I am not sure if it’s a personality or mental defect or just the fact that I have a one track mind but when I get something in my head, I do not want to do anything else . . for days! Right now, I’m totally obsessed with colorwork. It’s all I want to do. It’s all I want to think about. I’ve hardly put down the Strange Brew book since it got here. I woke up during the night with the book open and my glasses on.
This book has at least 8 sweater patterns in sizes from child’s 0-6 months to men’s 4XL. Each sweater can be done top down or bottom up, with variations for adding shorts for neck shaping (or not), as well as several other options. One of the options I love is that there is a chart that shows how much yardage would be needed if using aran/worsted, DK or sport weight yarn and every pattern can be made using any weight. I can’t even imagine how they’ve written such a comprehensive book but after mastering the techniques in this book, a knitter with even modest skills should be able to make any sweater in any size, and the only limitations as to the colorwork design would be your imagination.
Someone recommended Mary Jane Mucklestone’s book, 200 Fair Isle Motifs: A Knitter’s Dictionary. In the last four days, I have put that book in my cart, removed it; ordered it, cancelled the order. I’m trying to be respectful of our budget (and the fact that Vince sees the Amazon credit card) but this morning I said “This is absurd!” and ordered it and didn’t cancel it.
I think I’m going to play with a colorwork hat this afternoon and see what I can accomplish. Maybe just doing it a little will help get colorwork obsession under control.
This morning I told Vince that we have chili and salad that we’ll be eating today and that’s all I plan to cook. He wanted French toast for breakfast so I made that but I’m hoping the rest of this day will be spent knitting.