What’s Wonderful About Wednesday:
There is no doubt about it! I love to knit! I’m finding that the more that I focus on my book blog, the less and less time that I am spending on my knitting.
Today, I stocked up for a wonderful piece of work that will be a black and silver blanket. It’s got fuzzies and beads, and all kinds of unexpected details lined up. I can hardly wait to dive into it.
I have made scarves and the typical pieces, but blankets are my passion! I made one for my brother and his wife for Christmas one year. I’ve also made several baby blankets for friends and family. My computer blew up last year, so I don’t have any pictures of the blankets that I’m so proud of. In my heart, I remember them all, equally.
I own dozens of knitting books, pattern books, needles, pins, markers, yarns (maybe, several dozen), and knitting goodies. Knitting actually changed my life…
Self-taught (with some help along the way), I made many a mistake in the beginning. My first baby blanket, after I took it off the circular needles, ended up the size of Godzilla’s scarf. It was absolutely hysterical! So, I dedcided to do a practical joke on my friend Jamie, who was having the baby. At her baby shower, I packaged up “Godzilla’s Scarf” in a box and presented it to her as her baby gift. Now, we worked together so she knew that I was knitting her baby a blanket and that I was keeping it a secret (the actual appearance) until the shower. When she opened that box… and the blanket kept coming, and coming, and coming… her face didn’t move. I don’t know if she was trying to be gracious, or what!?! But, the entire room went silent. When I started to laugh, the room joined in… I told my story and handed Jamie the replacement blanket… not made for a monster! She ended up keeping the long scarf and uses it on her bed at the foot of her bed as a runner. It actually matched her room nicely.
I’ve had the pleasure of teaching others how to knit, since then. I’ve taught friends and children… and family. I’ve also taught the twins. It’s a wonderful way to work out excess energy of the hands… I have those nervous hands that have to be doing something… or I want to throw them at my mouth… this hand mouth thing.. not fun… just think of the beautiful manicures I’ve destroyed. It also helped me decrease my smoking intake from 1/2 pack a day, to only a few a week. (I still have those last 1-2 to go…. but, those are VERY QUICKLY going away because I’d rather be blogging). See, these good habits are replacing the bad!?!