Tired Mind

I've pretty busy thinking about my designs lately. Sketches, swatches, and test-knitting have taken up all my crafty time. Which, really, is fine. I love feeling this way, like there's always fresh inspiration right around the corner. Like I have too many ideas to put into words--or stitches.

And, I like where it's all going. I like the patterns I have lined up for polishing and finishing, and I really like that I may even have designs ready in advance to release in the fall. I like that I haven't run out of ideas to knit up yet. I love how I keep running into amazing people, amazing styles, and amazing places that keep the juices flowing. I really do.

But... Honestly? I'm a perfectionist, and I hate frogging. The hat I'm currently working on is on its third go-round because the first two times didn't come out like I wanted it to, like I envisioned it in my head. And I really wish that wouldn't happen.
Everything I do when creating my own stuff is cloudy with an 80% chance of frogging.

That's okay most of the time. But there are other times when you really just want a guarantee that if you have the right gauge, the right needles, and the right yarn, that you will get the exact item you had in mind when you started out.
That's why I love knitting from established patterns that other, more patient people have come up with. If I find the perfect pattern on Ravelry, chances are that following it will give me what I saw in the picture. Sunny with high chance of FO.

Here's to those guys. Everybody who makes stuff for us to make. Here's to the fact that when I am having a bad creative day, I can flip open a book, pick up some yarn, and make exactly what I wanted to.

Veronica Avery's Knitting 24/7, and that skein of Madelinetosh I bought at Purl Soho, are calling my name... Not sure that I'll be able to resist much longer.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this post. My mind is crowded with design ideas, too, and it often feels overwhelming to imagine getting the right dimensions with the right yarn and right needle in place. So, cheers to trusted and well-written established patterns. Go knit that skein of Madelinetosh and enjoy someone else's labor of love!