What does it for you? Is it a scoop of peanut butter straight from the jar at nine at night? A pithy few words shouted at the driver who cuts you off? For me, it’s a quick knitting project.
I’m a sock addict. But socks take a long time to make and, often, great concentration. So I was in the mood for something different when I visited my LYS, Iron Horse, yesterday. Actually, I was in the mood to knit a shrug. I don’t love making sweaters – they take a lot of time and rarely fit me right. But a shrug is only half a sweater. I figured I could use worsted weight yarn and finish it pretty fast. I had downloaded several patterns from Ravelry and took them to the store – and we did pick out fabulous yarn, Debbie Smith (owner of Iron Horse) and I. Naturally, the color I loved wasn’t worsted weight but a slightly lighter DK weight, but that was no problem. Debbie easily converted my chosen pattern to this. She’s great that way.
But then I spotted a moebius scarf on display. A moebius, by the way, is a one piece ring of knitting that twists, adding interest to a piece. Debbie took the sample off the wall, so I could see it close up. I picked out yarn, Pagewood Farm’s Swagger (the shade is Fabulous Fall), and added a pair of ChiaoGoo size 17 (yikes!) 24″ circulars. Debbie wrote out the pattern (easy easy easy) and wound the yarn. Then (treat of all treats) I took off my coat and started the scarf there and then, so that she could show me how to make the twist. I can’t believe how easy it was. I mean, how many times have I cast on to knit in the round and had to take care not to twist at the join? How many times have I mistakenly done it? This time, there was nothing mistaken about it. Deliberate and simple – a twist done once and c’est ça.
Those are my Valentines Day flowers, by the way. And I did buy the soft dove gray wool for the shrug (photo below). I’ll start it this weekend. Because the moebius is fast. What you see above is half, which I did last night. I should finish tonight. Instant gratification? For a knitter, that’s as close as you get.