I can’t wait to show you my next fearless project. I think this whole process is amazing. First, looking for patterns that would fall in the fearless category is amazingly exhilerating. I just go from “I want to do that! No, I want to do that! No I want to do that!” It seems that the most amazing one is the last one I discovered. Except for Curvature. I have had Curvature for a while but never knew quite how I was going to handle it. That’s because I hadn’t read through the marvelous Jane Thornley’s fearless pattern.
This is over the top! When I first saw Curvature on Pinterest, I shouted some expletive like “OMG! This is the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen!” In all honesty, I say that about a lot of patterns. I thought what I would find were amazing directions to create this stunning garment, but that’s not what I found at all.
Just read the first paragraph. Is that me or what? Stash diving! A project knit completely from my Stash! On page 2 I was hooked. Before I did anything else, before I read through the pattern, I went up to the Stash Studio to do a deep stash dive. My first rule was set. Rule #1: I was only going to use yarn from my stash. No buying anything! I remember when I knit the Crayon Box Jacket and other so called “Stash Buster” projects. I ended up adding ball after ball, skein after skein, cake after cake to my stash. I’d see something I thought would be perfect and bought it, or more accurately, them. I have tubs of yarn just waiting to become Jan Bags. I made a commitment that Curvature would become a stash buster not a stash builder. I decided I’d make this a teal, copper and coordinating colors wrap, and this is what I came up with.
I must admit that since I took these pictures, I have added even more. I think I told you about the wall hanging I knit with 10 strands of different teal yarns. When I was planning for that my teal tubs grew to over flowing. Now I have the perfect yarn for Curvature. I added some green and purple for POP. Now I want to show you how far I’ve gotten.
Once again, my photography doesn’t do it justice. It is so fun. If you are a person who needs exact, precise directions, this may not be for you. Jane tells the story of Curvature, gives some suggestions, then pretty much sends you on your own to create. I haven’t had an experience like that since my Freeform period. I love it. Choosing the perfect color, choosing the perfect stitch then speeding off into the land of possibilities. I LOVE IT! Some nights when the creative part of my brain isn’t engaged, I go back to Cascade Vest where I can knit, think and plan what I’m going to do next on Curvature.
So, I’m in the middle of Curvature taking respites with Cascade Vest. I’ve run into a small Curvature snag. In the middle of a row, the cord came out of the needle completely. It didn’t just loosen, it disengaged! But Curvature still holds its magic for me. I will persevere. I encourage you to find a fearless pattern that grabs you and won’t let go. It’s exhilerating. I can’t wait to come back when it’s finished.
This blog is dedicated to Mary Helen Growt my first knitting teacher and the woman who changed my life. The mission of Knitting: A Love Story is to preserve, share and promote the love of knitting.