Why I don’t knit lace.

I have a deep and inexplicable need for my knitting to be insanely simple. I wouldn’t find this at all remarkable if it weren’t for the fact that I don’t feel the same way about crochet. Or at least not to the same extent.

I’ve tried knitting cables, and I’ve tried knitting lace. I’ve even succeeded a time or two. Hell, if the pattern is rhythmic enough, I’ve even enjoyed it.

Building that rhythm seems to be the key for me. I suspect this is why I took to spinning like the proverbial duck to water. (Nevermind that I’ve worked with it for all of an hour or so…I know love at first sight when I see it.)

I look at projects on Ravelry sometimes and wish for a few minutes that I were the kind of knitter that could and would make those things. But really? I’m happy over here in the corner with my dishcloths. Knitting for me is sort of like my old Birkenstocks…simple, useful, and dead comfortable.

Which would be why I love it.

Don’t drink the Kool-Aid…dye with it!

So a while ago the internets told me that you can dye wool with Kool-Aid and my reactions were:

1. Cool!
2. I’ll never let the kids drink this shit again.
3. Omg I have to try this!

So then a couple of years went by, lol. But this last week I got the Kool-Aid and a skein of KnitPicks bare bulky weight and three eager children all together at once, and this is what happened:

It’s a bit warm.

Warm enough, in fact, that I’ve gotten pretty much no knitting done for the last few days. With a heat index peaking at 109 yesterday and no a/c, I wound up spending the afternoon at the beach:

Anyway, right now I’m trying to finish a project-bigger-than-a-dishcloth and having issues doing it. There’s a bit of a deadline and I’m feeling like an idiot, because I started it months ago, then allowed myself to be seduced by the whole I have plenty of time! thing, even though I knew full well that summer was coming and I wouldn’t want it in my lap. Will I ever learn?

Work. And stuff.

Anybody want to listen to me whine about my job again? Yeah, me neither. So we won’t go there beyond this: damn you, J&J and your Tylenol issues. I still have customers who want to buy your product. At this point, I’m not sure why, given that there hasn’t been a consistent supply in over a year. People are weird. And angry.

Ahem.

It has only taken me two weeks longer than I thought to get some photos that I *think* will work for the pattern I may manage to release someday. I’ve managed to knit dishcloths in 2 varieties of the new Peaches & Creme, but I want to do one in a solid before pronouncing judgement. Initial impression? Not as sad-making as I thought it might be and not as happy-making as the old version.

Other than that, still at a standstill. *sigh*

Knitting in Public

Of course, in my case it’s more likely to be crochet, but it all comes with the same set of issues:

I am not an overly social person, and nothing that I do while out and about seems to draw as much comment as pulling out a project and yarning away.

This drives me absolutely nutty.

When I’m in a waiting room, all I usually want is to blend into the woodwork. I’m stressed out by small talk; I’m even more stressed by it when I’m stressed already. I generally don’t make a public appearance unless I have to. I’m a homebody. I work in retail and I already talk to people all day. It absolutely exhausts me. The last thing I want is to chat with random strangers at a time I could be enjoying the quiet. Having my rhythm broken is far more annoying than never having the rhythm in the first place.

I don’t knit at work anymore, either. Same issues, but magnified, as I feel compelled to not be standoffish with those I have to see most days.

I don’t know if I really have a point, other than finding it soothing to grumble about having to either talk to folks or leave the crochet home. But I suppose grumbling is part of what a blog is for. :) Though I’m sure there’s an interesting thought in there somewhere about the difference between random people in public and random people on the internet. In public once removed, or something.

Not dead, Jim.

Day job out of control, trying to get the pattern that just got out of testing into final shape to release, and summer vacation just got underway. And it doesn’t help at all that Michael finally badgered me into reading George R. R. Martin. Page-turners, but long when you read in half-hour chunks.

Coming soon: pattern release, finally a Peaches & Creme review, and more. Stay tuned…

Bebeh presents.

I’d have more to offer on the finished project front if I weren’t so totally wrapped up in working on gifties for the new nephew who will be arriving sometime around the first of September. I don’t know if my brother reads my blog, so I’m not going to post a thing.

I’ve also got about 7 other things going on in the background, at least one of which will be seen soon. So I’ll have some, you know, actual content. LOL.

Have to work today, which is always a joy. I think half the world will be at the parade. Bad for sales, good for my sanity. Fingers crossed.

Progress

Slow and steady, right?

Work continues to be a bit of a living nightmare. Home Office keeps adding things to the must-do list while cutting payroll. I know that a lot of folks are in the same boat with this right now, because employers are well aware that they’ve got us trapped. They’ll no doubt be surprised when their best people leave as soon as things pick up. It’s part of the cycle of corporate life.

I have a pattern ready to go to testing. It’s been a 5-minutes-here, 5-minutes-there thing, with the day job having to take precedence, so I’m wicked excited about the possibility of finally getting another pattern released. Hopefully that will happen in the next couple of weeks.

Spent last weekend in Maine, trying to relax and pretty much failing. It was gorgeous, though, and the company was good. We went to see X-Men First Class at the drive-in…I don’t think I’ve been to a drive-in since high school, and the movie was fantastic. Crazy fun!

I made an addition or three to my growing stack of dishcloths this weekend. School is inching closer to getting out, and the summertime is adding a level of chaos to the kids’ behavior that’s just a tad exhausting. It was 90-odd degrees today, so they’re even nuttier than summer normal. Lovely New England weather, lol.

And that is, I think, about it for the moment. :)