Saturday, April 2, 2011

The Knitter's Dilemma

So, I went to the store today where I was inundated with spring fashions. I loved the look of the romantic fashions, light and gauzy fabrics with lace everywhere from the back of halter tops to the main body of cardigans. There, I was struck with the Knitter's Dilemma.

I can knit that, I would find myself thinking that over and over and over again as I passed by one cardigan or the next. I recognized the diamond lace motif, the cats paw lace, the battenburg lace insets. Okay, fine, I have no idea how to make tatted lace, but I can recognize it. And it was as equally pervasive as knitted lace. It took quite a bit of willpower to walk out of the store without buying anything.

Certainly, I could knit a cardigan, but how long would it take me? Would spring be nearly over by the time I finished? There's a skein of Madelinetosh Prairie calling my name, and the hue is Molly Ringwald. That very shade of pink just begs to be knitted into something lacy and delicate. Plus, it's superwash, so I wouldn't need to worry about felting. I desperately want to cast it on right now! Except I'm working on a delightfully lacy shawl already. I hope the soothing feel of silk and cashmere can calm my fevered brain. Spring fever has possessed me and I want to knit something as bright and lively as the flowers that have begun to bloom.
Welcome to Crazytown, where my friends have proclaimed me queen. Why did they do that you ask? For some reason, there's very little that I fear about knitting. Hmm, a dress in laceweight done in lace knitting written by vogue? Sounds great! I have very few inhibitions when it comes to knitting, and that sometimes ends disasteriously. Apparently, other people think this signifies a level of crazy that only the royalty can attain. Follow along with my escapades as I dive head first into all sorts of insane techniques and projects without much more than an "Oh! That looks pretty, I can make it!"

Those will probably be my famous last words.