Sneak Preview

Today the heat and humidity in Philly finally broke. There was a fantastical thunderstorm that came just as swiftly as it went and, voila, suddenly you could breathe again. This morning was cool and sunny and breezy when I took Eliot out for his morning constitutional and it had that slightly crisp edge to it that made me realize summer is going to be over soon and we can finally get on with the autumn.

I have pulled Wicked off the shelf, but haven’t actually started reading it yet. I got sidetracked by the arrival of Puzzle Quest (an RPG puzzle game for the Nintendo DS) through our Netflix-like game subscription service–Gamefly. But this little taste of autumn was enough to get me into a Wicked frame of mind, so I will surely be sinking my teeth into that a little later today.

Also with the encroachment of autumn comes that familiar desire to knit all the time. As you know, Kai, for most of the last year I have done very little in terms of knitting except focus on the freeform project I committed to last year (Participation in this project requires that you agree to add something new to your freeform project every day and document it via a photo posted daily to the freeform365 group on flickr link. My work is up there under villageknittiot.).

I am now in my last 100 days of the project, and most of my energy is being devoted to building and embellishing the frame (I’m using a series of cheap quilting hoops I got for less than 5 bucks) from which I plan to suspend my work thus far and then continue to attach elements, build off of that frame, and connect pieces as needed. I am determined to finish the project on Day 365. One complete circle. So I have my work cut out for me.

I am exceedingly proud of myself for sticking with this and really making something that I am going to be excited to display. Participating in this experiment has taught me so much about trusting my own creative intuition and instincts, and most importantly, about not being afraid to “make mistakes” or move off the beaten path. It has completely changed my knitting.

I’ve never been terribly excited about working off of patterns to begin with. I want my work, even if it is a simple sweater, to tell a story. From the moment I picked up a crochet hook and then moved on to teach myself how to knit, I have wanted to learn how to create my own unique garments, not follow someone’s step by step directions. I wanted to understand the craft of knitting, not simply follow rote instructions.

Given that our understanding of the domestic arts is no longer handed down from mother to daughter and grandmother to granddaughter, this level of learning, understanding, and intuition is hard to come by. I have often said that what I need is a knitting mentor.

But, per my usual mentor requests to the universe, she has a different idea in mind.It seems I am destined to learn the truth of “I am my own source of validation” on so many, many levels. Enter freeform365.

I don’t know what I am going to do next, but I know that this first freeform project is not my last. But I also know that I am dying to do some more practical knitting. I need to finish my stripy pink and black angora hat before the weather turns. Beyond that, I don’t what else I want to do.

Anyway, time to get on with the weekend.

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3 Responses to Sneak Preview

  1. kaizerin says:

    I love days like that, the sudden relief from heat, the tang of autumn in the air. We’re having uncharacteristic (for mid-August) cool and damp, and I love it. This is the weather I moved to Portland for!

    I just had a tour of your Freeform 365 project, and my, how it’s grown! It was fun going through the Flickr slideshow, admiring the yarns and how you’ve used them. How many kinds of yarn do you estimate you have in there now?

    Also: one area of the project seems to be a curly white yarn with big, soft brown eyes–I love the effect. What technique/stitch did you use to achieve that? 🙂

  2. CountessZ says:

    Oh, that? It was the “rescue” technique. (Isn’t he sweet and adorable?!)

    Wait until you see what I added last night. I started on the frame which the whole thing will ultimately be suspended from. I love when I get a new burst of inspiration of some aspect of the piece suddenly comes together. So freakin’ cool.

  3. kaizerin says:

    That IS cool! I’m excited to see how it all turns out. I really like the flowery things you were doing around 253-257ish, especially 257a. SO cute!

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