05 January 2015

Meditative Knitting

Well, it's a new year and  I am still picking away at the 2014 Summerworks Socks. With every knit stitch twisted and every row being one of a 20 row repeat, this is slow going. Sock #1 was completed in the car coming back from Rhinebeck. Sock #2 is about half done. Of course there have been other projects - Christmas knitting comes to mind - and yes, I have more things on the needles concurrently (a cardigan, mittens, The Sagano shawl). This sock however has become my meditation knit. The pattern is quite geometric with yarn overs and double knit stitches moving along in one direction and then the other. One needs to count. Rather than being annoyed at the complexity, I've embraced it. I've taken to knitting a row or two first thing in the morning while I wait for my caffeine to hit. Or I pick it up when job hunting becomes too frustrating and I need to calm my brain by patiently counting twelve stitch repeats. At this rate it's going to be a while before I have new socks and this is perfectly fine with me.

Every knitting project has its purpose. That's one of the wonderful things about the craft.

1 comment:

knitterbeader said...

I like your method of "a few rows at a time" to get to the finish of these socks. With a 20-row pattern repeat, it is very time consuming and easy to make an error (at least I think so).
I was working on a Sea of Dreams Blanket for several years now - then put it aside and never could find where I left off. It was quite lacy and of course I didn't use a lifeline and make a note of where I was. So yesterday, I ripped it back and started another design: a 2-row pattern - k2p2 one row and all knit on the 2nd row. Can't get any easier than this, and a new great-grandson is due in a couple weeks so I'm working on it as much as I can. I won't get finished by his birth date, but hopefully soon after that.
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