The day was August 8, 2015. It was an amazing, life altering day. First, for the very first time I realized I could actually get rid of some yarn from the Stash Studio AND I got my copy of Lea Redmond's Knit The Sky.
"Cultivate your creativity with a playful way of knitting." Don't we all need more playful in our lives?!?!?! I felt that Lea had written just for me. She believes like I do that it's more about the process than the product. (Though right now I must admit I have fallen in love with some amazing product!) She thought that 7 skeins of lace weight yarn in colors of blue, grey and white would cover it. Oh, my! Lea, you don't know Jan! I waited until September to get my first yarn at Yarn Quest in Traverse City. Of course, they didn't disappoint. I found many beautiful blues, greys, and whites. I found Interlacement in pale blue and dark grey. I was on my way. January 1 in Myrtle Beach would be my first day to Knit The Sky.
Then I noticed that things I thought looked blue looked grey and I needed more blue. A trip to Yarn Envy in Ottawa Lake, MI was in order. After we got to Sunset Beach in January, a trip to Knit 'N Purl added to my collection of blues, greys and whites. Along the way I visited my Stash Studio and pulled out some beautiful Tilli Thomas with crystals and beads to represent precipitation. I decided it would be too much to have different bling for rain, snow and ice. Beads, crystals and sequins would just mean precipitation. Then Spun opened in Ann Arbor and I felt I needed something from there in Knit The Sky. Then we went to Maggie Valley and Black Mountain Yarn, and Silver Threads and Golden Needles added to my collection,I ended up with 58 different yarns and fibers with which to Knit The Sky. I had light blue, dark blue, turquoise, white, light grey, dark grey, touched with silver, alive with beads, sparkling with sequins.
I kept it in this wonderful basket I bought from Kellie at Knitting On The Fringe. It kept my mess in one place. I Knit The Sky for every day from January 1 to June 31. I didn't take my basket of yarn to Hawaii or Maggie Valley but I did take notes and catch up when I got home. I intended to knit for a year but it would have come close to encircling the equator. Now I would like to introduce you to my sky for a year.
See the little fufu's of yarn? I decided to make mine a little different. It also made it unnecessary to hide all of the ends. Isn't it beautiful! I can see the beautiful Hawaii sky, the Sunset Beach sky, the Michigan winter. It is all there.
One side has fufu's and one side is plain. See that big grey piece? Michigan Winter. See the Black stripe? That is where my Spartans went out in the first game of March Madness. It was truly a black sky in my heart.
I'm not sure I will actually wear it since it does feel like chainmail. It was a fabulous experience. At one time I wrote grants. When a grant was sent in, I had this tremendous feeling of loss. Like there was something I should be doing. I have that same feeling now. But..........on July 1st, I started a new project. I call it Knit The Day. I knit 2 rows of the high temperature and 2 rows of the low temperature. I still find myself looking up and trying to decide which yarns I will use to KNIT THE SKY.
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.