My friend Jenny visited me last weekend. We have known each other for years (since college). Actually, we met through the Knitting Illini, our university’s student-run knitting club. (I’m still trying to find a knitting club as fun and welcoming as that one, but that’s a whole other story.)
Anyway, Jenny pulled out her needles and several shades of blue and gray yarn. She whipped up a couple little garter stitch squares and put her knitting back in her bag. I was curious what she was making, and she said she was “Knitting the Sky.” I had never heard this concept before, and had her explain.
Apparently, Knitting the Sky is the idea that you put aside a few minutes each day to look at the sky and then pick a yarn color closest to the color of the sky to make an afghan square, or a few rows of garter stitch to add to a scarf.
As far as I can tell (and correct me if I’m wrong), the first person to do this was Leafcutter Designs. They sell a kit (yarn plus directions) to make a Sky Scarf. It’s a simple garter-stitch scarf, but the subtly shifting grays and blues make the scarf look almost like it’s made with hand-painted yarn.
But Jenny is an overachiever (in the best possible way), so instead of just making a sky scarf, she’s making a sky afghan, like this one.
And, imagine extending the idea of using a color to represent a day in other projects. How about a striped cardigan that shows your mood each day for an entire year? Or what about a pair of mittens that represent what you ate for breakfast for a month? OK, I’m getting silly now. But, the point still stands.
This is a fantastic idea, and a great way to get some knitting in while getting more in touch with the world around you. Too bad that if I was to make a sky scarf it would end up being a uniform Seattle-gray.