Occasionally, life flings me a hint that the knitting/crochet thing may be getting out of hand… but I do my best to ignore such clues, and get on with choosing which WIP I can work on whilst giving birth to any future children.*
The other day brought one such hint. I took the twinnage to a children’s theatre group,** and when we arrived, part of the floor was covered by those bright, interlocking, floppy mats that babies and toddlers can play on. They were a bit like these:-
My children’s response? One of them frowned and said, “Mummy, why are there blocking mats on the floor? Will everyone be knitting?”
The poor child. Can you imagine the enormity of the therapy bills he’s going to face when he’s older?
Obviously I’d brought a knit-in-progress to the theatre group. Oh all right, it was two knits-in-progress on this occasion, just so I wouldn’t run out of yarn if this hour-long group over-ran by a week or two.
One of the projects was this cardigan-in-progress:-
Me an’ this cardigan… well let’s just say that our relationship has been turbulent. There’s nothing wrong with the pattern, nothing at all. No, it’s the knitter who’s at fault. I discovered years ago that I can’t knit anything remotely lacy when I’m ill or cross, but that doesn’t stop me trying. (Drunk is fine, but not ill or cross.) Please don’t look too closely at the row of wrongness high-ish up on the lacy panel in the above photo: I had a stinking cold and was fed up, and probably shouldn’t have been left in unsupervised charge of knitting needles. Here’s a nice view that doesn’t feature the mistake:-
I’m trying to apply the If-you-can’t-see-it-from-three-feet-away-then-it-doesn’t-matter rule, but unfortunately I may yet have to apply the Quick!-Cover-up-the-messy-bit-with-a-giant-orange-crocheted-flower rule. Or I might just have to walk VERY FAST ALL THE TIME so that nobody has time to notice the error.
Onwards, my friends, onwards.
Having raved about Kari-Helene Rane the other day, I couldn’t resist buying – and trying – one of her beautiful patterns. This one, in fact:-
There are plenty of things that I should be making, but I couldn’t resist casting on. First panel done! Look:-
In case you’re interested, Kari-Helene is running a sort-of-KAL over in her Ravelry group. I’m sure there’s still plenty of time to join us if you’re interested. The more the merrier.
And do you have time for just one more knit?
I designed a cowl, with highly stylised forget-me-nots, and it’s done. I’m not sure whether I’m OK with it. I have ideas for making changes before I publish. But I am happy with the Stylecraft Tweedy I used for the foliage. Love that yarn!
Anyway, happy knitting. Or hooking.
∗ Not that this is going to happen, sadly.
∗∗ So in the wake of the twinnage noping out of appearing in Disney’s remake of Dumbo on the morning that filming began (oops), we’re trying a nice, friendly, theatre group to increase their confidence. Because they love nothing more than pretending to be something else.