Reading While Knitting

Nothing complicated; nothing too exciting, but yes, I do knit while I read. As well as during many other domestic activities.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Shoveling while it's snowing

Even though it doesn't really snow here (one year was memorable for the great hailstorm that lasted about 15 minutes), I think I know what it feels like.

All of the short people in the house are sick, and I'm starting to feel something niggling around the back of my throat. Their sickness is translating into fairly sleep-free nights for me, and I'm not spending a lot of time knititng either, as they can be as sick as dogs and still perfectly able to create giant messes, demand food and drink, and want attention. Sometimes all three at once. Two of them, praise heavens, are claiming that what they really want to do is knit. This has come and gone before

-- who knows if or when it will stick, or not.

And, before the Great Cold Virus struck too virulently, I was sitting quietly during piano lessons and working away at that mis-frogged cable. Halfway through, I had a thought that could roughly be translated as "Screw this!" and pulled everything out, back to the end of the ribbing.

Notice the sad pile of stitch markers?

I just thought, "This is something I'm making for me (as opposed to a fast-moving small child), and I want to enjoy it for a long, long time. I'm going to be happier with it if it's right, and now I've learned what I did wrong the first time, so I might as well just. . . rip it."

So I did.

I have the slow-growing sleeve for company,

and, waiting upstairs is this:

Eight skeins of discontinued Rowan Magpie, in Tranquil (snort, snort, yeah, right). Maybe if I ever finish the orange vest, I'll reward myself with a nice complex, slimline Aran. Goodness knows I can always rip it out until I get it right.



At 5:49 PM, Blogger sewingsuzee said...

You know, there's nothing as satisfying as a perfectly knitted thing that is perfectly knitted because you ripped it, at least once, and made it perfect it.

Wouldn't it be nice if we could just rip out the wrong stuff in the rest of life?

Hope you all feel better soon...

At 10:23 PM, Blogger Zonda said...

Hey hope everyone feels better soon, thanks for stopping by my place...that rowan yarn looks nice, good luck w/your unfrogging :)

At 9:45 AM, Blogger Janis said...

The kids are still sick? If there is anything I can do let me know. You know you can always run away to my house to knit for a while!

Proud of you for frogging!

At 11:42 AM, Blogger Molly said...

Do you still have this yarn? if so, please help me! I've been knitting an aran for years and have run out--All I need is a skein for the collar!


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