Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Zen of Knitting

My hands are better! Not 100%, but with the miracle of braces, ice, and ibuprofen (not to mention stretches recommended by some of you - thanks), I am back in the knitting zone.

Here are a few of my recovery projects:

My Mom sent me some of the loveliest wool from New Zealand a few months back, and here's what I have done with it. This is a vest made so that I look well-endowed-yet-svelte while wearing it, instead of like a big balloon with legs as with my previous attempt at vest-making. It's finished now, and my goal is to put up a pic of me in it - but first I need to wear it somewhere, which means going somewhere, so it could be a while.

Then, just as I was finishing up with that project and casting about for another, my brother emailed me a pic of something called a golf club headcover, and asked if I could make one? In time for an upcoming golf vacation that he's taking? Heck yes! I said, and here it is:

These two projects together probably represent twenty or thirty hours of knitting, and to pass the time I've listened to audio books, primarily Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. They're fun, especially the short stories, because they hold Luke and Owen's attention and so make for good listening all around.

Also, while I've been healing my hands, I've been riveted to this amazing book, The Best of Vogue Knitting. It's twenty-five years' worth of articles from the magazine, which range from history and philosophy of knitting (seriously - and sooo cool!), to about fourteen different ways to cast on (my new fave: the cable cast-on), to clever ideas like knitting back backwards, to celebrity knitters and what they're making.

And so now you must picture this: me, in my backyard, hanging out with our hens - and knitting. If anyone had said to me this time last year that either of these two pastimes would be even on my list of fun things to do, I would have laughed at them.

But that was before I got over my fear of chickens - and awoke to the zen of knitting.


Firefly mom said...

Wow - those projects are so great! And don't wait until you go out to get a pix of you in that vest. Throw it on, go check the mail, and post a pic :)

jugglingpaynes said...

LOL about the chickens!
I should post a picture of the vest Marina made for me. She made up her own pattern and spent a few months on it. (Interrupted by other projects)

RYC-It's so funny you said that about Bruce Coville enjoying our company. I had posted a thank you in his guestbook and he said the same thing! He is the nicest, most accessible author I've ever met!

Peace and Laughter,

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you're feeling better. I've crocheted lots of things that make me look like the Sta-Puff Marshmallow man, so I'm impressed with your vest!

Needlework is very zen-ny, isn't it? Living in the stitch-moment . . .


Anonymous said...

Knitting and chickens?! I hardly knew ye.....

I'm thinking next you should at least try knitting something FOR the chickens...

Rana said...

You are back at it. Glad to hear your hands are doing better. Don't overdo it now. Can't wait to see what other knitting projects you do. I love the colors on both of these too.

shannon said...

I'm laughing at the "knitting something for the chickens" comment...too funny.
Love the new banner!

Karen said...

Firefly Mom - I just might do that! If so, you'll be the first to know :-)

Cristina - I need to meet Marina, I have a feeling she could teach me a lot!
I'm glad about Bruce Coville, I think I'm going to snag a few of his books from the library, he sounds like a really cool guy.

Susan - LOVE the term 'living in the stitch-moment,' it is so true!

Topsy - couldn't you just see them in jaunty little scarves? I'm thinking berets for the two (black) Australorps...

Rana - thanks. I'm trying to be very careful about overdoing it :-)

Shannon - thanks about the banner! It seemed time to put away the wool slippers and head out into the sunshine.