What are these pieces most likely to be? Believe it or not, what sets me totally against the current wave in knitting is that these pieces are scarves and shawls!
In the past year, I have knit the following.
- Jane Sowerby's leaf and trellis (twice, once as a square and once as a rectangle)
- Stephen West's spectra and bluewhale
- Maylin tri'coterie designs' wingspan (twice, once over 72 stitches rather than the 90 of the pattern)
- Veera Valimaki's stripe study and color affection (I am half way through the latter but have now decided not to finish it.)
These are lovely accessories (and here's a photo of the wingspan, spectra, and stripe study as evidence). I am especially fond of the Jane Sowerby piece and the Stephen West spectra from which I learned much.
These lovely things are decorating my home and closet beautifully. And I don't regret making them. I'm just finding myself talking myself out of starting anything else in any way similar.
Because I don't wear them! Why? Too hot? Forget? Don't know how? Because they obscure the hard-fought necklines of my sweaters? Because my best features are my neck and shoulders? All of the above? I don't know.
I made each of these patterns because I got caught up in the fact that everyone was making them or I saw a friend wearing one with great and enviable style.
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But they aren't me. And I won't wear them. So I need to (again) learn to knit things that bear some resemblance to what I actually wear--to re-establish the connection between my knitting and my closet rather than knit things that just hang there.
As I said earlier, when I make something I love to wear I'll make it three times. Here's a picture of something I have knit three times and am busy exploring further. And I'd rather do this than make something once that I'll never wear.
It's about honouring our craft, which I do better when I knit what I wear, wear what I knit. Plus I learn more when I knit something that requires fit to my body and coordination with my wardrobe. That's the place I'd rather inhabit.