In Which the Pirate Aspires.

Day Six: 2nd April. Something to aspire to.
Is there a pattern or skill that you don’t yet feel ready to tackle but which you hope to (or think you can only dream of) tackling in the future, near or distant? Is there a skill or project that makes your mind boggle at the sheer time, dedication and mastery of the craft? Maybe the skill or pattern is one that you don’t even personally want to make but can stand back and admire those that do. Maybe it is something you think you will never be bothered to actually make but can admire the result of those that have.

There’s very little that scares me about knitting anymore. Even the most complicated lace pattern can be broken down to doing it one stitch at a time. Turning a short-row heel, a process which once left me nervously knitting a scarf while procrastinating on the sock, no longer fazes me. Colourwork with three colours in one row? No big deal. (Slow going, but not intimidating.) Entrelac? Doesn’t interest me, but I bet I could do it. Steeking? Sure, why not?

No, for me the aspiration is design. I have so many designs in my head that I want to knit up and write up and publish. I have both well-imagined patterns and vague ideas to work from. But I knit slowly, and often get frustrated with poorly-written patterns. What really intimidates me now is the time it would take to figure out the complex patterns I want to knit, and the idea of knitting them not just from a poorly-written pattern, but from no pattern at all.

So what’s on my list to design?

The green lacy sock that I began in Cookie A.’s class several years ago
Several more simple sock designs, one with a little bit of colour and one with texture
A Winterlude-inspired hat and armwarmers or gloves/mittens set
A pattern inspired by the geometric shapes of a bridge I crossed on a road trip
A shawl that uses the same motifs in both a triangular and a rectangular version

It’s going to take me *years* to get these things done, and that’s what’s most intimidating about it!

5 Responses

  1. Karen says:

    Good luck with the designing. I have vague ideas in my head but have trouble translating them to paper. One day maybe I’ll get there when my head isn’t overflowing with everyone else’s schedule and what time I have to pick who up where, oh and what’s for dinner.

  2. Butterfly says:

    I have faith that it won’t take years, just a little elbow grease!

  3. kala says:

    Best of luck with your designs, it really is a lot of fun…and math ;)

  4. Trish in MD says:

    Hi there! I aspire to design, too… but I am a long way from being there.

    I just wanted to drop in and say that I recognize your blog as being built on the Mandigo theme. I loved this theme for a long time and it was great and served me well. I was just wondering the other day if it was still being developed…

    I’m having such fun reading people’s blogs this week!

  5. Hi I was just checking to see the other “pirate knitter” who apparently has the better site. How do I follow?


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