I love what I do. But I don’t always love what I do, if you know what I mean. It’s Sunday morning and I’m sitting on the couch drinking coffee, pondering this week’s blog post and knitting a scarf for a client. I don’t knit a lot of scarves for myself, mainly because they’re usually pretty boring to knit. I have one lace scarf that I knit, really pretty yarn in shades of light pinks and purples and a memorizable pattern. I think it took me 4 years to knit that scarf. Mainly because I made it vacation knitting and only worked on it on trips. I’m pretty sure that scarf went to Mexico and Turks & Caicos as well as many locations stateside. Even spreading out the knitting like that I couldn’t wait for that scarf to be done.
But I can’t really use that method with projects for clients. It’s a beautiful scarf, the yarn is lovely and once I got the hang of the pattern (same thing every right side row, wrong side is slip 1, purl back) I just had in front of me hours of knitting. The deadline is still a ways out, but if I let that drive my priorities then that scarf will sit, unfinished, for far too long. And I’ll feel guilty if I work on anything else.
Well, I did swatch for the next commission, and start knitting some hats but those detours don’t really count. I won’t start the sweater until the scarf is done, I just needed to know if I have to buy needles, so I can jump right into it. And the hats take a different mindset. Really easy stockinette in the round so I can work on those when I’m too tired for the lace pattern.
I just finished getting the next dish towel warp on the loom. 8 yards, about 20″ wide on the loom, 483 ends to thread, in brown cotton. Yep, 483 strands of brown, excuse me, Dark Cocoa, cotton yarn. What on earth was I THINKING? Well, I know what I was thinking. I was looking at the shelves of cones of cotton yarn and thinking what the heck am I going to do with over 1000 grams of brown cotton? I guess I should try to make it into dish towels so I can stop looking at it. It really seemed like a good idea at the time. (And no, I didn’t buy the yarn, it was free. You know how that works.) The plan is waffle weave, so I can use up more of the brown in the weft. But the threading will work for twill as well so I can see changing the tie-up and adding some color in there for some of the towels.
While I’m weaving I’ll be working out the marketing plan for brown towels. Mud room? Kid’s bathroom? Through-hiker?
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