There’s nothing like being halfway through a simple project to make me want to knit something complicated, and there’s nothing like swearing my way through designing a complicated skirt to make me want to create something really simple. Here’s the skirt in two different colourways. It’s for the book, so I can’t show you any more detail just now.
I’ve been picking at the details of this stranded skirt design for so many weeks that I’m starting to see the world around me in terms of how best to represent it in two colours per row, with no over-long floats. That’s not healthy, right?
Give me something simple, I thought. Something designed by someone else… preferably with only one yarn shade per row/round and a whole load of stockinette. Enter Stage Left, the ‘Candy Stripes’ t-shirt by Sophie Jordan in this month’s Simply Knitting magazine, knitted in Stylecraft Dreamcatcher. “That fits the bill” I thought, and cast on.
Needless to say, I’m complicating things. I’ll probably add long sleeves to turn it into a jumper, and I’ve converted the pattern to be knitted in the round. I’m using two different shades of Dreamcatcher, swapping them in and out, watching the stripes evolve. But I resisted any temptation to add a sneaky stranded representation of the Mona Lisa on the front or any complex lacework at the waist.
The knitting is delightfully repetitive and soothing, and I love the fact that someone else (i.e. Sophie – who edits my quarterly column in Simply Knitting) has done all the thinky stuff, so I just have to make loops in yarn over and over and over again.
In case you’ve never had the pleasure, Stylecraft Dreamcatcher is a beautifully soft, acrylic-wool yarn with slow colour-shifts. (Yes I do have a relationship with Stylecraft and they generously give me free stuff. No they’re not ordering me to say nice things about them. Also yes, it’s incredibly tough being a knit-blogger, thank you for asking.)
Dreamcatcher isn’t the fastest yarn to knit because its silky low-twist nature means you have to take a little care to avoid splitting it with your needle, but right now that doesn’t matter. I’m not in any rush.
It won’t last. Knitting this jumper is giving me dangerous Time To Think, which inevitably leads to all kinds of mad ponderings, such as I wonder whether you could recreate the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in stranded colourwork using laceweight yarn.
That last sentence was meant as a crazy example but as soon as I’d written the words, cogs started turning in my mind. I wonder… Could it work… Maybe I’ll just draw a little knitting chart to see… Hmm… Perhaps the smallest of swatches, just for fun… Oops, I seem to have cast on! How on earth did that happen? Honestly officer, I have no idea how this life-size representation of a world-famous antiquity appeared on my needles.
Oh well, I guess that’s my next project sorted, then. 😉
Happy yarnery, my fine fibrous friends.