Sometimes knitting can be a total waste of time. I am the first to admit that I do not like many of the things that I knit for myself. And I have read many of those books about how to make sure you have a gauge swatch or take your measurements or study your profile for what looks good on your body type. But all those books still leave room for the imagination. I sometimes imagine that a project is going to look like something it really doesn’t come out to look like. And I hate it. This happens more often than I would care to admit. Maybe I am just unrealistic. A knitting dreamer.
So you may understand why I bought cheap yarn for my latest sweater project. Buying cheap yarn really cuts your losses in half. You aren’t wasting much money, you are only wasting your time. And if you figure into the formula how much time you are relaxing and loving knitting, even that isn’t a waste. Cheap therapy is what it is.
So here is my springtime sweater therapy project, knit in Lion Brand Cotton-Ease yarn. Sometimes cheap yarn is worth knitting with and doesn’t come out looking like you used, well, cheap yarn.
The pattern is a free Ravelry download called Miette. If you a knitter or crocheter and are not a member of Ravelry you don’t know what you are missing. Go here to join: RAVELRY
Why join Ravelry? Besides free patterns, it is a huge database of lots of people’s work. So the next time you want to knit or crochet something, you can see everyone’s version of it and see if it really is something you like on a bodytype like your own. And you can see what yarns everyone is making it with and how they liked their yarn choice or how you liked their yarn choice. People share what it was like to make their project, problems they might have had with the pattern or yarn, changes they made to the design, things to watch out for, how hard it was to make, and so many other helpful ideas and inspirations.
And then you can also choose to share your own projects with photos. That is up to you. You can just roam if you would rather do that. It is what you make of it and is totally fun.
So this time I lucked out. My sweater is a keeper, and I actually like the yarn! I adore the color as it is taupe and one of my colors. But the yarn also comes in other brighter spring colors. It is 50/50 cotton and acrylic. I usually shy away from acrylic, but this yarn looks and feels great like a light cotton. I bought mine at Jo-Ann’s.
If you join Ravelry, look me up under the name primspirit.
Have fun with all your creative projects ~ Karen