A Perfect Match

Yesterday, I received an awesome new project bag from Zig Zag Stitches and as it’s larger than my usual sock-sized bags, I immediately felt the need to cast something on so I could use it.

A while back, I made a road trip to Shall We Knit? and rid their sale closet of their entire stock of Eco Purity, a chunky wool/alpaca blend.  Nine of the fifteen balls I picked up were in a dark heathered grey called Coal, and I had decided to make a nice big cozy shawl from it, using Kate Atherley’s Rickenbacker shawl pattern.  (Truth be told, she had already made this combo for herself; I was merely copycat-ing her idea!)

Then last week, she released a worsted weight half-Pi shawl pattern she called Sick Day Shawl (she created it while she had a cold, and said it was easy enough to do even while doped up on cold meds!)  I have been wanting to cast it on ever since I saw it on her a couple of weekends ago.  I confess to liking “easy” knits since I knit in front of the TV a lot, and I never knit small shawls anymore because I so rarely wear them.  This seemed perfect.

Kate, by coincidence, is a huge Doctor Who fan, so it seemed fitting that my inaugural project for this awesome bag be one of her designs.

HalfPiA  chunky weight shawl on US10/6mm needles…I am thinking this is going to work up very quickly!

Unexpected Outcomes

Last summer, the lovely and talented Kate Atherley put out a Twitter call, looking for knitters to test knit for her new accessories book.  At that point, I had taken Kate’s sock knitting class and I had even test knit for her before, so I thought it might be fun.  I sent her off a message, volunteering to knit for her and I got back a surprising response: “Do you think you might want to knit a sample to be photographed for the book?”  I was agape.  Me?  Knit for a book? I was honoured that she even asked and I responded that I would love to.

And then, almost immediately, the inevitable “imposter syndrome” set in.  “What if I am not good enough?  I am not a real knitter.  What if the item I knit is not fit to photograph?” (I know…what exactly is a real knitter, anyway?  And I have knit socks, lace, and so many other projects that this is a completely ridiculous train of thought, but there you have it.  As anyone who knows me well can attest, I utterly lack self confidence.)

Because of Kate’s deadline, I was afraid to commit to socks, so she offered me her fingerless mitts to knit.  Perfect….sounded like something I could do.  I knit them up, and nervously sent them back to Kate, and hoped they met her expectations.

Fast forward to December, and the release of Knit Accessories.  I leafed through it at the Purple Purl, and there were my mitts, beautifully photographed.  (Photography is one of the things I really want to improve upon.) Kind of exciting when you have never had anything you knit print before.  I was pretty thrilled and more than a bit proud.

This morning, Kate tweeted a new blog post.  Knit Accessories has been reviewed, and quite positively I might add, by Vogue Knitting magazine.  So excited for her!  So I take a look at the photo of the review, and would you look at that?  The pic they selected to run with the story….my mitts.

Photo Credit: Kate Atherley

Something I knit is in VOGUE KNITTING!  I understand that the pic was probably just the right size for the space or something, but I don’t care.  I might be unreasonably pleased with myself.