Months and months ago, while I was in the midst of the final slog before finishing my dissertation, I decided I wanted to knit. So, I set a post-dissertation goal of learning to knit. After watching a few youtube videos, I quickly discovered that I would not be a knitting whiz kid that could magically intuit the knit and the purl stitch.
Hmmm… Perhaps knitting would defeat me.
But, no! I was not defeated. If five years of an incredibly painful, anxiety inducing, laborious PhD program didn’t defeat me, then two knitting needles and a ball of yarn were not going to bring me to my knees. So, I took a group class at a local knit shop and I learned to knit! Knit and Purl are my BFFs. Well, that’s a stretch. We are acquaintances that get together every once and a while and are still working on the boundaries of our relationship.
One thing I did not anticipate was how satisfying I would find knitting to be. It offers a soothing, repetitive motion, ideal for watching hours of television, and the results provide instant gratification. It also helps to justify the hours of television that I’ve fallen into the habit of watching, post-PhD sans employment. I love knitting!
I’m currently working on a baby blanket for a dear friend. I downloaded the free pattern off of Ravelry and it is titled “Garter Rib Baby Blanket”. I’m nearly there and I’m excited to drop it in the post. My friend is due mid-April, so I’m running out of time! Egad!
Here is a picture of the blanket, thus far:
never-ending remaining bit of yarn:
ETA: It should also be noted that this is the third iteration of this project. The first iteration was a failure before it even got started. I wasn’t happy with my casting-on skills, so I ditched it. The second iteration was sucked up into the vacuum by dear, sweet partner. He was so fearful and apologetic that by the time I actually discerned what really happened, I couldn’t be angry. Well, not so very angry.
Next, I want to tackle something a bit more ambitious. I have my sights set on the Umaro blanket from Brooklyn Tweed. I want to make this for my mum, hopefully as a Christmas present. I think it is absolutely beautiful. I’m debating on either a soft, warm grey or a cream colored yarn.
(Yes, I have already picked out the baby blanket I will knit for our baby. But, this is, after all, fertility free Friday.)
Next up? Sewing!