A Knitter's Journey

Updated: Apr 3, 2019

As a yarn shop owner, many knitters stop in for help with their projects. We work through mistakes, how to fix them, or how to learn a new technique. Sometimes we rip back significant parts or all of a project with a deep sigh to make the finished garment the best we can make it. I always tell knitters that this is part of their knitting journey. Some hear that more than once, and we laugh about it. As with any project we take on, I'd like to believe that it changes us in some positive way. We may learn from our mistakes or a new skill, what yarn we love or hate to work with, a project we love or end up taking the whole thing out and repurposing the yarn on another project. Perhaps we knit the project during a period in our lives that affects us for the good or the bad. Knitting engages us through stressful periods in our lives by giving us something else to focus on. When we wear our finished garment, it may remind us what we've overcome or celebrated while we made it. This is the case for me. In late 2015, I began the Webs Expert Knitting Program (WEKP), a journey that has helped me through some major life changes. I'd like to share my journey encompassing the final phase of this program.

This month, I've begun the Program's final and longest phase -- the Capstone Project. This is a six-month process, like a master's thesis, applying skills I've learned over the last few years. The project requires that I design and knit a sweater, to be completed and submitted to Webs Capstone Committee in early June. Those whose sweaters meet the specifications and pass rigorous scrutiny celebrate with a graduation ceremony in mid June.

In early December, I submitted a sketch of my concept. I had fretted the prior several months over what to make. I've learned so many skills and enjoyed many of them, though I couldn't aesthetically incorporate all. Somehow, the night before the concept sketch was due, I roughed this out in short order. This design, while subject to modification, will incorporate a two-color corrugated rib on the cuffs and bottom edge, and the two colors continuing up in a cable twist along the front left and right edges and around a shawl collar. The body will incorporate the two colors in a striped Fibonacci sequence which has always fascinated me. This magic ratio occurs in nature and is an aesthetically pleasing way to arrange colors, textures, or other elements. The numerical sequence forms by starting with 0, and 1, and then adding the prior two numbers to give the next number in the sequence. For example, 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, and so on.

Last week I kicked off the project, meeting with my mentor and selecting the yarn and colors. For the yarn, I've selected Blue Sky's Woolstok Worsted (100% Fine Peruvian Highland Wool) in Spring Ice and Grey Harbor. This yarn spoke to me for its softness and body. The Spring Ice was the perfect shade of blue, and the Grey Harbor complimented it nicely.

January is swatching month where I knit swatches to figure out how to knit the cabled edge, which version of the corrugated rib I like best, the type of Fib sequence to incorporate into the main body, and most importantly, the size needles needed to get the type of fabric that looks best for the yarn and to calculate the gauge (stitches and rows per inch). I hope to incorporate the two colors using the numerical Fibonacci sequence, but we shall see how it looks when swatched, as there are several ways to use it. Swatching is going well, and I've been able to narrow down my options.

I will continue to post as the project progresses, hoping that my experience inspires you to play with your knitting or crocheting and that you have a new perspective of your very own knitting journey.


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