Have you ever had an epiphany? One that just totally made sense of an area of your life, that you wonder how you never made the connection before? Well I just had one, about shawls.
During my recent 30 Day Commit to Knit Challenge I have knit on 2 shawls. Cameo and Cable. Cameo has gotten the lion’s share of attention. It was smaller, more straightforward, still in St st stage, and less tied to a chart. But I never considered another aspect of why I chose it over Cable. And then I considered shape. Cameo is a rounded triangle, Cable a very looooong rectangle. That right there was enough to convince me, but I took another look at the two. Repeats/design. Cable is nothing but a repeat of a cable chart. Granted there are 5 cabled sections made up of 3 cables, 2 cables mirrored either side of a centered cable. But still an endless repeat of the same. Cameo is a lace chart at the end of an enlarged triangle. A lace chart that changes with each row, only to be repeated twice.
There it was smacking me in the face! Although I love Cable, enjoy knitting cables, and love the yarn, it has stalled into the same old rhythm. One that can spell disaster for my hyper brain. I need change, excitement, something more. Rectangles just don’t change enough for me. Even if it’s a lace chart, it will still be repeated endlessly down the length.
So, does this Epiphany spell doom for Cable? I don’t think so, I am very committed to finishing it, I want so much to wear it! I just need to focus on the fact the chart is pretty much etched in my brain, so I don’t have to be tied to the chart instructions on my phone now. But lace just might always win out in a shawl battle, and definitely semi circle or triangle over rectangle any day!
What about you, have any knit related epiphanies lately?