Once upon a time – old projects

Once upon a time I made a sweater. I loved the colors of the yarn. I hated the fact that it was a sack on my body. I knew nothing of gauge or matching the yarn to the project. It was the second thing I ever knit. I learned that yarn has weights and fibers and that those things can make a difference in the success of a project.

Once upon a time I knit a hat out of someone else’s handspun yarn. It had leaves all over it and was a lovely color of orange. It was scratchy because the blend had mohair in it. It made my hands break out in hives. When I tried to wear it, it made my ears break out in hives. I learned that I am sensitive to some fibers and I need to be aware of what yarn will be touching my skin where, because nothing itches quite like hives on your ears.

Once upon a time I made a shawl from laceweight weight cashmere yarn salvaged from a discarded sweater which I bought from a talented dye artists who dyed it ombre golden yellow to orange. I held it doubled. It’s still one of my favorite things I’ve knitted. It taught me the magic of blocking.

I was fearless in those first days of knitting, learning by doing and doing all the wrong things because I didn’t know better. I need to find that adventurous spirit again. I find I’m timid about committing to projects because I don’t want to ruin things.

A little ruination is okay. It’s only yarn, after all.

2 thoughts on “Once upon a time – old projects

  1. Judith

    Been there, made those mistakes. But that shawl–utter fabulousity!
    I’ve become addicted to making shawls as well as wearing them. Not fitting issues and actually more convenient than cardis. Hope the draining is going better.

    1. Sabrina Post author

      I love that shawl so much. I have to agree about them being more flexible than cardis. I need more lace in my life.

      As for the draining – stay tuned for tomorrow’s update. It’s getting a blog post. (I’ll send you spoilers in an email.)


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