Friday, October 8, 2010

I needs me some zen

I've been suffering from an incredibly debilitating case of the dreaded scatter-brains this week. Lots of questioning, lots of hasty resolutions that fizzle out, and even a bit of moping... all of which result in my getting precisely nowhere in terms of actual "growth and maturity and all that other stuff".

Seems like the only time my brain ever shuts up lately is when I'm knitting and I give in to that soothing, steady rhythm of creating stitch after stitch. That's the nice thing about this craft: even if it feels repetitive (mostly 'cause - you know - it IS), even if it feels like you're mired in a black hole of knittendom and not getting anywhere, every stitch really does bring you closer to your goal. You may not notice it, it might not be going fast enough for you, but you ARE moving forward.

And eventually, if you keep at it, you're rewarded with some pretty nifty knitwear.

Magic Mirror Socks by Jeannie Cartmel
Knit with Dream in Color Smooshy in the Strange Harvest colourway.

I'm particularly pleased with these socks. I think I did a bang-up job pairing the yarn and pattern, and the effect - as my good friend Jennifer rightly pointed out on Facebook recently - really is reminiscent of a zen garden.

Sadly, these won't be staying with me. They're destined for my stepmum Margot, who loves handknit socks with a fiery passion and wears them with pride and gusto until they literally fall off her feet.

Happy Knitting Everyone! I've got a never-ending cardigan to work on...


Maryse said...

Yes, knitting is like... magic! And again, these socks are so beautiful. You should knit a pair for yourself. I would love to knit my own!

BerryandTwig said...

My goodness these socks are simply amazing!!!! Well done with them! I would love to try it out, but I'm not sure if my skills are up to par yet to tackle a project like that!!

Laurie said...

OMgosh!!! Those socks at the TOP of my queue. Beautiful!!!

When I was going through my "dark night o' the soul" last winter and knitting feverishly, it dawned on me that in the midst of feeling I could do nothing right, I was knitting these wonderful projects - making thousands and thousands of stitches correctly - so that meant I definitely could do something right. Even if it is only knit. LOL!!! Happy knitting to you!

Knit and Purl Mama said...

Those socks are gorgeous! I love the pattern in them. You're on a yellow kick, eh?? :)

Hopefully next week will be better than this one.

Sinéad said...

I adore those socks. I really do. There's something about twisted stitches and knitting through the back loop that brings out the love in me.
That yarn is my fave in the whole world too. Smooshy!
I guess what I'm trying to say is I covet those socks!

Big Girl Feet said...

Beautiful socks & love the colour!
I've had a similar muddles past few days- I hope it goes away soon for both of us!

sapphireblue said...

I does look like a zen garden. Way to go. They're gorgeous!