In the years before I bought the shop (back when it was Inish Knits), I knit. A lot. Hard to believe, I know, but I actually knit more when I worked for someone else--when my livelihood didn't revolve around sticks and string. The type of work I used to do was fine, even great sometimes. Listening to Radiohead at truly epic levels while wearing ripped jeans and latte-stained hoodies, roasting 500 pounds of coffee a day isn't a horrible way to carve out a living, especially when you're making $15 an hour. I was in great shape, the work was easy (albeit mindless) and the coffee flowed like free, caffeinated water. What's not to like?
You know that old saying about an English degree gone to waste? (Okay, so there isn't really an official saying. But there should be.) Well, with all that simple task mastering, you spend lots of your time busying your unquiet mind. Weeks worth of menus are planned months ahead of time, unspoken conversations are staged, your next seventeen knitting projects get planned--you know the thing. And because you've spent so much time working out all the mathematical/design kinks in your head, when it's time to actually sit down to knit, well. Those needles are smokin'.
I used to knit so much, in fact, that I was almost (almost) considered a production knitter. If you didn't already know this about me (ha), I rather like knitting the same pattern over and over (and over) again. Knitting isn't always about the chase the challenge--I'm big on repetitive motion. It's probably my favorite part about it. That the same motion, done ten thousand times over, creates one long, continuous wearable fabric. How's that for Zen?
One of my signature projects, knit sixty three times if I knit it once, was the ubiquitous clutch purse. This week, I felt a little nostalgic. Not only am I headed over to Leelanau Coffee Roasting tomorrow to do a bit of holiday packaging, but I decided it was time to share the pattern.
Pattern: The Dotty Clutch--Week Number Ten's project. (Ten!)
Started: Thursday, December 1st, 2011
Finished: Friday, December 2nd, 2011
Yarn: Shepherd's Wool worsted weight in Granite (one skein) and oddments of Peace Fleece roving in Antarctic White, Shaba Green, Volsippi Blue, Baltic Blue and Blue Jay.
Needles: US 8 16" circular.
I've knit this clutch for friends, co-workers' wives, sisters, holiday craft shows--I even worked up a variation for each of my seven bridesmaids. Somehow, no matter how many times I've knit it, I'm supremely pleased with the end result.
I hope you'll find this little project as satisfying as I do.