Sixteen squares done!
These have been knitted or crocheted in either double knitting, aran or chunky yarns for Knit-A-Square. Some are kitting in stocking stitch with moss stitch or garter stitch borders. Others have been knitted with a textured design on them, again with the borders. One even has a flower on it – stocking stitch and reverse stocking stitch are the contrasting stitches – a pattern adapted from “Blankets and Throws to Knit” by Debbie Abrahams. A couple have been knitted diagonally in garter stitch. And there’s even a couple of crocheted ‘granny squares’! I have spent time keeping notes of what sized needles I’ve used, the number of stitches in a square, the patterns used, in a little notebook.
Crocheting is not a skill I’ve been able to come anywhere near perfecting. I can just about manage granny squares. Simple edgings too. But that’s it. Knitting is more my thing. I must admit it was fun to knit the flower from the book as a textured pattern rather than in colours – I need to seriously practice my intarsia knitting! I did try to make it in colours, but I got holes and uneven areas; it’s been a very long time since I did any such knitting.
I’ve found a lot of fun and joy and pleasure in knitting these little squares. They let me practice different techniques, play with different yarns, and learn new tricks. They’re small enough that they’re finished quite quickly and the materials/tools are easy to carry around so that knitting can be done on trains and so on; to take the blazer I’m knitting with me would need a large bag and plenty of room to accomplish job – not always available on a train, for instance, and not always sensible to take a huge bag of stuff with me anywhere. I’m hoping that their small size will allow me to become more creative with the designs as time goes on…with the limited number of stitches to make a square it’s a challenge!
The other good thing about this for me is that the size of the project is not overwhelming for me. I’m not making a huge number of squares of a certain size in order to create a blanket/throw/shawl. Each square is a complete item in its own right, and will become part of something much larger. I do have a problem with projects that overwhelm me with their enormity, such as knitting a large number of squares to make a blanket/throw, or writing a story (let alone a book), or a large and complex piece of art or jewellery or clearing the garden. Something I need to work on turning around … and until then, I’ll work on projects that either don’t overwhelm me, or I can push myself a little bit into something bigger than I would usually do, or sneak up on ones that would ordinarily overwhelm me and surprise myself!
Once I shake this cold/flu/pharyngitis off then I’ll no doubt start to practice contemplative knitting as a way of developing mindfulness, with the aid of tips from the book “Mindful Knitting” by Tara Jon Manning. But that is for another day. At the moment I’m still coughing, sniffing, blowing my nose and generally feeling off-colour still.