Tuesday, April 24, 2012
So... knitting! I have a troubled history with knitting. I want to knit, but most knitting projects I undertake cause more stress than pleasure, so I shy away from it. Lately I have felt a determination to make knitting a joyful experience, though. I can't explain why. I just want to knit!
My niece (the one who got married in October) is expecting a baby at the end of summer, and we recently found out it's a girl. I have about a half a million things I want to make for that little Nugget, things I am good at, like embroidered bunnies and pocket pillows and sweet little quilts. But I also have this inexplicable desire to knit her a little dusty pink sweater using really expensive yarn. I have the pattern, and I have the yarn, but I also have the fear. I can't make a mess of really expensive yarn, now, can I? Before embarking on the sweater, I needed to dust off my knitting skills on something a little less dear, so I decided to practice by making a washcloth or two. And you know what? This first washcloth is going really, really well. I want to sit and knit all morning and all evening. I will need to devote most mornings and evenings to it if I want to finish it, because I am very slow at knitting. Painfully slow. When I start the sweater, I will have to follow the instructions for the 12 month size, because I may need a full year to get it done! It would be awful to finish the sweater and have it be too small. I shall hopefully be able to post nice happy-sweater-knitting-progress posts once I have it underway.
Completely unrelated: I had an "oh my goodness I am getting to be such an old lady" moment yesterday. My nephew turned 7, and his dad told me (as I heard him say it): "We got him Star Wars Connect for his birthday." The image that sprang into my mind was a Star Wars themed game of Connect Four. "Wow, that's cool, I didn't know they had themed Connect Four games!" This was met with a blank stare, and then a very careful explanation of "No, Kinect. Xbox Kinect Star Wars. The video game?" Oh, dear lord. I am turning into my mother!!!