So, I finished knitting the final square for the PBA this morning. Oh, what a feeling. Of course there's nothing to bring you back down to earth like the awareness that there are about 20 hours of seaming still ahead and one more afghan to go!
When I first decided to knit 3 afghans in 6 months I knew it would be a challenge, but I didn't think it would be all that difficult. A single square looks like a fairly quick knit and I imagined myself knitting them all up with the speed of light in-between other more interesting projects. Seaming, borders, these might slow me down but the square? Well, how long can it possibly take to knit a square?
But squares are very deceptive. Add short rows, cables, dk yarn, and it takes a lot longer to knit a square than you think. 24, 63, 20...add them all up and that's an awful lot of squares. Add in some unknitting because no matter how simple a square may look at first glance, it is all too easy to make a mistake in a pattern or cast on the wrong # of stitches or bind off a whole pattern repeat too early or too late. Believe me, I know.
And when you have 107 squares to knit in three months you may just find that you are doing nothing but knitting squares and when you are doing something else, anything else, (even something you really enjoy) you will be thinking the whole time that what you really should be doing is knitting another square.
An unscheduled catastrophe will not, in and of itself, make for a bad day. If you were lucky enough to have your yarn and needles at hand while waiting for roadside assistance it will be a very good day indeed. But should something wonderful occur that puts you behind in your square knitting, you'll curse the day it happened.
As one now intimately acquainted with the square I warn you: BEWARE the SQUARE!
p.s. Squares also make for very boring blog posts. Sorry!
I've got a small turkey breast ready to go in the oven along with a corn casserole and potatoes and squash. There's even a pumpkin pie from the bakery for dessert.
My husband and I are doing our best to celebrate Thanksgiving AGAIN, but for us, our hearts truly resonate with the Canadian Thanksgiving Holiday which is celebrated in October. It's the time when we travel home to give thanks and to feast with family and friends.
I suspect no matter how long I live in this wonderful country this day will always feel like an "extra" holiday -- a chance to pause and be thankful for all that we enjoy living here.
And I'm certainly thankful for all of you who take the time to stop by and read and comment on this blog. Your interest in my knitting adventures is much appreciated.
I'm still knitting squares. 7 more to go and the PBA squares will be done. My first deadline was missed and the new deadline is November 30th. We'll see if I make it. I sure hope so!
Yesterday I went to the hairdressers. With my foil-covered hair ready to sit for processing I pulled out my knitting to work on my tweedy square. Imagine my dismay when I realized I had only 1 knitting needle,not 2 in my bag. Not to be thwarted, I asked Jeff, my stylist, if he had any pointy sticks lying around that were the approximate size of my 4 mm needle.
Turned out they had a comb with a lovely metal pointed handle that was the perfect size match. Thanks, Jeff.
Didn't have my camera with me so you'll just have to imagine a foil-covered head bent over her knitting, rosewood needle in one hand and comb in the other. But hey, I got half a square knit.
Anyone else found a way to improvise when missing a knitting needle?
I had to stop into Windsor Button the other day to pick up some more cream denim yarn and I noticed these darling sock needle sets on the counter. They're from Regia Strumph-Stricknadlen and they come 4 needles and 2 rubber socks to a set. Thought it was a very cute way to keep your needles together.
They'd make a great stocking stuffer for a knitter, wouldn't they dear?
Have you ever had some lovely yarn that you just didn't know what to do with? No matter how many patterns you look at or what you try to imagine it to be, nothing feels "just right".
I had some yarn given to me that was just like that. It was a dozen balls of Classic Elite Bam Boo and right from the start I was attracted to the color and feel of the yarn, but I just couldn't imagine that yarn knit up into anything in particular.
It has sat in a sweater bag for well over a year now and from time to time I would unzip the bag, fondle a ball and ask it what it wanted to be. No response. I'd make the odd suggestion: "Would you like to be a shawl?" "What about a scarf?" "A tank top, perhaps?" Nothing. No response. Not ever.
Then on Monday, when I was looking at the pattern for Debbie Bliss' Garter Stitch Matinee Baby Jacket, the yarn spoke to me. It was a little muffled under the couch and I had to pull out the sweater bag, unzip it, and haul out a few balls of the yarn to be sure I'd heard it correctly. By then it was talking LOUD AND CLEAR. "We want to be THAT sweater!"
Really, a baby sweater? A garter stitch baby sweater? And the yarn said, "yes, yes, yes". I said, We'll see," but I already knew that the yarn was dead right.
I cast on, I knit a few rows and a few more and a few more. What I saw was grape-a-licious garter stitch with lovely drape and sheen.
(back of sweater)
And yes it is a baby sweater that will need to be hand washed, but when the yarn speaks sometimes you just have to listen!