Thursday, October 05, 2006

I never learn

I have two knitting projects on the needles that are not done, and time is ticking away. I know that I have to sit and work on them every night between now and christmas or they will never be complete, and yet there I was last night starting a NEW project. Sometimes if I am going somewhere that requires a wait, I like to bring a project along and get a few rows done while I am waiting. Waiting rooms, lines, TV time, this is how somebody who has NO time MAKES time for hobbies. I can't tell you how many people see my knitting and say with a sarcastic smirk - "It must be nice to have enough time for something like that". Let's get one thing straight right now. Nobody has time to knit. But those who knit, make the time. We are not superhuman, but rather able to relist our priorities to get those precious minutes we need to do 'just one more row'. For example, laundry. You would be surprised how long you can stretch between loads of laundry if you really want. It's all a matter of tolerance, and teaching your family that they should ENJOY wearing bathing suit bottoms instead of underwear, that it is like a game or something. Letting the bath towels get a little damper before tossing them in the wash, waiting just a day or two more before washing those bedsheets (by the way, making the DH and the child wash their feet before bed? Adds an extra day. Don't look at me like that. You're just jealous that you didn't think of it first). Toilets go unscrubbed, floors go unswept and certainly not washed. The crumbs on the table cover other crumbs. See, if you sit in a whole other room (that is clean already, seems to be the trick here), the rest of the hovel is not nearly as oppressive and you can really get some knittin' done. But back to the projects, and addition thereof. While the poncho-turned-wrap and the scarf are not hard, they do require close attention to the pattern. At least for a person like me who can't memorize a sequence of FIVE stitches let alone 22 or 100. And all those knitters who say things like "the pattern is easy to memorize" and "eventually you can just anticipate what comes next rather than staring at the chart" - well, either they are lying or I am brain damaged because NO WAY can I manage it. Having to keep such a watch does not mix with that style of knitting - portable, in lines, a few rows at a time. It is better suited to a long TV program or a few quiet hours after everybody is in bed. I needed something portable, that didn't require staring at a pattern constantly. So we have SOCKS! These socks are for myself. The first person that says that I don't wear socks gets a smack, I know I don't wear socks. That doesn't mean I can't MAKE myself a pair. So there. Anyway, I cast on the first sock a while ago, using some hideous yarn that I absolutely love love love. But between then and now the socks stalled and languished. So I pulled out what was there, recast, and started again from a new pattern. This is them so far. The great thing about the new striping and patterned sock yarns, is that you can knit miles and miles of straight stockinette (just knit stitches in the round) and it looks like you did something really complicated. The crocheted poncho for DD is basically done. I may add a few touches, but I promised a picture so here it is. She absolutely adores it. It is quite warm, due to the tight, single crochet stitches in the blue areas. It does allow some ventilation though, as crochet is always full of holes LOL. The green edging is a stitch pattern I have used before and I like. By varying the stitch lengths and crocheting in the back loop only, you get a waved effect. Nice for water, or in this case meadow grass. I am not sure I like the tree, and I would do certain things different next time. But DD loved it and didn't want it changed. In case you need reminding, my brief was "a poncho with a blue sky and green grass, a tree and a bush. And a dog, a bunny, and a bird". This is my take on those instructions. The animals can come out of the pocket to be played with, and are tethered so they don't get lost. I may add a cloud or two, or some other detail if she requests but for now she loves it and wears it. Gets quite a few comments on it to. And if you are a KT reader, you know about our new addition to the household. A potato bug named, of all things, "Princess". When she found it, she called it a he, but somehow at some point the bug got morphed into a girl. Royalty, no less ;). Princess is the dark blob on the white blob (damp paper towel). Apparently they need moisture to breathe. I think this may qualify as the best tended and well fed backyard creepy-crawlie ever. The pictures suck, I know. I need a new camera, as this one won't take good closeups and doesn't capture colours nicely. I will slice potatoes and carrots and sliver almonds for this thing. I will spritz the paper towel every few hours. I will even take pictures and post them on my blog. But I ain't touching that thing. If it gets loose and the cats eat it, circle of life baby. Circle of LIFE.

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