The Knitting! Oh!
It's funny how much I think about the knitting. I read my magazines. I flip through my patterns. I fondle my yarn. I organize my needles. I read the blogs. I even talk to my husband about it, but I doubt he's even listening. The thing about the knitting, I haven't knit a stitch in days! Yet I'm constantly preoccupied with the ideas in my head.
I cast on for Kate Gilbert's Pea Pod Baby Set (pdf), a free pattern from IK, about a week ago. It's my first real sweater (I did a bottom-up, seamless raglan – don't think it counts for a real sweater – no seaming) and the first time I'm knitting from a chart. So I can't just knit for a bit while the kids are sleeping or busy. I need to completely concentrate one hundred percent while I'm working on it. I've knit two rows.
I realized that there are symbols in the chart that I don't know what to do with. I figure that I can just knit to that point and the symbols might make sense once I get there. Who knows. The other thing is that when the kids are sleeping or otherwise busy, I'm tired and all I want to do is sleep or stare at the television listlessly not thinking about a damn thing (other than to wonder whether Veronica Mars will make it to the CW).
Last year, my first year as a knitter, I took the entire summer off leading my husband to believe that there is a definite knitting season. Not so this year. I have become infatuated and come hell or high water I will figure out this pattern, knit from a chart, take pictures, show off my progress, discuss it with myself ad nauseum, AND FIGURE OUT THIS PEA POD THING BEFORE THE MAG GETS TOO BIG TO WEAR IT.