Purple people-time eater
Sunday October 09th 2011, 9:57 pm
Filed under: Knit

Yesterday’s yarn felt like work. I’ll get to it: but today is our Sabbath and it just didn’t feel right for the day. It needed to rest.

I went looking for whatever in the stash might strike me to make something to make someone happy–the people and the possibilities were endless, I dithered longer than I wanted to and finally decided that the only way to narrow it down was to start with my eyes. Go.

I had no idea what I was looking for, just a familiar sense that when I found it, I would know.

There–beneath several other ziplocs. A long-ignored goodly start to a shawl in some laceweight purple silk on 3.5mm needles (ouch). It wasn’t begun the way I would start it now; still, I’ve never frogged it, not after all the work that’s gone into it. There was a snag that needed to be fixed and there were circular needles that had totally kinked up in that small bag.

It just needed a little love.  I tugged around the snag a moment but shrugged, eh, later, it’ll be fine. I had no idea why, but this was it, this needed to be done, the sooner the better. I knitted a row, transferring it to new needles as I went down the  long row and weighing whether I still felt that way about it.

I did.

After a year in time-out? Why now?

I don’t know. But as I picked up that ziploc this afternoon and opened it to get a good look, all I can tell you is it felt wonderful that I had it in my hands again at last despite any arguments I could make against it. It was entirely a surprise–I have no idea what there is about it. Yet.

I’ve learned to take that feeling when it’s strong like that and just run with it as fast as I humanly can.  It’s humming along nicely.

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A year in time-out is good for the yarn, and for the knitter. Don’t ask how I know.

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 10.10.11 @ 6:21 am

It was wondering where you got to. I’m convinced the yarn/pattern does the deciding. It put YOU on time out. 🙂

Comment by afton 10.10.11 @ 6:34 am

I have some things in time-out I should visit. But not just yet.

Comment by Channon 10.10.11 @ 6:53 am

You must have excellent senses. “Here I am! Knit me! Knit me!”

Comment by Don Meyer 10.10.11 @ 9:01 am

I find that most projects have a mind (and a schedule) of their own. But yes, when you see that green light, your job is just to /go/!

Comment by Erica 10.10.11 @ 11:05 am

I have knitted things that have been in “time-out” for about 5years ,now I feel guilty off to hunt for them, (yes, there is more than One)and get to work on them UFO;s to become unforgettable objects

Comment by kristy phipps 10.10.11 @ 1:45 pm

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