Apparently a contemplative mood brings out my desire to knit. I seem to suddenly be knitting again, and I think that’s a good thing. As usual, I choose knitting that is uncomplicated, but I can tell as my moods change, so does the speed of my knitting.
If I am feeling a bit angry, I knit faster. I concentrate on the speed of the knitting as I work out and think through my anger. I notice that this doesn’t change my gauge, just my speed. However, the knitting is held closer to my face, and I just fly through it.
If I am feeling down, or just needing to think something through, I knit slowly, meditatively. I feel the yarn running through my fingers, I am aware of what I am doing. Speed is not necessary. I stop often, smooth the knitting out on my lap, look it over, enjoying the texture and sight of it.
I am currently working on two projects, actively. The first is my muji painting cowl. This has been on the needles since April, but has seen just a little action here and there. I kept it at work for a time, and it got some love there. But it is now back at home and I am managing perhaps 4 rows a day. I didn’t have enough of the merino/silk plied with silk, so I had to begin using the merino/silk plied on itself. I’ve been blending it in, and I do not think that it will be terribly noticeable once the cowl is complete. The softness of this is just divine and I think I can get quite a bit of use out of it in the fall and winter.
The other project I just started is a small shawl. I decided to use the merino I recently finished spinning. The shawl pattern is called Maluka. The border is knit first, and then the rest of the shawl is added to the border. You can see that my yarn is only just starting to change color, and it is a very subtle shift. I have 10 out of 33 repeats done on the border.
It is nice to know that knitting is there. Despite the fact that I don’t do it very often these days, it remains an important part of my life.