It may come as a shock to some that I have rather expensive taste. Not that I have ever had the actual money to buy much of anything. But given my choice, I’d rather do without lots of $5 tee-shirts and wait until I can buy the nice shirt that goes with my black dress slacks. Even if that perfect purple shirt might not be 100% appropriate for my office.
And William Sonoma is my dream kitchen. Well, if that kitchen were in the middle of a log mansion in the middle of nowhere.
Lately, my knitting has turned away from cabled, striped or fair isle gloves like these:
to larger lace pieces like this:
Maybe it is my dream to be some fashion maven, regularly attending Broadway shows and $1,000 a plate charity dinners. (Ok, so those ARE dreams.)
Actually, at least in part, I think this is due to the mathematical challenge of lace knitting. Don’t get me wrong, I like the simplicity of doing my 1,000 pair of gloves. They have been the mainstay of my MountainWoolies business for years. They have helped me afford a bit of life. But after a while, I’m sad to say, they get to be a bit of a snoozefest. The challenge of creating a new pattern or piece of lace is giving my brain a much-needed boost during this spring season of dreary rain. Figuring out a complex stitch sequence or two has brought a smile to my face the last few weeks.
Here are two more such scarves:
In the coming weeks, I have a couple of sweaters that are drawn up on paper and a few more scarves on my needles. The sweaters are rather unlike items I’ve worn in the past. But perhaps this is a new era and no one will recognize me. If they work out as my imagination has planned, I’ll share my progress. 🙂 Otherwise, I’ll resume glove knitting for the autumn craft shows.
As a side note, if you like what you’ve seen here, you might check out my new Etsy Store, JS Textiles & Designs. Thanks!