I spent all of yesterday driving the kids to and fro, buying groceries and fighting off the flu. I made it until supper time and thankfully my husband was not at work so he took over the cooking. I tried to take a nap in the bedroom but the laptop was there, and I was in a daze. I very quickly found myself on the Knitpicks website; I may have purchased blocking wires and woolwash. I’m pretty sure I stopped myself from buying the swift, which I do need but not enough to justify the looks I would get from my husband while I try to find a place to store it (in our very tiny) home. I will definitely need the blocking wires because I’m planning on making my first lace project (at long last) and who doesn’t need soap?
I have a ball winder but no swift. I can’t help but think my life would be easier with a swift. When I want something that I need to make my life easier I can usually find it on my credit card’s rewards site. Crock pots, vacuums, duvets … knitterly stuff won’t be making an appearance there any time soon. So I have to find a way to make purchasing a swift a very reasonable idea to someone who a) is very, very frugal and b) doesn’t understand the first thing about knitting. I sometimes get the impression that he thinks knitting may, in fact, be an alien artform, cunningly introduced to the human race in such a way as to (surreptitiously) enslave us all.
This summer, I came up with several design ideas and I’ve been mucking about looking for the best way to bring them to life. I’ll be starting on a sleeper for my 1-year-old, knit in a cotton/acrylic blend because the wool one I made last year was just too hot. We live in a modern building in an urban area, so knitting for the decrepit country houses I grew up in is just not practical. It will be a lilac-y pink, the long sleeves will be raglan and there will be a hood. I made a rough sketch of what I was planning, then cast-on. Once I’d knitted a teeny bit of it, and I came to the astute realisation that I should write the pattern out in full, for all sizes, knit one of the sizes, and correct the mistakes in the pattern as I go.