Knit Wit

I recently sent a lovely afghan to a new home.  If you know the feeling of adopting out the kittens/puppies your wayward pet presented you with, that is the same feeling.  Sadness at the departure but happy that it is going to a new home to be loved and cared for.

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What I didn’t tell the new owner is that I knitted in some cat hairs, dog hairs and human hairs for free for her!!   😉

You know you knit too much when…  

You cite the fact that knitting burns about 90 calories an hour, not allowing extra for style, conviction, and retrieving your ball of yarn from under the couch.

I am currently knitting a project with lots of  intarsia  (Intarsia is a knitting technique used to create patterns with multiple colours).  Which also means lots of ends to weave in – YUCK!   I am, however, weaving them in and tieing them off as I go, which will make it seem better.  Unfortunately the finished project isn’t going to be as large as I wanted so I will be adding a border.  The border that I think I want to do will actually be crocheted.  I’d try to figure out how to transfer it to knitting but that seems too much work so I’ll just crochet it.

My knitting is in a constant state of competition with the household chores.  After years and years of painful juggling, I have almost completely decided to give up on the housework.  The way I see it, I can always clean up the house when I am old, but I’ll never get this knitting time back.  Remember, dusting requires the same arm movement whether it has been a week or a month.

And with that, I’m going to go put away the suitcase I took to Disney with the band in November.   🙂

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Snow Days…..

downloadSnow Day, Snow Days…

Beautiful, white and cold days…

Reading, and knitting, and sleeping late…

Spring coming soon, that would be great!

 

 

So… what are you doing on your snow days??  I actually had to work today even though the school was closed.   The kids did nothing.  They sat in front of square/rectangular screens all day.  I had to make Esther get dressed to go to scouts.  At least we got out of the house for a bit for that.   🙂

 

Liz was an over-achiever and went with a few friends to the Y to swim laps this afternoon.  There was a swimteam spaghetti dinner tonight so those 2 girls got out of the house for a bit as well.  Of course, I won’t see them again till at least noon tomorrow.  Gotta love snow days.

I didn’t accomplish much besides work and preparing for scouts.  I went to 2 different libraries to pick up children’s biographical books on famous women for the badge we were working on.  We would have LOVED to finish the Frosty Fun badge… after all there IS snow… but at 6º at meeting time, it was just too cold to play in it.  Besides, we need snow that packs and this stuff definitely does not work well for snow sculptures.

 

Tomorrow is another snow day (they called it at around 3pm today).  They anticipate negative degree temperatures at bus time.   I do not have to work tomorrow (took the day off because of a planned swimmeet).  I do have to run to my mother’s to pick up some of her medicine and take her lunch.  I also get to deliver that most recently finished afghan to its new owner.    Of course, there is always the possibility that the swimmeet will get cancelled and I will have taken off work for no reason.  If it is, they think they will reschedule for Wednesday.  I didn’t find a substitute for Wednesday which means, if the meet is moved to Wednesday, I leave them in the lurch without someone to run the scoreboard.   😦   

 

Snow day… gotta love them right?   Kids love them, teachers love them… parents not so much.    I’ve been on all 3 sides.

 

 

Knit Wit – 3

Here are some interesting/witty knitty things for today:

 

In the nineteenth century, knitting was prescribed to women as a cure for nervousness and hysteria.  Many new knitters find this sort of hard to believe because, until you get good at it, knitting seems to cause those ailments.  

Yesterday when I took my mom to the doctor to have her staples removed, he told her she could start moving her arm as she felt comfortable like dusting, or ironing, or doing a puzzle, or knitting (I had my knitting along, that is why he mentioned that).  She told him that yes, she could knit but preferred to quilt.  He told her to knit him a hat.  LOL!   She goes back in May… maybe she’ll take him a hat.  Though I fear, that since she mainly quilts now, knitting a hat just might provide her more stress than relaxation.    She will begin therapy ASAP and hopefully will be back to quilting before we know it.

 

Since I knit at various locations (Doctor’s offices, choir/band concerts, waiting rooms, etc) I sometimes do get a conversation like the following:

 

Sometimes, people come up to me when I am knitting and they say things like, “Oh, I wish I could knit, but I’m just not the kind of person who can sit and waste time like that.”  How can knitting be a wate of time?  First, I never just knit; I knit and think, knit and listen, knit and watch (knit and read).  Second, you aren’t wasting  time if you get a useful or beautiful object at the end of it.  I will remember that not everyone understands.  I will resist the urge to ask others what they do when they watch TV.

 

How much more useful can you get than a laptop cover?  I knit this one for Abi to take to college, but grandma made her one that matched her quilt, so I got to keep it.  YAY!  I don’t get to keep too many of my projects.   And if you think about it, even more useful, because you can watch a show, read a book, listen to music, read email, all while knitting.   🙂

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Where does it go?

I got a wonderful Seussian piece of art, made at college by Abi for Christmas.  The problem I now have is where to put it?

 

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I could put it on the table, I could put it under the light.

But the knitting is behind there, so that might not be so bright….

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I could put it on the TV, I could put it way up there.

But I think it doesn’t fit with the “country style” air.

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I could put it by the photos, near the silhouettes too.

Maybe, but I’m not sure I like it there, do you?

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I could put it on the piano, I could put it by the books.

I needs a white doily, but I kinda like how it looks.

 

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It needs to be somewhere a cat will not tip it.

It needs to be somewhere large enough to fit it.

If it goes on the piano, the music books will be elsewhere.

If you have a suggestion, please oh please do share!!

Knit Wit – 2

In honor of the fact that I will be sitting for at least 2 hours as a swimmeet tonight knitting, I thought I’d share some more witty knitty things with you.   🙂

 

Advice for a new knitter.    When choosing a pattern, look for ones that have words such as “simple,” “basic,” and “easy.”  If you see the words “intriguing,” “challenging,” or “intricate,” look elsewhere.  If you happen across a pattern that says “heirloom,” slowly put down the pattern and back away.  “Heirloom” is knitting code for “This pattern is so difficult that you would consider death a relief.”

While I am greatly enjoying knitting this current afghan, I am ready to be done and start the next project.  I think it will be really cool and am excited for it.

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I can’t say that I have ever knitted anything “heirloom.”  I’m sure I would be fine with it though.  I’m trying to think what I might have knit that would be considered challenging/intricate/intriguing…  I suppose the afghan I made for Liz might be, since there was not pattern and I had to figure it out myself from looking at photos of it on the web.  But I like that kind of challenge.

 

We live in a world of machines.  Our world moves faster, bigger, and better with every moment.  Machines replace humans and often do our jobs better.  When you are knitting socks and sweaters and scarves (and afghans) you aren’t just knitting.  You are assigning a value to human effort.  You are holding back time.  You are preserving the simple unchanging act of handwork.

 

I enjoy holding back time.  I sometimes wish I lived in the pioneer days, I could have been a great pioneer woman (Laura Ingalls Wilder!!).   I think that is one of the reason I like camping so much.  A simpler time, an “old fashioned” way of doing things – campfire cooking, hiking – basic outdoor activities that are just as fun (or more so) than computer games and handheld devices.

 

I forgot to give credit for the quotes the other day:  Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End      Meditations for Women who Knit Too Much.

Knit Wit

I snagged a “Meditations for Women who Knit Too Much” off the shelf at my mom’s.  It is hilarious.  But probably only hilarious to knitters (crocheters also, maybe).

 

I thought I’d share a few and some of the projects I’m working on or have completed.

 

It is some kind of miracle that all knitting is constructed of only 2 stitches:  knit and purl.  Sure, you throw in some yarn overs, and sometimes you knit the stitches out of order, but when it really comes down to it, knitting is simplicity.  The most incredible gossamer lace shawl… the trickiest aran… a humble sock… each just made with knit and purl.

Know these two stitches; Rule the world.

The current afghan I’m working on is pure simplicity – all knit with some decreases in the middle of the row!

 

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These are 3 of the quarters of the afghan, the 4th section is on my needles.  I project that I will have this afghan done by Valentine’s day at the latest – probably more like the end of the month (or sooner – there is a long swimmeet on Friday).

You know you knit too much when…  you find yourself pondering the decision about what knitting to take to the grocery store with you, because you might have to wait in the checkout.

Or in my case to the swimmeet!  There is one on friday…. hmmm…..

Making Memories

My Girl Scouts have been working on their Frosty Fun badge for a couple years now.  Everytime we think we are going to get to finish it there is something that goes wrong.  For example, this year I scheduled a campout in early January (this past weekend) fully expecting there to be snow so we could finish the badge… was there snow??  Of course not!  In true fashion for us when we camp, we got the opposite of what we hoped for… January thaw!  There was plenty of mud… but guess what?  We’ve already done our Dirt and Mud badge!  There was even some lovely rain.  This is about the extent of the “frosty” we found, a little bit of ice on some runoff in the woods:

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HOWEVER, it doesn’t matter to us.  We have fun no matter what the weather.  Eventually we will finish that badge, or I’ll just give it to them because we have worked so hard trying to finish it.   🙂

What did we do at camp over the weekend?  The usual stuff.

We did a drawing badge – they always have fun with crafts.

We went hiking… of course our hiking didn’t go exactly as planned.  First of all, we had never hiked in that portion of the camp before so we didn’t know where we were going.  Second, we didn’t know where we were going.  Third, 2 trails we headed down ended up as dead ends.  But we did see some good scat and fun lichen on that trail.

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Fourth we (I) kinda knew which direction we should be headed in to get back and it involved going up (and down) at least 3 pretty big hills.  Fifth, we had some “whiners” who didn’t like the brambles/multiflora roses that were on the paths and had to go slow and pick them off/push them out of the way instead of just barrelling through like the rest of us.   But aren’t they pretty with the water dripping off them?

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Sixth, my pedometer says that we walked approximately 5 miles.   Was it fun?  Not really, but yes, in a weird sorta way.  They girls are troopers.  It is a one of those memories they will not forget.

We knew we were almost back when we reached the hill where we could pretend to be in the Sound of Music… OF COURSE they sang the songs too!

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Later in the afternoon the sun came out, so we decided to hike to Pioneer Point.  We tromped through the mud and were halfway there and suddenly it started to rain again!  What the heck??  We just continued on.  Once we got there and got under the pine trees it was worth the hike.

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Back in the cabin we lit a fire to dry our wet socks, pants, and hoodies.  Played a bunch of games (hide and seek, concentration, sardines), had an impromptu talent show (I’m not certain all of it was talent!), and of course, ate some more.

We always eat well at campouts.  This time we did not cook anything on a fire (which we usually do).  We just cooked everything inside.  Our menu for the weekend:

Friday night:  homemade pizza and misc. snacks we brought

Saturday breakfast:  pancakes, bacon, sausage

Saturday lunch:  toasted cheese and soup

Saturday supper:  tacos/burritos and brownies

Saturday snack: no-bake cookies – which I was informed looked a lot like scat when they were dropped on the foil to cool.  LOL!!!   😉

Sunday breakfast:  bagels, english muffins, and cereal (our usual Sunday breakfast)

We completed less badges than usual (since we couldn’t finish the Frosty Fun badge) only completing the drawing one and part of the Scribe badge.

However, MEMORIES WERE MADE!  Years from now when I ask them some of their favorite camp memories, I’m sure that one of them (or several) will recall the campout we got lost hiking for 5 miles and ended up on the Sound of Music hill.

The Hills were alive, with the sounds of Girl Scouts!!!!!