I’ve been knitting for about seven years and it’s taken almost that whole time to find a designer that I love. I have other designers that I really like and that produce items that for the most part I find very pretty or interesting. Often I like some of the things that a designer puts out without liking everything. A specific cardi or a pair of socks might catch my attention. I might even be able to recognize a designer’s work without really wanting to knit the item.
And then this year I started knitting Stephen West items. First it was just ine Boneyard shawl, and then another.
Then I started looking at other things he has designed and I was hooked. I would easily put almost any other knitting aside to work on something that he has designed. I am fascinated by how he combines simplicity and intrigue to produce patterns that look beautiful and are generally very easy to knit. So easy, in fact, that I almost always reach a point in all the projects that I start to think ‘please let this end soon’ because it just keeps going (and going and going). But it never fails that I too just keep going and eventually I have a finished product that I love. So far this calender year I have produced 2 Boneyard shawls (one for me and one for my Grandmother), two Urbanas (one small version for my Dad, and a super sized one for me that still needs a crocheted edge), a Clockwork scarf, an earth & sky, a pogona, and a Windcheif. That’s eight items. That can’t be normal. It’s certainly not normal for me.
Add to that a Flamboyan, a Herbivore, and another Windchief all in my YOP list and Daybreak, Loxely, Spectra, the desire to make a second clockwork in more distinct colours so the final product is less blended and at least one more (but probably two) Earth & Sky shawls, one for me and one for a gift and that brings the final total to 17?!?!?!? I’m insane.
Stephen West in clearly my knitting earworm. He’s the designer that’s stuck in my brain and is playing on a continuous loop. It’s the all Stephen West all the time show happening in my knitting life and really I’m okay with that. A knitter can never have too many shawls and wraps. And if the man ever starts producing socks I’m really screwed.
(BTW – my husband has said that a knitting earworm would technically be a stitchworm. So there you have it. Stephen West is my stitchworm.)