I haven’t! Not entirely, anyway. Life has been… well, see the last entry for an idea of how life has been lately. I’ve been bringing my knitting around with me like a security blanket, but not knitting a whole lot. At the moment, I’m in the middle of a 12-day long stretch of workdays. I’m knitting a bit at night but a lot of time by the time I get home (often late) I’m usually too tired even for that. On the other hand, I made a big chunk of progress visiting my grandfather in the hospital (he’s okay, but yes, that is the sort of thing that’s just par for the course lately). Pathetic fact: I discovered that I can keep knitting at full speed while crying a little. But, progress.
Um, right, I should try for some content that’s , um, positive, unlike the above. Well, I just ordered a big old bunch of yarn because the Yarn Harlot posted about sweater I just couldn’t refuse, and I’m working on getting a massive other quantity of yarn so I can start on my crochet journey. I also delved into the exciting world of yarn arts on TV with Knitting Daily and Knit and Crochet Today. I have my DVR record them and then watch themwhen I think David isn’t bored enough when David isn’t interested in watching TV and I am.
So I’ll post pictures of the giant piles of yarn when they show up, and since I’m getting some enthusiasm for knitting back (as I’m getting some enthusiasm for life in general back) I’ll be posting more in general.
Oh, yeah. Yarn diet? Over. I made it since December! So, between that and all the stuff that’s been going on lately, I thought I’d try to make up the lost time STAT.
Life in the past few weeks has been very disorienting but not really all that conducive to knitting. Rotating through the ER has, as I alluded to in my last post, made my life a rather different variety of crazy and left me devoting most of my free time to sleeping. I also spilled a drink onto my computer, which is now out of commission until it gets repaired if it turns out I can afford to repair it. I bought the cheapest computer Staples sells so I don’t fail out of school. I was also sick twice in the first two weeks of the rotation. TWICE.
A sane person might take this as a sign that working with sick people every day might not be advisable, but this is what I want to do with my life and my immune system had damn well better suck it up and adjust. Maybe they’ll come up with a full-body Purell dispenser/Plasma bather that I can step in every 5 minutes to thoroughly disinfect myself. In the meantime, I’ll go with obsessive hand-washing, a mental map of the alcohol-foam-lotion-whatever dispensers, and alcohol-swabbing everything I carry around that might survive it.
But you’re here to hear about knitting, not endless bitching about my non-knitting (so-called?) life. FEAR NOT, reader*, for I have plenty of knitting to show you today!
It should be no surprise to you that I did not score a gold medal in the Knitting Olympics. I’m glad I participated, though — it helped knock me further out of my knitting rut. I didn’t finish, sure, but I did make some progress.
Obligatory gratuitous close-ups:
I also started a new project!
I have one of those Knitting Perpetual Calendars that’s really a stitch dictionary in flippy form. I have decided to try to knit a swatch of the stitch of the day every day on that day! Here are my rules:
- Knit a swatch every day, time permitting.
- Swatches don’t have to be square. Square can be boring. They can be square, though! Squares are pleasing shapes.
- I’ll cast on however many stitches I feel like, but not too many (boring, slow) — and not too few, either. It would be a bummer to do 80% of a stitch pattern.
- If I don’t like today’s pattern, I don’t have to do it. Knitting is for fun. Not fun patterns can get made fun of and flipped past.
- If I really want to do some different day’s pattern, that’s cool, too.
- Stick to the stash. If I get to the point that I’ve got a lot of these buggers and I want to do something magic with them like sew them into an odd-sized-and-shaped blanket, then maybe I can start buying yarn for it. Until then, it’s a stash-buster.
These are what I got done on the first day (I was a little excited):
I’ve since knit two more and have the yarn out for a third. This is a special kind of satisfying. Don’t like the stitch pattern? Bind off. Whatever shape I was attempting can be more unique since I ended early. Feeling like I can’t do anything? I just completed a whole polygon! I’m a knitting STAR! (Note to self: figure out how to knit a star shape.) Knitting a whole year’s worth of these things may not happen, or I may get bored and forget about the project at some early point, or I may pick it up and put it down a lot of times, but who cares? It’s knitting! It’s supposed to be fun, and these bright little swatches are reminding me of it.
*On a good day, readers.