Knitting and crochet are like food for the soul.
Just like real food, they can satisfy, intrigue, nourish, challenge, and comfort. And just like with food, you can crave different things when in different moods. I’ve been plugging away at designing the big-secret-crochet-house-project (which is n-e-a-r-l-y finished), but tonight, forget all that: I need simple, warm, comfort-knitting. And I need somebody else’s pattern, so that I don’t have to think too much. So I’m back on my other project: the Cladonia shawl. Photo from a while ago because I’m writing this (with a pen! In a notebook!) by a combination of firelight and low electric light, which doesn’t make for great knitting photos. I’ve come a wee way since this twinnage-assisted picture was taken, and I’m almost on the lace section. Cladonia has beautiful lace, as you’ll see, soon enough.
Also, I’m writing very quietly because it’s November 5th, Guy Fawkes Night, and the fireworks going off outside may yet wake the twinnage. They’re frightened of fireworks, so I’m very much hoping that they sleep through the entire shebang (with emphasis on the ‘bang’).
Before I reach the lace section of Cladonia, I’m going to add some extra increases because my Burrow And Soar yarn is working out at a much smaller gauge than the pattern dictates. (Disclaimer: I didn’t pay for the yarn, but It Really Is Luscious. Honestly.) Burrow and Soar ship worldwide, just so you know…
So no more crazy crochet cabbages tonight. And no finished object yet. Instead, I’m curled up in an armchair with a deep glass of wine, occasionally chattering with the Stoic Spouse, alternating knits with sips and staring into the fire. It’s been a long day at work on the ward. A L-O-N-G day. This clinical psychology malarkey can be intense and raw. Tomorrow I’ll be back to inventing stuff, but tonight I need the simplicity of knit-knit-knit with just the occasional increase. If you’re a fellow knitter or crocheter (or clinical psychologist), I know that you’ll understand. I hope you understand.
And you? Do you have comfort-knits or comfort-hooks?