Yarned In!

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I don’t know what comes over me! If there’s even the slightest prediction of snow accumulation above one inch, I seem to go into a trance. A yarn trance that is. Creative cogs in high gear, I pull down yarns from various sections of the house, putting them in my big white bowl to see how they get along with one another. It doesn’t make sense…I DO have several, in progress projects that could well be completed if I used the impending snow storm hours to finish them!! My Rhubarb Blanket is just inches away from being done! A pair of socks only needs the foot and toe parts to complete a whole pair! Hitchhiker Shawl languishes midway. Surely I could just sit and knit happily on any of these!!! But no…

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Woolly ideas, like sheep dancing in my dreams, go traipsing through my head. Pattern books are pulled down off the shelf.Β Knit and crochet magazines get rifled through. Loose leaf printed patterns off the internet are looked at. Ravelry is scoured.

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The search? Tunic. Vest. Cardigan? Not? As is typical for me, I cannot find just what I want. So I shift into an even deeper trance of making it up as I go. I know what I want. I see it in my head. Lots of colors. Bulky yarn leftovers. A warm, woolly something to knit in the coming snow storm…to wear in the days after.

WildHare4Β Fair isle. Yes! Who better to guide me than Kristin Nicholas and her expert and marvelous book Color by Kristin. Stitch patterns and charts are poured over, some decided, some not. A desire to create as I go is much more satisfying than having it all planned out at the start. The snow will guide me. The colors and yarn will show the way. I have only to begin.

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And so I do as the first flakes fall. No matter that we only get around 2″ and then some sleet and ice. But schools are closed. Everywhere is white. Snow means knitting. Hours and hours of knitting. Who cares that there are people in this house who need me to get up and go do things for them!? Sorry folks, if you need food or clean clothes…I’m “yarned in”! Quite literally, if you saw me sitting in my corner-of-the-studio chair, you would see me buried under piles of fluffy wool much like the snow falling down all around out the windows here. The only difference is that this fluffy stuff in my hands is sooo colorful!

It’s all bits of this and that. Leftovers from other projects. I feel certain they will be happy together…but I really won’t know until I knit them together. Fair Isle and bulky yarns are a bit tricky…keeping the floats loose enough is a challenge. But I don’t care. The snow trance has hold of me good, and I’m “yarned in”. Hemmed in by wools, size 13 round knitting needles, and a wonderful book from which to pick and choose all sorts of delicaciesΒ as I go.

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I’m about half way finished! And it is now snowing again outside, two days after the first “storm” hit us. There is more predicted for the weekend. I think I’ll be yarned in for a few more days! I think I like that! But my family might not. They look over at me, roll their eyes and shrug their shoulders. Then they open the pantry to search for something to eat. πŸ™‚

***P.S. You can follow my progress on Instagram, if you like! I’ve called this my Wild Hare Tunic! It’s a play on words, as in “wild hair” when you get a crazy idea and run with it.

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12 thoughts on “Yarned In!

  1. Utterly gorgeous! And I know exactly what you mean about the effect of snow. It’s almost as if it comes down with the intent to muffle everything and one gets an almost primeval urge to counter that with breaking out into something new and ground-breaking. Snow may blur distinct edges outside – very beautifully it has to be said – but inside new lines are being drawn, new definition given to creativity and it’s oddly satisfying. A kind of protest against being blotted out or becoming simply an un identified part of the landscape. I find I get this urge in huge kitchen too – if everyone is home for a “snow day” ( which sadly we haven’t had this year, yet anyway!) I always make a new batch of soup or a fresh cake even if there is still soup in the fridge and cake in the tin if you get my drift! (Sorry – bad pun there!) Enjoy every moment of your fabulous new project and you snowflakes, just keep on coming! Wishing you a cosy afternoon! E x

  2. Ha-ha! I’m the same way. We don’t have snow but we’ve had some pretty dusty, yucky weather lately and I am more than happy to be yarned in. Too bad my real job gets in the way but come June I’ll be a free bird and I can’t wait. Your wild hare knit is beautiful. Best wishes, Tammy

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