Every once in awhile, I get this urge to knit something without thinking about it too much. You know, just crank something out and keep moving along in spite of niggling suspicions that it might not look quite right.
I think this urge comes from long-ago writing instructors and mentors who told me to just keep writing, to keep putting words to paper and worry about editing later. That, in essence, that the writing is what is important and not getting it right, right away is something to think about later, after the thoughts are there.
Problem is, with knitting, editing isn't necessarily as easy as it is with writing.
Oh well. We'll see what happens. I guess it is good to do this as a creative exercise every once in awhile. I think many knitters and designer-knitters have a tendency to over think and in the end, it all becomes an anxiety, a worry, a big weight on the shoulders.
I can't tell you how many times I read an email sent to me by a worried knitter who read through a pattern of mine several times and had a hard time casting on until every, single question/worry/concern/stitch count was thought through and answered to the "T" before they could let it all go and move forward. Almost every, single time, I write back, copying--nearly word for word--the exact instructions in the pattern, the ones they were concerned about, and they read it and reply: "Oh! I get it now!" (Sorry if this is you and you now feel tricked. Sometimes people just need to see the instructions in a different context for the a-ha moment to happen.)
I had five leftover colors of Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight Alpaca on hand and I've been intrigued by chevrons and afghan stitch these days. I have thought all along that chevrons have a tendency to be too structural and too regular for me and thought if I tweaked the stitch counts of the pattern repeats that I'd come away with some irregular chevrons that might be even more appealing.
BTW: I'm using these new Knitter's Pride Cubic circular needles. I've had them for awhile but never used them. I think they're quite nice, actually. The tips are sharp so lifting stitches over the others (as I need to with afghan stitch) is nice and easy. The fact that they're square doesn't seem to matter to me except I think the squareness makes it easy for me to hold the needles a little looser so there's less tension in my fingers. The jury is still out, but I think I can give these a thumbs up so far. (Not to mention, I absolutely love their Dreamz needles.)
Oh, and I think this thing will be a circular scarf that I can double up and use as a cowl.