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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Knitting for sanity

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Knitted art apron and cap.

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The hat is sort of large. It ended up more "strawberry shortcake" than artistic beret. But that probably appeals more to the girl anyway.

I have a love/hate relationship with knitting. I love to do it, it soothes me and I get a great sense of accomplishment from it. I hate it because I don't like the cryptic knitting instructions, so I try to make up my own stuff. Then it all comes out looking sort of grannyish. But I like it anyways. I also get sort of insane about finishing a project. I sort of can't stop until it is done. This is bad when there are other things to do.

I liked the idea of a knitted art apron because I was picturing the soft absorbability of a knitted dishcloth. And I used up the leftover yarn from a blanket I knit for Christmas. My daughter was worried about getting the apron dirty, but since it was leftover yarn, and cheap yarn to begin with, it is actually a lot less than the cheap canvas aprons from the hobby store. I don't count the labor cost. It was therapy.

2 comments:

Katherine said...

I would rather knit a project three whole times than figure out gauge. The swatch, I'd happily knit it. But do not ask me to "check gauge." It sounds too technical and fussy and I just can't be bothered. And I'm stubborn about it. Ok, I guess some could say foolish.

Mommylion said...

Gauge? Swatch? I know not of which you speak. :)

I have a knitting creed. I believe that if I knit it - it will turn into something. Maybe not pretty, maybe it won't stay together. But it will be something, dammit. I have a lot of scarves.