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November 8 - To Knit is to Be

With a bum knee keeping me down, I've been able to spend a little more time knitting. I am no longer a fast knitter, but with the advent of leisurely time, I'm getting back into the swing of a regular knitting routine. Over the last 3-4 years my knitting production has consisted of one or two shawls per year, plus a few small projects to fill in the gaps. I feel as if my real knitting mojo has returned and I am fully involved in the process. 

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Sweaters have not been of interest, as nothing in recent years caught my eye, but then, I wasn't really looking. I have been uninspired and not drawn to sweater knitting, but, when Kim of The Woolen Rabbit and Elizabeth of  Blue Bee Studio decided to co-host a KAL the right sweater materialized. Brickyard had a gauge that my hands could handle, a construction process that looked doable, and Kim had a beautiful DK weight yarn. Everything came together in a way I could envision and I jumped in. 

Elizabeth writes very clear instructions, with creative and easy to follow techniques. The sweater has come together in a unique and interesting way. When I first read through the pattern I felt a little daunted and worried about its difficulty, but that has not the case. Step by step I've knit each section and kept the faith through each stitch. The yoke came together like magic in my hands. I have been pleasantly surprised over and over again at the ease and I became completely enchanted in the process of knitting this yoke.

That isn't to say I haven't had to reknit sections, that's just part of knitting, but I've always realized MY errors and been able to backtrack and fix the problem easily. I am now into the smooth sailing zone of a stockinette body. Round and round I go. Happy as a clam. 

The real book in my hands is Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson. Last year I read Another Brooklyn when it was first published and I'm rereading because it's the book groups choice for November. Woodson is an excellent author with a rhythm to her writing and a realness to her story that grab the readers emotions. The book in my ears is two-fold, We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehsi Coates and Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset. If you haven't read one of Ta-Nehsi's books I highly recommend every one of them. He is a brilliant writer, who will make you think about who you really are. Kristin Lavransdatter has been on my bookshelf for years and, finally, I bought the Audible edition with all three books in the series. I have enjoyed a look into life in the Middle Ages Norway. 

Take a wander over to Kat's and see what other Unravelers are upto today. 

Comments

I felt the same way when I knit my first sweater of Elizabeths...very daunted indeed, but it was amazing how it all came together in the end and it fits so well1

I love your description of how a beautiful yarn and wonderful pattern have come together into an excellent, magical knitting process! May your happy clam knitting continue (with a really gorgeous sweater at the end)!

I love that you're knitting the Brickyard (because as you know I could not!) and in the red...it's going to be a beautiful piece!

I'm so happy to hear that you are having sweater knitting success! I loved Another Brooklyn and I've got We Were 8 Years in Power on hold at the library.

Wow--Brickyard is fantastic! Hope you have a speedy recovery!

Sorry to read about your bum knee but what a way to recuperate! A reunion with knitting and all those great books for your eyes and ears. I look forward to seeing the sweater! And Read On!
Cheers~

Nice sweater -- tempting. Looking forward to seeing how yours turns out.

It makes me happy that you are getting back into the knitting groove!

Woot for knitting mojo!! Bodie is going to be my first (but for sure NOT my last!) Elizabeth Doherty pattern. I love her designs. And oh my ... yours looks amazing! I adored Another Brooklyn. I like to listen to Woodson's books. The rhythm of her words really comes out that way. and thank you for the other two audio recs. Coates is on my TBR, but Undset is new to me!

Such a tease of a picture for the sweater!

This is going to be a gorgeous and very useful sweater! It is such a good feeling to have knitting mojo return. It has come at a good moment for you. As much as I hope your knee gets better soon, it is lovely to find that such an enjoyable way to occupy your downtime. Knit on through all adversity, Margene!

Bravo for knitting mojo! And, I LOVE that yarn! I hope your knee is better soon!

hope your knee gets better and I'm all for sweater knitting for ourselves!

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