Thursday, January 17, 2008
Garter Stitch Lovefest
There was a stage in this knitter's life when I disliked nothing more than the wavy gravy look of garter stitch. (Incidentally, Wavy Gravy is Ben & Jerry's grossest flavor. Ever). Garter stitch seemed so unsophisticated and screamed 'amateur hour' to me. My disdain and revulsion were unequivocal.
But I must say that within the past several months I have done an about-face and am absolutely smitten with the old world stylings of this simple stitch. I can't get enough of it. Upon receiving the Opinionated Knitter several days ago, the frontispiece alone stopped me in my tracks and put me into a mini-trance. I stared and stared and couldn't stop staring.
The garter stitch. It's so right. And when done in Noro? Well that my friends just sends me into paroxysms, gasping for air because of the rustic charm of the two together. What took me so long?
It's Love American Style, starring me and garter stitch in Noro. Right now I'm working on a plain jane scarf in Silk Garden (2 skeins of #242, alternating every-other-row for maximum mini-striping) and the simple beauty of it all is killing me. All other knitting has ceased for the moment. We're talking about a grinding, screeching halt, here.
Such changes of heart can't be specific to me alone. I am very curious: what in the world of knitting did you used to despise, but now love? Or vice versa, what do you currently loathe that you once adored?