The heart is a bloom
Pattern: Montavilla Market Tote by Kerin Dimeler-Laurence
Yarn: Knit Picks Simply Cotton Organic Worsted (100% organic cotton), colorways Marshmallow, Malted Milk, Ginger, Toffee
Needles: U.S. 9 & 10.5 Harmony wood Options 24″ circular needles
On Ravelry, we call it “hibernating.” It describes a project we’ve put aside for awhile, out of our regular rotation, sitting idle and untouched. Sometimes projects go into the deep freeze because we feel they’ve been bad; the yarn was wrong for the pattern, the stitches refused to stay at the right count. Sometimes we shove them aside because they aren’t turning us on any more; we’re tired of them; they’ve become tedious.
And sometimes, when we pick them up again (with a twinge of guilt), we can barely reconstruct what led us to abandon them for so long. I started this market bag at some point in fall 2009, slaved away at the four-color bottom for a while, then felt like it was going too slow. Six months — at least — went by. I got a hankering to get closure on unfinished business at work and in knitting, and picked it back up. Come to find out I was only an inch away from finishing the bottom. The lace body was done in two days. In less than a week, I had a commodious finished object. I put 10 50g balls of yarn in it for these photos.
Working with four colors, changing every round — it’s something of a lot of fuss to go through for a string bag. But what a beautiful result! The woven stitch on the bottom, top and handles is thick, strong, and hypnotically patterned. It’s the essence of knitting, in many ways. A useful object can also be beautiful. A job can also be a joy.