I've had idle hands in the evening while watching TV. Hands that like to be busy doing something. I haven't let myself start a new knitting project until I finish my son's sweater. The sweater that I have come to hate. The sweater that I just can not make myself pick up and work on. Yeah, THAT sweater!
torturous tedious task of knitting that sweater has haunted me been my project for almost a year now. I finally decided that in order to get my momentum back to finish it, I needed to remind myself that knitting can be FUN! My son is not growing anymore. The sweater will still fit him whenever I get it done. He is not shivering for lack of something warm to wear, either.
So, with clear conscience, (the yarn was on sale!) I started a new knitting project. A lovely green shawl.
The pattern is knit top down. It starts at the neckline with about 20 stitches, and then increases every other row after that.
It has two pattern stitches that consist of a simple yarn over, knit 1, yarn over to create a bit of shaping in the shoulders that helps the shawl stay put when wearing it, and also creates two lines of openwork that run down the length of the shawl. The rest is just a comfortable, relaxing, back and forth knit-a-row, purl-a-row.
It's hard to get a pretty picture of it, because the fullness gathers up on the circular needle, but I think you can get the idea.
There are no pieces that have to fit together. I can just keep knitting until I think it is long enough, or I run out of yarn, whichever comes first. It's been so enjoyable to sit and knit without having to put a lot of thought into it, or stopping to check my directions every two minutes.
It's all coming back to me now.
Knitting is fun!
In what seems like no time at all, this shawl has already grown many, many inches. I may just keep knitting until if becomes a full blown cloak!