Freedom from Foxes

Lately, I’ve been working on this pattern from Ravelry titled “Fox Paws”.


It is loaded with techniques I’ve never done before, even though I’ve been knitting since I was four. I’m not sure if I am just a bit scatterbrained right now, or if this is just a stinker of a pattern. Maybe a little of both!!! What I am sure of is that I needed to do something more relaxing for a few minutes if I’m ever going to finish Fox Paws!!


So, I went to the big ol’ stash closet and opened a drawer. It was loaded with yarns of every texture in luscious mauvey shades. Skimming the top of a few bags waiting to be put away, I scored some turquoisey greens and a tiny bit of orange/rose laceweight silk mohair. Can these colors play nicely together? We shall see!


Anytime I want to relax and knit, I try to scrap the pattern and just take off in some general direction. I had just found Jane Thornley on Ravelry, and she had some “freeform patterns”. Now, to me that is an oxymoron, but I was intrigued. So I began with her “pattern”. I think for anyone who hasn’t tried Freeform, these patterns may be a great start, but after the first ten inches, I was changing stuff.


At this point, I am knitting from both ends on two different needle sizes. The ideas are coming so fast that I can’t wait to finish this sweater so I can get back to doing things my way. I was definitely right about this being a good way to relax, though! Maybe we need  to have a group for people who want to be free!!



9 Responses to Freedom from Foxes

  1. Marlene Harris October 25, 2020 at 11:26 am #

    Where can I get the pattern for this beautiful shawl?

  2. waltraud böckelmann February 7, 2021 at 9:53 am #

    hallo, habe soeben diesen Schal entdeckt und bin begeistert. Daher jetzt meine Frage, welche Garne wurden verwendet. Würde mich über eine sehr Antwort freuen.
    Liebe Grüße

    • Gretchen February 7, 2021 at 11:41 am #

      Hello, this scarf uses sock or fingering, but any weight can work. The pattern is Fox Paws by Xandy Peters.

      • Anne September 3, 2022 at 3:53 pm #

        No it’s not. That’s another pattern

        • Gretchen September 3, 2022 at 7:05 pm #

          Hi Anne, the first picture at the top of my post is “Fox Paws”, but the shawl I moved on to is a freeform pattern from Jane Thornley on Ravelry. I hope this helps! Thanks for writing! g

  3. waltraud böckelmann February 7, 2021 at 3:11 pm #

    Hallo, vielen lieben Dank für ihre schnelle Antwort. Freue mich schon diesen Schal zu stricken.
    Noch eine schöne Woche.

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