"Zen emphasises the attainment of enlightenment and the personal expression of direct insight..."
Over the weekend, with Deco's second sleeve cap done and on a piece of yarn I was ready to begin the button bands. I tried it on first then I measured, re-checked gauge, remeasured, stretched the thing and rationalised what miracles might be wrought out of a good blocking
Then, suddenly, in front of the mirror with an apparently shrunken outline of a someday cardigan straining around my underarms I attained "enlightenment" as to the fact I have no idea how big I am/what size a garment must be in order to fit me. (Yes the last sweater I finished was miles too big, lets not get distracted here...) this issue - (once again) is failing to understand how big I am/what size a garment must be in order to fit me.
The inch of insurance width I added at the underarm? Ha! How about more like 6 inches!
Reconsidering the pattern from this enlightened point of view I see I need to express that direct insight by working a version of Deco two sizes bigger than the one I have almost just completed. Although I might momentarily want to set fire/drive over/shred/leave at the cottage dump I can't abandon this project, however long however much Zen it takes. I 'love the pattern the yarn, the colour and process of knitting it all together.
'Thing is, I hadn't the heart to frog 5 weeks of dedicated knitting to cast on and start over just then...but I was working on "Zen" for Deco why not take a bit of break and knit with Zen (Garden Serenity) for this little cutie?
So that's what I did. at the cottage, in the car, back home watching the Players and the Hockey Game I knit something called "Keep it Simple" worked with Zen Garden Serenity Worsted and some remnant Galway Heather.
|"Keep It Simple" hat by April Klich - free pattern on Ravelry|
Onwards (with Zen but lets face it, once this hat is blocked, little chance I'll try to keep on keeping it simple! There's no sustained fun in that!)
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