Since I decided that I would see if I could make a least some of my living from knitting, my life has been filled with knitting related activities, teaching, designing, test knitting, and writing about knitting. It can be a little hard to switch off but, perversely what I find really helps towards the end of the day is to have a piece of fairly mindless knitting so that I can make a cup of tea, put my feet up, switch the television or radio on and just allow the simple rhythmic movements of making one stitch after another clear my mind ready for sleep.
Today I wanted to show you the piece of mindless knitting currently on my needles. One very important factor is to have something that feels good under the fingers, that produces a fabric that you feel happy to touch and enjoy how it develops and grows. For this project I raided my precious stash of discontinued yarns for this Rowan Yorkshire Tweed 4ply which is a yarn full of character that produces a drapy but quite matte and tweedy fabric. This shade very much evokes the 1950s for me.
The project I am working on is a shawl called Line Break by Veera Vallmaki. Veera specialises in garter stitch shawls in bold graphic, asymmetric designs which use colour and short row shaping. This shawl uses short rows but only one colour, interest being added by rows of eyelets.
Whilst there is a great deal of garter stitch in this shawl the short rows make the knitting process interesting without being too challenging.
I have just reached the eyelet edging so if you will excuse me, I'm off to put the kettle on and knit a few rows before bed.