Sneaky guest post

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
too quickly.

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
or no.

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 ?



4 thoughts on “Sneaky guest post

  1. Well aren’t you just the loveliest! :D I’m so happy Cathy found someone who deserves her.

    (Feel free to sneakily email me if you need any help! We seem to make good co-conspirators!)

  2. Thanks for the suggestions!
    I’m going to get a start on the couple of days and see how it goes.
    I’ll make pictures :)

  3. Hi Greg,
    I think a scarf or neck warmer is always a good place to start. Big needles and big yarn. Drops have some patterns on line. Google 157-32 for the kind of thing I mean. Good luck and I hope we see the finished item soon.
    PS Such a lovely thought…

  4. Awww what a lovely post :)
    You are what my mum would call, a gent!
    I have been a very bold knitter for my other half, he is quiet a warm person and finds knitting too warm for him!
    Regardless he appreciates my open offer of knitted items and he enjoys watching an FO come off the needles.
    He also made me something for my yarn stash, he upcycled a large shelving unit so it could hold my yarn in small cubbie holes and it hangs on the wall. I love it because he made it and it works really well!
    I’ve been thinking about your request for what to make, so depending on what Cathy has, maybe a yarn swift, an electric (a challange) ball winder, a yarn holder (looks like a free standing kitchen roll holder and spins while you knit, you get the idea), I’ve also been hoping for a yarn holder for 2 balls of yarn with a guide for each ball – helpful for colour work! I can’t think of anything else right now but I’ll come back if I think of more :) sorry if my descriptions are bad, let me know if you need more information.
    Hahaha I just realised you meant you wanted to knit something!!!!! Oooops I will leave this post regardless.Sorry, I will go look up knitting patterns ….