Just Knit

Crescent shawl in the works using Madelinetosh Pasmina in the Kitten colorway. Simple is better.

Finally. After so much fiddling, I can just knit. I have spent so much time of late finishing projects, weaving in ends and blocking. And swatching. Oh, the swatching! Not to mention all the tiny projects–some baby hats and of course socks.

All of it is necessary, but none of it gives me the satisfaction of just knitting.  It’s like the difference between driving in stop and go rush hour traffic and just zipping down the open highway, with nothing but wild, undeveloped country out the window and Michael Jackson on the radio. Or maybe the Dixie Chicks. I’ve been so indecisive about music lately.


I’m knitting. It feels good. Even though I can’t decide if I am going to run out of yarn or have too much left. It’s a painful kind of mental pickle to be in. A very stressful kind of relaxation, if you will. I know I am sunk either way. The odds that it will work out just right are slim. A statistical anomaly.

This is why it is a terrible idea to ever just buy one skein of anything. I like one-skein projects as much as the next person, but really, what a horrible idea! It’s like tempting fate, especially if you dare to substitute yarn. Better to buy two and finish up with left over yarn (maybe an entire skein!) than suffer the stress of Will I/ Won’t I.

Never again will I just buy one skein. NEVER.

Unless it’s for socks. That doesn’t count.

I decided to pick my grey project back up, now that the colorful bit is all knit up and see if I can’t come up with the perfect recipe for a simple shawlette. Like the little black dress of knitting. No frills. All sex appeal, plus a eentsy bit of cozy soft sheen. It is Madelinetosh Pashmina, after all.

Now tell me this, knitters: yarn can be sexy, right?

P.S. Don’t forget, the Olympic Knitathon starts in one week! Are you ready?!!? Any and all knitting projects count.

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  • Reply zeta (kalianapodi.wordpress.com) July 31, 2016 at 5:21 am

    Of course yarn can be sexy!!!!

  • Reply bonnyknits July 31, 2016 at 5:28 am

    LOL I totally agree with you but I don’t think I will never stop buying one skein. I think it’s an addiction. Of course that means I’m often cursing myself trying to find the right one-skein projects, but…it’s what I do, I guess. But more importantly: what is that gorgeous grey yarn and what are you making with it?? It looks so yummy!

  • Reply stephanie young July 31, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Of course, yarn can be sexy….and dull, and persnickety, and handsome (but not sexy), and quirky, and even-tempered. shall I continue???

  • Reply Stefanie July 31, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    Oh I hear you; no more buying one skeins unless it’s sock yarn. I’m stuck with so many of those in worsted weight.

  • Reply pumpkin sunrise August 1, 2016 at 10:09 am

    I love that feeling of not being sure I have enough yarn, call me crazy and insane 🙂

  • Reply knittedblissjc August 4, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    So true, it’s a joy to just knit and knit and and knit and not be fussing with anything or worried about the yarn. The best stage! I agree with you about the perils of buying only one skein. So limiting. I’m convinced the rise of striped shawls is specifically because it helps us all figure out what to do with those blasted single skeins!

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