How is everyone on this beautiful June day? I believe it is the first day of summer if I am not mistaken.
I have finished the Bavarian Cable Socks, they came out very nice if I do say so myself.
One thing I will tell you about them, that you can’t really tell unless you look very closely at them is that there are mistakes. There are the “bumps” I told you about earlier that happened when I was working on them on an airplane and oops, turbulence over Kansas. But there are others, where I knit where I should have purled and purled where I should have knit. And cabled where I didn’t need to cable and vice versa. Oh well. That folks is knitting. We as knitters all encounter that and it is at those times where we must decide if it is worth it to us to stop and fix the mistake or to just keep going and live with it. Anything ever done my hand is never going to turn out 100 percent perfect, and that is OK. I knit for me. I don’t knit for anybody else so for me, its ok if not every project I do is perfect.
That is also what I tell my students, especially the beginners. Knitting is hard at the beginning and I can see in their eyes that they immediately want to turn out a perfect piece and I tell them that its ok if they don’t. I always teach them how to identify mistakes, (they usually see them right away anyway) and how to fix them and tell that I myself after knitting for 14 years still make those same mistakes. It happens, but not to get down on themselves when it does.
Of course, after 14 years, I have learned to identify and fix mistakes and most of the time, I do go back and fix them so I am pretty proud of myself for my mostly flawless work but you must always remember, it is ok to have one or two flubs in your work. That is what make us human.
So, what I am working on next now that my Bavarian Cable socks are done? Last night I wound the yarn for and cast on my Rhinebeck Sweater!!! I am knitting the Gnarled Oak Cardigan by Alana Dakos and as featured in her collaborative book with Hannah Fettig Coastal Knits. This is a beautifully simple cardigan with a lovely lace and cable detail around the yoke. I even bought oak branch buttons. I love this cardigan for Rhinebeck because it is so simple, yet has that lovely detail around the yoke. I know I can get this done in time for Rhinebeck and not stress about it being perfect, because it is Rhinebeck after all, it must be perfect. The yarn I chose for this is perfect as well, I think the colors are perfect for fall as they beautifully mimic autumnal colors and trees. I am using Malabrigo Arroyo in the Piedras Colorway. It is so many colors of blues and greens and oranges and reds. I think I will totally match fall in is sweater.
The sweater is knit from the bottom up and I am about 3 rows in. I have 4 months to go so I think I am on track, but I better get back to knitting anyway just in case.
I will talk to you all soon.