Creativity in a knitting challenge

My daughter is a civil engineer in Calgary specializing in waste-water management. Her life philosophy doesn’t allow her to throw anything out until it is very dead. (She still wears a navy hand-me-down cardigan from her high school days.) When I arrived from my first stop in New Brunswick for a visit with my daughter’s family, on top of enjoying my 14-month old grandson’s amazing sprouting and expanded abilities, and relishing his sweet company, my daughter presented me with knitting challenge: to lengthen her Herbivore shawlette that I made for her five or six years ago. She thinks of me as a knitting engineer so I did not wish to disappoint her illusions. This should be easy-peazy for mom, she thought.

shawl design and new yarn

Hmm… I saw two challenges to the task. First, since the piece is quite structural in its design and ends in a point, I would need to build a new section around the point, one that widens into its own unit, then join to this a second piece that would decrease into a new point.

Second, because I had used hand-spun wool from fibre bought in Vancouver I knew the chances of finding yarn of similar colour and weight would be next to impossible, so I planned to use a yarn in a complementary colour instead. Off I went to my favourite LYS in Calgary, Stash Lounge, only to locate the impossible! With a gladdened heart, I proceeded to design on the fly, knitting both sides of the shawlette at once using the magic loop technique (because I can’t be bothered writing down a pattern that I make up as I knit, in order to replicate it.) I happened to have the perfect needles with me since I’d been knitting little socks for my boy. (Well, technically he’s her boy but who’s fussy.)

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Foggy photo but significantly longer wings…

I couldn’t be happier with the result 🙂 And I think the addition is the prettiest part of the project. I just LOVE when creativity works that way!

Thank you, Caroline, for the knitting challenge. You make my heart sing. XOX

3 thoughts on “Creativity in a knitting challenge

  1. Anne Swiderski says:

    Sounds familiar. Just yesterday, an artist friend and I were chatting about the fact that a painting is a solution to a problem. Its a series of problems we come up with, and then go through the fun, the challenge, the growth, and then the deep satisfaction of having solved them.

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