As easy as it was for me to write yesterday’s post, today’s by comparison, is just that hard.
Why, do you ask? Today’s topic is about a pattern that inspires me. The problem? As a person with ADHD AND a knitter? I see inspiration everywhere. So much so that I am practically overrun with inspiration.
One area of knitting that I really am attracted to is anything with complex cables and other textured stitches. Especially traditional Aran sweaters. I especially love the one on the cover of the book Men in Knits: Sweaters to Knit That He Will Wear. I’d make changes to the pattern… maybe change up the neckline a little, and do it in the round, to avoid seaming. I know it’s a man’s sweater, but I want to make one for ME. I even have some Knit Picks merino wool in a natural colorway, ready and waiting. If only I can get up the nerve to start.
And then there’s the Kauni Rainbow Cardigan (Ravelry Link), by Ruth Sørensen. Oh, the colors–they do inspire me! I bought the yarn for this project in 2007. Had it shipped from The Netherlands, too, because I was that eager to start. But I’d probably have to upsize the pattern a little, and EEK! There are steeks. And so it goes, that the lovely, rainbow-y yarn that is among my favorite ever bought, still lingers in my stash.
And I am inspired by yarn that FEELS wonderful. I am embarrassed to admit that I have quite a bit of cashmere in my stash, which has also gone untouched. Some, I scored at a Webs sale, but most of it was, sadly, full price. And yet, I am afraid of my cashmere which is soft as butter and oh-so-lovely. Afraid, that because I paid so much for it, I will make some kind of knitting mistake that is going to lead to its ruin.
So, I guess what I’m saying is that my inspirations lead me in many directions, and down many paths to get what I need to fulfill my knitting desires, but then my fears hold me back. That is what I want most to be–a fearless knitter. But wait. That’s a story for tomorrow. Stay Tuned…