Compared to last year - with usually 1 lace-shawl a month- hardly anything came of the needles.
A pair of socks for Bram (yes, I must make some photo's)...,
some squares for the weddingblanket for Jon and Roy..,
but that is all.
Not much for an Addicted Knitter as I know myself..
There is plenty of yarn around at home in boxes and bags.....
Plenty of ideas..
A few things on the needles...
But..nothing happened or was finished..
Is this a kind of Knitting Burn-out?
No, it is not..Definitely NOT..
On Mondaynight I picked up my needles. Not the Fair-Isle one (too complicated..maybe later in the holiday) but the one with the Blue Aran Jamieson & Smith yarn on it.
Pattern by my favourite Knitting Hero Elizabeth Zimmerman.
From her book The Opinionated Knitter which I got as a birthdaygift from Bram while on the Shetland Isles 2 years ago..
I remember vividly the moment I bought this yarn at the Jamieson & Smith store in Lerwick. with this pattern in my head.
There were 2 options, either purple or blue. I decided to go for blue, because the cables would be more visible in this colour.
Blue, with hints of green..
But..on the way back we had a stop in Melrose,and in the bookshop I found -to my big surprise- the book: Knits Men want.
Inside was a pattern for a simple cardigan ..and suddely I changed my mind.
The blue yarn was the perfect yarn for it.
No more cables..I would go for Simplicity, because that is what a Man like me really wants..
At home I cast on. Knitted the back and 1 front part..
I didn't like the idea of sewing on the button band...and it looked a bit boring..
The EZ cardigan came back in sight
Why on Earth did I ever made this choice...??
Frogging came in sight..and I did..
Back to EZ..how could I have been so stupid to let her go??
I made a swatch on needle 4,5.
Calculated the amount of stiches.
Cast on...and off I went..
First thought: that looks beautiful and steeking wouldn't be that difficult..would it?
Don't know why, but all of a sudden it left me..or did I leave?
It was waiting on the table with the idea: I will finnish it off this summer, so I can wear it the coming winter...
After starting on again, I got the feeling that the fabric was to dense..
Doubts came again...
Isn't there too much happening? All those squares and cables around??
And than..while on Ravelry I came across a pattern by Kate Davies..The Warriston.. and as she writes a sweater: "Inspired by the smock-like garments once worn by shepherds and fishmermen".
Designed for Women, but with some changes it could be very well and item for a Man.
Might do only the patternstitches under and leave the rest plain....
I asked Kate by mail if this was a good idea and got a real nice E-mail back in which she mentioned that it was a good idea to make one for myself..
I have something like a Smock in my wardrobe.
My Smock based shirt from COS.
One of my favourite items, and I love to wear it.
A Smock...No, nothing like a smocked dress..Wikipedia tells (as always) the story.
2 years ago at the BoatMuseum on Shetland I took this picture from an original one, worn by a fisherman.
Ofcourse I bought the pattern, which is part of a really good E-magazine (very well written by Kate herself) with the title: TextIsles.
It contains: 2 feature essays exploring the history of the English smock; an interview with Claire Smith about working with historic smocks and smocking techniques and the pattern for the smock-frock inspired sweater Warriston.
I might buy the 2nd issue also because it is a beautiful and well written magazine and it tells the story of the famous Betty Mouad fom Shetland. All for sale on her website or through Ravelry ofcourse.
Secretly, I envy Kate a little...but just a little...writing an designing..no time for those things now, but who knows in the future..
After another look at my knitting I knew what to do...
Frogging was the answer...
So I frogged...
Was I really sure???
Yes..I was...it was all too much for me...
I went on...
Until the slip-knot appeared....still No Regrets...
(And as I always tell myself: The proces is more important than the result...)
At the end 6 balls of glorious Shetland yarn were on the table.. ready to be cast-on again..
A new start for a -hopefully well fitted- item I will wear with great pleasure...
Holiday memories of Shetland appear now and than.
For those moments I have my special mug ready...
and than I am back in Shetland for a moment...