Free-form knitting. Where have I been all these years? I remember when it first became popular. I was living in Manhattan and going to S&B meetings in Union Square. There was a woman in the group making a fantastic thing in golds and yellows. It was wild. To wild and unstructured for me at the time - I didn't understand how to go about creating like that, going with the flow - so to speak. I guess I was a little too young in the sixties to have been able to absorb that sort of freedom, being only 16 in 1969. I needed a pattern, direction, a guiding hand. But I digress.
So I recently stumbled across Prudence Mapstone's site on free-form knitting and crochet and OH MY GOD!!! I was in love - boy oh boy - is this stuff ever gorgeous. I had to try. With great trepidation, I grabbed the needles. Cobbled together some odds and ends of greens and golds and got to work. And this is totally incredible - but I CAN DO IT NOW!!! I guess my life is enough of a circus now that my usual need for structure has gone the way of my peace and privacy.
And this kind of knitting is just perfect for this kind of life. It a riotous cacophony of color and texture with everything going this way and that. No patterns, no mistakes, no wrong way. Whatever I like is good. Where else could I get this? Sure, I regularly eat dessert first, but I pay for it in calories and a reduction on my fiber intake because I'm too full of chocolate ice cream to have room for all my kale. But this knitting is pure serendipity AND I'm using up stash AND I feel great. Free-form. Who could have guessed.
PS make sure you go to Prudence's site - it's incredible.