Thursday, 31 May 2012

Knitting Meditation

I'm a sewer. Not a knitter. I need someone to remind me of that. I have this problem where I start overly ambitious craft projects frequently. If it involves sewing, then it usually turns out fabulously and there is minimal frustration. Well this time I've done it with knitting, and frustration abounds! As I pull out my knitting for the third time in three days, I am reminded of the meditation of knitting. Slow down, watch the pattern, count the stitches, look back over your work, ask for help. Somewhere I lost balance with those principles and ended up with this twisted mess.

What is this tangle supposed to be you may ask? It's a beanie I'm knitting for Dada Avocado (who has just shaved all his hair off at the beginning of Winter). The pattern is this one for all you Ravelers out there and the two balls of potential are yarn from ZigoZago that I am very excited about. The pattern itself isn't hard. The problem lies in this being my first solo time knitting-in-the-round. I did knit a ball for Elijah at Easter under the very close guidance of my friend B who is a wonder-knitter. Somehow, this is so much harder! First I didn't realise that 'long tail cast on' was something different to what I usually do, then I tried on double point needles and got horribly messed up, then I was working on these circular needles and looked down to see IT'S TWISTED! So after a few text messages of photos to B, it has been decided that starting again is the only option. I was so focused on how neat it was looking and following the knit, knit, knit, purl that I lost sight of the bigger picture. Now how's that for a metaphor for life? Knitting is a meditation friends, we can all learn from this.

3 comments:

  1. Hi Muma Avocado:

    I might be able to help--

    After you cast on, touch your needles together so that your needles form a circle, then twist each stitch around so that they all face the inside of your circle. Once they are all facing the same direction, then knit the first stitch and join the two ends.
    Keep it up--knitting is alot cheaper than therapy and you end up with something nice when you're done!

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  2. I should have said "touch your needle points together!" Anyway, I hope it helps and good luck!

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  3. Thank you so much Carla for your encouragement and advice. I seem to be having more luck using the 'magic loop method' now. Hopefully it continues to work!

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