To say I’ve had a stressful week of knitting would be an understatement. Remember when I said, “I’m a perfectionist just not a very good one”? I think I lived that statement this week. I decided on July 15 that I NEEDED to knit Jacaranda. It felt like a pull, a compulsion. I gave my dear friend Evie my Jacaranda for her birthday July 14.
I loved this so much (like I shared before, this may be my favorite pattern ever) that I knew I would knit it again. I just look at this picture and get goosebumps of pride. After this treasure was put in the mail, my house felt strangely empty. Like there was a hole, something missing. I realized it was Jacaranda. I was missing Jacaranda and immediately decided to finish the one I started before Christmas.
I had to go to Staples to by printer ink before I could start because I couldn’t fine my pattern. After I printed the pattern, I realized I had rewritten the pattern because it was too hard to read in the original form. Then I had to figure out where in the pattern I had left off which was no easy feet. Finally, I was ready to JUST DO IT! After a couple of rows I realized these colors weren’t inspiring me so I decided to make a trip to te Stash Studio to find the perfect yarn. I had no doubt I would find it and I did. That’s one thing about having a stash the size of a medium LYS, I can almost always find just what I’m looking for and I did.
There it was! One of my many balls of Havirland. I love this yarn and thought this would be amazing. But it didn’t do anything for me. It just didn’t inspire me. So, another trip to the Stash Studio and I found this.
Is that beautiful or what!!!!!! I have always loved the colors of Zauberball and now was a great time to reintroduce myself to its beauty. But no, this didn’t work because the gradual color change did’nt provide enough color definition for the stitches. So another trip to the Stash Studio.
I love this and thought, “Here it is! Exactly what I have been looking for!” But this didn’t work either. In the meantime, I experienced the soothing counting of the cast-on. Thank goodness there was some soothing between my joyless attempts at Jacaranda. Another trip to the Stash Studio.
This is an amazing Lang yarn that I have had my eye on since spring of 2019 when I bought it at Knit ‘N Purl in Myrtle Beach. See those black hunks? I have learned that black or anything too dark hides the intricacies of the pattern and why knit Jacaranda if you’re going to hide those amazing intricacies???????? So one more trip to the Stash Studio.
This is another Langs. Great colors, right? But no joy. Sadly enough I had to leave my amazing Jacaranda and move on. This adventure felt a lot like the three bears; too dark/too thin/too thick/color change to thin/color change too thick, etc. I am exhausted!!! I got back to seriously knitting The Moon and Other Satellites with Linda in our Social Knitting From Afar. It is providing me with the peace, tranquility and joy I need at the moment. Some day I will surprise you with a new Jacaranda that is perfect in every way. I did learn that for me, joy trumps perfection.
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.