Basic, uncomplicated, quite utilitarian, and stretchy, the lowly garter stitch is oft derided. It's seen as inelegant, rustic, simple and primitive-not fancy, not flattering or exciting. But, as many of today's new patterns have proven, that way of thinking is far from the truth. Garter has a glamor all its own and many of us find its simplicity elegant and attractive.
Kim Hargreaves' Harmony has a certain flair in its simplicity of design, unique lace edging, and basic construction. The lace edge knit up quickly, and was easier than I first thought. The body, which could have become a long slog, has grown steadily and easily. Already the first front is past the armscye and the neckline is near. When I realize how short a time has past, I'm a little surprised and very relieved.
Rowan's Summer Tweed is one of my favorite yarns to wear and it's worth the struggle of knitting with a rope like yarn just to have the end product. Regular breaks are a good idea as hands and arms become tired and over worked quite quickly. Without a purl side row for a change, the struggle is constant and putting Harmany down, knitting something different is a must. Startitis is often niggling at me and, at times, it's all I can do to stay sweater monogamous.
I also find myself heading to the wheel more often as a break from knitting. There are too many projects calling out from my fiber stash-projects that would be so much fun to start. Staying Zen is taking all my strength at the moment. I must remain strong and constant.