I often find myself thinking, ‘Doh! of course I knew that’ about my creative behaviour. However last night, when I found myself messing about with a super chunky yarn from my I-have-absolutely-no-idea-where-this yarn-came-from-or-how-I’m-ever-going-to-use-it stash, I realised I was acting on 3 of the 1o points on my list of what I’d (re)learned in six months of blogging:
- I don’t spend enough time ‘playing’ with my creativity.
- I can take things far too seriously.
- I need to take a more experimental approach.
I rarely work with super chunky, so this was not a natural yarn for me to gravitate to. It therefore felt even more as if it was addressing the three points above . Plus the colours. Really not sure about them. I also only had two balls – so what to knit?
I decided to knit a bag. Once more this was a push out of my comfort zone – I’ve never knitted a bag before – but how hard could it be? Surely a bag is just a slightly shaped tube joined at one end and with handles at the other? (I may have to backtrack on that statement later.)
Super chunky lends itself well to garter stitch, but I wanted to do something more interesting. I played with a few patterns to see how they knitted up with the variegated yarn over a small number of stitches. I settled on basket stich – it seemed appropriate for a bag – but with a cable running through to make the handles.
This is as far as I’ve got. I’m not convinced right now there’s enough stitches for the pattern to show up within the variegated yarn – although the test sample looked okay. I’ll keep knitting and find out.
Have you experimented lately?
Have a great weekend!