We’ll Walk In Fields of Gold…

Fields of Gold – sung by Eva Cassidy

This may be my favorite design so far. For many reasons:

  1. Vesatility at its best. Want the infinity look? Button it up. Want a classic scarf look? Unbutton! Love it. Just be certain to use a light weight button so it doesn’t pull and weigh down the whole piece. 
  2. Yummy colors. Cecelia and I had a specific color palette in mind (sunflower fields). Just so happened the perfect colors were sock/fingering weight yarns. I’ve wanted to do something other than socks in sock yarn and this was the perfect project. But because I was looking for more body and structure in the scarf, I decided to double up -two strands at a time. It turned out. Perfect drape without being too limp.
  3. Texture. Just all kinds of goodness going on here. Lace, stockinette, buttons, colors…all without being too much. 
  4. The story. I knew that when this project was dreamed in my thoughts it would be special. Every decision had Haley and her mom in mind. And doubly awesome, I fittingly named this pattern with a favorite song in mind. I was absolutely thrilled to give this to Ms. Fauske.

class scarf unbuttoned

    infinity scarf buttoned

      
      
    Indulge yourself with this great accessory! 

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    Somewhere OVER The Rainbow…

    “That’s where you’ll find me…” – Somewhere Over The Rainbow

    Yarn over (YO). I have been a very mechanical knitter: I look at the pattern, I follow each instruction, and without any accompanying creative wonderings I move the yarn to the front. Until now. 

    I’ve recently been dabbling in some lace patterns and have continuously found an error, or something that “just didn’t seem right”. I would take out the yarn, start over, follow the instructions and again, the same error. Always occurring right at the YO. And so, I forced myself to think. Why does this keep happening? What’s wrong? I’m doing exactly what it says. Why? Why? Why? 

    A yarn over often occurs in this fashion: yo, sl1(slip 1 stitch), k1 (knit 1 stitch), psso (pass the slipped stitch over the stitch you just knit).   This was the particular yarn over that kept getting me in trouble. I investigate. And I realize one thing: the yarn needs to stay in the front! Seems simple, but here’s what I was doing:

    • Yo – I would bring the yarn between the two needles to the front as though to purl
    • Sl st- With the yarn still in the front, I slipped the next stitch over to the right needle.
    • Knit – I moved the working yarn to the back and knit the next stitch. WRONG!

    DISCLAIMER: this pertains to English style Knitters. For us “throwers” a yarn over can’t stand alone. It relies upon the following stitch. Once this next stitch is completed, the yarn over now becomes a secured newly made stitch and when knitted on the way back; it creates a space in your work. Because a yarn over needs an accompanying stitch to be functional, and I always treated the sl1 as the accompanying stitch, my method gave incorrect results. In this series of stitches [yo, sl1, k1, psso] the accompanying stitch is the k1, not the sl1. I needed to keep my yarn to the front even after I slipped the stitch so that the yarn still remained in the front AND THEN I could complete the yo WITH the k1.  

    This might explain better…
    Problem solved. I am enlightened!

    My yarn over troubles are no more and I began a new project. This project; unfortunately, comes with sad circumstances. Our little Norwegian community lost a very young life in October. She happened to be the 18 year old daughter of Cecelia’s kindergarten teacher. It was a car accident, explained only by the lack of wearing a seat belt. Like all daughters, Haley was a bright sunshine in her mom’s life and had a special fondness for sunflowers, among all things outdoors. Mrs. Fauske regularly adorns herself with scarves and so Cecelia and I thought a sunflower inspired scarf might be a comforting gift. 

    I have sung for many funerals. It’s never an easy thing to do, but has proven much more difficult for me since having children of my own. This funeral tugged at my heart in a way none have before. And as I sang Somewhere Over The Rainbow, all thoughts of my own kids flooded my eyes. Unstoppable tears and a lump in my throat. The loss of a child…so unfair, so soon, so sad. I’m indulging my day with the munchkins I love.  The same munchkins whom I too often let add stress to my day, rather than welcome the joy they bring. Mrs. Fauske wants more minutes with Haley. I’m indulging myself with these precious minutes. Hope you do the same.

      New…

      A new world calls across the ocean. A new world calls across the sky. A new world whispers in the shadows. Time to fly, time to fly.  – “A New World” from Songs For A New World by Jason Robert Brown

      I’ve been listening to Songs For A New World quite often lately, as students are beginning to pick their musical theatre piece for this year’s Solo&Ensemble. I immediately gravitate to this music for a couple reasons:

      1. The music stirs my insides. The compelling rhythms, lyric melodies, thought provoking lines, and not to mention fabulous voices make these songs something that everyone should have the opportunity to hear. 
      2. It’s one of those shows that just doesn’t get the attention it deserves from many music teachers. I’m a sucker for the “unconventional” and so, I make a point to bring new songs to their attention.
      3. It’s completely nostalgic for me. These songs are my graduate school years. Great music from a great period in my life.

      But this song gives new insight today as I’m no longer in grad school, no longer performing these pieces myself, but teaching my students how to perform them.  New days…

      New pattern published. New blog format launched. New pattern in the works. New ideas cluttering my thoughts. 

      My mom has yet to receive her new scarf. In the meantime, I enjoyed a random pattern giveaway via Facebook and have put some time into reworking the blog. Hoping to find the update visually clearer, more easily navigable, and a bit more “me”. I’m giving all my patterns face lifts and spending more energy on TheSingingKnitter.

      It’s interesting to see that my days allow for more time spent on something I enjoy. Bittersweet, perhaps; as this also means the kiddos are getting older and our little family is once again changing. I think I just found myself at the end of an era as I opened up my prenatal vitamins and only saw two tablets laying “oh-so-lonely” on the bottom. Times are changing. New world coming…

      My indulgent hour arrived at 1:00pm today. Liam quietly napping. Girls enjoying a sunny afternoon at school. And all I hear is the steady tic of our living room clock. A deafening quiet that is all too easily disturbed by the creative noises in my brain. Instead of finding myself frazzled, I welcome the stillness as I sip my Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin coffee and adore this “me” moment. 

      Hoping we can all find these “me” moments in our day. Moments to indulge our spirits and enjoy life’s good things.