FO: Different Lines

Different Lines

Pattern: Different Lines by Veera 
Yarn: Madeline Tosh Sock & Alpha B yarn BBF
Needles: US 6

Have you ever timed your stitches? 

I don't consider myself a fast knitter. The reason why I make so many things is because I spend a lot of time working on them. I don't admit to people how much time I spend but it's A LOT. I may or may not forget to eat, shower or do laundry when I am in the zone with a knit I cannot wait to finish.

It didn't occur to me that I was anywhere near being a fast knitter until I was working different lines.

Different Lines

Well folks, apparently I am a fast knitter.

It's a funny thing to respond to when someone calls you out being so quick. I mean what do you say in response? "Thank you!" or "I try." or "Awe Shucks, you're just seeing things!"

Speed doesn't always mean quality. Sure you can knit like the wind but are those stitches even? Who wants a wonky sweater that's made fast? Quality takes time.

It's true knitting continental (picking your yarn) allows you to create the stitches in a much quicker way than knitting english (throwing your yarn) does. It's the nature of the mechanics. Does that mean it's better? I don't think so. I learned how to knit the english way and often times I'll switch back because it just "feels better". And don't even get me started on combination knitting! That's a whole other world.

Different Lines

My goal in knitting is to create something I will love and wear often. It's what gets me most excited about the craft. Not speed or structure or even technique, it's the end product that get me pumped. Do I learn how to make better stitches along the way? absolutely! But again, the end product must be something I can wear proudly.

I was walking with my husband yesterday wearing my different lines and he mentioned how he felt that this piece would get a lot of people asking, "Where did you buy that?"

It's one of my favorite questions. I love telling people, "Oh no, I made this!"

Different Lines 

Different Lines

Do I dare consider making Stripe Study now? 😉

Project Spectrum 5: Red Rock

Sundara 100% Silk

Do you know Sundara? Of course you do. She's that fabulous indie dyer who produces coveted skeins of yarn that go on sale and sell out immediately.

Well, back in 2006 (I feel weird that I have to say "back") I emailed Sundara to have her dye fire engine red yarn for a scarf I wanted to make my my dear brother, Drew.  It was a Shifting Sands scarf, too.

Andrew Shifting Sands

I also bought a skein of her pure silk while making that order. All 1000 yards of it. I don't quite know what I had in mind then. It was probably something Eunny was making (how I miss her blog!). Alas, mine did not work out and I put the precious skein away for another day.

Enter Project Spectrum!

PS: Red Rock

This is my first year actively particpating in Project Spectrum!  The amazing Lolly has brought it out of retirement and I cannot wait to see what everyone creates. While I know so many others have big plans to try other crafts I'm going to keep it to my one true love: Knitting. What's more – I am going to use this as a reason to use my stash.  Each month a different color – a different stashed yarn!

I'm about half way through the edging of my Rock Island shawl and can already tell this is gonna be one epic shawl.