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28 August 2012

Vanilla knitting


I hope dear Annie, of Knitsofacto fame, if you're reading, you'll forgive me using your newly coined term in my title but it does so perfectly describe that type of mindless repetitive knitting which can be so relaxing.  It's a term that's already slotted seamlessly into my knitting vocabulary and I would imagine I'm not alone!

After I had completed the epic saga that was the Grannie Patches Blanket I felt the need for something completely different.  Something calm, relaxing, mindless and I don't know... palette cleansing.

So I choose Color Affection.  I'm sure many of you will be familiar with the pattern as it's a firm favourite on the Ravelry pattern pages already.  It's one that I found recently myself and it seemed like the perfect answer after all that frantic hooky, row after row of mindless knit stitch.



I'm sure many of you will be shuddering at the mere thought of such a thing and I can assure you there was a time when I would have been right there with you.  I did fear that I would struggle with it.  I thought I might become bored and restless and want to start other things... but surprisingly, I didn't.  Not even once.


I loved it.  It was exactly what the doctor had ordered and far from being a slow, dull process I found that it whooshed past at an alarming rate.  Even those rows growing longer and longer with each and every increase just couldn't put me off.  I even found myself wishing there was more to come as I reached the end.  Wonders never cease.



I haven't really had the chance to wear this little beauty yet, as it's not really been cold enough to warrant it, but I adore very much already just from all the pleasure it's given me so far.

In fact, if I'm completely honest, I almost don't want to wear it yet as it looks so perfectly flat and shaped after it's blocking and the rippling folds look so neat and pretty that it almost seems a shame to mess with it's delightful unworn state.


Almost.



S x


PS Yarny details and such are on my Ravelry project page.

25 comments:

  1. :O It's gorgeous! Absolutely stunning. And what wonderful colors you chose too. I'm knitting it right now myself, but I planned it to be a more long-term project ;)
    xo,
    wink

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  2. Gorgeous Sandra! I'm loving the Color Affection wrap after seeing it all over Ravelry. I'm not a fan of wraps and shawls really as I know I wouldn't wear them but I love that. Maybe one day! I have far too many things on my to do list already. I'll just feast my eyes on your's for the time being. Lovely, lovely colours. xx

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  3. It's lovely! Go you!!

    And of course I am reading, always do. But I can't lay claim to the term vanilla knitting I'm afraid, I've heard it elsewhere. It is the perfect word for the job though isn't it, vanilla :)

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  4. your shawl is gorgeous Sandra - perfect for autumn! And I love the term Vanilla Knitting - I wonder if it was inspired by 50 Shades or if I have just read that too recently (and admitting my trashy reading history?!)?!?!

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  5. I love the simplicity of this project. Maybe I'll start something similar soon. But for now I am into that frantic hooking you just finished. I simply had to copy the Granny Patches and am sure I will tackle this one as well, once I am finished at least with one of my three WIPs.

    Your blog is such an inspiration for me. Thanks for that!

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  6. Simply gorgeous Sandra! xxx

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  7. That is a pattern I have seen a lot of on Ravelry and up until now I haven't liked it at all. I have to admit though I like your colours and the whole thing looks very pretty. Straight forward stocking stitch socks are called vanilla socks. No fuss but what's not to like, suits most tastes?

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  8. That is a pattern I have seen a lot of on Ravelry and up until now I haven't liked it at all. I have to admit though I like your colours and the whole thing looks very pretty. Straight forward stocking stitch socks are called vanilla socks. No fuss but what's not to like, suits most tastes?

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  9. Absolutely lovely ... lovely colours, lovely knitting, lovely pattern. Thanks for sharing. A must for my Ravelry library I think :o)

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  10. Thought I'd be a real smart alec and start one too. Only I'm not having as much success with it as your beautiful wrap (I'm not really a fan of shawl-wearing....yet, though most of them on Ravelry are absolutely breathtaking!). I really need to invest in some delicious yarn and start afresh. I'm calling this one my practise piece!Great job on yours.

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  11. This turned out beautiful. I would like to learn how to knit just so I can have one.

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  12. it's lovely and yes it is good to do some mindless knitting now and then, I love the colours just beautiful :)

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  13. Es un trabajo maravilloso y delicado, me encanta!!!!!

    It is a wonderful, delicate work, I love it!!

    Hugs!!!!

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  14. It is so beautiful and I love the colors!! Great job!! Have a lovely week! xo Heather

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  15. Vanilla Knitting sounds so delicious, makes me want to get knitting right now!

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  16. Very pretty and it looks so warm too.

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  17. So gorgeous, great job! And the pattern is really tempting me ;-)

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  18. it's gorgeous, you are very talented! it looks like the perfect follow on from the granny block blanket. Heather x

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  19. Very pretty! Hope the cold weather doesn't come too soon...

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  20. Your shawl is as delicious as vanilla, which I love. Really nice colors.

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  21. Your shawl is really beautiful! It looks so calming, just like the 'vanilla knitting' process you describe. I have been thinking about picking up my knit sticks but was worried about getting bored. Maybe I'd have the same theraputic experience as you.

    Thank you for visiting my blog and adding me to the list. I shall upload some pictures to the Flickr page soon.


    Abigail x

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  22. This is just gorgeous! I really love the colours of the yarn. I know what you mean with vanilla knitting, sometimes knitting basic stitches back and forth can be really therapeutic!

    Ashley xxx

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  23. I love the colors that you chose and the stitch detail is fabulous. Very lovely; I'm thinking to make this shawl also, but I'm intimidated to put together a color combination.

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