I was raised in a family of Norwegian knitters who knit constantly, and I’ve been knitting since I was five years old.
That said, I never fail to be impressed by the creativity of other knitters. I especially admire those who step away from the complicated traditional Norwegian patterns and sweaters I grew up with and instead knit fun things – like toys! One blogger I recently met generously shares her creative designs for knit toys. Encouraged by her creativity, I am going to recreate a doll (a single doll that has three characters) I sewed for my daughter 30 years ago into a knit pattern.
In the interim, however, I’m working on what will be a vest for Thor out of some very old Chelsea Silk I (re)discovered in my (quite large and disorganized) yarn stash. Here’s a picture of my gauge swatch. As you can see, I first knit two straight stitch gauge swatches (beginning on US 7 and then on US 6 – I tend to knit loose), separated by a purl row. Then I cast on additional stitches and, using US 6, knit out the cable swatch out. (I’m designing the vest and wonder whether I should do a series of posts walking blog visitors through how to design a pattern and fit the project to its intended recipient using this vest as an example.)
Busy with various other knitting and weaving projects, I had forgotten how much I enjoy knitting complicated cables and could have continued knitting on the cable gauge swatch for a couple more hours! I love the look of the 40 stitch cable pattern, and I will put one in the middle of both the front and the back of Thor’s vest.
Thor asked why cable both sides, and I said I wanted people to think “ooooh, amazing cables!” whether he was coming toward them or walking away. His response: “You do realize, don’t you, that only women are going to think that.” Hmmm, maybe I should forego the cables altogether?! Nahhhhh. 🙂