Thursday, January 03, 2008
Knitting and felting in the new year
Happy New Year! I've made some pretty mundane resolutions. Don't fall asleep. 1. Clean my cat's litter box more often (I warned you). 2. Wear my night guard more often (I grind my teeth at night). I can't believe I just wrote that. 3. Follow my budget more closely (yawn). Hmm...what about you? Any resolutions for 2008? Onto knitting. First sock: I'm following the Yarn Harlot's basic sock recipe. I've picked up the stitches on either side of the heel flap, but I didn't knit them through the back of the stitch, so there are holes. Input request: should I go back and redo, or leave as is? That's where I'm stuck. Little felting project: I'm knitting up some pencil roving on a short circ to make a little bag/purse. I've never used pencil roving before, and have never knit with roving either, so that makes two firsts for me. I originally bought this roving for teaching the After-Four kids how to felt, but we had enough of the Fleece Artist roving from Yarn Forward--we actually cleaned out what they had--for the kids who participated. All this hoopla about the holidays, I think, is highly overrated. If you cancel out the commercialism; materialism; anniversaries we'd really rather not think about; the overindulging, especially in alcohol, and its accompanying hangovers; the wasteful packaging; the inordinate amount of spending; you're not left with much come the first week of January. The excesses of the season plumb wear me out, to tell you the truth. I'd have been just as content to sit fireside and knit through the whole thing--which I did for part of it--leave the carousing to others, and let me know when it's over.