Monday, April 28, 2014

Rose Garden Shawl From Knit N Purl - Day 1

Beginnings and endings...

It occurred to me today how much knitting is like writing books.  Starting a project is an exhilarating experience.  You cast on, all full-up with fresh wonder, completely devoid of any scars from mistakes or foolishness.  These are the same sensations every writer feels when she sits down to start her next (or first) novel.  Those great moments before the characters misbehave and the plot tangles and you start to wonder why this story was ever a good idea in the first place.  None of that yet; a beginnings is a lovely, hopeful place.

Endings are lovely, too.  Endings are jubilant, victorious things.  Endings show you what the piece will finally look like.  You bask in the beauty of the final product.  Sure, endings can be a bit tedious if there’s a complicated bind-off (I guess that makes binding off the spell-check of writing).  Writing endings mean you nailed it, you hung in there, you followed the story to its fruition.  I love finishing a novel—there’s a popular writer’s saying: “I don’t love writing, but I love having written.”

I’m looking forward to loving this when it’s done!

This Ultra Pima Quattro is cotton.  I hardly ever knit with cotton—it’s not my fiber of choice.  I miss the elasticity of other yarns and I always worry the stuff is going to unravel.  I don’t own a cotton shawl, so I’m fascinated to see how this one will feel.

After all, we’re at the hopeful beginning!

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