Why do I knit what I knit?
Last week someone forwarded to me a message that was posted to a knitting list (one that I’ve been “no mail” on for a good while) in which the person making the post mentioned that I was knitting Kinsale and how it was “a design very much beneath” my skill level.
I’ve been thinking about that statement. It surprised me. There is nothing wrong with knitting beneath one’s “skill level.” And who cares if you do?
I refer one and all to the Bad-Ass Knitter Manifesto, paying particular attention to Item One.
I decided to knit Kinsale because I like the design and want the sweater. It’s as simple as that.
It’s true that I’ve not knitted an AS fair isle since I completed Flora last April. But there are a finite number of AS fair isles that exist in this universe. Most of the ones that I’ve not made, I simply don’t care for. I’ve made most of the ones I like. And while I do have yarn stashed for a couple more AS fair isles (namely Mara and Rona), I’m just not in the mood for fair isles right now.
In the past I’ve gone through “spells” in my knitting. I’ll get obsessed with something, like lace, and do nothing but lace for a while. Then cables. Then fair isle. Et cetera.
Since last spring, I’ve just been knitting things that I wanted to have. Or in the case of gifts, stuff that suits the recipients. And I see absolutely nothing wrong with that. I’ve also been designing and knitting stuff for my book.
Will I knit more Starmore designs? Sure. I’ve got the Hebridean 3-ply in stash for another Inishmore, because I love that sweater and want another one. And at some point I’ll knit Mara and Rona, too. And if AS does more designs in the future that I like, I may knit those as well.
But in the meantime, if I need a scarf, I’ll knit a scarf.
The author of that post also mentioned that I was working through Kinsale slowly.
I finished Kinsale last night, which makes a total working time of 27 days.
Curious, I emailed the person who posted (as it is someone I know) to say that I hardly thought that the time I spent knitting Kinsale could be construed as “slowly.” I usually take 4-6 weeks to knit a sweater.
He responded and said:
However, when I think of the days when you sped thru those FIs & all their colour changes, a month on a sweater with no cabling, is just not like your output in “the old days”.
I thought about this, and responded:
Now see, I find it interesting that you think a knit/purl textured sweater knit to a gauge of 15 st to 5cm would take less time than an aran weight knit at 9st to 5cm. Or faster than a fair isle, which is knitted in the round so there’s no purling at all, apart from the welt. Almost all the Starmores I’ve knitted have taken 4 to 6 weeks, so I’m right on target with this one. I don’t consider it any easier than a fair isle or a cabled sweater, just different.
I checked my knitting gallery and saw that the last Inishmore I knitted took me three weeks. Inishmore is knitted in aran weight yarn. No matter what the design, it’s going to take me longer to knit a knit/purl textured sweater on US size 1 needles than a cabled sweater on US size 7 needles.
Anyhow, yes, I did finish Kinsale last night. The front:
And I was heartily sick of it by the time I finished.
So I got started on the wrap sweater (design #36) from Rebecca 29:
The green is far less grey in person. It’s a color that seems to defy accurate photography.
I got gauge (both stitch and row) on the recommended needle size, 4.5mm — US 7. I was surprised — while I almost get stitch gauge with the recommended needle, I almost never get row gauge.
So . . . that’s all I’ve got for now. We’re supposed to get snow overnight into tomorrow. I only hope it’s enough so I can stay home tomorrow.
Lucy hopes so too!