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This Ravello project (pattern is available here), is for me the story of a girl who, once upon a time 3 years ago, wanted to challenge herself and knitting following a pattern. She then discovered the huge amount of possibilities she had when doing this, instead of trying to create by herself with her little knowledge.
And for the past year, that same girl thought to herself it was time to stop knitting shawl and socks. She should try to diversify her knitting, and post on her blog, if she didn’t want to have bored readers.
And so, that girl finally decided to start knitting a sweater, following a pattern, thanks to her Instagram friends.
That girl was me. 🙂
I saw #RavelloDeMars, a challenge to knit the Ravello sweater in March, and so I’ve challenged myself to try that.
After a look at my yarn collection, I’ve finally decided to knit these colors, all hand-dyed, mostly by me :
- 1 skein of “IROQUOIS“, 70% baby alpaca 20% silk 10% cashmere
- 2 skeins of “MONDAY MOOD” (I actually barely used a bit of the second skein)
- 1 skein of natural yarn, in 100% merinos (I was afraid to lack or “Iroquois” with just one skein for my stripes, so I’ve done them in Iroquois and in natural, in order to avoid emptying my shop with personnal knitting 🙂
- 1 skein of “Printemps”, by Les Jolies de Milie
And that’s the beginning of the Ravello sweater, who would probably not be done by the end of March.
I didn’t really understood why the short rows at the beginning but that pattern is knitted in one piece (no sewing) and that was good enough for me.
But knitting a sweater with needles 2.5US was wayyyy challenging my patience.
And that’s the general feeling that will remain after that project was achieved : infinitely eternal to make.
So yes, I’ve been also working these days on a huge yarnbombing project, that takes me all my time, and so that Ravello project was supposed to be an easy way to relax.
But to be fair, I was more bored by it than relaxed 🙂
Even if seeing the stripes on my needles was nice, these stitches seemed to go on and on forever. No challenge at all (but my patience).
I even tried to take it with me on hikes, 🙂
but it didn’t help : this seemed like an eternal project, boring and tasteless.
I felt the same when knitting socks and starting the 2nd sock : I was sick of it even before starting it !
There is really no comparison to be made with the excitement of knitting my peacock shawl. I could see each stitch make a beautiful pattern and I just couldn’t wait to wear it. For this Ravello, I needed to find extra motivation, and I couldn’t wait to be done with it, just to be done with it.
But if you focus on the positive side of it : this pattern was easy to knit, and so, could be made very quickly. It’s actually a good project to bring when meeting your knitter friends.
Here it is, finished. This time, blocking was very useful because it helped me to have a bit more length for the sleeves.
it is very soft, thin and warm, and sooooooooo much better than anything I could have bought in a shop !
I may not keep a great memory of knitting this, but wearing it is lovely.
But I think I need a bigger challenge than that.
I also think that there is no need to force myself to knit things with a specific goal for my blog, or to entertain my readers. It puts a lot of pressure on myself, and this is not necessary. Knitting should be fun and enjoyable.
Also, with all the precious fibers I’m knitting, REALLY, even if someday I have 110 shawls and pairs of socks, there will all be precious things.
So I’m going to try not to listen to that voice in the future, and do more what I enjoy to do. It will make my knitting a bit more enjoyable.
Weeks have gone by since I’m done knitting that Ravello sweater, and I may try to knit another one someday, because it’s easy and simple to knit, and you can easily customize that pattern too.
To be continued then….