~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~
Last week I gave my two little knitting students a needed pep talk. One of them in particular is having a very hard time seeing her way through her second of two stockinette stitch cowls. She really wants to move on to more exciting things, like Barbie doll clothes (not my specialty.) In fact she was nearly crying in frustration. Here’s (basically) what I said: “When I first cast on a project, I am so excited that I can hardly stand it. It typically becomes my favorite project ever for the first few days. But then something happens. I come across another project that I want to knit and I cast on. This may happen again and again and before I know it, my desk is covered in project bags and I can’t remember which holds what. Here’s the problem with that: that big project that was “My Favorite Ever” starts to haunt me, in a bad way. The excitement dies down, and it becomes the equivalent of my knitting ball and chain. That is what your stockinette cowl has become for you. You’ve been knitting other little projects, and haven’t stayed focused on it. All you can do is persevere, stitch after boring stitch. Once it is finished, you will love it and be so glad you saw it through. And I promise, as soon as you finish I will teach you how to crochet (with a ‘How to Crochet’ book in hand.)” My little friend smiled through her tears and then went on to knit on that cowl for the rest of my time there. Unfortunately, her smile quickly morphed back into her angry bored face as she worked. I sure hope she gets that cowl finished in the next couple of weeks for both of our sakes.
I cast on this shawl in May. I knew I wasn’t really going to work on it then, but I was in love with the yarn and just had to get started. All I did was the set up and then I tucked it in a project bag for later. It is now later, and honestly, I am not tired of this shawl, nor is it a ball and chain. But, it’s lace, and I am following charts to knit it. Therefore, I can’t knit on it during the day when there is a constant stream of small voice chatter. So, I’ve been knitting other things. I finished a hat for Gabe last week (hopefully he’ll let me get a picture. It really turned out well. But, the big boys–they don’t love the camera.) Then I knit Silas a hat over the weekend. But, I am still making progress on my shawl, I really am. It’s just hard to tell in my pictures.
I was at a friend’s house last week, and a copy of Choosing Joy was sitting on her counter. I kept picking it up and thumbing through it. She finally suggested that I take it home, so I did. I’m finding it to be a very insightful read, giving me much to think about.