Thursday, August 29, 2013

Parlan

Do you ever just feel like you aren't using your knitting skills to their fullest? I have been knitting for 17+ years and often feel like I am not challenging myself with my choices anymore, unless I knit lace, which is generally frustrating for me. I realized the other day that I have a checklist of personal knits that I want to complete and work towards - I want to knit a Norah Gaughan pattern. I want to knit a sweater for my dad, and one for my mother. I want to bulk up my collection of mittens, especially colorwork ones. I want to complete more blankets.

When we go to TNNA as a shop, my mom and I tend to make most of our decisions about what to order together, with one exception. Each of us has a small budget with which to invest in a yarn that we believe is truly exceptional - something that we really feel strongly about selling to our customers. I picked a rambouillet, two-ply by Knitted Wit - Welterweight Rambouillet. The yarn really spoke to me as a spinner, since rambouillet is one of my favorite fibers and creates a soft, bouncy yarn and fabric. I picked a bunch of bright colors for the shop and they arrived a couple of weeks ago, at which point I cast on for one of the first projects on my 'knitterly challenge list' - a Norah Gaughan sweater from Volume 9 called 'Parlan'.

Knitted Wit Welterweight Rambo in the shop!

I'm only one repeat in and it has it's challenging moments, but honestly, I'm quite happy with my progress, the yarn and the pattern. It's about knitting while thinking critically, it's about counting and spacing and using my skills - cabling without a cable needle, reading charts, etc. And it feels great.


Side note - I can't believe that so many people have viewed and pinned and shared my Custom Sock Knitting Chart! I am in progress getting some posters made so that if you want one we can have them for purchase! 

1 comment:

  1. That? Is going to be a gorgeous sweater. I love that yarn!
    ps: Glad you are writing again :)

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