The Easy Nemesis

It’s been a pretty busy few months behind the scenes here at Knitting to Stay Sane, no secret about that – and I’m loving the design projects that I’ve completed so far this year, just as much as I’m looking forward to working on more. But damn if it doesn’t leave a knitter a bit fatigued after a while. To wit, a couple of weeks ago, after the Knitter’s Frolic, I started working on something I’d been saving for just such a moment. A moment that required just the right kind of brain activity. The sort of brain activity that leaves you in a place where only the most simple of stitches will do. Garter stitch.

Of course, I’m not sure what it says about me that I picked garter stitch on lace weight for my rebound-recovery project, but no matter. This is the start of a Bridgewater shawl, (pattern by Jared Flood in the Made in Brooklyn booklet), on lace-weight wool-mohair yarn from Wellington Fibres. I purchased one skein of this yarn at last year’s Knitter’s Frolic, and rounded out the yardage on a visit to their farm last August.

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As yarns go, this does not suck. It is smooth and beautiful. And as I have personally met some of the angora goats who contributed to this yarn, I knew it had a limited shelf life in the stash before I had to take it out and get knitting. Make no mistake, it’s a beautiful pattern as well, and I am definitely hankering after a gorgeous Finished Object at the end.

However, let’s not overlook that the combination of garter stitch on lace-weight with a relatively smooth yarn is making the pace a bit slow. Garter stitch is so very…garter-stitch-y. I’m almost half-way through the garter stitch section – a square, around which one then picks up stitches at the edge to work a lace pattern. I am very much looking forward to that moment. I think by the time I get there my brain will be well and truly re-habilitated and looking for some complexity again.

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Nobody ever said knitting wasn’t a challenge – what they forget to tell you is sometimes doing the easy job is the challenge.

You and me, garter stitch. Let’s go.

6 comments

  1. I’m just finishing an all garter stitch cardi that I found (when I started) was just the thing for my mind at the time. As you say though, there comes a point when its “enough with the mental holiday!” and its time to get something a little meatier! It sounds like you’ll be hitting the lace edging just in time for the long weekend…good planning! Enjoy!

  2. Sadly I think I’ve got another week of garter stitch ahead of me – oh if only I were quicker!

    G

  3. Honestly? Straight-up garter stitch is one of the most difficult things for me to knit, because errors are just so dang obvious and such a pain in the tuchus to fix. Sad but true. Garter in laceweight? That is some intensive therapy there.

  4. Laceweight garter?!?!? You’re way tougher than I am, but I’m betting your finished product will be gorgeous.

  5. I’m working on an all garter / stockinette in the round project right now as well. Sometimes you just need to reset your knitbrain.

  6. Maureen · ·

    You’re amazing…garter stitch with laceweight! It will be truly beautiful…I admire your perserverance! I’ve loved this shawl since it was first published! I just may have to start a “hunt” for the perfect yarn…nothing I would find at my LYS to be sure! I can’t wait to see you modeling it…stunning!

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