Everyday Paradise

why math and decaf don’t mix (knitting)

I had mama-hour tonight. I go, one night per week, for about an hour, to a local coffee shop to knit. DH takes weds evening – he gets home generally about 10-10:30 from sailing and dinner, so I take Thursdays. Though I’m only gone an hour.

Knitting is usually safe for my mental state after working all week, but tonight, after a long and tiring week, I skipped over one line on my pattern, the one that says “continue for five rows” (well it doesn’t actually SAY that, it says 72 sts, and the next row says 78 sts which between them is 5 rows. OOPS I skipped over it to another section and moved ahead, missing the five rows.) SO! I have to figure out if it’ll work or if I’m taking out several rows. If I mate it up to the back I already knitted several years ago and they’re the same size, no biggie. If I need the extra half inch, I’ll be taking it out!

That’s the challenge of being in a mentally-demanding, deadline-driven workplace, and then coming home and trying to do something requiring paying attention. And math.

I started this sweater years ago – a funnel-neck sleeveless in a very pale blue/green fuzzy mohair-like yarn. I figured I’d better get some of these unfinished objects finished around here. So much of my life was on hold for four years, and now that it’s not on hold, I’ve made tremendous progress in my hobbies.

But the sweater is too big now, so I’ll also be knitting long I-cord ties to wind around the waist to cinch it up a little.

After I finish this (just a few inches to go, plus those ties) I’m going to get to work on a poncho for baby E. for this fall. I bought fun yarn in France last fall to make it.

I used to have a knitting circle, and I do have a possible one to start with some work friends, but I’m reluctant. I like my quiet alone time. I pop on my iPod to drown out the other conversations at the outdoor cafe and wile away an hour knitting & purling.

This weekend I’m sewing purple. Yes, that’s right, all garments with purple thread. Good thing they’re all purple garments, eh?

Actually, the first one is a silk duppioni sling for a friend’s baby. The second is that Hot Patterns Sugar Babe jacket. And if there’s fabric left over, a top cap sleeve yoke-front top from 7/08 BWoF. I already have a clutch in purple leather.

By paradise

I'm Ann. I've been sewing since I was 9. My first project was a denim wrap skirt. Thrifting is a way of life for me - both eco-chic and financially savvy.

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