This is Catherine. I am blogging today for two reasons:
1) To appease Jocelyn
2) To tell you about an exciting new knitting journey that I am embarking upon.
About a month ago I joined a site called Ravelry. I. love. it. It is an online community for knitters and crocheters. You can search for patterns (there are currently 45,933 available through Ravelry) to download for free or for cheap. You can keep track of all the yarn you have in your stash. You can keep track of all your projects for posterity’s sake. And you can communicate with other knitters around the world.
I have spent a significant amount of time on Ravelry and one day I stumbled across a pattern that took my breath away. It is called the Barn Raising Quilt and you make it by knitting different squares and sewing them together in a patchwork of sorts. The trick is to use sock yarn (nice and thin) that is not a solid color but is variegated (lots of different colors in one skein of yarn). Then when you knit up the squares, they are a gorgeous swirl of color. The other trick is to knit your squares from the center out in a circular pattern (stay tuned for in-progress pictures to show you what I mean) so that the pattern swirls (I know I used that word two times in two sentences, almost-Dr. Bailey, but my internal thesaurus is broken today and it’s the only one I can think of that really describes what happens).
So this is going to be a looooong project but I’m super excited about it. I went to our local yarn shop (LYS in ravelry slang FYI, FWIW), Haus of Yarn to peruse their sock yarn selection. And there… I discovered…
And a specific yarn called Koigu KPPPM: Painter’s Palette Premium. It is a luscious merino and the color combinations are gorgeous. See what I mean?
So I stood in awe in front of the vast selection in the store, gazing at all the possibilities and finally settled on a skein to bring home. One of the benefits of a LYS is that they will wind yarn into little cakes for you so that they’re easier to knit from. So they took my hank of yarn and turned it into this:
My hope is to make three squares out of each skein of Koigu. Yesterday I cast on my first square and, after a rocky start (knitting with double-pointed needles, which are required to knit in the round from the inside out, can be a bear at first) things are moving along swimmingly. I am loving watching the color patterns develop. Here are some in-progress shots so you can see what this double-pointed needle apparatus looks like.
My plan going forward is to continue to get skeins from Haus of Yarn but, because they’re not exactly cheap, to buy some online on ebay or through sellers on Ravelry (seriously, that site has everything). In fact, there is a skein of a lovely mix of orange hues winging its way to me right now!
Because I’m pretty excited about this project, I will try to keep the blogosphere updated so you can see my squares as they develop and then how they come together as a quilt.
It’s a lovely day for knitting in Nashville so off I go!