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Two solitudes of my knitting

I thought I would check in and show you what I've been knitting this month. I caught the log cabin bug, fueled by my love of Kureyon and started in the paint box blanket. I had no Kureyon in my stash (no, I can't believe it either) and resolved to buy a bit at a time and only when the yarn was sale. So I bought a few balls online from Little Knits, knit a square and then bought some more on sale from The Purple Purl a week later.

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I fell hard. Little, easy to knit garter stitch squares in one of my favourite yarns. Colourful patterns that unfold as you knit. I love it. I want to knit it and nothing else and I'm on my 10th square of 20. The thing is that this should be something I savor. It's easy and portable and is excellent soccer-mom knitting so I need to slow it down.

That's how I swing to the other solitude of my knitting...lace. I don't knit lace much. I don't like the process very much and while I admire the beauty of lace knitting, the products aren't something I wear often.

However, every so often something comes along that I want to knit and I dive in. In 2009 it was Hanami. I had some lovely kidsilk spray in my stash and I wanted a challenge. I knit 2.5 repeats of the basketweave pattern and every stitch was hell. I couldn't figure out the basket weave pattern and it was really frustrating and it went into the time out corner...for two years.

Hanami
Last month I decided to give it another go or repurpose the yarn. This time around it's much better. I get how the stitch pattern works. I'm even enjoying it. This weekend I left the log cabin squares at home and have knit two repeats of the lace pattern. I guess I need both kinds of knitting. Easy stuff for when life gets stressful and hard stuff for when I have opportunities to relax and take on a challenge. It's nice that I can have both around at the same time as my weeks fly by like a roller coaster without brakes.

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I like to have an easy project on hand at all times. When I can't think, or I'm too tired, or I want to knit and have a glass of wine at the same time I choose to work on a log cabin blanket or a pair of plain vanilla socks with self-striping sock yarn. I also like to keep a challenge in my pile of unfinished objects. Right now my challenge is Birch. I haven't made much progress on it in recent months, but it is nice to have options. I love your two projects!

Your blanket is going to be bright and beautiful. One of the nicest things about knitting is that even the simplest stitch, garter stitch, is so much fun. You've probably seen on Ravelry another Noro blanket, Kay Gardiner's Mitered Crosses Blanket, which combines mitered squares and log cabin borders. Those blocks are my current addiction. The pattern price is a fundraiser for Japan, so it's a feel-good project in more ways than one. Maybe next time you get Noro fever ...

Amazing knitting shared by you. I am very happy to see such creative design and pattern with perfect color combination.

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