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 22, 2007


The little one has worn that finshed sweater twice. Both times under protest.

Really. I head toward her, saying "Let's put your sweater on and go outside!" and she starts shrieking, "No! Nooooooo! Jackie! [jacket]"

Put her jacket on, she's happy as a clam. Little twerp. I am currently hunting a More Deserving toddler for sweater-wearing duties. It has crossed my mind that it may be the hood that the jacket has that moves it past the sweater, but she's so overt in her loathing that I'm certainly not in the mood to knit her a new sweater any time soon.

Nevertheless, I have more sweaters yet to make, so I am this far into the next one:

Top down raglan, Knitpicks Merino Style, overdyed with orange Koolaid. Cable from Vogue Stitchionary 2: Cables. I think they call them Winding Road. I also made the neck opening too small and so will be carefully picking it out and going out about three rounds larger.

I had high hopes this weekend of knocking out a large part of this sweater. However, Thing 2 had other plans. She's increasingly jealous of her older sister's ability to go out in the world and make money (notice it's not her mother's money-making ability that she's envying. Smart girl.) So I told her that there were things around the house she could do to make money.

"Take those stored clothes bins upstairs. If you (who, I did not add, messed them up in the first place) would sort them by size and separate them neatly, I'd pay you."

Off she (tailed by Thing 3) ran. Soon, they came back downstairs and I heard much moving of stuff.

"What are you doing?"

"We're moving all of our clothes up there! There's a lot of clothes in there that fit me!"

Notice, here, how a straightening job has morphed into a clothes shopping expedition, compounded by removing all of the neatly stored clothes from two bedrooms and putting them upstairs where it is never what I would call "neat."

I spent all weekend undoing. The bins are now neat, but Thing 2 didn't actually make any money. I should have charged her.


At 5:51 AM, Blogger bfmomma said...

I feel the pain with "little ones" not wearing stuff. The Pokemon intarsia? Hasn't left the drawer...

That cable is looking mighty cool, though! I can't do the involved cables--I like the small ones that can be done w/o cable needles and such.

VERY impressive!

At 7:31 AM, Blogger benjalo said...

aw, I like jackie. Ryan has so many jackies that I can't bring myself to knit something for him, which is silly... He'll wear just about any, so you can end your hunt right here ;-)

Really, I should do a February sweater for him for his 3rd bday.

At 12:39 PM, Anonymous nona said...

I love the color of your Koolaid dyed yarn and your cable is coming along nicely. Kids are hard to please with knitting. Although my teenage sons are uninterested in anything handknit, I have lots of sisters and nieces who generate fun knitting requests. The rule in my extended family is ... she who looks best in it, gets it!

At 12:53 PM, Blogger Ilix said...

YAY koolaid! not just for changin the colour of lips!
I love the little sweater! It is amazing! Thanks also for the note on WOA from knitpicks, I have been meaning to try it and I appreciate knowing how others who knit like it! I can't wait to finnish my sweater for the KAL!

At 3:08 PM, Blogger Rain said...

Wow, you're really cranking out the sweaters at the moment.

You need a Thing 5! Itty Bitty people are too small to protest - quicker to knit for too.

As for the clothes sorting, a mother@s work is never done...

At 9:00 AM, Anonymous Lori said...

I love the color you dyed the yarn!

At 3:36 PM, Blogger jen said...

Perhaps you can store up that story for future use and guilt the wee one with longterm evidence of ungratefulness? Oooh, the possibilities...

The sweater looks great. Your cabley skills have me boggled.

I wish someone would pay ME to neatly sort clothing.

At 1:09 PM, Blogger allisonmariecat said...

Oh, dear. Sounds like the sorting wasn't the right chore to start off with for pay :)

So sorry about the lack of interest in the sweater! I hope it resolves itself.

At 4:30 PM, Blogger amanda j said...

Kids! Who'd have 'em? At the moment I am fielding requests for cardigans, teddy bears and toys for the cat's birthday!

At 4:00 PM, Blogger meg said...

The cable is looking truely awesome & I do love the color.
Fortunately, the people I've made things for live far away, so I don't know whether they use them or not :P
Sam is after me about getting a job soon- he'll be 16 next week (EEK!)- but I don't like the idea while he's still in high school- that's challenging enough for him. Then again, he is getting more & more expensive to have around... it would be nice if he shouldered some of the wants & needs. *Sigh*

At 2:44 PM, Blogger Charity said...

Grrrrr - if you find a More Deserving child, don't tell anyone. He or she will be instantly swamped with knits from frustrated mothers! :0)

Thing 2 can pay you back with the willing and enthusiastic wearing of the next sweater? :0)

At 12:21 PM, Anonymous Helen said...

Hey there,
I'm tagging you for the five things Meme. Details will be on my blog in the morning...

At 3:01 PM, Blogger Alisha said...

Your sweater in progress is looking very nice. I love the color.

Kids ~SIGH~ 'nuff said.


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