Sunday, November 25, 2007

Thanksgiving Knitting

Thanksgiving is usually the beginning of my knitting season, but this year the season started early, when K and D visited a few weeks ago while the knitting store around the corner was holding its going-out-of-business sale. I should probably feel sadder--or more guilty--about the knitting store around the corner going out of business, and I know I will rue its absence when I go to my knitting box and discover I don't have the size needles I need for a project (though truly, by now I have so many needles I can't imagine that happening, though of course it will, for I will inevitably choose the one project that uses the one size needles I don't have). But really that store was mainly good for emergency needles: the yarn selection was small and not particularly interesting: they rarely had what one needed for a project, nor did they inspire impulse buys.

But a knitting store's going-out-of-business sale is a knitting store's going-out-of-business sale, that is, something not to be missed, especially if it is around the corner, so off we went, and K got yarn for a baby present and herself, and I got blue striated yarn to make leg warmers for M and purple yarn and red textured yarn to knit together for a scarf. Given the Clapotis road block, I felt the need for completion, so I started the scarf that weekend, 17 stitches on size 15 needles, seed stitch. I finished it on Thanksgiving, really I knitted almost all of it on Thanksgiving, and it is quite pretty and satisfying.

Then I spent Friday night un-knitting Clapotis which was annoying but satisfying. The rest of the weekend I knitted Clapotis, and I am now eight rows from beginning to decrease, which means I'll finish sometimes around next Thanksgiving (especially if I deviate to the leg warmers), but at least I'm back on track.

By contrast, Libby really accomplished something (I cooked absolutely nothing, though I did set the table: truly, Libby has me beat on every front).


Jenny Davidson said...

I am not a knitter, but I love knitting posts, thanks!

(The numbers remind me curiously of bicycle gears...)

Libby said...

you're right about unknitting being satisfying...

and, actually, I was feeling like quite the slug (having mostly sat around all day) so this makes me feel like less of one...though I still have mountains of things to do, I guess I did actually do other things.