Something I have returned to, to keep my mind and my fingers busy since the loss of my son, is knitting.
I’ve rediscovered a passion for sitting with my knitting needles softly clacking and sliding yarn from one needle to another. There is something about the rhythm and the movement of knitting that is very relaxing.
As a child I loved to knit with tight, squeaky, acrylic yarn in lollipop colours that would hurt your eyes if you looked at them too long. Now I find comfort in soft fine plys, and take delight in the hand-spun miracles that others seem to be able to create.
I’ve also ventured into the world of the yarn dyer briefly, and found it hopelessly addictive. Unfortunately for me, I do not have the area and equipment to work with professional dyes, which are generally not food safe. But I have had a chance to experiment with food safe dyes, and I just love it.
My current project is a shawl for a friend who is expecting her first baby. I saw this pattern and was immediately drawn to the simple but sculpted shapes that the stitches made. I gave her a choice of several patterns that I thought I could knit, But this is the one she chose. I was secretly pleased, because this was the one that I wanted to make.
About half completed and I have to admit, I’m pretty proud of myself.
The Leaf pattern shawl is from Patons Heirloom 4 ply collection I’m knitting it in a cream Shepherd Baby Wool merino 4 ply. I’ll post a picture of the completed shawl, but don’t check back any time soon expecting to see it finished, it’s definitely a case of slow and steady, I want to be able to gift a mistake free shawl to a precious baby.