I was going to whinge about my stupid cold in the head and how it’s interfering with having fun, but that’s just boring.
Instead, let me tell you how I wandered around the Speech Night rehearsal all day Thursday with a sock bag dangling from my left arm, working away on my Mermaid sock. I was partway down the leg, and got all the way down to the heel, while walking around chatting with students, threatening cheeky boys with my pointy sticks, and refusing requests to knit people socks. It certainly made it easier to be cheerful during a long day. I have since finished the heel and am about 1/3 of the way down the foot.
The reason that I am not further down the foot is that I have been alternating the sock with my long-neglected Clapotis. I bought the gorgeous Lion and Lamb wool silk yarn with my last pay in NSW (which is not to say that it cost an entire fortnight’s pay), not long before DD#2 arrived, and we left for Tassie. I started my Clappy after we arrived, but once I hit the straight I got so bored that I could barely bring myself to finish each row. So it has languished, neglected and forlorn, for more than three years. Recently I have been so tired and apathetic with end-of-year madness and headcold that the monotony of the pattern was as much excitement as I could cope with in my knitting, and yesterday I spit-spliced the beginning of the last ball to the working yarn – the end is in sight!! It may only take another 6 months, but there will be a finished Clapotis in my repertoire!!!
When not deeply tired and apathetic, I have been working on my Twist cardi – I’m about halfway up the second sleeve, and I have of course mirrored the cables because it makes me happy. Working on this 10ply thick, squishy cardi is like hedging my bets: for as long as the weather stays cool it is a nice warm thing to have in my lap, and if we get snow for Christmas I’ll flap my half-done cardi at the mountain, and if the weather waits until all I have left to do is seaming and then turns hot, well, I’ll have a brand new cardi to wear at the first hint of cold next autumn!