Saturday, 18 September 2010

Flow

Sometimes I wonder why I am a knitter. Why do I enjoy the thousands and thousands of small movements that slowly build up a piece of work layer by layer such that rarely a day goes by without sitting down and adding a few rows to one project or another? I quite often ask myself that question myself when I get bogged down in a project that never seems to end or doesn't seem to be turning out to look like it did in my mind's eye. The yarn may not feel comfortable in my hands, the needles too long, too short, too grippy, too slippy.

It is wonderful, therefore when a project defies the odds. It helps to take a yarn in one of my favourite colours, bright, golden yellow, in a gorgeous fibre, merino and silk in lace weight that is neither too heavy or too light. This is Gloaming by the Yarn Yard, an 80% merino 20% silk lace weight yarn which gives 800metres to 100grammes. Light but not insubstantial.

I decided that I would make another Bitterroot from Knitty as I have given away the purple one that I made at the beginning of the year to my friend Cathy in Australia - the colour is perfect for her. This colour is much more me. It helps to have a pattern which whilst rarely static for long has enough predictability and readability for me to really start to relax, enjoying the feel of the yarn through my fingers, devouring every stitch, eager to make progress but also wanting to savour the experience. I've heard this feeling of being completely at one with whatever you are doing is called Flow.

Wikipedia describes it as 'the mental state of operation in which a person in an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity'. Whatever it is, I think it's the feeling that we as knitters and crafts people strive for and are lucky enough to achieve.

Apparently it has all sorts of benefits . Who knew?

As with all lace, at the moment the shawl looks somewhat indifferent whilst under construction. I will have to wait until it is blocked for it to transform itself into something rather special.

Mind you, it will be a shame to lose these textural elements as they appear on the wrong side.

Another positive dimension to this shawl is,just when I think I might get a bit bogged down and lose my Flow, I get to add beads! Luckily I found I had these beads on hand which should blend in pretty well.

And finally, in case I need any more motivation....

I need a shawl to match these shoes.............

13 comments:

suse-the-slow-knitta said...

that will be a fab shawl! what a stunning colour.

Boom said...

I love your shawl and the beads are wonderful. What color are those pumps????

Rose Red said...

I love the idea of Flow as it relates to knitting. Being mindful of each stitch and the end product you are working towards is a good way of motivating yourself to finish (well, in theory anyway!).

I love the textural wrong side of lace too - it does seem a shame to block, except for the glorious transformation of the front.

Anita said...

I love your shawl, it's a very nice colour. Kind regards, Anita.

Lily said...

Shoes look gorgeous, especially like the colour.

Bells said...

beautiful post.

Flow. It's elusive but when it happens, it's magical.

Shoes and a shawl? They are perfect! Lovely.

Joy said...

What a lovely shawl that's going to be Jane. And very you.

Caffeine Girl said...

It's so nice to have you back in the blog world!

It's so funny that you should talk about flow. I've been reading the definitive book on the subject, "Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience" by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Yes,that's really his name. No, I have no idea how to pronounce it!

It's really interesting and surprisingly readable!

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sb.marianna said...

is it only me, or do you have a passion for socks?

Joan said...

Jane's Probably coming back to her blog sometime, or at least I hope so...