Christine chose the word ‘abundance’ for this week’s Weekword. What a fantastic word, especially for autumn, with its connotations of harvest and plenty. I was thinking about the things I had an abundance of – books, fabric, yarn, laundry… and was wondering how to convert these into a post. And then, something happened.
The huge stash of yarn I have accumulated is something I refer to frequently on this blog. I really, really do have a lot of yarn. I love yarn. There is something about the combination of colour and texture, added to the wonderful sense promise inherent in the fact that it could be made into almost anything, that I find irresistible. So I have accumulated what could be termed, in both senses, an embarrassment of riches. In the modern sense because I do sometimes feel a little embarrassed by the sheer volume of the stuff I’ve managed to stash away under the spare room bed. And in the original sense (to ‘embarrass’ originally meant to thwart or to hinder, word fact fans) because sometimes having too much of something is stifling. I find it actually hinders my creativity to be presented with too much choice and it becomes overwhelming.
So. What happened this week? Well, somebody gave me several skeins of yarn. This yarn:
It is polyester. It is a novelty yarn. It is something I wouldn’t normally knit with. And heaven knows, I don’t need any more yarn. But I love the colours and it is so, so soft. The texture is something like feathers. I didn’t know what I would do with it, beyond a scarf, and I’ve knit too many scarves lately. So, off I popped to Ravelry. Anyone who uses Ravelry will know about the way you can hop from project to yarn to designer to project to pattern. And so, I happened upon a reference to ‘freeform knitting’. Which is when you gather yarns you like and which look good together, regardless of fibre, type, gauge – regardless of anything, really – take a basic idea, and then just … knit. Just knit with your yarns as the fancy takes you and without any idea of how your scarf/shawl/ wrap will turn out.
This sounded exciting. And a bit scary. And like nothing I’ve done before. And some of the freeform projects on the web were amazing. So, I ferreted through my yarn to find pink and purples that would go with my new feathery friend. And I found several skeins left over from other projects:
And a bit of bright pink mohair that someone gave me, sans ballband, so I don’t know how much I have:
And a few skeins I had gathered on impulse because I liked them, but didn’t really know what to do with:
And so, suddenly, these varied yarns that I had struggled to decide what to do with came together, became part of something exciting and merged in my mind into a glorious whole. As I added each yarn to the pile, it took on a new glow of possibility when put with all the others. The embarrassment of riches became true abundance.
Look! Don’t they look great together?
I am so excited about this project and am forcing myself to finish the one I’m working on before I start.
Pop over to Christine’s blog to check out the abundance of Weekworders this week. Welcome to all the new players (and those returning after a break!).