Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Crafting on :: simply knitting

The last few days I didn't really feel like picking up my knitting. It happens, but I wondered what the reason was.
I had three projects going, but none of them called out to me. This morning, trying to decide which one to take with me to the house, I realized why. None of them were simple. Even the dishcloths require a lot of thinking and deciding, since I'm using scraps, and I'm a bit OCD about matching colors and identical pairs.
I'm also working on a topdown shirt, but I'm making it up as I go and I'm right at the point where I'm working out the sleeves. Not simple at all.
And then there was the scarf I started. Sounds simple enough, but I was planning on making it into a sampler scarf, using my grandmother's patternbook to learn some new stitch patterns. So I got stuck at deciding how big to make the blocks (or rows) and which pattern to use next.
I'm very good at making things hard for myself...
I took the scarf with me and I think it will just be a plain patent stitch scarf. I never did patent stitch before, but I love how easy it is, once you get the hang of it. It's just interesting enough to keep my mind from wandering too far.
(I've been googling it, I think it's the same as brioche, or fisherman's rib - but I don't do purls or yarnovers, just single and double k's.)

I still have a long way to go, but I think this will be perfect for these last weeks of going back and forth to the house.

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  1. Thanks for visiting my blog. I agree, sometimes something simple to travel with is best. No thinking required. I have a shawl svarf on my needles at present. Can't put it down. So contagious but I keep making mistakes and get frustrated with it.

    1. Thanks for visiting back ;-)
      Getting frustrated is not good, but it sounds like a wonderful project. Maybe you need a simple project on the side too ;-)

  2. Nancy Marchant does a lot of Brioche st and is a master of it! Check her stuff out.

  3. I'm with you on wanting simple no thinking projects. I try to have at least 2 projects going at the same time, one where I think and one where I do not think :)

    1. Yes, that's what I'm leaning toward these days too. I used to be a one project girl, but I'm not anymore.