In my short time as a knitter, I have frequently noticed that I can see a design and think (if I am honest with myself) “Now why would anyone want to knit that?” I put the item out of my head and keep going. Then later, I go back to the item and wonder what I ever disliked about it.
The biggest example of this that I can think of: any object that fell into the entire category of cowls. When I started knitting, I thought they were the silliest thing in the world. After all, who wants to knit part of a turtleneck sweater? Funnily, years later, I haven’t a clue what I was on about. I knit a few early on for friends and remember thinking, “These are great! You don’t have all that fabric under the front of your coat. They can’t fall off and get lost…always a bonus. They take up less yarn and are faster to knit than scarves. And they are in the round, which generally means less purling.” As someone who is highly purl-averse, this is not something to be taken lightly.
Calorimetry seems to have fallen into the category of something to which I once didn’t give the time of day but is something I am now seriously considering. When I saw my friend Shireen on the weekend, she showed me one she had knit and it was pretty cute. Because I wear ponytails a lot, especially on weekends, hats don’t tend to sit right. (Plus I generally look like a giant dork in hats!) And weekends are the exact times I need something to cover my ears when I take my dog, Kayleigh, outside or I just want to take a walk in the snow. (Stop laughing…it could happen.)
And best of all, they take less than 100 yards of worsted weight yarn. So now I am stashdiving, as I know I have a couple of small skeins of worsted weight yarn that I remember thinking, “These are so tiny…whatever will I do with them?” Perhaps this is the answer.
I also found a small 50 g skein of single ply worsted that I handspun on my spindle. After I soaked it and skeined it, I recall thinking “The yardage of this skein is so small. Pity it’s never going to actually be anything”.
Now, maybe it will.