I once overheard a knitter responding to the question: “What’s the most difficult type of knitting?” “The boring kind,” was her response. She went on to say that she liked to knit lace and stranded patterns – the more complicated the pattern, the more colours used, and the smaller the needle size, the better. Sometimes, however, boring is good.
There is nothing quite so boring, and yet so uniquely compelling as knitting in stockinette in the round. Stitch after stitch, well over three hundred on the needles at this point, with no end of the row, no need to turn the needles, no purling, no counting, no thinking. It may be boring knitting, but boring knitting can be mesmerizing. It is sometimes just what the doctor ordered – a little bit of Zen, an escape from stress, time to let your mind wander. And when the colour is as rich and lovely as this, it’s a bit of eye candy too.