I’m taking advantage of an unlocked laptop to make a guest post to the blog.
Living with someone who is quite yarntacular you get quite used to
seeing balls of wool turn into nice things. Socks, jumpers, gloves,
cowls, shawls, scarves, hats in so many colours and so many styles.
Sometimes with ribbons, sometimes with beads and sometimes only getting
there through blood, sweat and tears. Figuratively I mean.
Well in most cases at least.
But as is the nature with such things time goes by and projects come
and go. This ball of fluff today is next week’s ball of yarn and next month’s
toasty gloves. Many of these projects have gone onto deserving homes near
and far. Some of the pretty awesome ones we only got to keep for a day
or two but I can still picture them just as they were. Others stayed
home and were loved and worn until they became worn but loved.
And a very few went hiding in the bottom of a drawer somewhere. Either
because they didn’t quite work out, or because they were too nice to let wear out
Over this time I’ve been gifted with quite a few really cool things. Mostly
socks (which are a favourite) but also hats and gloves (which are awesome -and-
keep me warm outside).
But recently we’ve been talking about taking things to the next level. It’s
a big commitment. One that I’ve been putting off for a while now, unsure if
I want to make the jump. But we’re married 5 years now, so it’s probably time.
My lovely wife is going to make me a jumper.
It’s something I’ve thought about long and hard. I’ve resisted previous offers
because there wasn’t anything I really liked. And it’s a very big ask
for something you are not sure about. Also at this stage I am under no
illusions on how much time and effort goes into these things. Cables
So what changed. Did I finally give in? Or was it social pressure from the
knitting community? No, it was something much simpler in the end.
I realised I already liked it. I realised how much I like and wear the
current knits I have. Over the last two days I’ve worn five different
hand knits. They are warm and made with love and are appreciated.
And so will the new jumper be.
But it did make me think about all these things and all the
effort that she’s put into these nice things I already have.
And now I think it’s time for payback.
It’s February now, we have all the yarn-related tools I can imagine within
arms reach (well, plus a little walking). I figure I can make something
nice for Cathy by her birthday in 7 months. This is not something I’ve
done before but I do have some advantages. Needles, books and actual yarn
chief amongst them. But also access to someone with advanced medical training.
Just in case.
So internet, what should I make ?