the Intrepid Fiberwizard

adventures in spinning, knitting, gardening and life

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Knitting is like life:

Sometimes I find that my knitting is like my life... it pays to not look too far ahead. And you can expect some beautiful surprises along the way.
Trust in the process.. every once in awhile check where you are, but if you believe you're on track, keep going.

In my scant 5 years from being a "re-born" knitter, I have moved from scarves, hats and more scarves.. to sweaters and gloves and socks!

Life is challenging - at least mine is. If I look too far ahead, the worry jumps up and bites me, screaming with concern about 'will this work?' Is this really sane? how can you even imagine what you are thinking of..... well, today, my knitting reminds me of this insane questioning.
A few months ago, I began the Cinixia sweater..a sweater of my dreams I might add - and I spun with hopes and dreams woven into each moment. I bought 14 two ounce skeins of delicious bombyx merino fiber from Chasing Rainbows Dyeworks.. sigh.(a big financial investment for anyone!). and I spun on faith. I was aiming for a yarn that would knit up well on size 7 needes. success ! My sample proved to be the right gauge !

Gorgeous colors - a dreamy pattern.. offering no seams, 3/4 length sleeves and lots of flowing movement in the design. I deligently knit the main part of the sweater body - trying hard not to read ahead too far. Every time I did, my heart began to beat rapidly.. I found myself imagining the worst.. how can this work? I asked myself again and again.. this was a new designer, that I had never used. Could I trust her to write the pattern clearly? could I believe my own eyes when reading the pattern? Even as unsure as I was, I carried on.
Now this is where life is like knitting..... know yourself, trust the process.. check in to reality now and then, but keep moving.
I KNEW that I had spun the right gauge..
I KNEW that I loved the fiber...
I hoped (and prayed) that the pattern was correct, despite my dis-belief..
How in the world could you knit the sleeves AND the body of the sweater on one circular needle at the same time?...
Well, what I did, as in my life, is that I suspended my dis-belief. I kept on knitting. I followed the pattern directions, one row at a time.. and diligently forced myself not to read too far ahead (no crystal ball gazing for this knitter!) and I kept on knitting.. row by row.. inch by inch. until finally today, I knit the sleeves onto the same needle as the body of the sweater.
words fail me. It worked!
This photo is a testimony to the wonderful pattern Cinixia. I am indeed knitting on one circular needle (with no seams for later sewing up) both the sleeves and the body of the sweater.
So here is the part where it is again like my life.... I really cannot explain to anyone how this is working, nor why I am not accidently sewing the sleeves together as I knit along.. but - it works. The circular sleeves are growing while attached to the sweater - its magic. ! Well, I guess you'll just have to try it yourself!
The photo shows the bottom half of the sweater - there are several more inches to go before I begin the decreases..(and no, I'm not reading ahead) It is a row by row knitting project now. and I cover up the future directions lest my heart begins to palpitate! As in life.. I am showing up, doing what is right in front of me, and knowing that I am willing to rip like h**l if it doesn't work..
I figure I'm covered. :-)

Oh and here is the embroidery that Leah requested. I really did stitch this - about 15 years ago (or was that a lifetime :-) I also used to make hand made quilts (as in zero- machine-stitches for a full-sized quilt) sigh. that was all pre-knitting flu. It was fun. My double boxes of embroidery floss and at least six plastic bins of fabric lay in waiting until I return to them.. perhaps one day when the knitting world runs out of patterns!
today I'm hooked on magic sweaters.
life is magical and wonderful.
don't read too far ahead.


At March 23, 2006 at 5:26 AM, Anonymous Becky said...

The sweater is going to be perfect! I really love that pattern too. I wish sweaters looked better on me, sigh. But yours is going to be really special!

At March 23, 2006 at 6:00 AM, Blogger Karen said...

Isn't it wonderful when you have that little doubt about something you haven't tried before, but you forge ahead and it works! I love that feeling. Your sweater looks great! And you spun the yarn for it too. Wow. I can't wait to be able to do that someday.
Your embroidery is awesome! :)

At March 23, 2006 at 11:35 AM, Blogger amanda said...

Magic sweater indeed! I really loathe finishing work and I think that pattern you're working on is absolutely dreamy since there is no finishing work involved. And you spun the yarn?! You rock Teyani!

And cool sampler...I can cross stitch but never found the satisfaction or relaxation in it that I do with knitting/spinning.

At March 23, 2006 at 2:52 PM, Blogger Chris said...

Oh, that's a cute sweater - and I bet it will be divine in your yarn!

At March 24, 2006 at 8:11 AM, Blogger Momo said...

Magic sweater, magic Teyani! Suspending disbelief is a fabulous notion. I will have to practice that more often.

At March 24, 2006 at 6:04 PM, Anonymous Leah said...

That sweater is too cool! I'm watching with anticipation! And you spun the wool.

My hero!!

Thanks for sharing your sampler. Like you, I still hear the siren call of the floss, but the call of the yarn and needles is louder, at least for now...

At March 25, 2006 at 5:52 AM, Blogger Deb said...

Oh great - now I have to go get THAT saweater out of the "started but not completed" pile because of the beautiful way you wrote about it! Yours, of course, is as beautiful as your words! Wonderful post!

At March 28, 2006 at 12:19 PM, Blogger Kira said...

Fabulous 'leap of faith' sweater. And what gorgeous yarn you spun.

At March 29, 2006 at 7:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn.... I haven't seen that stitchwork in YEARS! It used to hang in our house and I saw it every day.... funny the things that pop up later in a blog ;)

Love, -E


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