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.