Monthly Archives: September 2009

In Which I Get Nostalgic About Cables

I love cabling.  I always have.  The very first “real” pattern I ever knit (aside from the pre-requisite garter stitch rectangles that every knitter is supposed to make) was an aran scarf (found here).  I had so much fun knitting it.  When I showed it to people once it was done, they would always say, “that looks too hard, I could never do it,” which I never really understood because I didn’t find it to be hard at all.  My little cable needle and I were pretty much BFFs at that point.

This summer I caught a lace-knitting bug because lace scarves are pretty much the only appropriate projects for when it’s hot outside.  But now that it’s finally starting to feel like fall, all I can think about is cables.  Not just with knitting them either, because I have a hard time leaving behind cabled sweaters when I see them in stores.  I have a cable problem.  This is, of course, aided by the fact that a friend of my mother asked me to knit her eight-year-old daughter a traditional Irish cardigan.  I said yes (as if I need another project!) without actually knowing what that was.  Come to find out, it’s just an aran sweater.  Score!

I had a rough start because the pattern I’m using is not especially clear and it doesn’t include any schematics.  I started making the size 8-10, as she requested, but it was clearly going to be far too, far too small.  I frogged it (only mildly painful, because I had been telling myself the whole time that it might have to happen), and started working the next size up.  Now I’m less stressed about it, and it’s a lot more fun. 

When I first started knitting, I did it because I loved the process of it.  I loved the feel of it.  It was never because I needed to finish X amount of projects that I promised people before a certain date, as it seems to be now.  This probably also had something to do with the fact that I hadn’t discovered Ravelry yet, which I would never speak ill of, but if we’re being honest, Ravelry never helped anyone stick to one project at a time!  This sweater that I’m working on, even though I’m making it in the midst of about 75 other projects that need to be finished, has a cable pattern that is hugely reminiscent of my first scarf.  It reminds me of how much fun it used to be just to knit, without any pressure to finish, even though it is critical that I finish it before she grows out of it.