Shrug

by racheldemy

At the risk of making this blog a little too heavy, I’m guiding it back to its original purpose. I love writing and being too busy for any craft right now, writing has become a way to exercise my hands and my mind, much like any other tactile endeavor I choose to pursue. The risk lies in getting carried away in the zen nature of whatever craft you’re engaging in – in this case, wherever my inner-dialogue is oriented – and forgetting personal boundaries for the sake of art. Well, what can I do or say? It isn’t very often I allow myself to get lost in any activity so I choose not to apologize for that, but for now, it is best for me to publicly focus on other facets of my life.

So, I made a sweater!

I had gone into this one with the intention of finally knitting something for myself. I certainly do not need another scarf and I had a few knitting skills I wanted to teach myself in the process. My aim was also resourceful – to only use yarn I had sitting around rather than buying new skeins. Having for years been attracted to the orange/blue relationship (and having this gorgeous heathered blue and orange yarn laying around), I thought this top-down pattern would be a great all-encompassing opportunity.

Yarn

Yarn

I suppose what I hadn’t factored in (besides all the math and unraveling involved in knitting your first sweater) is that I am actually incapable of knitting for myself, no matter what combination of circumstances are involved. I measured this one for me, trying it on at every turn, improvising for my bony shoulders and small rib cage. And yet, YET! The damn thing didn’t look good on me. So imagine my “surprise” when my lovely, dear friend, Natasha, came a-visitin’ and it turns out I had subconsciously knit this sweater for her.

So what could I do but hand it over? Even more slight up top than myself, it was Natasha’s proverbial glass slipper, appealing to her esthetic as much as my own. Natasha is the proud owner of no fewer than millions of shrugs and now she has one more.

Natasha // Front

Natasha // Front

Natasha // Back

Natasha // Back

Dear first sweater, I hope you enjoy living in Copenhagen as much as I love visiting. See you soon.