So far, as a knitter, I seem to be pretty good at keeping my works-in-progress to a manageable number (say 3 or 4 at most) and finishing most everything that I start. It speaks to my overly methodical brain, I think, that even my knitting is pretty organized and systematic.
On the other hand . . . I’ve lamented in the past the fact that I have such a hard time getting a project started. Picking out the yarn, swatching, getting it all up and running . . . sometimes it just seems like an insurmountable task. So I live in a teeny bit of fear about that (hopefully) distant day when I will be itching to knit, needing to knit, and find that I have nothing substantial on the needles.
Finishing the Frost Flowers & Leaves Shawl felt like a monumental achievement, but I always believed I’d one day cast off. It makes me wonder, could I tackle an even bigger project? A few days ago I saw the Harlot’s picture of the Cape Spear Coverlet . . . and I thought . . . maybe. The bedspread is basically just a large rectangle with a repeated pattern throughout. Would I want to knit something like this? I imagine that after the first few repeats the pattern would become automatic, simple, perfect for the mental-health “I-must-knit-now” kind of knitting. I am so incredibly tempted. Would I knit this exact antique pattern? Perhaps I’d throw in some leaves or something along the edges, or a shell motif. What yarn would I use, and how would I know I had enough? Already, just typing those words, I’m thinking to myself, ok, start with a large swatch, like a doll’s blanket, then measure the gauge, do the math, figure it out. I could do this, right?
Affording the yarn is a whole other story. I’m becoming more and more committed to the idea of quality yarns. I’ve gradually been realizing that I can really knit — that I’m able to produce final products that look like something (even if that something is a rastafarian jellyfish . . .) and have some reasonable measure of utility. So it makes me want to invest in really quality yarns that will produce heirloom quality garments. I mean, why not, right? If I am going to spend a year knitting a shawl, it should be worked from the best yarn I can get my hands on. If I spend two or more years on a blanket, shouldn’t it also be the best yarn I can find? I love working off of cones . . . I wonder if there is a skinny cashmere blend I could work with. Is it crazy to knit a wool blanket with laceweight? I suddenly feel obsessed with this idea . . .