Or, you may just want to take the week off "just because" - - and that's OK too!
Some of us were discussing a prayer shawl ministry a few Wednesday evenings ago, after prayer meeting, and since then, I've been wanting to pick up my needles and knit. David found me a "bargain" sack of yarn, 7 skeins of Premier yarn by Venus, in dark blue (what was I thinking?), from Big Lots for $1 per skein. I found my shoebox (clear plastic by Aero - love that name, don't you?!) containing sets of knitting needles, and pulled out a size 10 circular.
After I wrestled it away from the Spooky Cat ("What? I'm playing with this! It's mine, I already claimed it!") I pulled out a skein of yarn and started. Ten minutes later, I started again after unravelling a very unsatisfactory beginning. Five minutes after that, after I untangled the Spooky Cat from the yarn and circular needles, I cast on and began again. Twenty minutes later, after considering the work-in-progress from all angles, I slid it off the needle and ravelled it out.
How could I possibly forget how to knit a shawl, for cryin' out loud?? Aren't they, like, the first thing you knit because they're so freakin' easy??? Good grief, I just finished one in 1973 -- that's only ...wait, that's ...no, that can't be right. Thirty-eight years ago? Oh. I guess I could forget in that length of time.
I Googled "prayer shawl" and found a lot of sites to check out - and of them, I've found four patterns I like, all easy, including the basic triangle I kept making a total mess of. I printed them off and once I discover more yarn (possibly at Wal-Mart), I'll be working on one of them. In the meantime, I'm attempting (from memory) a shawl of the late, great Elizabeth Zimmermann's. So far, it's moving right along -- which may be an indicator that I'm doing something wrong, or that I've correctly remembered it and and knitting it correctly. Time will tell.
|The little one in the middle is my own design, and I|
taught it at Palmetto Tat Days in 2007.