I am on a knitting mission — use the yarn I have to create thoughtful holiday gifts.* Yes, I realize we are months away from the holidays. But I am not quick with the knitting needles. I dally, ponder and spend a lot of time watching movies, drinking wine and ripping out rows gone awry as a result.
It’s this slow, plodding repetitive pace that I find comforting and meditative after commuting like a mad woman, racing through a business day and gulping one too many cups of caffeine.
This skein of yarn came as a gift from Shelley when I visited this summer. It is Vero wool from Italy and was delightful to work with. I love the colorway and I take particular joy from creating something with just one skein. It seems so efficient and tidy. I didn’t follow a pattern but simply knit like I cook — but trying a little of this and a little of that until I figured out what I liked.
(Spoiler!) I so enjoyed this project, I think Christmas 2010 may be year of the cowl.
*Use what I have. I must, I must use what I have. Enough shopping for art supplies. Time to go through what I already own!