Help yourself to a bit of what is all around you
I told the story of the long search for the right pattern for this gorgeous yarn over at Union, Trueheart, and Courtesy a couple of months ago. And I finished the scarf not too long thereafter.
Ravelry and the knitting blogs are littered with tales about trying to find “what the yarn wants to be.” I’ve always found that a bit mystical, self-indulgent, maybe even unduly perfectionist. But after gradually coming to discover the stitch pattern that makes this very special yarn shine, I see a little of what they’re talking about.
In the sun, the silk glows like a copper lantern. It’s clearly precious. Not just anything will do. Like apples of gold in pictures of silver, as Proverbs says. The more beautiful something is on its own, the more urgent and painstaking the search for the setting that will enhance rather than detract from that beauty.
I don’t always have time for this meticulousness — for trying, ripping, trying again, ripping again until what I am making comes up to my standards. But what drives me is the guilt I would feel if I failed to live up to the standards of my materials. They call out the best in me. Not just more — more creativity, more invention, more embellishment, more complexity — but more fitting. Better suited. Best for what I have been given.