Kneading and ritting

(Or, yarn along from small things – where you post what you are reading and knitting with, I hope, no requirement to be able to do both simultaneously.)

Books and needles

The small dull-blue pretty thing on gorgeous wooden needles will one day in the distant future, I hope, be a river shawl. I cast it on approximately 800 years ago, its leisureliness caused by being a pattern that requires attention, ie I can’t do it in front of the telly. The long, long grey thing at the front will one day be a shrug for me. I love the yarn (Rowan lima, all sort of braidedy plaity instead of twisted, soft and cuddly and yum); I can do the pattern with my eyes closed* after so many many miles of it. However, as it is so very long now, it is hardly portable, so the very bright ball of Noro towards the back there is about to start being turned into small, portable, socks. This represents a paradigm shift for me as I have scoffed at the idea of knitting socks: Karen, I apologise.

Reading-wise: a large pile of sewing and knitting magazines – I basically went into Hobbycraft and bought one of each in a bid to work out which are me and long-term stop wasting money on magazines full of patterns for old-lady cardies. Time will tell whether it works. “The shipping news”, which I started before (like, 10 years ago) and hated so gave up.  I then watched and adored the film, so I am giving it a second chance. And “delusions of gender” which is fascinating, such that I keep reading bits out to anybody who will pay attention. (Jenny is very interested.)

*I can’t really, I can’t even do it and read: I can do it while listening to and keeping half an eye on a television programme. Cameron doesn’t mind at all when I make him rewind because I forgot to pay attention for a bit. No not at all.

6 Responses to “Kneading and ritting”

  1. Sarah
    February 17th, 2011 15:44

    LOL Martin *actually* doesn’t mind when I rewind things, because he does it all the time too – due to talking over everything he ever watches! Tis like watching TV with the children. 😉

    Love the multiple projects. 🙂

  2. Ellie
    February 17th, 2011 20:36

    Ooh no, socks are good. And very portable, as you say. I used to keep one in my glove compartment for when T had fallen asleep in the car.
    I don’t really get on with most knitmags, but Yarn Forward is nice and aspirational. I don’t buy them because my mother does, and I nick them!
    In response, I am currently knitting an experimental Thing with silk hanky roving, reading I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratcett, and planning a Thomas quilt for Theo’s birthday, IF I can get someone to hold the baby.

  3. Lisa
    February 18th, 2011 11:21

    Ellie, I forgot to mention the half-a-hat that lives in my glove compartment!

  4. Natalie
    February 19th, 2011 01:02

    Only 800 years? Sounds like the slippers I finally finished after a couple of years… because they required attention & counting! The shipping news is worth the couple of good jokes…
    Checking out Delusions of Gender, as I hadn’t heard of it… and it sounds really interesting. Thanks!

  5. Imene
    March 1st, 2011 01:48

    You just made me smile! I knit while watching TV and that’s why I keep to very simple patterns where I can knit row after row without thinking ;o)
    Lovely blog you have here. Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy Pintrest

  6. Haberdashery
    July 5th, 2011 10:21

    Never actually used wooden needles. I like the look of them, are they better ?

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