I know, it’s been almost a week. What kind of blogger goes without writing to their peeps for almost a week? The kind of blogger who has been working on a project that is taking way longer than expected. Still, I understand that is no excuse and from looking at the pictures, you would want to know why the scarf took a week to make….
and therein lies the lesson. (Get some coffee or tea; this is gonna take a while.)
I feel incredibly blessed to be able to combine writing with knitting. It is something that seems to fit with me since I am either at my computer or have my knitting needles in my hand.
So, I had this idea – several ideas- to combine them both, earn something of a living and be able to enhance the spiritual walk that is a part of my life.
I am working on a book of patterns that have a spiritual basis to them. It involved reading Bible passages and seeing what type of garment those passages inspired. I would read, make a note that said something like: “Prayer shawl: red, orange, burnt orange – colors of the sunset.” I had thirteen of these to go with the Bible passages. There were prayer shawls, blankets and afghans.
But I had no designs. No patterns. And I hesitated as I thought about how I was going to go about getting these patterns for my book. Would I hire designers? Would I ask for freebies? Would I purchase patterns outright?
While this was going on, I had the bright idea of opening up the shop on Etsy and trying to sell my items there. I figured I wouldn’t specialize in one particular thing because that’s the quickest way to boredom for me. No, I would knit items as I do now – pull the first book off the shelf or look at the first item in my Ravelry Que or bookmarked on my computer and start knitting.
(Do you need a drink refill?)
Funny thing happened on the way to stocking my store. The next pattern for me to knit was for a baby blanket. A weird looking baby blanket. I liked the pattern but thought a baby would take one look at it, slap the doctor and go back into the womb.
So I thought: keep the stitches – alter the pattern.
Change the size of the yarn
Change the needles
Increase the size of the blanket
Use different colors – manly colors
Make it a throw.
and that became the Man Cave Throw I’ve blogged about.
Next, I pulled out a pattern for a baby blanket. I read the pattern and I didn’t have enough of the right kind of yarn (no, seriously, I didn’t.) But I did have all these skeins of a ‘baby yarn’ that I brought for another project and didn’t like so I started knitting with that and it worked.
Except I had to change the size of the needles because the weight of the yarn was different than the pattern called for.
Which meant I had to calculate the number of stitches I would need to get the size indicated in the pattern.
Except I wanted it to be bigger than the pattern indicated.
And I wanted to use different stitches than the pattern indicated.
Those of you who are very smart have already put this together. I, on the other hand, was still clueless.
I began to work on an afghan. The pattern called for about nine strips: four cabled strips and five strips of a different pattern. I started working on it when, you guessed it, I decided I needed to change what I was knitting.
In the meantime, I was working on the book when I raised the question again of where am I going to get these patterns – and then it hit me – I had just designed two blankets.
I was still dense. I said to myself, “But they don’t match any of the descriptions of the items I said I wanted.” The voice spoke to me again. “Change the descriptions.”
So, I placed the two patterns into the book and was feeling pretty good and went back to working on the afghan with all the cables. I decided to completely change the pattern but not until I had knit this strip. And last night, at about midnight, I told myself to go to bed when I looked at the strip pinned to the cable strip and decided to remove it. I took it off, looked at it and thought to myself ‘what am I going to do with this?’ and I put it around my neck and said, ‘Bet I can turn this into a scarf.’ and ‘Bet I can do a different kind of fringe.’
And I did. Pattern number three. A new item for the shop. A new blog post.
Ain’t God alright?