Hedgehog Knits

Adventures in knitting from the eastern edge of Canada.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Tweedy comfort

I find it amazing that no matter how I try to prioritize my knitting projects, making lists of upcoming projects, stashing yarn and purchasing patterns with definite plans, that if the right mood strikes, I will be forced to drop everything, start something new, and knit on it continuously until it's finished, or a different whim overtakes me, and I abandon it in favour of the next big thing.

I go through moods of wanting to clear out my works-in-progress to start fresh (I can dream, can't I?), and there are other times where I start three new projects in a week. There are times when a new pair of socks needs to be started just to fulfill the need for a simple, portable project to take on a trip, and then there are days like yesterday.

I've been fighting a nasty cold for a few days, and finally called in sick yesterday to stay home and be miserable lounging around the house. I've been working on a design project, trying to make some sort of cardigan out of a big pile of black Patons Fresco that's been sitting in my stash for way to long. Through the haze of cold medication yesterday, I couldn't bring myself to pick up the calculator. I needed something to pass the day and make me happy. Something with explicit instructions that I couldn't mess up very easily.

I finally downloaded Anne Hansen's Delicato pattern for lacy fingerless mitts.

There was no way that I would be leaving the house (or even getting out of my pyjamas), so I pulled out the only yarn I had on hand that would work, a cone of laceweight Derby Tweed left over from a vest I knit last year.

Exactly what I needed, and a very well written pattern. And they'll keep my hands warm in the chilly office when I return to work.

I also bought the Irtfa'a lace shawl pattern while I was at it, for another day when I'm feeling a little more adventurous. For today, I'm going to curl up and finish the left mitt and spend some quality time with Harry Potter - finally, I get to catch up with the rest of the world and read book 7.



Blogger Marianne said...

That mitt is absolutely beautiful! Anne's designs are such stunners. I also bought Irtfa'a a few weeks ago, have no idea when I'll get to knit it but hey, I figure getting the pattern is the first step towards the goal,eh?
Feel better soon, Kelly.

10:19 a.m.  
Blogger Sarah said...

I'm becoming a strong believer that knitting should follow your whim - we do this for the love of it and if you don't love what you're knitting because of whatever mood is upon you then it's not such fun is it?

Seems like you found just what you needed from the knitting and that is a lovely mitt.

Hope you feel much better soon.

4:51 p.m.  

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