Yesterday, I discussed how, as a knitter, I am like a Border Collie, passionately driven to pursue what think I was born to do. When I think of these creatures, Scotland immediately comes to mind and then, naturally, tartans. Since I love tartans made with purple, when I contemplated related projects, I fixed on the thistle. Armed with my new Ipad and the Stitchsketch app, I charted a simple design for a thistle as well as for a simplified tartan pattern.
I also contemplated how to use these designs, and fingerless mitts came to mind—as the thistles could be cunningly displayed on the face of each hand. And I’d anticipated these items could be knit up quickly. I sketched out a simple drawing and ordered some yarn from Webs.com. Inadvertently, however, I purchased superwashwool, which—with its scales softened—doesn’t quit have the wild and woolly effect that I think a Scottish-related project should possess.
The superwash wool, however, is wonderfully soft, and would be ideal to use for baby items. Also, I do think that it will be very comfortable on the hands. With only a few short strands needed for contrast colors, I should have enough for a soft cap to match—a Scottish inspired tam, perhaps.
Motivated by the Blog Week assignments, I attended a the Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games in Huntersville, NC this past Sunday—to see if I could capture some photos or videos related to my “house” and to my design project.
I have to confess that I already started knitting my item—and actually finished a left-hand mitt last night and then ripped out most of it. The black used in the pattern seemed a little out of place amidst the other soft heathery tones. I’ve honed and refined my design,though, and hope that I can knit something up for later in the week to display here.
|I wanted one of these bags that were for sale, but restrained myself. I don't think I have anymore room for knitting bags in my house.|
|The festival was held at the site of a living history museum. Here, inside of a small log cabin, one of the docents knits.|