeps me coming back, though.
And there is the main one (at the moment), where I try as much as possible to plug away at the small seed stitches, one therapeutic row at a time. I do fear this gradient cowl will take much longer than I originally thought. But I am really enjoying the process and am learning to be patient.
I pulled out my current selection of projects in an attempt to regroup:
2 pairs of socks, 1 shawl, 1 cowl and a sweater. I love them all.
But the dreaming and planning is half of the fun to me. It's what keeps me plugging away at each project. I'm already gathering pattern ideas for hats and mittens for the whole family this fall.
I've always had some kind of creative project on the go. And although I have loved many mediums to work with, something has just clicked for me with knitting. Perhaps I'm at an age where patience and persistence are more welcome. Some days I believe it is because life has become more hectic and stressful than ever before, and knitting is really a pure sense of relief and joy...each and every knit and purl contributing to something bigger and better. The yarns are more beautiful than ever, and the entire process of how a hank or skein comes to be is truly fascinating to me. Whatever it is, I am really enjoying it.