Little Things

April 15, 2012 1:46 pm | by

Today is a good day.

I’ve been a little blue lately and that’s just not me. I’m going to attribute it to left overs from the cold I’ve finally managed to shake.

Today, I find myself thinking of all the things that make me happy.  Little things that just make me smile.  I’ve been sitting on the couch this afternoon, in the quiet, working on my gansey.  No TV, no radio, just the sound of wool moving over bamboo.  I know it’s stupid, but I keep hearing the lyrics from a favorite movie… “Raindrops on Roses…”.  I have this crazy smile that keeps moving across my lips.

What’s the deal?  I haven’t felt this at peace in quite some time!  It’s the gansey, I’m sure of it.

Last night, I packed my knitting bag with “Wanda” my Riveting skirt.  I had about 1/2  of a skein attached, and I didn’t think to grab the next skein.  I tossed in the gansey and grabbed the “blueprint” that has been my design.  I’ve been avoiding it lately.  I finished the gusset last weekend, and split for the front and back as was my plan, but I just couldn’t seem to motivate myself to begin the wrong side patterning.  I had sketched in some pieces and scotched taped others to the overall draft and while it looked impressive, I was afraid to dig in.

…and so last night I pulled Wanda out of the bag and knit through that skein. …leaving today with nothing but that wrong side patterning I was dreading.

Not ready yet.  I spent a good bit of time this morning, just randomly browsing the internet.  Avoidance.Image…and yet motivating.  I’m going to wear that gansey to Shetland next year.  …get busy.

I’ve determined that my avoidance is due to that dreaded oversized blueprint with it’s sketching and taping mess.  Excel… I love you.  All those little boxes that can be filled with shades of gray – like a big electronic sheet of graph paper.

I have a workable plan.  I’m knitting!  Pshaw wrong side patterning.  I’m back to the little things.  The things that make me happy.

Have you ever just watched, I mean really watched how knitted fabric is made?  How is it that nearly 50 years into this craft I’m still thrilled – every – single – time I wrap the yarn around the needle and pull it through making a new stitch?  I make lots of stitches, every day.  Just little things.  …but every one makes me happy.

I’m a very lucky woman!

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  • Camille Massey says:

    I really didn’t grasp the joy of creating knitted fabric until I took a class at KnK that actually focused on the creation of each individual stitch.

    I grew up in the corporate world where we learned that everything has a beginning, middle & end. Always in a hurry to produce a final – perfect – project, then quickly on to the next. That was the mentality that I had when I first began to knit. Remember how badly that I wanted to go faster so that I could make more things? Remember what you said to me?

    Now I take my time with my projects. Socks are my joy, especially on a size 1 circular needle. The way that the stitches lie and how beautiful the fabric looks makes me appreciate my handwork. I enjoy the subtle color changes in the yarn. Beads carefully placed to enhance, add to the beauty.

    When I get home after a very long day at work, I pick up my needles, turn on a knitting podcast and shut out the rest of the world. For those brief moments, life couldn’t be better.

    I find it kind of funny that once I began to slow down I actually seem to complete things faster. Maybe it’s because I enjoy what I’m doing….hmm…

    • Caroline says:


      It’s funny huh?! Knitting can be like the old Calgon commercial… “take me away”! Continue to enjoy the process, and you’re right… the product will follow quickly behind.