When Yarn Talks Back
The post was intended to present, in an amusing light, the feeling devoted knitters sometimes have that the projects they take on have a life of their own. You know it's true - every now and then we approach a new piece of knitting thinking we know what it's all about. Then when we get started, we realize that for some reason, we have to change those plans. The yarn doesn't work out after all, or we just have a "feeling" that the piece needs to be done differently.
I don't claim to be any sort of comic writing genius. Maybe I didn't sufficiently convey my intention. Maybe they got what I was saying, but thought that "hearing voices" wasn't something to joke about.
Maybe I just posted too many long posts this week, and someone got tired of reading about pumpkins, purple cauliflower, old Home Tips magazines, and apple cider.
I suspect that last is probably at least partially true. When I have a good weekend out, I tend to find a lot of blog fodder in it. The trick is that so many simple things truly, honestly fascinate me. And I wind up feeling compelled to tell you all about it, with pictures, saying, "Look at this! Isn't this cool!"
Theoretically, this is a knitting blog. And I do write about knitting content almost every time I post. I try to make it more than just, "Look at what I knit now!" by commenting in detail about the pattern, how the yarn and needles worked, and any special tips I found helpful or new techniques I tried.
But this is also a general life blog, and I actually find quite a lot of things interesting. I'm not going to completely ignore that, but I will try to keep the number of lengthy posts down to a dull roar.
And I promise to at least say the word "knitting" once in every entry. Which shouldn't be a problem, since I don't have much trouble actually having new knitting to talk about.
Today, For Instance
Craft Goddess (CG) Bea and I have been wanting to set up a regular weekly knitting around outing, and this week we did it. Thursday evening, we went to Panera Bread (by Target in Nashua), and hung out knitting for a couple of hours.
Knitting Around at Panera with CG Bea
My apologies for the grossly-overexposed and under-focused knitting in this image, but since I was both photographer and one of the subjects, this was the best I could manage.
It was a very busy night at Panera, lots of people talking. Sometimes conversation was a little difficult, but we managed all right. For what it's worth, the lighting is more than sufficient to knit by, and if you're lucky enough to get the leather-covered loveseat and chairs by the fireplace, it's quite cozy and comfy.
It was fun watching the double takes as people walking by realized what we were doing. Knitting Around in public is still a rare enough activity that it causes people to take pause. No one actually was bold enough to come up and talk to us about our knitting, but we plan to do this on a weekly basis. Give it time, people will feel more comfortable interacting with us the more they see us!
That's Wearable Hug 13 (WH13) being worked on in the photo. After Thursday's incident, she's now called the Divine Diva. She'll probably wind up belonging to someone with ATTITUDE, LOL.
Market Squares Bag, Felted and Blocking
The Market Squares Bag that I finished knitting has had its session in the washing machine. You can see it blocking on a popcorn tin here. I haven't done a very good job of taking pictures that will show the change in size, but you can get an idea if I point out that the two straps were originally about 34" long, and they're now 28". That's a 6" reduction in length.
It seems that felted knitting can take forever to dry. I set this on the tin to block at around 5 p.m. Friday - today, Saturday, it's still feeling damp to the touch at around 1 p.m. That's okay with me - I'm in no hurry.
Yes, I am. I want to finish this so I can use it, darn it! Maybe if I go blow on it...
I'd probably better stop there, rather than blow out your feedreaders with yet another overlong post. I know, I still haven't told you all about Knitting Around with the Budweiser Clydesdales! Tell you what - I'll make that a post for next week, okay?