I do so love working with self striping yarn. I guess that is why I love knitting socks so much. “Oh, look! A new color coming into the color. Yippee!” If you’re a knitter, you get a little nerdy like that. New patterns and new colors send you reeling with an excitement that is better than sex….
(The crowd went quiet…. No, those are not crickets chirping, those are cicadas).
Ok, too far. But, if you’re a knitter, you know what I mean. New colors, new patterns, new stitches all make you feel giddy and excitable. One of the true beauties of this craft. You never stop learning. And just when you think you’re a masterful, over gloated genius who knows everything there is to know, stitches remind you that you know nothing. Among the many virtues of the fiber arts? Hubris.
But, oh, if you are of the mindset as I am that there is always something new to learn, then your world brightens with colors and experiences that enrich and hinder all at the same time. And so goes life. Enrichment and hindrance. Learn, love, enjoy, fail, learn to love again…..
Sometimes boredom rocks a knitter. Beats him to wanting to do something strange like…..turning old trash bags into rugs, or old t-shirts into curtains. Monotony can kill a fiber artist. So, the reason I step back into crochet on a regular basis. I’ll crack a beer, throw on some beautiful tunes, grab that hook, gather a skein and whisper, “Let us learn something new….”
I had the BEST time playing with the “virus” stitch. (Wish ya’ll would come up with a new name for it, but hell. It is what it is). Great pattern. Lots of fun, lots of movement and indulgent swirling of the the size I-9’s.
So, I present to you my latest exploration. A bear and baby blanket done in virus stitch. Great GREAT colors working themselves up beautifully, allowing the artist to smile readily, handing the recipient a reminder of a truly wonderful time creating. Made with Bubble Gum and Tutti Frutti from Lionbrand, they really were an enjoyable few nights in quiet crafting…..well, while Nitzer Ebb blared in the background. If you’d like to have the set, click here.
If it does well, I’ll make a few more. But, hush! Hold tight! Be quick! For I’m sure I’ll be off to learn something new….
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