15 Feb 2018

Projects rediscovered

I recently took part in an archeological dig! However, before you get too excited, I should perhaps explain that I didn’t have to travel far to get there and the findings won’t make very interesting reading in any history book. Still, it felt very much as though I was digging through history as I unearthed old knitting projects waiting in my “To Do” basket in my studio! 

I have to admit I had been largely unaware of quite how many items had been going in there, never to reappear until now. Then a few weeks ago I was trying to find a bag I had been working on and realised that it must be in the middle of this overflowing basket.

I sat on the floor next to this collection and looked at the first item. It was a very pretty lace scarf and was already finished. All that was required was for me to sew in the ends! I had set it aside some weeks ago because I finished it at night-time and I wanted some daylight to work on it...

Then under that was the bag I had been looking for and a second one that just needs some material for a lining. Then below those: oh gosh, a cardigan from last Spring waiting for a buttonband. 

The list grew longer as I set more items on the floor around me. As I unearthed first one and then another, I realised how little work was needed to finish each of them, but which to do first? I sat looking at all the items for a moment, not able to choose which to do and about to put everything back in the basket again.

Then I remembered that famous quotation: "A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step." So if I finished the first item, that would be one less item waiting to be done. I replaced everything back in the order I had removed them except for that first item, the lacy scarf. 

Half an hour later I had not only finished all the ends but had cast on for another one in a second colour! I had so enjoyed knitting the first one and I had a very pretty grey yarn that I thought would look great in the same design. Spring is coming soon and a couple of lightweight scarves will be most welcome.

The scarf is the Grayswood Scarf and you can read more about it here. It is worked in a beautiful yarn, Willow and Lark Nest, which has a lovely combination of merino with cashmere. 

The stitch pattern is the Diagonal Openwork pattern from the lace chapter in our Reversible Knitting Stitches book and is one I have been meaning to use for ages. It’s quite mesmerising to knit and works up quickly. Hopefully by the time I write the next blogpost I’ll have the second scarf finished too!

Until next time,

Happy (productive) knitting!


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