Monday, September 08, 2008

Color Me Double

"Enlightenment must come little by little -- otherwise it would overwhelm."

-- Idries Shah

Reversible knitting side #1

Reversible knitting side #2

I saw this swirly pattern in Nicky Epstein's Signature Scarves and loved it. I didn't want to line it though and I definitely didn't want to do duplicate stitch.

So I decided to try something new. I've been wanting to learn about double knitting where you knit two sides of a fabric at once. The two sides mirror each other except their color schemes are reversed. It makes a thicker fabric but as you can see, the results are just amazing.

I've always thought this technique would be difficult but it turns out it is really simple and surprisingly enjoyable. I think my next double knitting project will be to remake my slip stitch cats in a scarf. I am loving that idea for fall. The nice thing about this technique is you can take any colorwork pattern with two colors and recreate it. With double knitting you don't need to twist the threads or carry yarns you just choose the one you need and knit it. Think of the possibilities!

This scarf has been an exercise in shifting my perception. When I'm on the rainbow side, I must admit I tend to get excited at watching the colorway shift. On the opposite side I love to watch the colors penetrate the inky blackness. But I really do love both sides equally. If you asked me to choose...I'm not sure I could.

The truth of the matter is I wish I could look at myself with the same lack of scrutiny. I'm like this scarf in so many ways. On the one side I'm a big happy kid who is passionate about life. Everything empowers me. Life and nature is a constant source of wonder for me. I find beauty and meaning in everything and my loves are as diverse as a rainbow.

On the other side I'm easily discouraged and quit many projects when the going gets rough. I have a horrible temper which I most often turn against myself. When I allow doubt and worry to take over I become lost in's like trying to find my way in a night without stars.

Either extreme can be severely dehabilitating. My happy :) smiley face self struggles with the stresses and every day challenges to stay upbeat and empowered. And my negative :( think the worse self finds it hard to stay down with so many blessings abounding through my life.

When I see this scarf I can see both sides of me a little more clearly...the fabric provides just a little glimpse of enlightenment about my inner workings.

In some temples in Tibet there is a practice of putting out food for the negative spirits before one meditates. This appeases them so that they can eat happily and not disturb the meditative process.

Don't Think About SquirrelsDon't Think About Squirrels

Many believe that when it comes to inner demons, that if you resist them then they become more powerful. Try saying, "I'm not going to think about squirrels." Don't think about them all day. I bet you won't see them in the trees, running all over the place. You probably will not think about how they are storing their nuts for the winter ahead. You probably will not even remember that you said this statement at all.

Studies show that this is not true. Instead you will probably notice how many squirrels there are this time of year. They will seem to be a squirrel population explosion. You will think about them because anything you resist becomes your focus. But if you say, "There are squirrels and I'm okay with that." There is no resistance on your part and you and your relationship will stay as it might even improve.

For some reason I haven't been able to get this out of my head.

But I digress...

I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

Happy crafting,


***No squirrels were harmed in the making of this post.***


Stitch-n-Snitch said...

Very cool double knitting! ;)

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Willow Goldentree said...

Beautiful post. :)

Geraldine said...

You have a very cool project there Ruinwen. And great for the cool weather to come. I love it! The squirrels brought a smile to my face, is that one doing aerobics? LOL

Hugs dear friend and BFN, G

KnitNana said...

Ah hon, we ALL have two sides to our "coins" you know?
Recognizing them, working thru the tough parts, that's what called "growing up."
(I spent a lot of time on that this weekend, myself!)
Love the scarf!

JL said...

O, double knitting is COOL !! so does your work. Cant wait to see the FO.

My girl loves the squirrel (so cute) we dont see them around us, let alone to take such nice pics.

Christine said...

How are you coming along on this now?

This is just beautiful! Love the colors you chose.

Hope all is well!