The knitting has begun!

I’m knitting a shawl for my wedding. It’s not white (or blue). It’s not a traditional design. It’s an asian inspired bird/bamboo print in a gray/brown/purple color that we’re pretty sure will look awesome with my ivory dress.

It’s been a while since I’ve knit anything this intricate, but I’m really enjoying it so far. I used to knit all the time during college, but during grad school I just sort of stopped (except I did knit my ex a harry potter scarf – it was a really good scarf). I’m one of those knitters that goes in waves – I’ll knit a lot and then take a break (usually one caused by my awesome tendonitis). For Christmas this year I knit three stockings for my mom/dad/peg(aunt). I’m working on stockings for me and Jeff, but it’s going to be a while, since all my knitting time is going to go into the shawl. I will get it done before Christmas…but no promises other than that.

Lately I’ve been thinking about how my crafting has changed over the past few years. When I first started sewing and later knitting, I made up a lot of my patterns. I was creative. Then I got to a point where I worried about making sure I did everything right and didn’t screw up. I would completely unravel and redo a project with a minor mistake. These days, I can live with mistakes, as long as they don’t interfere too much with the pattern or utility. I’m also more willing to just try things than I used to be. This shawl might be too hard for me, but hey, I’ll never know until I try. And anyway, how can I expect to get better without trying? There are still some things that I’ll never enjoy (fair isle), but others I’ve started to really like (stripes – yes, I know stripes are easy, but I used to hate knitting them).

Anyway…it’s back to knitting for me. I’m hoping to get the first 10 rows done tonight, although I’ll settle for just getting the first five.

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