Sometimes I stare into my stash or I squish some lovely yarn and I think to myself, “how could I knit this??!”
Yesterday, I pulled out some 80/20 Merino/Nylon fingering yarn from Log House Cottage and had that moment: it’s just *too* beautiful. And I almost put it back into the bin . . .
But I didn’t; instead, I caked it up and put it in my project bag–pre-divided by weight for two socks. And that was empowering. It made me believe that we should all knit the pretties–the best yarn we have; the skeins we’ve been saving for the perfect pattern (that never seems to appear . . . ); the hanks that you feel you might somehow “ruin” by knitting them up into something–anything. Time is fleeting, yes; life is short, you bet; but more than anything, I think knitting (or crocheting) the pretties is about feeling special enough and skilled enough–about accepting ourselves as crafters in the moment who have every right to experiment, to succeed in unexpected ways, to fail, to ravel and unravel. Just because.
So go forth and knit! Pick out the prettiest skeins! Think about your stash as a transient place: more pretties will arrive; the sheep and yaks will grow more fiber; and you are more than good enough to knit up those super special skeins.