And I chuckled at this comment from Christy:
I can’t stop chuckling at the fear of getting things dirty.
Assuming that you don’t roll around in mud, how dirty could they get? Sure, a little Metro grime may happen to a frequently worn scarf or gloves but washing is a wonder!
Clearly, you haven’t experienced the Washington DC metro system lately.
Touching a handrail when taking the stairs or the escalator (which I have to do 8 times a day 5 days a week) always results in a streak of dirt on one’s hand or glove. Ew. And some stations and trains are pretty filthy. Heck, touch anything and you get dirt all over yourself.
So, no. I’m not too motivated to wear good gloves or mittens on the daily commute. Yeah, I know I can wash them, but I’d rather subject something machine-made to multiple washings.
About the shawls — saying I don’t wear them because I don’t want to get them dirty is not entirely accurate. I always keep a couple of shawls in my office because the temperature there is pretty variable. I am loathe to bring some of the more delicate large shawls to the office (like Tina and Inky Dinky) because I have a tendency to run over the edges of shawls with the wheels on my chair when I’m wearing them. Can’t help it! That’s one reason why I like the Shetland Garden Faroese Shawl so much — it’s short enough so there’s no danger of running over it.
But of course, the office ain’t too clean either.
Each to her own, but I would rather knit one nice sweater in an inexpensive, but easy-to-care-for yarn such as Wool-Ease than to knit a dozen sweaters out of expensive stuff that I am afraid of.
About all the sweaters I’ve made and haven’t worn? It’s not because I’m “afraid” of wearing sweaters made from “expensive” yarn. It’s too freaking warm this year to wear sweaters. I’d die of the heat in a Wool-Ease sweater as well. Yesterday, January 9, the temperature was 63 freaking degrees! Just a bit cooler today, but it is supposed to be back up in the 60s in the next few days. A lacy lightweight shawl thrown over my shoulders and a pair of wristwarmers is all I need in the office when the temperature is on the chilly side.
Another commenter, Katia, said:
I do not quite understand, why you knit so many items you never wear – not even once. I really do not see the point in spending so much time in creating wearable items if you do never actually wear them.
For me, it has to do with respect – this beautiful garments made of wonderful yarns deserve to be worn. If you do not like to wear knitted garments, sell them, give them away as presents, or go and knit art objects that are not intended to be worn.
Process, process, process. And then maybe . . . process.
No, I’m not going to sell them. Some of them I do give away. And who is to say that I don’t consider some of them to be art objects? I consider the Bohus a work of art. And if I were to never wear it, the joy of knitting it and looking at it makes its creation worthwhile for me.
What Susan said comes closest to how I feel:
I’m a process knitter too. My closet and hope chest are stuffed silly with probably between 50 to 60 cardigans, sweaters, shawls, socks, hats, you name it, of gorgeous handknits in good yarns. I knit because I love the process. I knit because I love the finished product, too. But it’s too hot most of the time in northern Florida to wear them. That doesn’t mean I won’t travel though to places where I can. And I just love fair isles and knitting challenges. As well as simple k2,p2 fare. So on I knit. Mostly for myself, cuz knitting big items for folks who receive them as gifts hasn’t always resulted in the appreciation that such items deserve (I’m not speaking lauding of self here, but rather the joy that comes from receiving something handmade. It just wasn’t there.) So I figure only make socks for others. They’re usually appreciated. Even handknits for my kids just weren’t worn. Lesson learned and I continue to knit for self. That doesn’t mean things don’t get given away (like in Wendy’s case). Recently, I hosted two high school graduates for lunch in my home and I let the girls cull through my collection and pick whatever they wanted. (I did put a few items aside as heirlooms for my daughter before letting the girls pick.) That’s the kind of thing I want to do more of. But in the meantime, until such opportunity presents, I – like Wendy – will just knit cuz I love it. When I die, the knits will go somewhere and someone else will enjoy them. Until then, I enjoy just knitting them and looking at them and occasionally wearing them.
Well said, Susan.
The bottom line is that I will continue to knit what I want and do what I want with what I knit. This might not work for you. Do as you like, do what you feel comfortable doing! You other process knitters who weighed in on this issue — don’t feel guilty — knit what you want and revel in the joy that is the process!
Now that we’ve got that settled, on to the current WIP, which may or may not get worn in the forseeable future, depending on the weather.
I have completed the front:
And I have started a sleeve:
A chart question from Laura:
What I want to know is if you memorize charts when you knit? Do you keep them handy and glance? When or if you do have them memorized, do you count as you knit?
I do memorize charts. For an easy chart (and I consider the chart for the Halcyon Aran to be easy), I usually memorize it on the first pattern repeat.
The largest pattern repeat on the Halcyon Aran is the center cable, which consists of 24 rows. Once one pattern repeat is done, it’s easy — you can see which direction the strands of the cable go and how they cross each other. I have not used a row counter while knitting the front and back of this. I do keep the pattern nearby — should I have a momentary lapse of reason, I can look at the chart.
Now, the sleeve is dead simple. It has two simple cables on either side of the 12 row repeat cable that’s on the outermost edges of the front and back. When I started the sleeve I looked at the pattern to see the number of stitches, how to set up the pattern, and the rate of sleeve increases. I’ll likely not look at the pattern again until I need to cast off and do the saddle.
Laura also asked:
I also really do want to know what Sue E. is going to do with her 5 skeins of Kureyon, because every time I decide what to do with my 5 bought on a whim, I change my mind! Five skeins are just enough to do something fun, but what? I’d like to know, What Would Wendy Do?
What would Wendy do with 5 skeins of Noro Kureyon? Give them away!
Or maybe make a couple of Booga Bags. Or hold it double and make a kitty bed.
“Kitty bed? Now you’re talking!”