Sometime you’ve just got to go back to your roots. You’ve gotta eat a bowl of Kraft Macaroni Dinner, or watch the Princess Bride for the thousandth time, or dig out that old, cozy sweater your high school friend let you “steal” from their closet. There’s just something so meditative and lovely about going back and doing something comfortable once in a while.
Don’t get me wrong- I’m always trying new things, new food, new knitting techniques. But sometimes it’s so nice to return to something easy, simple and comfortable.
And, I just so happened to have a gigantic skein of Hazel Knits the Big Squeeze in Electric Slide. I got it at last fall’s Knit Fit, here in Seattle. It’s gigantic, squishy, and hand-dyed in the most gorgeous shades of electric purple and hot pink. You know I’m more of a browns, grays, greens, and blues lady, but sometimes I just have to go super bright and girly, and this is one of those times.
I hemmed and hawed about what to do with this skein when I first got it, eventually settling on “just leave the skein out on my desk so I can look at it.” But I’m a knitter, not (just) a yarn buyer, and I needed something fun and easy to work on.
So, with such big, gorgeous, striking yarn, why not go old-school? Why not remake everyone’s first project- something I haven’t made in 20 years? Why try to fancy-up such an already-fancy skein of yarn?
Why not make a garter-stitch scarf?This yarn is crazy, I mean, just look at it- the yarn is as big around as a pencil!But, the color is what sold me on this yarn when I first saw it, and it’s still what makes me so happy every time I pick it up. Just look at the magnificent dye-job. I love it to death.
I wonder if I could dye my hair that color…
Do you ever go “back to basics” with your knitting projects? What are your favorite “old favorites”?