It's easy to lose track of what knitting was like when knitting was a hobby, something done on lunch breaks and in the early morning before the house was alive or late nights after everyone else had settled. Taking photos and sharing every stitch along the way was par for the course and each project was posted about in length on the blog or Ravelry. Shit, I remember when Ravelry hit the scene and it seemed like this magical world for us that had limitless opportunity for testing out design.
Everything I have worked so hard for - struggling, faking it and hoping that would transform into making it, investing time and money and tears in the hope that it was all going to work out in the end and be worth something, fearing total failure - it's all disappearing in the rear view. I really have deadlines, I really have people to report to, I really knit for a living now. And this has a price. It's a price I'm happy to pay so that I can be home with the girls who are suddenly becoming young women. I can toss some cash into the bank account for saving or spending on non-necessities and that makes me feel like I contribute more to the family than just being the cook, the maid, the bus driver, the accountant, the therapist.... because if we're going to get real, money is measurable where all those other things are not. But I don't normally have time to knit for the joy of it and I certainly can't share all of the details of what I'm working on while I'm in the midst of it. This is hard because by the time a pattern is published and ready for the public eye, months or even years have passed. What I may have had to say or share at the time is long lost to the wrinkles and folds of days past.
I've slid past my interim deadline and have been grinding non-stop since August so, with Spring Break coming up, hubs has requested I actually take a break from the book. He (rightly) believes I could use a mental break, allowing myself to bend. How many patterns and samples are left? he asked - Five. How many months? Five. You know you can finish two a month, so how about a break for the rest of March? This seems completely reasonable. But, what am I supposed to do with all of this free time? Well, I've caught up with laundry and cleaned the little monster's room, done most of the yard clean-up in back and filled the little greenhouse I popped up a couple weeks ago with plants and seed trays. SO, that's one weekend down! I really have a hard time just taking it easy.
That's where Passiflora comes in. Last week I posted about the new Malabrigo yarn, Dos Tierras. I decided to cast on a little Pi shawl as I had mentioned was my possible plan in that post. This is knit off the cuff - something I used to do a lot and something I haven't done in years! I basically just cast on with a vague idea and see where the knitting takes me. It's so freeing, meditative even? and I highly recommend giving it a try if you've never done it before. So, in these cases, I don't "write" a pattern because that would defeat the purpose. Instead, I may take mental notes or jot down brief actions as I go. I'm having a lot of fun with this little Pi Passiflora though so I've decided to pop in and share my notes in sections for anyone interested in meandering along with me.
The inspiration looks like this: a Pi shawl inspired by the Passiflora flower. That's it. Easy as (I'm not going to say Pi).... This is what you're going to need:
The first color I used is the Malabrigo Dos Tierras in Paris night (C1) - 1 hank; US 6 DPNs to start, then change to 16" and longer needles as needed; markers.
You can cast-on for this however you want, I used the circular cast-on with a crochet hook. You can Google all sorts of tutorials, but HERE is one that looks pretty good.
We're also going to use the Loop stitch or fur stitch. HERE is a tutorial for that.
All of the M1 (or Make 1 stitch) actions, I used the lifted leg increase - you can also use a left slanting M1L lifted bar increase.
HERE WE GO!
Using C1, CO8, place a contrasting marker, join for rnds.
Knit 1 rnd.
Inc Rnd: (K1, M1) to end—16 sts.
Knit 2 rnds.
Rep Inc Rnd—32 sts.
Knit 4 rnds.
Inc Rnd: (K1, yo) to end—64 sts.
Work 8 rnds of 1x1 ribbing: (K1, p1) to end.
Inc Rnd: (K1, yo, p1, yo) to end—128 sts.
Knit 16 rnds.
Inc Rnd: (K1, yo) to end—256 sts.
Work 4 rnds of 1x1 ribbing: (K1, p1) to end.
Next rnd: (K1, p29, k1, p1, pm) to end.
Rnd1: *[Ssk, k4, yo, k3, yo, k4, k2tog, p1] twice, slm; rep from * to end.
Rnd 2: (K15, p1) to end.
Rnd 3: *[Ssk, k5, yo, k1, yo, k5, k2tog, p1] twice, slm; rep from * to end.
Rnds 4, 6, 8, 10: (K7, p1) to end.
Rnd 5: *[Ssk, k3, yo, k2, p1, k2, yo, k3, k2tog, p1] twice, slm; rep from * to end.
Rnd 7: *[Ssk, k4, yo, k1, p1, k1, yo, k4, k2tog, p1] twice, slm; rep from * to end.
Rnd 9: *[Ssk, k2, yo, k3, p1, k1, yo, k2, k2tog, p1] twice, slm; rep from * to end.
Next rnd: *K1, purl to 2 sts before m, k1, p1, slm; rep from * to end.
Next rnd: *Knit to 1 st before m, p1; rep from * to end.
Loop st Rnd: *K1, work Loop st to 2 sts before m, k1, p1; rep from * to end.
This is where I'm going to leave you for today. In the next section I'll introduce the second color (C2) Malabrigo Rastita in color Marte - 1 hank.