I Had an Itch to Scratch…

…so I scratched it!

What’s Itching me?

Well, it’s my ideas that are causing the itch. It is not uncommon for me to create a stitch pattern and later on discover a multitude of uses for it. In fact, there have been plenty of occasions where I’ve designed a hat, for example, and then get that tremendous itch to explore other design possibilities. I would end up saying things like, “I’m sure I can make a sweater out of this hat!” and this is how I will end up making a shawl or cardi using either the same stitch pattern or design formation.

The Itch in Question

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What was itching me in this case, was my original Friday Street Shawl stitch pattern (see above pic).  Unlike normal slip stitch patterns, this one is carried over a number of rows which make the slipped stitch elongated. Lots of fun in a shawl or flat piece of work… so, my idea was to try the same thing on a top-down raglan sweater!

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I had 6 skeins of Plucky Knitter Primo Sport (3 x ‘Bleu’  & 3 x ‘Barn Door’). Even after swatching, it was not easy to tell if I would have enough yarn to do a full length open cardi with a belt. It was much of a case of making it up as I went along (and I’m no stranger to that, I can tell you!). At least I was working a top-down construction – but with the slip stitch formation along with the raglan increases, it was to be a bit of a “Mental Exercise” to put it mildly! Luckily, I had predicted that the stitch timings would be off past the armholes, so I factored-in a one-stitch false side seam…. phew!

There, That’s Better Now!

The trouble with these bouts of creative itchings is that they are a huge distraction. I can think of nothing else while these things are playing on my mind. They take me away from my more pressing jobs and responsibilities and I can’t settle down until I’ve scratched it! Lately, there’s been an ever-lasting build up of design ideas, so to stop me going wild with creative itchy fever, I’ve started making a new queue in my Ravelry projects gallery. These are design ideas that will (at some point) become a real live project, but they have to wait in an orderly line.

There are lots of other design ideas waiting to join this queue, but they need a longer ‘brewing’ process before I will accept them. By queuing incumbent projects like this, I won’t need to worry about forgetting the design idea, because it will have already been drawn and the yarn will have been chosen. So it will just be a question of swatching and casting on.

Panic over!
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