Crafting can be a powerful therapy in difficult times. It’s important to slow down, be present, pay attention to the task, and take in what is happening. Lea Redmond’s Knit the Sky scarf by Lea Redmond is a satisfying and fun way to combine craft with the mindful observation of nature. You can track the weather by using the basic knit stitch and any number of sky-colored yarns. Spring is the Perfect time to make your weather chart using yarn, from April’s rains to May’s deep blue tones. If you don’t have the skills to knit, you can make your own weather chart by sewing together scraps of fabric with sky-colored yarn or felted wool.
What was the last Time that you sat on the grass and watched as the clouds drift past? Do you remember yesterday’s sky color? Was it a bright blue or a grayish-blue shade? How about the previous day? What about the day before? Did you stop to take notice? It is easy to overlook the beautiful show above us every day. This project requires you to pay more attention to the weather and track its movements and comings.
Your daily observations and the clicking of your needles will combine to create nature’s patterns, both predictable and unpredictable. Your scarf design is largely out of your hands, just like the weather. It is possible to come up with amazing combinations of colors that you would not have thought of. You might get tired of winter’s grays and whites. You might learn something about waiting if you listen to nature’s instructions. Are bright blue skies more romantic if you have knitted a month of gray stripes to prepare? A gray stripe with a friend that isn’t an umbrella makes it more meaningful.
Each sunset brings back the colors of a memorable day. We can’t untangle a day and live it again, unlike knitting. Our yarn loses its value as the days pass by. You will have a scarf that has slipped through the clouds at the end of one year. Keep warm, bind off, and remind yourself to keep your eyes up.
Get ready to prepare your palette
Gather laceweight yarn balls that correspond with the colors of the daytime skies: light blue, bright blue, white and light gray. Laceweight yarns allow you to use the strands twice as many times, so you have more options for drawing the sky. US 3 needles will give you a gauge of approximately 7 stitches per inch. On a partially cloudy day, you might choose white and light blue. You might mix light and dark gray for a storm. You might also choose to knit two brightly colored strands in the stripe for a bright blue sky. You can make two balls of different colors to have the option of the second. It’s often sufficient to divide only the bright and light blues in half. Creative pairings of the seven yarn balls can represent virtually any weather condition.
Check the Weather
Start your scarf by selecting the best two-strand combination to represent the weather that day. You can now cast 40 stitches by treating these two strands together. Day after day, look at the sky and choose the colors that best express it. Then add a stripe of your scarf by making 2 rows in garter stitches with the yarns. Continue this process for one year. Continue for a year.
What Time is it?
It might be a good idea to look at the sky every day. You might prefer to wait until the evening to reflect on the day’s weather. Even if the sky was bright blue for the majority of the day you might still use gray yarns to symbolize the sudden thunderstorm that swept through the city in the afternoon.